Congratulations to Amira Mittermaier, who will be inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the RSC Annual General Meeting in November. She is the only member of the Faculty of Arts & Science to be recognized with this honour in 2014. Amira has garnered four prestigious book prizes for her first monograph, Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination. Her fieldwork, which illuminates how Islam is lived, embodied, and contested on the ground by going beyond the visible realm and paying attention to dreams, visions, the afterlife, and economies with God, was cited as ground-breaking by the RSC.
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists was created to gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural and social perspectives.
The College’s mandate is to address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.
Members must be within 15 years of the conferral of their PhD or equivalent qualification and are selected based on excellence and reflection of the disciplinary, geographic, linguistic and ethno-racial diversity of the campuses and communities of new scholars, artists and scientists in Canada.