“A Phenomenology of Image-Bearing: Spirituality,
Humanity, and the ‘Supra-’ Relation,” in Image, Phenomenon and Imagination in the Phenomenology of Religious
Experience eds. Martin Nitsche
and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (Verlag T. Bautz GmbH, forthcomi
This article develops a notion of humanity as an inherently image-bearing thing. In doing so, it touches on phenomenological understandings of the 'heart' and of spirituality, and introduces the notion of the 'supra-' relation as a way of making sense of transcendentality (in phenomenology) and of God's relation to creation (in Christian thought).
Spirituality in the ‘Living Philosophical
Tradition’ of Reformational Philosophy,” in Essays
in Honor of Doug Blomberg ed. Agnes Struik and Nik Ansell (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock,
This article develops the notion of spirituality in the "reformational" philosophical tradition of Dooyeweerd. In doing so, it seeks to suggest that such a notion not only helps us make better sense of Dooyeweerd's otherwise enigmatic (though essential) notions of the heart and of supra-temporality, but also helps us see the ongoing importance of reformational philosophy for contemporary philosophy and cultural.
and Ab/Normal Phenomenology: The Husserlian Roots of Merleau-Ponty’s Account of
Expression,” in Normality,
Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty, ed. Talia Walsh and Susan Bredlau. Ithaca: State University of New York Press, 2021
This work traces Merleau-Ponty's use of the concept of expression back to its development in the work of Husserl. In doing so, it finds a continuity in Merleau-Ponty's thought that helps us re-think the contours of phenomenology as a discipline.
Vanhulst, J. & Beling, A.E. (2022). ESAtlas: the Atlas of initiatives for an eco-social transition. Online presentation at the 2022 Latin-American Congress of Sociology (ALAS), WG 14 Environment, Solidarity Economy, and Development. Guadalajara (Mexic
The SustENABLE Transformation research agenda (http://fundacionecoceno.org/es/sustenable-transformation/) is aimed at opening an exploratory reflection on eco-social transition initiatives based on the hypothesis that despite the sociocultural inertia that incessantly reproduces unsustainability, there exist myriad initiatives out there, which are more or less articulated among themselves and with their institutional context, and seek to unmake unsustainability and enable pathways towards sustainable societies, thus rendering the concept of transition to socio-ecological sustainability tangible.To render these eco-social initiatives visible, we developed a collaborative and open-data Atlas in which the different alternatives that contribute to a global ecosocial transition can be mapped: https://www.ecosocialatlas.org. This presentation seeks to introduce the Ecosocial Atlas and its foundations by reviewing some theoretical bases about transitions to sustainability and presenting an overview of the web platform.
Beling, A.E. (forthcoming). “Holy transition”? The Church as ‘glocal’ sustainability transition agent: The case of the The Panamazonian Ecclesial Network. Conference presentation at the Panel Making the sustainability transition politically feas
In its biological and cultural richness and diversity, as well as in the exponentially progressing depletion thereof as a result of unsustainable glocal development patterns, the Amazon basin can be seen as a ‘small universe’ mirroring the relationship between humanity as a whole and “our common home” (Pope Francis), and therefore a critical setting to experiment with the governance of sustainability transitions. The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) is an ecclesial service, platform and network founded in 2013, which promotes cooperation among Church organizations, civil society actors, and the diverse population groups and communities living in an area of 34 million inhabitants, who collectively stand in defense of cultural and biological diversity in the face of an ever-expanding extractive frontier. REPAM can thus be understood as an unprecedented experiment in church-mediated commoning (Gibson-Graham et al., 2016) at the meso-/macro-societal level.Yet the REPAM experiment is relevant not only because of the ecological and cultural importance of the Amazon region, but also due to its model-character. Indeed, REPAM has kickstarted a domino-effect of (self-)reflection and transformation across geographical scales and institutional levels. First, REPAM is branching into various replicative experiments in “other biomes/ territories that are essential for the planetary future” (REPAM, 2019): the Congo River Basin, the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, the tropical forests of the Asia Pacific region, and the Guarani Aquifer. In addition, the REPAM-experiment has led to a process of institutional self-reflection and transformation in the Catholic church at the global level, to include the stewardship of “our common home” as a central feature of its mission (the “Amazonization of the church”, in Pope Francis’ wording).This paper seeks to account for these unfolding developments, distilling insights into both structural and contingent conditions enabling/constraining the role of the Church as a sustainability transition agent in a particular territorial setting (“governance for transition”), but also to theoretically reflect on the changing roles and functions of sustainability governance itself (“governance in transition”)
The ever-increasing probability of a global ecological collapse in the near future has hitherto not made a dent in the continued expansive drive of global development. While the need for far-reaching societal transformation becomes ever more apparent as a condition to achieve sustainability, agents and structures of governance, as well as individual and collective practices at both the global and local levels, seem to remain trapped in a fundamental dilemma: managing the ecological crisis, in order to keep its disruptive effects in check when possible, while simultaneously guaranteeing the continuity of the capitalist consumer society and pursuing the universalization of inherently unsustainable ways of life. In this context, this session seeks to focus on theories and empirical cases that address and show some promise of overcoming the dilemma of sustaining the unsustainable as a condition for sociopolitical stabilization. We ask the question: how can the production of alternative realities be actively pursued without undermining the social bond? A first set of papers undertakes analytically tackles the structural blockers of change, including a theoretical analysis of the functional dilemmas constituting the structural “glass ceiling of transformation” and the resulting need for an “intentional creative destruction” of persistent socio-techno-economic structures (Hausknost) and their path-dependencies and inertias locking-in unsustainable socioeconomic dynamics from the global north with those the global south (Landherr & Graf). A second set of papers proposes ways forward to unlock and thus enable change: Vanhulst critically assesses a theoretical model that seeks to explain how resistance turns into proactive political engagement towards socio-ecological sustainability through a set of empirical case-studies. Beling proposes an exploration of promising innovations in “glocal” governance architectures by unconventional actors such as religion, while Smith and Fressoli address the technological dimension of transitions by looking at open collaborative production as prefiguring the emergence of non-growth-dependent regimes of economic organization, while problematizing the depoliticizing effect of their non-programmatic character. Finally, Deflorian explores “utopia crowdsourcing” as a novel mechanism adopted by environmental alternative action organizations (EAAOs) to circumvent the lack of substantive eco-political actions at the political-institutional level. Taken as a whole, this session is aimed at offering a glimpse into (potentially) emerging forms of world-making capable of circumventing the dilemma outlined in our guiding question. This session gathers presentations covering the conference streams of Architecture and Agency, Democracy and Power, and Anticipation & Imagination
Pelfini, Alejandro, Beling, Adrián E. Beling & Julien Vanhulst (forthcoming) Semi-peripheral ecological modernization and environmental governance in Chile: locked into the iron cage of unsustainability? Transcience. Berlin: Humboldt University.
This paper sets out to critically examine the adoption of a “New
Institutional Framework for Environmental Governance” (NIFEG) enacted in Chile
through new legislation since 2010. Though nominally progressive in both social
and environmental terms, the heavy reliance on bureaucratization as the key
means for improving the legitimacy and effectiveness of environmental governance paradoxically appears to result in the reinforcement of the network
of dominant interests in this policy domain, leading to the channeling of
socio-environmental conflicts towards public mobilization and judicialization, that
is: to the bypassing of political representative institutions. By framing Chile
as a laboratory of ecological modernization in a semi-peripheral, extractivist
context, and through the theoretical and heuristic lens of dramaturgical
analysis, this paper looks at discursive processes shaping environmental
governance as a result of staged performances. It seeks to explore how the
interplay of diverse material and symbolic results in the reinforcement of
path-dependencies in the way of framing sustainable development within
traditional power structures. This results in an “oligarchization” of
environmental governance which ultimately translates into further deteriorating
environmental trends and raises fundamental questions about the limits of
environmental governance alongside the discursive lines of ecological
Beling, A.E. (forthcoming). The Catholic church in times of the ecological crisis: From laggard to an engine of societal change? Religion & Development. Special issue on Catholic-Muslim Dialogue (Severine Deneulin and Masooda Bano, guest eds.). B
we purposively promote the emergence of synergistic social imaginations,
practices, and institutions that would have the effect of transforming our
unsustainable hegemonic model of social organization into a sustainable, that
is, a future-able one? This essay takes issue with this debate, and, more
specifically, with the role of a potentially important trigger and regulator of
a far-reaching societal sustainability transition, namely: religion.
religions have profoundly influenced psychosocial
ways of feeling, thinking, and acting throughout history, and can potentially
offer an effective complement to currently dominant techno-centered,
rationalistic, and utilitarian governance approaches, filling in the void in
addressing the neglected transformation of cultural scaffoldings and social
practices in larger social context.
Beling, Adrián E. & Emmanuel Poretti (2022). “Del desarrollo a la ecología integral: La Red Universitaria para el Cuidado de la Casa Común (RUC) y su Diplomatura Superior en Ecología Integral”. En: Ana María Bonet de Viola, Manuel Gómez Mendoza, Thoma
Within the framework of the global debate on the implications of a necessary socio-ecological transition to implications of a necessary socio-ecological transition to sustainability for the reorientation of current current development trajectories, the present text aims to present a concrete experience in the present a concrete experience of construction and articulation of an institutional network of Latin American universities of an institutional network of Latin American universities around the regulative ideal of an "ecological regulatory ideal of an "integral ecology".
Beling, A. E. (2022). "Laudato si’ como respuesta a la postergada pregunta por el rol de la Iglesia en la Gran Transformación socio-ecológica". Miríada. Investigación en Ciencias Sociales. Buenos Aires: Universidad del Salvador
This essay offers a reflection on the current and potential role of religions, and in particular of the global ecumenical Church, in the necessary socio-ecological transformation of our "expansive modernity", a major transformation analogous in scope and depth to that described by Karl Polanyi in reference to the societal transition that historically accompanied the Industrial Revolution. The main impetus for this reflection is provided by Pope Francis' encyclical letter, Laudato si': On Care for the Common Home (2015), which can be understood as a spiritual, moral, practical and institutional tool that adds to the existing repertoires of response to the global socio-environmental crisis. Thus, the present text undertakes an "archaeological" reading that analyzes the encyclical as part of a contemporary intertextual network shaped around the socio-political challenge of the global socio-environmental crisis.
Vanhulst, Julien , Karla Gonzalez Tapia, Adrian E. Beling, Ricardo Rivas, Rachel Elfant (2022). From NIMBY to transformation? Lessons from four case studies in the Maule Region in Chile. Local Environment, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2022.2091529
Research on local environmental struggles as a politicisation process opens space to reflect on the contributions of socio-ecological resistance movements toward systemic sustainability governance. This article seeks to empirically test Sebastien’s theoretical and methodological framework on enlightening resistance through four case studies from Chile, while additionally exploring the capacity of politically proactive movements to push socio-ecological change beyond lifeworld sustainability toward systemic sustainability. This study aims to inquire into the usefulness of the enlightening resistance framework as a contribution to a larger theoretical effort to shed light on the blockers and enablers of political action towards transformative social change. Drawing on both primary and secondary data, and applying interpretive content-based analysis on the variables of the enlightening resistance framework for each case, our study finds a dull transition happening from resistance to proactive-type movements, yet challenging certain aspects of Sebastien’s thesis. While the movements are partially successful in reframing discourses about the territory, they do not translate into proposals capable of outcompeting the resisted projects, nor into any change in relevant decision-making processes. In addition, we introduce a hypothesis about the adequacy of this framework in socio-political and socio-economic contexts characterised by a disempowered civil society and a type of "neoliberal" sustainability governance favouring market actors as well as experts – both technical and legal –, while silencing local actors. Also, the capacity of proactive-type movements to transcend the boundaries of lifeworld sustainability has been shown to be limited because of a structural decoupling of the latter from system sustainability.
Carballo, Ana E., Adrian E. Beling, Johannes Waldmüller, and Julien Vanhulst (2022). Alternautas in The Changing Landscape of Latin America’s and Global Development Imaginaries. Alternautas, Vol. 9 (1). ISSN - 2057-4924
First off, a very warm welcome to this landmark issue of Alternautas, now hosted in an OJS platform at the University of Warwick. Opening our first issue as an OJS journal is a significant milestone and in this editorial introduction we would like to share with you, our dear readers, some insights about our journey so far. Alternautas collective editorial project has been one of the pioneers in the creation of decentralized and collaborative media platforms for the production and dissemination of non-mainstream academic and activist knowledge.
Kirk, A.D. (2022). Resilience in the Social-Ecological Approach & Its Significance for Secondary Science Education [Conference session]. 14th Annual Graduate Research Showcase, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
The concept of resilience impacts teaching and learning in educational settings in addition to its broader impact in society in general. The social-ecological approach provides critical context and guidance for how to understand its relevance to the classroom, and the secondary science classroom in particular. After a brief introduction to both the social-ecological approach and research on resilience, the session explores the relevance and applicability of a dynamic understanding of resilience to science teaching. Particular attention is given to its place in relation to established themes and outcomes, as described in the Alberta Programs of Studies in secondary sciences (e.g., Science 10 or Chemistry 20). The session concludes with questions and directions for future research.
Geographic Lament: Applying Ancient Practices to Contemporary Social and Environmental Tragedies. 2021 Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers.
In the discipline of Geography, students are exposed to environmental and social tragedies that can elicit feelings of devastating loss, unspeakable suffering, unrelieved grief, and protest. Addressing rather than ignoring these feelings can establish productive means of resilience and capacity building. Lament has been used by many cultures and traditions to address grief and loss. By integrating lament into pedagogy, students and professors can grow in their capacity to appropriately grieve while making room for productive conversation on a variety of social and environmental issues.
Zhang, P., Britton, AP, Visser, KA, Welke, CA, Wassink, H., Prins, E., Yang, X. & Martin-Visscher, LA (2021). Genome Sequences of Bacteriophages cd2, cd3, and cd4, which Specifically Target Carnobacterium divergens. Microbiology Resource Ann
Carnobacteria have been implicated in food spoilage, but also in protection against pathogenic bacteria. We report the isolation and complete genome sequences of three bacteriophages (phages cd2, cd3, and cd4) that specifically target Carnobacterium divergens. The genome sizes are approximately 57 kbp and have limited homology to known enterococcal and streptococcal phages.MRAVolume 10, Number 3426 August 2021ABSTRACTANNOUNCEMENTACKNOWLEDGMENTSREFERENCESCarnobacteria have been implicated in food spoilage, but also in protection against pathogenic bacteria. We report the isolation and complete genome sequences of three bacteriophages (phages cd2, cd3, and cd4) that specifically target Carnobacterium divergens. The genome sizes are approximately 57 kbp and have limited homology to known enterococcal and streptococcal phages.ABSTRACTCarnobacteria have been implicated in food spoilage, but also in protection against pathogenic bacteria. We report the isolation and complete genome sequences of three bacteriophages (phages cd2, cd3, and cd4) that specifically target Carnobacterium divergens. The genome sizes are approximately 57 kbp and have limited homology to known enterococcal and streptococcal phages.MRAVolume 10, Number 3426 August 2021ABSTRACTANNOUNCEMENTACKNOWLEDGMENTSREFERENCESCarnobacteria have been implicated in food spoilage, but also in protection against pathogenic bacteria. We report the isolation and complete genome sequences of three bacteriophages (phages cd2, cd3, and cd4) that specifically target Carnobacterium divergens. The genome sizes are approximately 57 kbp and have limited homology to known enterococcal and streptococcal phages.
Alphonse, Danielle, Shirley Tagalik, Erica Hurley, David Long. (2021). Bridging Indigenous and Western Paradigms in Community-Based Research. National Forum on Bridging Indigenous and Western Paradigms in Community
Based Research. Community Based Research
Presenter and panel discussant for national forum on bridging Indigenous and Western paradigms in community-based research.
Braun, J. and Clement, D. (2021) State Funding for Immigration in Canada. Canadian Studies.
Abstract:This study is the first of its kind to use grants data to document trends in state funding for the settlement sector in Canada. It demonstrates, among other things, how both federal and provincial funding for settlement is unevenly distributed across the country compared with landing rates; and how funding for settlement and integration is highly concentrated among a few Immigrant Serving Organizations (ISAs) across a small number of jurisdictions. We argue that this has implications for the access and quality of settlements services available to newcomers depending on where they land in Canada.
Heather Prior, Dylan Van Gaalen, and Jack Lacroix. Effects of rosmarinic acid and β-cyclodextrin on lens clarity in adult zebrafish. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference, 2021.
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of rosmarinic acid and β-cyclodextrin on lens clarity in zebrafish with induced cataracts. We have previously developed a method for the induction of cataracts in adult zebrafish which was used to produce cataracts in our study animals. We treated extracted cataractous and healthy lenses with rosmarinic acid as well as β-cyclodextrin, and assessed lens clarity in response to various treatment combinations compared to controls.
Leah A. Martin-Visscher, Kristopher Ooms, and Peter Mahaffy. Chemistry as if students matter: from student to student’s learning outcomes. Canadian Journal of Chemistry. 99(8): 685-691. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjc-2020-0349
As a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, we report on an initiative that involves university undergraduate students directly and meaningfully in the articulation and implementation of student learning outcomes for their chemistry programs. Student learning outcomes describe what a student should know, do, and value at the end of a learning experience. The initiative was carried out over several years at the King’s University in Edmonton, a small undergraduate liberal arts and science institution with a Chemical Institute of Canada accredited B.Sc. chemistry program. Senior students were involved in articulating their own learning outcomes for their chemistry program and mapping them onto the courses in the program. The resultant heat map provided an interesting visual tool to help the learning community assess strengths and gaps in coverage, as perceived by students. The authors then led a workshop at the Chemistry Education program of a Canadian Society for Chemistry national chemistry meeting to share experiences among Canadian chemistry programs on the diverse ways faculty and programs articulate, implement, and assess student learning outcomes. We conclude with suggestions for steps that departments and programs can take to meaningfully implement student learning outcomes in the design, review, and modification of chemistry programs, including benchmarking those learning outcomes with international outcomes published as a result of an IUPAC project.
Kits, Gerda, Roy Berkenbosch, and Joanne Moyer. 2021. Cultivating Hope in the Christian University Classroom. International Journal of Christianity and Education 25(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056997120972140
Today’s post-secondary students
struggle with increasing depression and anxiety, in part influenced by the
troubling state of the world. Our students desperately need hope; yet too
often, their university classes diminish rather than increase hope. A key role
of the Christian educator is to teach students to live in biblical hope, rooted
in the transformational work of God in human history. Drawing on the work of diverse
scholars and educators, this paper lays out a theological framework for hope
and uses it to outline orientations and practices for the classroom that equip
students to live faithfully into that hope.
Peet, C. (2020). Author-meets-critics: Discussion of "Practicing Transcendence: Axial Age Spiritualities for a World in Crisis" (Published 2019, Palgrave). Panel at 2020 “Religion and Spirituality in a Frightening World” Conference hosted b
Had gathered 4 critics who had agreed to speak on panel.Participant
The King's University, Edmonton, AB, Canada
University of Mississippi
Singapore Management University
University College Cork
Heather Prior. All Generations: A Personal Story of Inheritance. Keynote address, Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation Annual General Meeting, Nov. 13, 2020. (online)
Genetics, genomes, and genealogies – we live in an age of unprecedented power to unlock our biological heritage. But we still experience human frailties such as infertility, disease, and ultimately death. By considering her own hereditary legacy, both biological and spiritual, CSCA Vice-president Heather Prior will reflect on the theme of inheritance, and consider what it might mean to pass on a rich inheritance to future generations.
Kim, H. D., & Kamalanabhan, T. J. (2020).
Task Performance of Expatriates Based on Emissary Model of Global Human
Resource Strategy. Management and Labour Studies, 45(4): 1-16
This survey study examined predictors of the task performance of Korean expatriates in India, while considering their globalization status. Task performance was significantly influenced by opportunities for career development and satisfaction of global human resource management practices. However, cultural intelligence, family adjustment and willingness to accept a global assignment did not significantly influence task performance. Using an emissary model of international HR strategy that conforms to Korean companies’ current globalization status, we explain these results and also suggest valuable insights to fast-growing companies from newly industrializing or emerging economies so that they can develop a relevant strategy for improving task performance of their expatriates.
Long. David. (2020) Aging and changing
gracefully together. Sherwood Park: Sherwood Park United Church
After outlining how some of the more significant societal changes can and do affect family and church relationships, participants were invited to share their insights into how members of their families and their congregation as a whole can learn to age and change “gracefully” together.
Long, David. 2020. Planting the Seeds of Reconciliation: moving Indigenous/Settler relations forward in a colonial context.
The purpose of this paper is to: (i) describe the community-engaged research project entitled “Planting the Seeds of Reconciliation” involving the Creating Hope Society (CHS) of Edmonton, (ii) outline some of the challenges we have experienced throughout the implementation of our project and, (iii) discuss a number of questions I have been compelled to think about as a settler-ally involved with Indigenous colleagues in this and other reconciliation-focused projects.
Stolte, Charles. Saxophone recital with Joachim Segger, piano accompaniment. Noon Tunes Series, The King's University. 4 October, 2019.
The 50-minute program included my own work, True Confessions for solo saxophone (1994), and the Canadian premiere of three movements from The Moment When.. for solo alto saxophone by Dr. Richard Covey, UPEI.
Cadence is a pre-existing piece performed by Edmonton pianist, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, as part of her multi-disciplinary From See to Sound to See project, which paired Edmonton visual artists with Edmonton composers in collaborative, complementary art works. This piece was interpreted in a sculpture of the same name by Edmonton sculptor, James Lavoie. Premiere performance 16 August, Edmonton. Second performance, 20 August, Red Deer. Projected performance June 2021, Strata Festival, Saskatoon.
Stolte, Charles. Tenebris (Darkness) for solo piano. 5'
Tenebris (Darkness) was one of two pieces written for Edmonton pianist, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, as part of her multi-disciplinary From See to Sound to See project, which paired Edmonton visual artists with Edmonton composers in collaborative, complementary art works. This piece was complemented by the sculpture, Night, by Edmonton sculptor, James Lavoie. Premiere performance 16 August, Edmonton. Second performance, 20 August, Red Deer. Projected performance June 2021, Strata Festival, Saskatoon.
Stolte, Charles. Ex lucem sonus for solo piano (2020). 5'
Ex lucem sonus was one of two pieces written for Edmonton pianist, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, as part of her multi-disciplinary From See to Sound to See project, which paired Edmonton visual artists with Edmonton composers in collaborative, complementary art works. This piece was composed to reflect the sculpture, Ex terra lucem, by Edmonton sculptor, James Lavoie. Premiere performance 16 August, Edmonton. Second performance, 20 August, Red Deer. Projected performance June 2021, Strata Festival, Saskatoon
Accepted to a journal called Management and Labour studies
This survey study examined predictors of the task performance of Korean expatriates to India while considering their globalization status. Task performance was significantly influenced by opportunities for career development and satisfaction of global human resource management practices. However, cultural intelligence, family adjustment, and willingness to accept a global assignment did not significantly influence task performance. Using an emissary model of international HR strategy that conforms to Korean companies' current globalization status, we explain these results and also suggest valuable insights to fast-growing companies from newly industrializing or emerging economies so that they can develop a relevant strategy for improving task performance of their expatriates.
Dawe, D.A., Peters, V.S., and Flannigan, M.D. 2020. Post-fire regeneration of endangered limber pine (Pinus flexilis) at the northern extent of its range, Forest Ecology and Management 457(2020) 117725:1-12.
We present original research on the lack of efficacy of fires for providing regeneration opportunities for limber pine in the immediate post-fire period. We caution managers about using prescribed burns as a recovery strategy for the endangered limber pine.
Joyce, Adrienna, Reid, Erin, Nabisere, Immaculate, Patrick, Margie, Aijazi, Omer, & Chan, W.Y. Alice. What is a "Good Life"? Looking at worldviews, dialogue, and integration. Workshop Presentation at Metropolis, March 19, 2020, Winnipeg. Con
"How do I interpret a Eurocentric curriculum to reflect the realities of non-White students when I am a white settler Canadian?" "Why do aspirations of Muslim survivors from conflict zones differ from those trying to help them?" We discuss these worldviews via a vignette and small group discussions.
Starblanket, Gina and David Long. (2019). Imagining New Futures: a concluding dialogue. Pp. 252-256 in Starblanket, Gina and David Long (eds.). Visions of the Heart. Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada 5th ed. Toronto: O
Concluding chapter of our co-edited collection of articles addressing issues involving Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Starblanket, Gina and David Long. (eds.) 2019). An Invitation to Dialogue. in Starblanket, Gina and David Long. Visions of the Heart. Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada 5th ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press
Introductory chapter for the collection of articles on issues involving Indigenous peoples in Canada.
P. G.; Matlin, S.A; "Systems thinking to educate about the molecular
basis of sustainability" L’ actualité chimique, N° 446, pp. 47-49 (Dec 2019,
Featured in International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry 100 stories for their Centenial. IUPAC 100 Stories. Retrieved from https://iupac.org/100/stories/systems-thinking-to-educate-about-the-molecular-basis-of-sustainability/. Reproduced from
Christian Teaching Examples in Computing Science. Michael Janzen (2019), Presented at the SHAPING CHRISTIAN LEARNING: THE KUYERS INSTITUTE/INCHE 2019 CONFERENCE, held at Prince Conference Center, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A benefit to Christian education in Computing Science is viewing the discipline through a Christian lens. This may be initially difficult for Christian instructors with a secular educational background, but a set of examples may help guide new instructors to see Christian issues in typical topics. This talk provides Christian teaching examples from various sub-disciplines including Object- Oriented Programming, Discrete Mathematics, Computer Architecture, Algorithm Analysis, Computer Video Game Development, Software Testing, Web Development, and Artificial Intelligence.
Kim, H. D. (2019, December) Challenges and Opportunities of Contextual Performance in Emerging Market: Korean expatriates in India, Paper is to be presented at International Conference on Building Agile Workforce: Transforming Talent, Technology & Ide
This survey study examined predictors of contextual performance of Korean expatriates to India and found that English fluency, job enrichment, and boundaryless career significantly influenced the performance, but tenure in India and pre-departure training did not. These results call for immediate action for Korean multinational companies to review their current expatriate management and also suggest valuable insights to fast-growing companies from newly industrializing or emerging economies so that they can develop a relevant strategy for improving the contextual performance of their expatriates.
Ozoike-Dennis, P., Spaling, H. , Sinclair, A.J. and Walker, H. 2019 SEA, urban plans and solid waste management in Kenya: Participation and learning for sustainable cities. Journal of Environmental Assessment, Policy and Management. https://doi.org/10.114
"The Telos of Prison Education: Renewal and Reconciliation through the Liberal Arts" How Cultural Forms Support Reconciliation. MacEwan University, July 2-5th, 2019.
charts the evolution of punishment from punitive acts against a body to acts against
the soul. By
soul, he does not refer to the “illusion of the theologians”, but to the entity
created by the “surplus power” exercised upon the condemned body by “warders,
doctors, chaplains, psychiatrists, psychologists, educationalists.” It is a sobering
thought. If Foucault is right, then educational interventions in carceral
spaces are not only counterproductive but immoral, a transgression against the
implied ethics of the post-secondary teaching profession.For Foucault,
structures of power within prison invariably render relationship between the
incarcerated person and the practitioner toxic. This paper investigates the claim
and connects Foucault’s pessimism to assumptions in his mythological account of
the soul’s creation. It begins by paying attention to this mythological
account, and it juxtaposes Foucault’s mythology of power with the creation account
implied in Catholic doctrine of Psychologist, William Lynch. A decade before
Foucault’s land mark study of prisons emerged, William Lynch published his
study of another equally insidious carceral environment: the prison of a despairing
mind. Lynch’s work surveys images of hope and offers a clinician’s taxonomy of
the virtue. Hope, argues Lynch, is deeply connected to the imagination and to the
empirical project of hypothesis and experimentation. Lynch posits that hope is
virtue, that we can only hope together.
Finally, he asserts that hope is profoundly connected to the capacity to wish,
to desire.This paper will reflect
on Lynch’s three-part analysis of hope by way of practical anecdotes and
experiences from the instructors and students in The Ephesus Project, a
post-secondary liberal arts prison program in Edmonton, Alberta. The Ephesus
Project originated as an outreach project of a Christian University that shares
Lynch’s mythological understanding of the soul and for whom renewal and
reconciliation are core to the university’s mission statement. It has since
grown to include faculty from other schools who share the program’s core
assumptions but not necessarily the Christian faith. These stories suggest that
liberal arts courses provide unique opportunities to develop the imagination,
build healthy community, and foster the kind of knowledge of self and other
that allows wishes and desires to blossom. They also suggest that the
mythological assumptions that inform the intentions and direction of prison
teaching may influence positively the ends they serve. While Foucault’s
critique is essential motivation for the work of prison abolition, a
reassessment of his mythological assumptions may help mitigate despair over all
who are currently trapped in the system. This discussion posits that a pedagogy
directed toward belonging and a teaching practice rooted in hope might foster
renewal and reconciliation.Bibliography:Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Vintage Books, rpt
1995.Lynch, William. Images of Hope: Imagination as Healer of the Hopeless. University
of Notre Dame Press, rpt 1975.Smith, Caleb. The Prison and the American Imagination. Yale UP, 2009. “Soul” is Foucault’s word. This English translation of
his original French term, âme, is accurate. By using the term “soul,” however,
Foucault employs the term as a metaphor for the materialist reading of power he
provides throughout his study.
Kits, Gerda J. 2019. Why Educating for Shalom Requires Decolonization. International Journal of Christianity and Education 23(2): 185-203. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2056997119826123
Indigenous scholars argue that reconciliation requires
educators to make space for Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum. This
paper agrees, arguing that Christians who are committed to Wolterstorff’s
concept of “educating for shalom” must work towards decolonization of the
educational system. Eurocentrism in the current system is a product of racism,
and prevents students from learning from a diversity of cultural perspectives.
Further, failing to decolonize actively perpetuates injustice towards both
Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and fails to equip students to
participate in the societal changes that are necessary to heal the relationship
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in North America.
Kim, H.D., & Tung, R. L. The Effect of Boundaryless Career Attitude on Intention to Leave: the Case of Korean Expatriates in India
This study seeks to address the predictors of expatriates’ intention to leave the organization and to examine how boundaryless career attitude affects the intention under various situations based on a questionnaire survey of 82 Korean expatriate managers in India. The results revealed that a boundaryless career attitude did not directly influence the intention to leave, and perceived organizational support also did not reduce the intention. But repatriation concerns were a significant factor of Korean expatriates' intention's to leave. When repatriation concerns were present, both lower-level managers and those who had a high boundaryless career attitude with high task performance perception increased the intention. These findings suggest that companies positively view the notion of boundaryless careers and reflect it in career development programs that should be transparent and predictable, and also contain appropriate repatriation care. The practical implications for international human resource management are also discussed.
Kim, H. D., & Kamalanabhan, T. J. Task Performance of Expatriates Based on Emissary Model of Global Human Resource Strategy
This survey study examined predictors of task performance of Korean expatriates to India while considering their globalization status, and revealed that career development opportunities and satisfaction of international human resource management practices significantly influenced the performance, but cultural intelligence, family adjustment, and willingness to accept an international assignment did not. An emissary model of global HR strategy that fits with Koreans companies' current globalization status explains these results and suggests valuable insights to fast-growing companies from newly industrializing or emerging economies so that they can develop a relevant strategy for improving task performance of their expatriates.
Kim, H. D., & Tung, R. L. Kim, H. D., & Tung, R. L. Home Away from Home As A Queen Bee Goes – Metaphor for Capturing Hyundai Motor’s Entry into the India Automotive Market
This study examines how the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) became a global automaker through its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) experience in India. HMC outperformed its competition by taking a different approach to the Indian automobile market and making efforts toward improving efficiency and became a major global automaker in a short period of time despite its limited international experience. We study HMC’s previous FDI strategy and practices and examine how the lessons learned from its failed investment in Canada enabled it to overcome the challenges of establishing its operations in India. This paper also analyzes the reasons for HMC’s success in India and how its experience can be imitated by other companies whose home countries are at a similar stage of development as that of Korea’s or at the emerging market status.
Kim, H. D. (2019, December) Challenges and Opportunities of Contextual Performance in Emerging Market: Korean expatriates in India, Paper is to be presented at Agile Workforce Conference 2019: Transforming Talent, Technology and Ideas, Puducherry, India
This survey study examined predictors of contextual performance of Korean expatriates to India based on a questionnaire survey of 123 Korean expatriate managers in India and found that English fluency, job enrichment, and boundaryless career significantly influenced the performance, but tenure in India and pre-departure training did not. These results call for immediate action for Korean multinational companies to review their current expatriate management and also suggest valuable insights to fast-growing companies from newly industrializing or emerging economies so that they can develop a relevant strategy for improving the contextual performance of their expatriates.
Kim, H. D. (2019). Determinants of Organizational Commitment in Emerging Market: Korean Expatriates in India. European Journal of Economics and Business Studies, 5(1): 116-125.
This study examined expatriates’ organizational commitment by focusing on how willingness to accept an international assignment, training for an international assignment, expatriate empowerment, perceived organizational support, and demographic variables in order to predict the Korean expatriates’ organizational commitment in India. The results provided empirical evidence that expatriates are more committed to their organization when they perceived organizational support and empowerment and gave some valuable insights to develop relevant training for cultural adjustment and managerial skill development as well as supporting programs, especially for growing companies in emerging economies. By building on the cross-cultural management and organizational theories and researches, this study expands these recent findings to expatriate studies.
Kim, H, D. Developing a Cross-Cultural Motivation Strategy for Korean Multinational Companies in India, The 18th Conference on Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal. May 17, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal. May 17, 2019
This exploratory study examines how cultural variations affect the motivation of Indian employees of Indian companies in India (INDIAN), Indian employees of Korean companies in India (INDO-KOREAN), and Korean employees of Korean companies in Korea (KOREAN) based on a questionnaire survey of 514 employees. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that culture played a moderating effect between the factors of motivation and overall motivation in the combination of INDIAN and KOREAN and also revealed that the interaction between culture and provision of feedback had predictive value on overall motivation. In addition, the study showed that the similarities among three groups’ culture explained similar responses to compensation and equity at work, but two different cultural dimensions such as Uncertainty Avoidance and Monumentalism provided important insights that provision of feedback should be implemented in a different manner. The implications, both theoretical and practical, for international human resource management are provided.
Kim, H, D. (2019, May) Determinants of Organizational Commitment in Emerging Market: Korean Expatriates in India, Paper presented at The 18th Conference on Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal
The organizational commitment of expatriates is one of the most important attitudes that could lead to the high performance of multinational companies(MNCs). This study found that work recognition, job autonomy, and high social status really empowered Korean expatriate and resulted in strong commitment. And when they perceived their company’s support tangibly, their commitment also increased significantly. However, this study also found some gaps between the perception and the reality in the areas of financial, career development, family-related, and living adjustment supports where Korean MNCs should take action on.One of the most pressing issues for MNCs from emerging economies is to develop a relevant international human resource management strategy because their contexts are different from those who are from developed countries. Most Korean MNCs also experienced very similar situations because they became global in a very short span of time. Therefore, this research contributes to knowledge of International human resource management theoretically and practically, especially to those who seek a relevant model for expatriate management in MNCs from emerging economies.
Dawe, D. 2019. Post-fire regeneration of endangered limber pine (Pinus flexilis) at the northern extent of its range. M.Sc. thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
Prescribed fire was tested as a potential recovery strategy for the endangered limber pine. We found that fire did not create regeneration opportunities in short term,, as only 6 seedlings were found on 8 - 16 year old fires. In contrast, 20 times this much regeneration occurred over this same time period on unburned seedbeds in adjacent mature stands. We recommend that alternative restoration practices, namely planting disease resistant seedlings, be considered for meeting short term recovery goals.
“Expression and Phenomenology: The
Question of Method,” Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, University
of British Columbia, June 3-5 2019.
This presentation lays out the importance of expression to the phenomenological method, and as such provides a methodological (rather than merely historical) case for the centrality of expression to phenomenology.
“Phenomenological Spirituality and its
Relationship to Religion,” Engaging the Contemporary 2019, University
of Malta, Valletta, Malta, Nov 7-8, 2019.
This presentation will outline a phenomenological understanding of spirituality, and show how it helps us develop more nuanced analyses of religion by suggesting four distinct levels of phenomenological analysis at work in any religious phenomenon.
“On the Relationship Between Divinity and
Materiality in the Continental Tradition,” Canadian Philosophical
Association, Vancouver, Canada, June 4, 2019.
This presentation summarized two distinct approaches to the relationship between divinity and materiality at work in the Continental tradition of philosophy: the liturgical and the event-al approaches. It then develops the notion of "material spirituality" and shows how that provides something new to our understanding of the divine-material relationship, and how this, in turn, opens new avenues for the analysis of religious phenomena.
“The Sense of Spirituality,” International
Network in Philosophy of Religion, Bi-annual Meeting, Institut
Catholique de Paris, Paris, France, June 18-23, 2019.
This presentation develops the phenomenological understanding of spirituality, and then shows how this reveals four distinct levels of phenomenological analysis for any religious phenomenon. this, in turn, will help us offer a more refined understanding of religion.
“Distinguishing Four Levels of the Phenomenological
Analysis of Religion,” 2019 Regional meeting of the Society for the
Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SoPheRE), Valparaiso University, October
This presentation helps us distinguish between spiritual and various religious levels at work in religious phenomena. It lays out the four distinct levels, and then explains both the relationship between them, and the problems that result (in both analysis and in lived religious experience) when these four levels are confused with each other or ignored.
“The Spiritual Task of Phenomenology,”
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, September 21,,2019.
this paper develops Husserl's notion of spirituality, and then argues, following Husserl's own argument in The Crisis of the European Sciences, that phenomenology has a necessarily spiritual task, one that is important to the development of Western culture.
“From Roots to Petals: The Spirituality of
Money,” Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church, Calgary AB, Aug
This presentation argues that our views of money necessarily grow out of a spiritual root. It discusses consumerism, as the spiritual soil of our contemporary society, and shows how it leads to a particular view of money that shapes our everyday lives. It then offers a different spiritual approach (rooted in God's gracious redemptive activity in the world) and how it leads to a different view of money and its impact on our daily lives.
“Buying Happiness,” Keynote Address at
public conference “Cash Rules Everything Around Me?,” The King’s University, September 18-19,
This talk shows that a consumerist spirituality shapes our views on money, which in turn shapes how we 'do university.' It then also suggests another way of 'doing university' that is rooted in another spirituality, one focused on God's redemptive activity in the world.
“What do you want? Faith and Christian
Education,” annual meeting of the Western Canada region of the
Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI), October 18, 2019.
This talk suggests that we should think of faith primarily in terms of love (what we want) rather than belief (what we think). It then discusses concretely how this affects the practice(s) of Christian education.
Dylan Van Gaalen and Heather Prior. Lanosterol treatment of induced cataracts in adult zebrafish shows reduction of cataract severity, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Vancourver, BC, April 28, 2019.
Poster Presentation on original research based on Dylan's senior biology research project given at conference jointly by Heather Prior and Dylan Van Gaalen.
Kits, Gerda J. 2018. Educating for Reconciliation in the Economics Classroom. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education 9(3): 254-273. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJPEE.2018.093432
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation
Commission has sparked new interest in the concept of “educating for
reconciliation,” though calls to “indigenize” or “decolonize” the classroom
preceded the TRC’s work by several years. This paper argues that economics educators’
responsibilities in settler-colonial contexts are two-fold: to teach students
about the economic history of colonialism and its contemporary implications in
a way that equips them to contribute to real economic change, and to foster
respect and mutual understanding by acknowledging the legitimacy of Indigenous
perspectives on the economy. The paper concludes with some suggestions for
practical change in the economics classroom.
“Is Science a Spiritual Practice?: Material
Spirituality, Barbarism and Our Place in the Cosmos,” Faith and Science
Lecture Series, Concordia University of Edmonton, Oct 22, 2018.
This presentation uses the work of Michel Henry (and my own notion of 'material spirituality) to analyze the 'spiritual' component of scientific inquiry to argue that science is inherently a spiritual practice, and that the physical make-up of our contemporary world is a spiritual product.
Kits, Gerda J. 2017. Good for the Economy? Analyzing Alberta’s Bitumen Industry from an Ecological Economics Perspective. Ecological Economics 139: 68-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.04.020
claims about the economic, social and environmental impacts of bitumen projects
make Alberta’s oilsands industry highly contentious. This paper uses a case
study of a major bitumen project, Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion, to
examine the evidence considered by government decision-makers in the project
approval process. The project was determined to be “in the public interest”
based primarily on its economic benefits, despite significant adverse
environmental and social impacts. The paper evaluates the evidence that was presented
to support this decision, using three criteria drawn from ecological economics:
efficient allocation, just distribution, and sustainable macroeconomic scale.
Kits, Gerda J., Wiktor L. Adamowicz, and Peter C. Boxall. 2014. Do conservation auctions crowd out voluntary environmentally friendly activity? Ecological Economics 105, 118-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.05.014
Research has shown that introducing external incentives to encourage pro-social behavior, such as monetary rewards or regulation, may "crowd out" voluntary pro-social activity. This study investigates motivational crowding out in the case of conservation auctions, which offer monetary incentives to encourage landowners to adopt environmentally friendly management practices. Our experimental evidence shows that the introduction and subsequent removal of a conservation auction significantly reduces voluntary provision of environmental quality (via monetary donations to an environmental charity), compared to a control group that does not experience an auction.
“Apologia materiae: A Reply to Lydia Jaeger.” The Gift of Scientia, the Body of Christ, and the Common Good: Scientists and Theologians Working Together, 2021 ASA Meeting, Virtual Conference (July 2021).
“Material Spirituality and the
Expressive Nature of Liturgy,” in Liturgies:
Philosophical Explorations of Embodied Religious Practice edited by Neal DeRoo, J. Aaron Simmons and
Bruce Ellis Benson (Forthcoming, 2021
Heather M. Prior, Grace Greidanus-Strom, Heather Siemens, Stephanie Penner, Vicki Wielenga. Essential oils as inhibitors of Paenibacillus larvae:Oral toxicity to adult and larval honey bees and efficacy of bacterial inhibition in larvae reared in vit