Research & Creativity

Map created by Geography student Mélanie Ferron, based on data from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.
Six continents, 51 countries, 480 conference papers!

As you can see from the map, researchers in the Faculty of Arts have travelled far and wide to present their results and to build research networks across the globe. The 2013-14 academic year was a particularly remarkable one which saw the launch of a new research centre and an international journal as well as many monographs and conference proceedings. Below you will find a few highlights of the past year.


  • Dr. Michael Persinger, professor of Psychology and coordinator of the B.Sc. in Behavioural Neuroscience, secured a research grant of $1.1 M. from Applied Medical Photon Technologies to undertake a project entitled “Stopping Cancer Cells by Magnetic Field Biophoton Modifications”.

  • Dr. Yoko Hirota, professor of Music, gave a solo piano recital at La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal on October 25, 2013. She performed pieces from her new CD entitled Voces Boreales (Centrediscs, 2013).

  • Dr. Brett Buchanan, Chair of Philosophy and founding Director of the new School of the Environment (2014), hosted a SSHRC-funded conference entitled Thinking Extinction: A Workshop on the Philosophy and Science of Endangered Species and the Future of Biodiversity on November 14-15, 2013. This was the inaugural event for the new Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC) (2013).

  • Dr. Gillian Crozier, assistant professor of Philosophy, holder of a Canada Research Chair in Environment, Culture and Values and co-founder of CEEEC, gave a talk on “Simulating Bird Songs to Study Cultural Evolution” at Science North at a TEDx event entitled New Insights in the North on February 6, 2014.

  • Dr. Michelle Coupal, assistant professor of English, was invited to champion Ajjiit: Dark Dreams of the Ancient Arctic (Toronto: Inhabit Media, 2011), a collection of Inuit short stories by S.A. Tinsley and R.A. Qitsualik, at the Turtle Island Reads 2014 competition during the conference on Approaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century in Vancouver, February 27 to March 2, 2014.

  • Dr. Raoul Étongué-Mayer, professor of Geography, and Dr. Moustapha Soumahoro, associate professor of Geography, launched the inaugural Winter 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Tropical Geography, an online journal with an international Editorial Board with members in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Quebec and Ontario.

  • Dr. Adam Sol, associate professor of English at the Barrie Campus, launched his fourth poetry collection Complicity (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2014). On March 26, 2014, he was a featured author at an Incite 2014 event held in Vancouver in connection with the Vancouver Writers Fest 2014. A discussion with Dr. Sol and Montreal poet Sina Queyras appeared in Quill & Quire in April 2014.

  • Dr. Julie Boissonneault, associate professor of French Studies, and Dr. Ali Reguigui, professor of French Studies, launched the proceedings of the Langue et territoire conference held in August 2010. The volumes subtitled Études en aménagement linguistique (vol. 14), Études en sociolinguistique urbaine (vol. 15) and Espaces littéraires (vol. 16) respectively are part of the Série monographique en sciences humaines. Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, was in attendance at the launch on May 1, 2014.

  • Dr. Norman Cheadle, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, launched his annotated translation of Marechal's Adán Buenosayres (1948) entitled Adam Buenosayres: A Critical Edition (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014). The event took place in Montréal on May 6, 2014 and was attended by the Deputy Consul General of the Argentine Republic in Montreal, Mr. Daniel H. Cottini. Click on the link to hear Dr. Cheadle’s interview with Rufo Valencia from Radio Canada International from May 7, 2014.

  • Dr. Marcel Bénéteau, associate professor of Folklore and Ethnology, hosted Meeting Through Performance, a joint conference of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC/ACEF) and the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM/SCTM) at the University of Sudbury, May 21-23, 2014.

  • Dr. Mark Kuhlberg, associate professor of History, travelled to Montevideo, Uruguay in June 2014 to meet with participants in the Interdisciplinary Science Team Skill Building Through the Study of Socio-ecological Impacts from Bioenergy Development Across the Americas, funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), involving Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and the USA. He will be coordinating student research into the history of bioenergy in Ontario in collaboration with Dr. Nathan Basiliko, holder of a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology at Laurentian University.

We invite you to explore the Research & Creativity section of the Faculty of Arts website to learn more about our faculty members and their accomplishments.