The Ring

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

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:10

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.

New academic leadership appointments

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:14

Two new associate deans and half a dozen new department chairs have assumed their duties as of July 1.

The eye of history--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 10:36

UVic undergraduate Jason Michaud at permanent exhibition in Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Lauren Petersen

Mounds of leather trunks. Thousands of prosthetic limbs. Streets dotted with brass stones carved with names.

These are some of the images now part of the personal history of nearly two dozen University of Victoria students after a visit to Central Europe in May 2011. The I-witness Holocaust Field School, launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as a three-unit course this year, was held in Germany, Poland and Austria.

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.”