Featured projects : Crimes of the powerful / Projets en vedette : Crimes des puissants

The application deadlines for the doctoral (January 10) and master’s programs (January 15) offered by the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa are rapidly approaching.  From January 1 to 10 you will find a few of the many examples of research projects being led by professors in each of our ten research fields.  Today’s edition showcases a few projects within the research field of “Crimes of the powerful”.

Les dates limites pour postuler aux programmes de doctorat (10 janvier) et de maîtrise (15 janvier) offerts par le département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa approchent rapidement. Entre le 1 et 10 janvier vous trouverez quelque uns des nombreux exemples de projet de recherche conduits par les professeurs dans chacun de nos dix champs de recherche. L'édition d'aujourd'hui expose quelques projets dans le champ de recherche de «Crimes des puissants».

Crimes of the powerful / Crimes des puissants

  • Gender-based Criminalization and Discrimination Against Women in Religious Institutions (Christine Gervais)

Christine Gervais’ research explores gender-based criminalization and discrimination against women in religious institutions, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.  She employs participant-inclusive qualitative methods involving interviews and field research with current and former Catholic sisters/nuns in the province of Ontario in order to shed light on the Canonical criminalization of women’s ordination and the gendered exclusion of women religious and lay women by the male hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Professor Gervais also examines the patriarchal constructions of the “deviant nun”, sisters’ resourcefulness and resistance against patriarchal control, as well as sisters’ progressive roles at the forefront of feminist and social justice activism, and among imprisoned and victimized populations. Undergraduate students interested in becoming involved in this study can do so through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Graduates students can also undertake M.A. or Ph.D. level research in this area under Professor Gervais’ supervision.

In this project, Professor Felices-Luna explores security walls as a symbol and tool of political contention between asymmetrical parties.  On one hand, it focuses on the discursive role the wall plays in the conflict.  On the other hand, it looks at official, unofficial and illegal uses of the wall.  There are opportunities to have MA or PhD theses supervised on this topic.