CMRS is a research community of faculty, friends, and students at and beyond the University of Saskatchewan. We support a wide range of faculty research projects, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and student research.
One of our strengths is the close relationship between research and teaching, for example in core courses such as CMRS 333, Exploring Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts; CMRS 402, Directed Research; CMRS 403, Analysis and Public Exhibition of Cultural Artifacts; and CMRS 433, Advanced Manuscript Studies.
Abraham Akkerman, Phenomenology of the Winter-City: Myth in the Rise and Decline of Built Environments
This book explores how the weather and city-form impact the mind, and how city-form and mind interact. It builds on Merleau-Ponty’s contention that mind, the human body and the environment are intertwined in a singular composite, and on Walter Benjamin’s suggestion that mind and city-form, in mutual interaction, through history, have set the course of civilization. Bringing together the fields of philosophy, urbanism, geography, history, and architecture, the book shows the association of existentialism with prevalence of mood disorder in Northern Europe at the close of Little Ice Age. It explains the implications of city-form and traces the role of the myths and allegories of urban design as well as the history of gender projection onto city-form. It shows how urbanization in Northern Europe provided easier access to shelter, yet resulted in sunlight deprivation, and yielded increasing incidence of depression and other mental disorder among the European middle-class. The book uses the examples of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky and Kafka, to show how walking through the streets, squares and other urban voids became the informal remedy to mood disorder, a prominent trait among founders of modern Existentialism. It concludes by describing how the connection of anguish and violence is relevant to winter depression in cities, in North America in particular.
Awards and Grants
Charlie Peters, Curtis Peeteetuce, and CMRS faculty member Moira Day received an ICCC grant to bring together a group of performing artists (and academics) who will seek reconciliation by exploring Sophocles' Antigone and traditional Cree stories, creating something entirely new in the process.