Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of President Emerita Lorna Marsden, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies invites applications for the 2019-2020 Robarts Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies.  The Professorship is open to full-time (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members who work on issues concerning Canada and who are based outside the country, are planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2019-2020 and have demonstrated scholarly expertise on Canada and a commitment to Canadian studies.

The Professorship will provide the selected faculty member with $2500 CAD in funding to cover travel and accommodations costs while in residence.* Visitors will also be offered prime office space in the Centre for the duration of the visit, and they will have access to York Libraries. The Archives of Ontario and the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections are also located on campus, and the Environment Canada Library is nearby.

Visitors will be expected to contribute to the academic life at the Centre by leading an invited workshop connected to their research expertise. Visitorships will be at least of one month’s duration. The Robarts Centre may assist in arranging on-campus accommodation, if requested.

Priority may be given to scholars working in the one of the current main research areas at the Centre:  Cultural expression in the Arctic, Northern Studies, Black Canada, Environmental history and politics, Indigenous Studies, or Canadian culture.  Other approaches will also be considered

Researchers must supply the following as part of their application.
a.  A current CV
b.  A statement of the research project and how residency at the Robarts Centre will facilitate this project (no more than 500 words).   Applicants should indicate their preference for timing.  Normally, applicants planning to visit between September and June will receive preference.
c.  A letter of support from a current full-time faculty member at York University.  This faculty member must be an Associate of the Robarts Centre. (List of Robarts Faculty Associates)
d. A letter of support from your departmental Chair or Dean.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.  Applications should be sent to the Robarts Centre at

(York colleagues should note that this is a great opportunity for developing links with foreign-based scholars, particularly for those engaged in collaborative research.)

*PLEASE NOTE Visitors will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation related expenses incurred, up to $2500 CAD, upon completion of the visit, in accordance with York University travel reimbursement policy

Call for  Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies (pdf)

Past Visiting Professors in Canadian Studies

Paul Halferty
English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, Ireland
Political Stages: Gay Theatre in Toronto, 1967-85
Junichi Miyazawa
Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Retrieving the cultural landscapes of Glenn Gould: A Japanese perspective on Canadian lifestyles and customs

Seung-Ryul Lee
ESL/EFL, Korea Aerospace University, Korea
Research Canadian culture/ collecting materials to develop Canadian Studies curriculum
Carolyn Strange
History, Australian National University, Australia
Administration of the death penalty as it applied to sexual offences in post-Confederation Canada

Ana Fraile
English, University of Salamanca, Spain
Vulnerability and Resilience in Contemporary Canadian Literature
Thomas Mohr
School of Law, University College, Dublin, Ireland
Exploring the Constitutional Links between Ireland and Canada, 1922-1937

Shilpa Bhat
English, Ahmedabad University, India
Hackneying Hybridity? The Discourse of Inventiveness in Culture and the Canadian Immigrant Experience in M.G. Vassanji's Fiction
Marcin Gabrýs
Canadian Studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Arctic Governance: Inuit Self- Governance in Nunavut, Nunavik, Inuvialut and Nunatsiavut