Massey Award recipients Lily Cho and David McNally | 2017-07-18 | Photo-illustration

Prestigious York-Massey honours awarded to York University professors


In June, 2017, York University’s Lily Cho was awarded a York-Massey Fellowship 2017-2018 and Professor David McNally was awarded York-Massey Visiting Scholarships 2017-2018.

“The York-Massey Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships represent an important opportunity for York researchers and academics to expand their areas of scholarship and contribution to their various disciplines in a broader context  ̶  the rich and stimulating community at Massey College," said Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation.

“It is the unique role of Massey College to be a meeting place of bright minds from different generations, disciplines, universities and countries,” said Amela Marin, Dean, Fellowships, Programs & Liaisons, Massey College.

The awards are part of an on-going agreement between York and the University of Toronto, with which Massey College is affiliated.  The agreement was renewed last year.

Massey College. Photo credit: Tina Park

Massey College. Photo credit: Tina Park

Massey College is an independent college situated in the University of Toronto campus. It consists of Junior Fellows, made up of graduate students; Senior Fellows, consisting primarily of faculty; Journalism Fellows; members of the Quadrangle Society -  leaders in  business, the legal profession and philanthropy; as well as Visiting Scholars and Alumni, of whom an increasing number come from York.  The college offers an extraordinary experience by providing a community that allows all members to expand their horizons academically, socially and culturally.

The York-Massey Fellowship and York-Massey Visiting Scholarships were open to full-time faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2017-2018. The Fellowship will provide the selected faculty member with prime office space in the College for the academic year and the status of a full Senior Resident of the College, with all privileges enjoyed by Senior Fellows. The title “York Fellow of Massey College” remains for life or while mutually agreeable.

The Visiting Scholars will have a study space in the College and access to all the same privileges as the Massey College Senior Fellows. Membership in the Massey Alumni Association is granted to Visiting Scholars at the completion of their program.

Professor Naomi Adelson, 2016/17 York-Massey Fellow, described her experience: “I found my year as York-Massey Fellow to be exceptionally stimulating and a wonderfully enriching intellectual environment. I have no doubt that this year's Fellow and Visiting Scholars will have an equally positive experience given all that Massey College and its community has to offer.”

Lily Cho, Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Lily Cho

Lily Cho

Professor Lily Cho’s research focuses on diaspora within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature. She explores the relationship between citizenship, photography and anticipation. For this Scholarship, she will work on two things: First, the Family Camera Network, a research partnership that explores the relationship between family photography and the idea of family. The Principal Investigator is Prof. Thy Phu at Western University.

Second, and related to the Family Camera Network, she will present a paper at a major international conference on family photography: “Reframing Family Photography”will be hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs in September 2017.

David McNally, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

David McNally

David McNally

As Visiting Scholar to Massey College, David McNally will pursue several research projects. The major one involves the completion of a book project entitled, Blood and Money: on the Bonds of Modern Power. This is an interdisciplinary exploration based in political economy, social history, philosophy and literary studies.

McNally will also continue to work on two articles related to social reproduction theory, an innovative approach within feminist and critical political economy. He will also develop a research grant application meant to explore the meanings of modernity in distinctive ‘Old’ and ‘New’ world contexts, where issues of colonialism and racialization loom large.

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