The Ring

Student I-witness Blog--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 09:24

What follows are excerpts from the student blog for the inaugural I-witness Holocaust Field School, which took place in Central Europe from May 8 to 28, 2011. The field school was launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies this year, and is the only course of its kind being offered to undergraduate students at a Canadian university.

Click here for a special visual essay of the sites described below and click here for a related article including photos of the same.

United Way and UVic: Building a strong and caring community

Tue, 2011-07-05 08:32

The United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) has announced more than $95,000 in funding to support four initiatives undertaken at UVic.

“The work that we are doing with UVic is ground breaking, and other universities and United Way programs across Canada are looking at this partnership as a blueprint for establishing partnerships with universities” says UWGV Director of Community Investment and Collaboration Chris Poirier-Skelton.

Students win Women's Studies essay contest

Wed, 2011-06-15 14:21

The Canadian Women’s Studies Association has awarded two UVic students the top prizes in its annual Women’s Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest, which honours outstanding work produced in WS courses. First place went to an essay by Sinead Charbonneau entitled “Space, Power, and Difference: The Murder of Ariana May Simpson,” and second place was awarded to Tara Paterson for her essay  “Choice by Any Other Name: The Abortion Controversy and the Limits of Liberalism.”

Language traveller

Mon, 2011-06-13 08:49

Soetaert. Photo: Tara Sharpe.

Nichelle Soetaert, winner of the Jubilee Medal in the Humanities for the highest grade-point average in the faculty’s graduating class, wraps languages around herself as if they were straps on a well-used backpack. She has already visited Europe, North Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America, and graduates this month with a double major (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies).

Grad finds Victorian annuals precursor to Vogue, Cosmo

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:47


Writing a master’s essay is stressful enough, but imagine presenting it halfway across the world in front of professors and academic experts in the field. This is one of the highlights for graduate student Sonu Purhar, who presented her essay, “The Age of the Annuals: Marketing Tactics in Victorian Print Culture,” at UVic, UBC and in Glasgow for the British Association for Victorian Studies Conference.

Top PhD student explores technological posthumanism

Thu, 2011-06-09 10:54

Cecchetto. Photo: Anna Höstman

Have you ever been without your mobile device and felt not quite entirely yourself, as though your very existence were somehow diminished? If you’ve felt such technology withdrawal, then you’ve experienced a visceral awareness of the posthuman condition.

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2011

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:20

Antoniou. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The 2011 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which recognize research excellence at UVic in six categories of achievement, were presented at a celebration event on May 3. “Our university continues to be ranked nationally and internationally as a top research institution because of the talent, creativity and passion of our faculty and students,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “The accomplishments of these award recipients exemplify that excellence and clearly demonstrate how new knowledge is being applied to improve the world around us.”

Sylvia Olsen wins book award

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:03

UVic PhD student (history) Sylvia Olsen is the winner of the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for historical writing for Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater (Sono Nis Press), which is an elaboration on her UVic thesis on Coast Salish knitters. It is awarded each year for the previous year’s best book about an aspect of British Columbia history. Olsen is also in the running for a Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the same publication. More info:

Grad student discovers pages from an 1856 BC marriage register

Mon, 2011-05-09 11:10

Fairweather with the document she discovered
Fairweather with the document she discovered. Photo: Robie Liscomb

This past March, I made a little discovery while doing primary source research for a detailed bibliography and history of the book graduate course Old Books in New Libraries. Offered by the French department and taught by Dr Hélène Cazes, this class met in UVic Special Collections. We explored the history and mechanics of book printing, as well as how to write bibliographical notices. We got to spend our time digging through treasures from the library vault, with ancient and unique books brought up by the cartload for us to examine.

Day in the life: Blair Taylor

Wed, 2011-04-27 12:45

Photo of Taylor at his GGV exhibition
Taylor, at his exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Blair Taylor knows a lot about the art of sculpture, and he is adept as well at the art of work-life balance. Taylor, secretary to the dean and associate dean of humanities, is the creator of “You Blew It,” an exhibition that opened at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on April 21 and that runs through July 3. It is comprised of a series of sculptures influenced by Taylor’s dreams, which he has been recording and documenting for many years.