MacEwan University psychology student Jessie Swanek talks about research on modern and historical conceptualizations of psychopathy that she conducted with fellow student Courtney Krentz and their faculty advisor Dr. Kristine Peace at the 51st meeting of Cheiron. Looking on are Kathy Milar, professor emeritus at Earlham College in Indiana and Mustafa Janoowalla, a MacEwan 2019 BSc graduate.

International conference explores the history of behavioural and social sciences

June 26, 2019 | Society, Science

Researchers representing 23 universities from across North America, Brazil, and Europe gathered in Allard Hall from June 20 to 23 for the 51st meeting of Cheiron, the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

“MacEwan has now joined the list of universities across North America and Europe who have had the privilege of hosting one of the annual Cheiron meetings since the first occurred at Princeton in 1968,” says Cheiron’s local host and MacEwan University professor, Dr. Nancy Digdon.

A highly collegial event, Cheiron encourages participants from across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities – which included MacEwan faculty presenters Dr. Jennifer Long in anthropology, Dr. Sean Hannan in history and several MacEwan students and alumni in psychology and history – to share ideas that have significance beyond their own discipline.

Among the many presentations of academic papers and symposia on topics related to the human sciences, was a session on Indigenous stories and storytelling as a form of research, developed and led by Krista Hanscomb and Ashley Albert‐Hunter from kihêw waciston.

Several attendees commented that the session was the high-point of the conference, says Nancy. “Ashley and Krista moved people in the audience – senior academics who head programs, edit journals and write textbooks – people who, through their positions, have the capacity to advocate for more Indigenous voices and spaces within mainstream academia.’”

It’s one of many examples of how connections forged and ideas shared at Cheiron can expand attendees' professional networks and experiences in ways that persist long after the conference has ended, says Nancy.

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