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Professor Pamela Klassen’s current research project investigates the religious traditions that influenced and shaped the colonizing process in late-nineteeth century Canada. Recently, the University of Toronto’s Boundless site profiled this research, giving Klassen a chance to discuss how her work intersects with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They write:

Professor Pamela Klassen views the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a project of public memory; other projects may include anything from public memorials and museums to works of history and acts of graffiti. Memorializing the past doesn’t simply tell a story, Klassen argues; it actively shapes the present. In doing so, recognizing past injustices in their full scope allows us to reflect on contemporary conflicts over religious difference.

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Pamela Klassen

Klassen will be leading a Research Opporunity Program Project on issues related to this research this year. The project titled “Spiritual Invention of a Nation: Media and Missionaries on Indian Land” seeks to tell the story of Klassen’s SSHRC funded research to a wider, public audience. Students will get the chance to see how academic research is reframed and made accessible, while also being part of major digital humanities project.

Details about Klassen’s other work and the project can be found on her website.