Robyn Sneath

Year starting DPhil: 2012

College: St Stephen’s House

Description of research:

My research comprises an archival and ethnographic analysis of Canadian Old Colony Mennonites’ perceptions of the purpose of schooling and the extent to which this understanding has remained constant across time and space. In the 1920s, tensions with the government over schooling prompted the mass exodus of approximately 8,000 Mennonites from Canada to Mexico.  Since then, as many as 50,000 of the descendants of the original emigrants have returned to Canada.  Many of the original conflicts surrounding education remain as yet unresolved.  Ultimately, this project will contribute to knowledge about how ethnic and religious minorities use education to preserve their religious, linguistic, and epistemological boundaries.

Current research stage: PRS