Four researchers in the Faculty of Arts have been named Canada Research Chairs in recognition of excellence in their respective fields of study. The Canada Research Chairs Program enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres. Chairholders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching and the coordination of other researchers’ work.
Dr. Renissa Mawani, Acting Associate Dean, Equity, Innovation, and Strategy; Professor in the Department of Sociology, is appointed Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories (University of British Columbia).
Dr. Renisa Mawani is drawing on archival materials to examine how Britain’s legal regulation of Indian traders and anti-colonials in the Indian Ocean informed maritime legal governance and shaped the development of an international legal order. By studying the perspectives of Indian traders who challenged British Imperial and maritime control, Mawani and her research team hope to offer new perspectives on the legal histories of the Indian Ocean-a region that remains at the forefront of many current legal and political disputes (Canada Research Chairs).
Source: University of British Columbia