Brandon University Professor Awarded $287,000 Grant

October 19, 2012

Brandon, MB — Dr. Alison Marshall of the Department of Religion was awarded funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s Insight Grants Program. The total value of the research funding is $287,395 and will be distributed over a 5-year term.

“I am extremely proud of Dr. Marshall for being awarded a 5-year research grant from SSHRC; a major funding agency in Canada,” said Dr. Dean Care, Acting Vice President (Academic & Provost). “Dr. Marshall’s project passed a rigorous and competitive peer review process. Her research study is a culmination of her expertise in the areas of Chinese culture, racism, religion, history, and gender. Brandon University is excited about the positive outcomes that will arise from this research study.”

The central aim of Dr. Marshall’s research is to examine Chinese experiences of racism in Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta villages, towns and small cities. While the focus is on men’s experiences between the 1880s and 1947, Dr. Marshall also wants to consider the later period up to 1960.

“The research program develops out of the principal investigator’s recent pilot project examining the cultural and historical dynamics of sport participation, racist masquerading and entertainment production in two small Saskatchewan towns, and one Manitoba town,” as stated in Dr. Marshall’s grant application. “Building on the experiences and expertise of the principal investigator and co-investigator in Chinese Canadian, Asian-Pacific and prairie studies, and gender and performance theories and methods, the program adopts a Chinese and English ethnohistorical lens to explore previously unexamined Chinese lived experiences in locations beyond Chinatown.”

“I am thrilled and honoured to have received this significant recognition and funding from the federal government to study the relationship among racism, sport participation, and performance. This research will enable us to understand and identify historical and contemporary cultural barriers to Chinese and other newcomers’ integration from Alberta to Ontario,” said Dr. Marshall. “Most significantly, however, the research will provide essential information to school divisions, prairie and northern communities, as well as government agencies who know that welcoming, diverse communities are healthy prosperous communities.”

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