PDF Projects

Practices of literary culture

PI: Dr. Otto Heim
PDF: Dr. Luciana Gattass

This two-year project, initiated by Dr. Otto Heim, Dr. Page Richards and Dr. Frederick Blumberg, aims to foster the formation of a research nexus interested in material practices of literature and culture, across political, historical and social curves, which are essential to sustain human intellectual and ethical growth, while frequently remaining just below the sight line. This field of literary and cultural practices, as we see it, is at once specific in its excavation sites and wide, spanning the material history of literature, which comprises a diversity of research interests in what could be called the objects of literature: history of the book; digital media and the bibliographic; production and reception of verbal art; tissues and textures of language; the matter of reading and reading materials; material history and theoretical practices; marginality and marginalia; perceptions of the value of engaging with imaginative works; and diverse ways of conceiving and observing the literary object. Working on a specific project within this field, the PDF is expected to help realize opportunities for research collaboration and productive exchange and dialogue with members of the research team, the School, and interested members of the Arts and other Faculties.

Health communication / genetic counselling communication

PI: Dr. Olga Zayts

Using qualitative and quantitative methods in discourse studies, this project focuses on communication in genetic counselling for a range of conditions that may occur within a lifespan of an individual. While communication-oriented research on genetic counselling has been undertaken mainly in the USA and the UK, and more recently in Hong Kong, previous studies have typically focused on a single genetic condition and have mainly examined English-dominant contexts, thus producing research findings of limited generalizability. This project engages with a large data corpus across several counselling contexts and across culturally and linguistically diverse client populations and examines general communicative practices and tendencies, thus addressing the issue of relevance to professional practice, in particular for educational and training purposes.


Last updated: 18 September 2015