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Soline Van de Moortele Wins Concordia University Student Research Award

May 5, 2022
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Soline Van de Moortele

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Soline Van de Moortele, BA student pursuing Honours in Philosophy and a Minor in History, is again among the recipients of a Concordia University Student Research Award (CUSRA).

Her summer research project, "Adorno, Progress, and Climate Change: How Adorno’s Critique of Progress May Help us Build a Radically Alternative and Sustainable World" will be supervised by Drs. Matthias Fritsch (Philosophy) and Sam Rowan (Political Science).

Soline Van de Moortele describes her research project:

"My CUSRA project will be divided into two parts. The first part, under the supervision of Dr. Fritsch, will involve a theoretical engagement with the critical theorist Theodor Adorno’s critique of progress and the teleological understanding of history which has dominated Western thought. I will seek to revitalize Adorno's critique in the context of climate change. The second part of my CUSRA, under the supervision of Dr. Rowan, will be focused on meeting with climate leaders, reporting on alternative sustainable communities, and doing research on climate destabilization grassroots resistance movements. The goal of my project is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the philosophical problem of climate change, by using Adorno’s critique to guide my empirical research on resistance and activism for climate justice."  

The CUSRA program provides funding to undergraduate students in the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, engineering and computer science, business disciplines, and natural and health sciences. The goal of the awards is to stimulate interest in research, participatory research, or research-creation work that will complement coursework and enhance preparation for graduate studies or research-related careers.




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