Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies

[UPDATE: 22 April 2020]

Given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the global economy, we are suspending the Visitorship in Canadian Studies program. We are optimistic that we can, one day, reintroduce this program.

In the meantime, the Robarts Centre at York would like to let our international colleagues know that the doors of the Robarts Centre remain open and, when travel restrictions are lifted, we are happy to offer support to our fellow Canadianists who may wish to travel to York to conduct research – whether that be for a specific research project or perhaps as part of a sabbatical visit. We welcome, in particular, those visiting scholars associated with other Canadian Studies centres as we continue to build these important institutional linkages and networks as well as support the study of Canada in a global context. 

So, if you are planning to travel to Canada to study or do research, please do not hesitate to reach out to us in the future to see if we can be of assistance.

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of President Emerita Lorna Marsden, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies will invite applications for the 2020-2021 Robarts Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies in early 2020.  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 2020-2021 and have demonstrated scholarly expertise on Canada and a commitment to Canadian studies.

The Professorship will provide the selected faculty member with $2500 CAD to assist in covering 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.

Visiting Professors 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 27, 2020.  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

2019-2020 Visiting Professors in Canadian Studies

Susan Ashley
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Exploring the concept of “heritage” within Canadian and Ontario cultural policies

Robin Curtis
Institute for Media and Cultural Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany
“Immersion and leisure in the theme park: Media Landscapes at Ontario Place"

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