The Scholars-in-Residence Program is a 4-week research residency (May 2-27) that provides students a unique opportunity for sustained engagement with humanities and social-science research. Specifically, the program involves creating original academic research, living in residence with a community of scholars, and participating in educational and social programming.
The Program’s primary aim is to support the development of students’ research skills by providing them with hands-on experience with an original research project supervised by a faculty mentor. The 2016 Program includes sub-projects in interrelated areas and themes: print culture, literary-historical archives, theatre, censorship, and surveillance. Students will benefit from practical training and professorial guidance, from their small-group interactions on a specific project, and from being exposed to a variety of research techniques and practices within the larger cohort of scholars-in-residence. While sharing the excitement of primary research and knowledge creation, students will cultivate organizational skills and teamwork.
Research residents will live together in a Victoria College residence during the four weeks of the program. A partial meal plan will also be provided. While exploring research problems and techniques with students from a diversity of fields, students will also have the opportunity to build supportive relationships with likeminded scholars based on their shared curiosity and passion for inquiry.
The Program includes a variety of enrichment activities intended to help students flourish as researchers while experiencing the broad range of cultural opportunities that Toronto has to offer. Lunchtime seminars will focus on research methodologies, professional communication, academic publishing, and career opportunities, among other topics. Special guest speakers will discuss their own research initiatives and provide insight into contemporary debates and challenges faced by scholars. And evening programming may involve excursions to museums, cultural events, talks, and other opportunities to socialize.