This year the Royal Society of Canada announced 14 new Fellows from McGill University including Dr. Claudia Mitchell, James McGill Professor with the Faculty of Education’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education.
The Royal Society of Canada, established by Parliament in 1882, is the senior national collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. As Canada’s National Academy, the Society’s primary objective is to promote research and learning in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions to their respective academic fields, and to Canadian public life.
In their citation for Dr. Mitchell’s fellowship the Royal Society of Canada noted that “Claudia Mitchell’s innovative work in participatory visual research with communities, especially addressing HIV and AIDS and gender violence with youth in sub-Saharan Africa, has democratized the research process so as to promote social change. Her groundbreaking research over two decades, and her acclaimed prolific publications have also led to the establishment of girlhood studies as a crucial new field of action-oriented academic interrogation, and to the furthering of from-the-ground-up policy-making.”
Professor Mitchell is currently Director of the Participatory Cultures Lab, established in 2010. She is Project Manager of the ATTSVE Research Project (Agricultural Training Through Stronger Vocational Education) in Ethiopia, Co-Principal Investigator of the Networks for Change and Well-being Partnership, and Interim Director of the proposed McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being. In 2006 Dr. Mitchell founded YAHAnet (Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network). In addition she is Research Partner with the national Taking Action! project (Art and Aboriginal Youth Leadership for HIV Prevention) and Editor-in-Chief with the journal Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
The Royal Society of Canada’s Annual General Meeting is taking place November 26-29 in Victoria.
[read “Royal Society of Canada honours 14 McGill researchers and scholars,” by Meaghan Thurston, McGill Reporter, Sept. 8 2015]