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​​Research News | Success with Tier 1 Grant Calls

Published on: 17-Dec-2019

The School of Humanities is pleased to announce that 4 projects have received the Tier 1 Grant.

Congratulations to the following PIs!

MOE Academic Research Funding (AcRF) Tier 1 

​Assistant Professor Christopher Trigg (English)
The Quick and the Dead: Resurrection Theology and the Futures of Human Mortality
​Associate Professor Tamara Wagner (English)
"Victorian Domestic Labour: Literary Maps of Changing Household Problems and Solutions"

“Victorian Domestic Labour: Literary Maps of Changing Household Problems and Solutions” re-evaluates Victorian discourses of the domestic by exploring representations of household problems, including parenting concerns, in nineteenth-century culture. Both the Victorians’ own elevation of domestic ideals and their ongoing mythologisation in the context of traditional concepts of women’s unpaid domestic labour prompt a new look at a range of everyday problems in household care and childrearing, their putative solutions, and how they are questioned in nineteenth-century texts. In particular, the project will include research on household accidents in Victorian fiction, mapping out changing definitions of and solutions to household accidents through the distant reading of diverse nineteenth-century texts, searchable in digital databases as well as archives.

​Assistant Professor Preston Greene (Philosophy)
Time Biases and Future Generations: A Study of the Rationality of Time Discounting in Decision Making Concerning Intergenerational Tradeoffs

This project will study the nature of time biases in human decision making and preference formation. The focus of the project is on near bias and its influence on individual and societal perspectives on intergenerational welfare tradeoffs. Intuitively, near bias is the preference for good things to be nearer in time and bad things to be more distant. This research aims to answer three questions: 1) What factors influence near-biased preferences, and is this justified? 2) What model should be the starting assumption for research into time-biased preferences regarding intergenerational tradeoffs? Finally, 3) what strategies are likely to motivate people to care about future generations?

​Assistant Professor Winnie Sung (Philosophy)
​Trustworthiness: Its Contours, Forms, Importance and Limits

This project explores in depth the contours of an important ethical and social trait – trustworthiness. It analyses the different forms of trustworthiness and their psychological and ethical implications. It investigates the extent to which trustworthiness is an essential part of human life and its limits. It explores how trustworthiness functions in various contexts, such as social relations, leader/people relations, friendship and familial relations, teacher/learner relations, and organizations and professions. It seeks to highlight features of trustworthiness that are overlooked in current discussions. One of my hypotheses is that an important feature of trustworthiness that is overlooked is how the trustworthy should actively make sure, through both verbal and non-verbal cues, that another person’s dependency on her is not unwarranted.

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