USURJ: University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/ <p><em>USURJ</em>&nbsp;is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal featuring original artwork and scholarly articles by University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students. <em>&nbsp;</em>All submissions are reviewed by established experts in a relevant field. The journal is supported by the Office of the VP, Research, the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the University Library, including the Writing Centre.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<em>University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal</em>’s<em>&nbsp;</em>base of operations is in the Homeland of the Métis and Treaty 6 Territory, the home of the&nbsp;<em>nēhiyawak, Anihšināpē, Dënësųłinë́, Nakoda, Dakota, and Lakota</em>&nbsp;Peoples. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place, and to all Indigenous Peoples in the territories where our journal is read. &nbsp;</p> <p>We recognise the importance of truth and reconciliation and embrace our role as an undergraduate university research journal to strive to uphold our responsibilities to community and land in our policies, practices, and publications. &nbsp;</p> en-US <p>The current Publication Agreement [as of Oct, 1, 2018] for articles and research snapshots applies a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC-BY-NC) by default. The author(s) can choose a different CC license, as outlined in&nbsp;<span style="color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><a href="https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1599846705017000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGwZTr5lE-MTC0VQUGqs9PcUAKciQ">https://creativecommons.<wbr>org/about/cclicenses/</a></span>. Please see the PDF for each article to determine what license is applied to that article. If there is no indication for articles published before September 2020, assume the author retains all rights beyond those necessary for publication by USURJ. All articles published after September 2020 will apply one of the aforementioned CC licenses. See the Publication Agreement under the Submission Preparation Checklist or Author Guidelines for more information.</p> usurj@usask.ca (Kandice Parker and Alina Sami) USURJ@usask.ca (USURJ Support) Tue, 06 Dec 2022 14:02:05 -0600 OJS 3.1.1.4 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Editorial Board and Acknowledgements https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/679 Kandice Parker; Alina Sami ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/679 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 13:58:17 -0600 Evil https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/677 <p>I am a First Nations artist. My father is Dene, and my mother is a second-generation Canadian from Ukraine. I have spent almost all of my life creating art and grew up with family members who were professional artists. My goal has always been to create art for my own mental health and for the enjoyment of those around me. I also try to create some of my ideas in a simple easy-to-digest way while trying to also stay simple with the materials I use. Before I came to university, I spent many years as a teenager practicing the art of graffiti, but as I grew older and my criminal record became more extensive, I struggled with my identity as a native artist and began to ask myself introspective questions that a young teenager doing graffiti would tend not to ask.&nbsp; Those questions led me to pursue a degree in fine arts and also led me to pursue my love of art through many different surfaces and mediums than my younger self could have ever thought possible</p> Alexander Sylvestre ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/677 Sun, 20 Nov 2022 18:17:27 -0600 Pandemic Perspective https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/676 <p>A digital collage piece representing the diverging perceptions (negative and positive) of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Ally Seifert ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/676 Sun, 20 Nov 2022 19:33:32 -0600 Micromoss https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/675 <div>This piece is called "Micromoss," because it is, in fact, a microscopic view of simple moss found outside. Though not attached to any particular class, this photograph was taken during the summer months while experimenting with some micro-photography. The surprising yet beautiful world that can be found in everyday objects, even the grass and moss of leaves we pass by every day, can, on a scale not commonly seen, can be truly breathtaking and intricate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> Puja Rajesh ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/675 Sun, 20 Nov 2022 19:34:06 -0600 Reconsidering the Past https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/610 <p>Those in power often use carefully constructed historical narratives to justify past injustices. Nevertheless, with the rise of postmodern literature, including historiographic metafictions, fiction authors have challenged traditional historicism while problematizing historical justifications for past injustices. Joy Kogawa uses postmodernist literary devices in her novel <em>Obasan</em>, presenting her novel as a work of historiographic metafiction. However, the political, social, and historical contexts in which Kogawa uses such devices reveal that <em>Obasan</em>’s historiographic metafictional qualities self-reflexively evoke a reconsideration of the official historical accounts that attempted to justify Japanese Canadian internment.</p> Zaid Mir ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/610 Wed, 30 Nov 2022 21:33:01 -0600 Globalization and the (Re)Emergence of Europe's Far Right https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/647 <p>Against the backdrop of a global order in flux, two emerging phenomena are of particular importance in the 21<sup>st</sup> century: deepening globalization and the re-emergence of the far right in Europe. A nuanced understanding of how the former contributes to the latter is necessary to fully appreciate what is at stake in European politics. Although both concepts are well-studied and feature prominently in the literature, there continues to be debate over their exact meanings, manifestations, and implications. Responding to these concerns, this paper highlights the contested nature of these phenomena, establishes their historical roots, and outlines their unique contemporary nature. This background is then used to more fully explore the relationship between them through four case studies, ultimately suggesting that globalization – especially its cultural and economic dimensions – has contributed to the growth of far-right political parties in Europe by challenging the identities of voters and creating perceived ‘winners and losers.’ Finally, it identifies areas where future research is needed and offers several salient questions that are critical to fully understanding the relationship between these phenomena.</p> Matt Don Reimer Dyck ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/647 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 13:24:01 -0600 The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Crime https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/612 <p>Since the emergence of COVID-19, people around the world have been immobilized by mandatory lockdown restrictions and social distancing protocols. The opportunity for crime to occur changes as more people remain stuck at home. While overall crime rates have declined worldwide during COVID-19 restrictions, certain types of crimes have increased. Specifically, cybercrime, intimate partner violence, and anti-Asian hate crimes have become exacerbated consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper examines the aforementioned forms of crime during the ongoing pandemic, specifically discussing their development and prevalence. This paper informs the need to address increasing rates of cybercrime, anti-Asian hate crime, and intimate partner violence during the pandemic and thereafter. Further research is warranted on these specific crimes as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world.</p> Zakir Amer Sami ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/612 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 13:25:24 -0600