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.
CMRS Research in the News
The Lost City of Alexander the GreatCMRS Fellow Tina Greenfield was featured in a U of S article about her work at Qalatga Darband. Read it here: https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2017/digging-into-the-lost-city-of-alexander-the-great.php
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
The Social Network of Early Modern Collectors of Curiosities
Brent Nelson has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant to follow the movement of collected curiosities through networks of exchange, studying how these objects were understood and regarded by those who would form the foundations of our modern museums.
Intercultural Exchange in the Germanic Migration Period, Kent, England
Courtnay Konshuh has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to study the material culture of Kent, UK, from 500 to 800. The goal is to examine the different cultural influences in the region, which was essentially the trading gateway from the continent to the rest of Britain. A main part of the funding is for the creation of digital 3D-models of some Kentish artefacts, which students in a 400-level course will work on in 2019/20 towards a 3D-printed exhibition in the Museum of Antiquities.
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.