The Ring

Interdisciplinary course produces drama in German

Tue, 2011-12-06 13:32

The captain (Bryan Gibbs, left) lectiures Woyzeck (Ovidiu Ratiu). Photo: Fiona M
The captain (Bryan Gibbs, left) lectiures Woyzeck (Ovidiu Ratiu). Photo: Fiona Mortimer

How do you stage manage a play in a language you don’t speak? This was the challenge I faced with Woyzeck: The Choreography of a Murder, a play that was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in the original German last month.

UVic linguist traces Victoria’s fabled British roots

Tue, 2011-12-06 13:27

Victorians have a reputation for being “more British than the British,” in part due to our enduring love of flower baskets, tearooms and lawn bowling. But are we really “more British” than other Canadians?

To find out, Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy, UVic linguistics professor and director of the sociolinguistics research lab, is searching for clues in the way we speak.

Honouring this year’s top teachers

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:59


At Convocation, the University of Victoria celebrates the accomplishments of our students and the great promise that they bring as they enter on a new stage of their careers. It is also an occasion when we recognize the outstanding talent, dedication and creativity of the faculty members and other teaching staff who provide such a high quality of education to our students.

Women’s Studies grad brings formidable intellect to understand society’s most vulnerable

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:38

Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth
Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth

Sinead Charbonneau didn’t picture herself attending UVic when she attended Esquimalt High School. Charbonneau is the first of her family to graduate from university and recalls that UVic “didn’t really exist for me” when she was growing up. During her final year of high school, spent with her extended Métis family in Medicine Hat, AB, she was introduced to the work of filmmaker and UVic women’s studies professor, Christine Welsh, who inspired Charbonneau to apply.

Banting Fellowships

Mon, 2011-11-07 12:42

This fall three of Canada’s top postdoctoral fellows have chosen UVic as their academic home for the next two years. Dr. Wokje Abrahamse (psychology), Dr. Nikolaus Gantner (geography), and Dr. Laura Estill (English) are three recipients of the prestigious Banting Fellowships, a federal program designed to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding. The two-year fellowships, worth $70,000 per year, are open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree.

Q&A: Viewpoint from centre stage

Mon, 2011-10-17 15:00

Dr. Jean Howard of Columbia University, Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Kat Eschner

The University of Victoria’s "City Talks" series focuses on what our cities mean to us. An initiative of faculty across campus, the downtown lecture series was launched last year by UVic’s Committee for Urban Studies, under the guidance of UVic historian Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross. One of the participating faculty members spoke with The Ring about this year's first session.

Application deadline: Spring 2012 I-witness Field School

Fri, 2011-10-14 08:29

The I-witness Holocaust Field School, a life-changing course launched by UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies last year, is a first of its kind in Canada and the deadline is fast approaching for students to enroll in the Spring 2012 program.

UVic Chair of Linguistics elected IPA President

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:52

In August 2011, Dr. John Esling, chair of UVic’s Department of Linguistics, was elected president of the International Phonetic Association (IPA), at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Hong Kong.

2nd annual Latin American and Spanish film week coming to Cinecenta

Mon, 2011-08-22 14:32

2011 Latin American & Spanish Film Week

Beyond the usual headlines—poverty, drug-related violence and political turmoil—Latin America is a thriving region in terms of cultural production. The second annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week brings to Victoria a fresh look on a variety of subjects—soccer, social justice, historical memory and romantic longing—as seen by a recent crop of talented directors from Latin America and Spain.

Ray Siemens on the digital humanities and the future of the book

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:10

Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces
Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces

What do new reading technologies, such as the e-book, mean for the future of the humanities? Dr. Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, posed this question at the University Club on June 28, as the guest speaker at the UVic Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting.