Carleton Professors Elected to the Royal Society’s College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists

Two Carleton professors elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, – Merlyna Lim and Jennifer Evans – were honoured on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in recognition of a high level of excellence in their work at an early point in their careers.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate professors Lim and Evans on their election to the Society’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists,” said Nimal Rajapakse, vice-president (Research and International). “They have demonstrated excellence throughout their careers and engaged in research that has a direct impact on important social issues. Carleton is fortunate to have such strong early career scholars.”

Lim, a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Communications in the Faculty of Public Affairs noted her appreciation for the recognition.

“I feel very privileged,” said Lim. “I love doing what I do and I’ve never done this for accolades. However, it a tremendous honour to be recognized by my peers, especially for the work I feel very passionate about. This recognition is an important impetus for me to continue my critical engagement with real-world problems through interdisciplinary research in digital media and society.”

Lim is the Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Her research focuses on political and cultural implications of developments in media and technology, including digital media and its impacts on social movements and global politics. Her academic career has spanned multiple institutions, including Princeton, East West Centre and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, among others.

Evans, a faculty member at the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, expressed her thanks for the honour as well.

“It demonstrates a commitment to sexuality studies as a way to think about family formation, human rights and the history of emotions and desire.”

Her research is focused on contemporary German and European history, the history of sexuality and historical subjectivity. Evans has previously been awarded numerous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, including a 2013-2015 Insight Grant for her project Photography and the Sexual Revolution. Evans’ first book, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin, was published in 2011.

More Carleton professors elected to the Royal Society

This is the second instance of Carleton professors elected to the Royal Society in Sept. 2016. Donald Beecher and Lenore Fahrig were elected as Fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on Sept. 7, 2016.

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