SSHRC Storyteller Wednesday: Katarina Kuruc

We’re not the only ones presenting big ideas in creative ways. One of our main partners, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is giving Canada’s best and brightest young scholars the spotlight to tell the world why research matters. The SSHRC Storytellers contest issued this challenge to postsecondary students from across Canada: Give us your best three-minute pitch about the impact of a great SSHRC-funded research project.

Every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing one of these pitches here in our blog. This week we’re featuring the work of Katarina Kuruc, which explores studies the importance of fashion as a form of visual communication in otherwise restrictive social systems.

Katarina Kuruc is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. She immigrated to Canada from the former Communist Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s, and her personal experience of living in a Communist state, together with her exposure to its limited fashion industry, informs her research. Her other research interests include visual communication, material culture and semiotics. In addition to her graduate studies, Katarina is an avid traveller, photographer, fashion blogger and devoted Pinterest fan.

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The Top 25 finalists were revealed on April 1, 2014 and they each won $3,000 and a trip to Congress, Canada’s premiere social sciences and humanities conference. At Congress, they will receive hands-on mentoring and training from experienced communications professionals. They’ll also deliver their pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of experts. A jury will select the final five to present a final talk as part of the SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony in fall 2014.

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