Mount Allison researchers receive SSHRC funding

29 Aug 2023
Studies look at the convergence of humanities and sciences within museum contexts, music transmission as conversion tools, and Canadian place names

SACKVILLE, NB — Three Mount Allison University faculty members received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) during the latest funding competition announcement.

English professor Dr. Janine Rogers secured $194,524 in funding over four years through the Insight Grant program for her project The Nature of Knowledge: Literary Humanities and Global Challenges in Museums of Science, which delves into the interdisciplinary roots that link literature and science, aiming to develop literature-based outreach strategies for major museums.

Music professor Dr. Linda Pearse received a SSHRC Partnership Grant valued at $2,499,650 over seven years in collaboration with principal investigator Dr. Jennifer Bain from Dalhousie University for their project The Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission, which brings together 13 partner institutions from around the world. One focal point of the project will be the transmission of Western liturgical music from the 16th through 18th centuries that were used as tools for conversion of Mohawk peoples by Jesuit missionaries during the 17th through 19th centuries.

Dr. Lauren Beck, professor of visual and material culture studies and Canada Research Chair in Intercultural Encounter, also received a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant valued at $30,000 earlier this year for her project Identity in Canadian Place Name Policy: A Knowledge Synthesis.

Mount Allison University Acting Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research Dr. Vicki St. Pierre says the funding secured by University researchers has a broad impact.

“These projects truly embody Mount Allison’s commitment to impactful research that transcends boundaries. Not only will they significantly enhance our understanding of the human experience and our roles as global citizens, but they will also provide valuable opportunities for our mainly undergraduate students to engage in experiential learning and research across disciplines,” she says. “Congratulations to all recipients on their latest SSHRC funding.”


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences (

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