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Arts Faculty Member Receives New SSHRC Grant

Dr. Block, Seated Bottom Centre

Dr. Block, Seated Bottom Centre

Dr. Tina Block, Assistant Professor of History, has received a new research grant to continue her work on the social history of atheism in postwar Canada.

“A Social History of Atheism in English Canada, 1945-1975” builds on her doctoral dissertation, which looked more specifically at irreligion in British Columbia. (Dr. Block notes that BC is “the least religious province in Canada, at least in statistical terms.”) The funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada will help her shed light on public debates about atheism, and offer a new angle of vision on how, or whether, Canada became secularized in the postwar era.

This research promises to give fresh insights into the significance of religious belief to postwar Canadian culture, and illuminate an overlooked sector of this country’s population.

Such national recognition for Dr. Block’s research enhances the reputation of our Faculty—and of TRU generally.

Congratulations Tina!

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