Working Groups

Each academic year, the JHI sponsors interdisciplinary Working Groups composed of graduate students and faculty who conduct research or engage in other scholarly exchange. To learn more about each group, click on the title of the group. To request to join a group, email the group lead linked in the list. You can also find out about groups from previous years on the Working Groups Archives page.

Current Working Groups

The groups (and group leads) for 2023-24 are:

Elite Africa: Creativity, Expertise and Power (renewal)

  • Dickson Eyoh, New College African Studies
  • Antoinette Handley, A&S Political Science
  • Sean Hawkins, A&S History
  • Nakanyike Musisi, A&S History

Emerging Interventions in Contemporary China Studies (new)

Medieval World Drama (renewal)

Public Writing in the Humanities (renewal)

Rethinking Policing, Penality, and Pandemic (renewal)

  • rosalind hampton, OISE Social Justice Education
  • Vannina Sztainbok, independent researcher

The Other Sister: New Research on Non-Cloistered Religious Women (new)

Theorizing Scholar-Activism and the Global Food Sovereignty Movement (new)

  • Jayeeta Sharma, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies
  • Siera Vercillo, Postdoctoral researcher, UTSC Physical & Environmental Studies

Thinking Infrastructures in Global Asia: New Perspectives and Approaches (new)

  • Julie Yujie Chen, UTM Institute of Culture, Communication, Information & Technology
  • Sabrina Teng-io Chung, Ph.D. cand., East Asian Studies
  • Qi Hong, Ph.D. cand., East Asian Studies
  • Hongyun Lyu, Ph.D. cand., History

Toronto Jesuit History Research Group (renewal)

  • John Meehan, SJ; Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College
  • Andreas Motsch, French
  • Jean-Olivier Richard, SMC Christianity & Culture

Transformative Sustainability Pedagogies (renewal)

  • Michael Classens, A&S School of the Environment (Note: leadership is shared among all group members)
  • Hilary Inwood, (Lecturer) OISE Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
  • Liat Margolis, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
  • Nicole Spiegelaar, School of the Environment and Trinity College Sustainability Initiative
  • Sarah Urquhart, Ph.D. student, OISE Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

Uncertain Worlds: Comparative Perspectives on Risk (new)

  • Seth Bernard, A&S Classics
  • Emily Nacol, UTM Political Science

Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North (renewal)

  • Isabelle Gapp, Centre for Environment & Biodiversity, U. Aberdeen
  • Ivana Dizdar, Ph.D. cand., Art History
  • Matthew Farish, A&S Geography & Planning