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Subject: MA and PhD Graduate Funding Opportunities
MA and PhD Graduate Funding Opportunities
Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
MA and PhD students wanted to work with Professor David B. MacDonald as part of his multiple year SSHRCC Insight Grant entitled "Bi-Nationalism as a form of Aboriginal-Settler Reconciliation in a Multicultural Context: What Can Canada Learn from New Zealand’s Model of Power-Sharing?" Successful students will work with Professor MacDonald on various aspects of the project and will be supervised for a PhD or MA thesis, or MRP. General topics for supervision include:
Indigenous-settler relations in Canada and/or Aotearoa New Zealand
Multiculturalism and race relations in Canada, with a focus on South Asian and/or Caribbean communities
Indigenous genocide and national identity in the western settler state
Alliances / conflict between Aboriginal peoples and people of colour
Models of indigenous-settler power sharing
What is "reconciliation", and is it conducive to Aboriginal self-determination or not?
50 hours per semester paid research work minimum will be guaranteed, with the possibility of this increasing. Conference and research funding is also possible depending on student progress. For details please email David MacDonald directly at firstname.lastname@example.org . Details of the project and previous outputs can be found at www.davidbmacdonald.com . For information please send an informal transcript, resume including any research experience, and two writing samples. Professor MacDonald may also ask for one or two informal references which can be sent via email.
Applicants will also need to apply to the Political Science MA or PhD programs, and should email our Graduate Secretary Renee Tavascia <email@example.com> for details about the application procedure.
Details of the Project:
Hidden in plain sight, Aboriginal peoples represent one of the fastest growing and most dynamic groups in Canada, while also being one of the most marginalized. While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada observes that reconciliation may take seven generations, they have maintained a shorter term focus on reconciliation with families and communities, and an emphasis on healing. Complementing the TRC's approach, this project is interested in examining whether a longer term vision of reconciliation, epitomized through seven generations teaching, could help channel Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal energies towards a better, shared future. One (albeit imperfect) model of reconciliation is offered by New Zealand's bi-national partnership between indigenous Maori and settlers. This program of research problematises bi-nationalism as a model of reconciliation in Canada, within an evolving multicultural context marked by continued Anglo-French settler dominance.
Focused on New Zealand and the province of Ontario, this project seeks to determine:
1) Whether multiculturalism as it is presently constituted benefits Aboriginal people. While heralded as a model for ethnic and cultural relations, many Aboriginal theorists are critical of the concept. We seek to understand whether multicultural policies and practices could be better synchronized with Aboriginal priorities.
2) The potentiality of adapting NZ-inspired bi-national models of power and resource sharing to the Canadian reconciliation process, while foregrounding the diversity of Aboriginal peoples.
3) The extent to which seven generations teaching can help establish benchmarks to help determine a timeline for successful reconciliation. Bi-nationalism offers the prospect of both Aboriginal self-determination on their own lands, and the potential to meaningfully share political, cultural, and economic power in Canadian institutions while also indigenizing these institutions and practices. Moving beyond the NZ model, a more inclusive bi-national multiculturalisms framework would recognize the diversity and distinctiveness of Aboriginal peoples as pre-conquest multicultural peoples, alongside the multiculturalism of settlers.
4) To explore how Canada's racialized minorities (in particular South Asian and Caribbean peoples --reflecting the PI's ethnic background) relate to each other through multiculturalism, and to posit how this relationship might change within a different power-sharing context.
Dr David B. MacDonald
Professor of Political Science
Political Science Department, University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Website and blog: www.davidbmacdonald.com