Chronicles of Academic Excellence: A Recap of Recent FSS Events

Participants in the writers' retreat listening to a presentation

Within the dynamic landscape of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), the early months of 2024 have witnessed a flurry of academic engagements and achievements. From insightful keynote addresses to collaborative research endeavours, these events underscore the FSS's commitment to excellence and innovation in scholarship. Let us delve into the highlights of these recent endeavours, which exemplify the FSS's pivotal role in shaping discourse and advancing knowledge across diverse disciplines.

1. Sir Arthur Lewis Day 2024:

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies celebrated Sir Arthur Lewis Day on January 23, 2024, with a captivating keynote address by Professor Jayati Ghosh from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Titled "Economic Dualism, Employment, and Development in the Era of Climate Change," Professor Ghosh's speech shed light on pressing issues at the intersection of economics and environmental sustainability. This event undoubtedly enriched the academic discourse on global socio-economic challenges.

2. FSS Research Writers' Retreat:

From January 3 to 7, 2024, the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) organized a Research Writers' Retreat, drawing the participation of 21 dedicated staff members, along with esteemed professors-in-residence and support personnel. This collaborative endeavour, conducted in partnership with the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), facilitated interdisciplinary cooperation and provided a conducive environment for scholarly productivity. Special recognition is due to Associate Dean Tracy McFarlane and Ms. Stephanie Pinnock for their commendable efforts in orchestrating this fruitful retreat.

3. BA Writing Workshop:

In collaboration with the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of London's School of Advanced Study, the FSS hosted a training workshop on "Publishing in International Academic Journals" from January 10 to 12, 2024. This initiative targeted early and mid-career researchers and postgraduates, aiming to enhance their writing and publication skills within an international academic context. With participants hailing from various campuses, this workshop contributed to fostering a transnational community of practice, empowering scholars across the region. Kudos to Dr. Doreen Gordon, Dr. Kavita Johnson, Mrs. Francesca Lloyd-McDavid, and the entire team for their dedication to researcher development and collaboration.

4. Published Book Chapter by Senator Dr. Floyd Morris:

In December 2023, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris made a significant contribution to the academic landscape with the publication of his book chapter titled "Human Rights and Disability - A 75th Anniversary Panoramic View." Featured in the book "Shaping a World of Freedoms: 75 Years of Legacy and Impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Senator Morris's chapter offers a critical analysis of human rights treaties' impact on individuals with disabilities. This publication stands as a testament to Dr. Morris's expertise and commitment to advancing inclusivity and human rights on a global scale.

5. Grant Funding Awarded to Dr. Natalie Dietrich Jones:

Dr. Natalie Dietrich Jones, affiliated with SALISES, received a prestigious research grant to investigate gender and food security amidst the challenges posed by COVID-19. Awarded through the New Frontiers in Research Fund and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, this grant underscores the significance of Dr. Jones's research in addressing pressing societal issues. Her work promises to illuminate the unique vulnerabilities and resilience of women in the informal food sector, contributing valuable insights to the academic and policy spheres.

In essence, the recent events and achievements within the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) serve as a testament to the enduring commitment of scholars to excellence, collaboration, and societal impact. As we reflect on the insights gained and the milestones achieved, it becomes evident that the FSS remains at the forefront of academic inquiry, driving positive change and fostering intellectual growth within our communities and beyond. With each endeavour, the FSS reaffirms its dedication to advancing knowledge, addressing pressing challenges, and shaping a brighter future for generations to come.