Queen’s University German professor Jill Scott is the author of a new book titled A Poetics of Forgiveness: Creative Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing. The aftermath of 9/11, the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide are among the topics Dr. Scott examines in the book.
“After 9/11, there was a lot of interest in public mourning, how people were reacting, and how the media was interpreting that mourning,” says Professor Scott. “I’m interested in the possibility of using literature and art as a means to understand these larger social questions, and things like conflict resolution, reconciliation, mediation and transitional justice.”
In 2005, Dr. Scott received the Aurora Prize from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Valued at $25,000, the award allowed Dr. Scott to examine mourning, loss and forgiveness in a post-9/11 era.
Launched in 2003, the Aurora Prize is awarded to a researcher who has demonstrated excellence, originality and talent in research; has proposed an innovative and compelling program of research with the potential to enrich Canadian society; and has demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment in communicating the results of her or his research to academic and other communities.
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