ONLINE: Student Research Panel

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ONLINE: Student Research Panel

  12:45 - 2 p.m.
   Online (Off Campus)
Boróka Bó, Fallon Burner

Learn about some of the fascinating student research Canadian Studies is fostering at UC Berkeley thanks to support from our donors. This live presentation will showcase projects from two recent fellowship recipients. Please RSVP at If you require an accommodation for effective communication, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible.

Good Time, Bad Time: Socioeconomic Status and the Cultural Repertoires of Time Scarcity in Retirement
Boróka Bó, doctoral candidate in sociology and demography

We tend to think of retirement as a great equalizer when it comes to relief from the pernicious time scarcity characterizing the lives of many individuals in the labor force. Puzzlingly, this is not the case. Using established research, long-term participant observation, and in-depth interviews with Toronto residents, I show that socioeconomic characteristics are important determinants of retiree time scarcity. Neighborhood disadvantage gets under the skin via time exchanges that are forged by both neighborhood and peer network characteristics. For the advantaged, the experience of time scarcity is protective for well-being in later life, as it emerges from managing a relative abundance of choices. For the disadvantaged, the later life experience of time scarcity is shaped by cumulative inequality, further exacerbating inequalities in well-being. The final section of my talk offers an analysis and interpretation of my findings, putting retiree time scarcity in conversation with the broader literature on socioeconomic status and well-being.

Healing Through Language: Revitalization in the Wendat Confederacy
Fallon Burner, undergraduate history major

Language is at the core essence of identity. My honors thesis examines the history of the languages of the Wendat Confederacy (Huron), showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community, how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, and the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing transgenerational trauma. The Wendat Confederacy straddles the US-Canada border with nations in Québec, Ontario/Michigan, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Distance and multiple language barriers provide challenges for language revitalizers.

There is a strong need in the field of history for narratives which are from an Indigenous perspective. This can be achieved through a methodology utilizing the languages themselves and oral histories. I spent the summer of 2019 conducting oral history interviews with Wendat and Wyandot(te) language revitalizers, in order to create an archive of Wendat perspectives on language revitalization. I also conducted archival research on the Wendake reserve in Québec, and had one-on-one language instruction in the Waⁿdat and Wendat languages. Part of my mission is to erase the erasure of Indigenous voices by contributing more Indigenous perspective primary sources to the historical narrative for future scholars.