Photo of Massey College | 2018-08-20

History and Politics professors earn York-Massey appointments


York University Professors Gabrielle Slowey and Joan Judge were awarded Massey College appointments for the 2018-19 academic year.

“We are very pleased that Professor Judge and Professor Slowey were awarded these honours,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research and innovation. “The York-Massey 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.”

Massey College is an independent college situated on the University of Toronto campus. 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.

York-Massey Visiting Scholarship (2018-19): Gabrielle Slowey

Gabrielle Slowey

Gabrielle Slowey

Gabrielle Slowey is an associate professor in the Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, at York University. She also holds the position of director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York.

During her 2018-19 sabbatical leave, Slowey plans to pursue a major research project and prepare a book-length manuscript. The Politics of Knowledge(s): Extraction and Ecological Governance in Northern Canada will address public policy research questions not only specific to the Canadian north, but also relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges. It will answer important resource-related questions pertaining to the development of extractive resources, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of the environment in the decision-making process.

This research creates a rich starting point and foundation for the advancement of multi-ecology/comparative ecology research and analysis within academic and policy worlds, as well as within Indigenous communities across the circumpolar north.

York-Massey Visiting Scholarship (2018-19): Joan Judge

Joan Judge

Joan Judge

Joan Judge is a professor in the Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, at York University. She is a cultural historian of Chinese knowledge and print.

During her sabbatical leave in 2018-19, she aims to complete her current SSHRC-funded book project, In Search of the Chinese Common Reader: Usable Knowledge and Wondrous Ignorance in the Age of Global Science, 1890-1955. In addition, her book-length project, “In Search of the Chinese Common Reader,” will be finalized during her tenure as a York-Massey Scholar. It is an investigation of the nexus of usable knowledge, science and state power in China’s historic transition from insular dynasty to global nation. Key problems addressed at the core of the project include the relationship among knowledge, print and society, the nature of science and the politics of ignorance.

As China lurched from imperial to republican to communist rule, political upheaval was interwoven with profound epistemic flux: the demise of Confucianism (the intellectual foundation of the ruling class for over two millennia) and the rise of the western scientific treatise; the outflow of Chinese students to Japan, North America and Europe in search of technical and political knowledge, and the influx of missionaries, merchants and translated texts, purveyors of new religious, commercial and sociopolitical ideas.

Shifting the focus from the more rarefied and well-researched ambits of these trends, Judge’s project probes the more mundane and densely populated arenas of China’s knowledge culture – streetside bookstalls, fledgling publishers and the homes of poorer urbanites. Its key protagonists are China’s as-yet little understood common readers, low-level bureaucrats and merchants, workers and housewives of modest literacy and modest means.

About Massey College
Massey College 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 University. 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 2018-19.