FYI Faculty Forum

Upcoming sessions

October 12th, 2018

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the first FYI event of the semester!

 Gary Kuchar will give a presentation titled "Milton, Shakespeare, and Canadian Confederation: Thomas D'Arcy McGee as Literary Critic," and Stephanie Lahey will give a presentation titled "The Imperfection Index: Parchment Flaws and the Perils of Statistical Description."

Join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in the department meeting room, CLE C344!


Past Sessions

March 23rd, 2018

The English Department’s FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the last FYI event of the semester.
Emily Murphy: Feminist Data Interventions: Starting "Modernism, Feminism, and the Ego-Network" with Linked Modernisms.
Kim Blank: Reimagining the Critical Book; or, In Search of "the Holy Grail of Life-Writing."
Join us  for a great afternoon of coffee, tea, cookies and discussion!

FYI March 23 2018

February 22nd, 2018

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to CHANGES TO THE B.C. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-12 CURRICULUM: WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS??

Please join us in a discussion of the new B.C. English Language Arts curriculum for grades 10-12, which provides students with new options for secondary language arts but will also eliminate Literature 12. Needless to say, Enlgish post-secindary programs will be directly affected.

Our speaker and facilitator is Susan Doyle, who was a consultant on several of the foundational documents for the new provincial K-12 curriculum and has worked on several individual curricula

BC Curriculum Change Poster

January 26th, 2018

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to WHAT DO WE WANT FROM BOTS?

Jentery Sayers and Tiffany Chan will present on the topic of literature and bots! Why do people make them? What can they do? How do they read and write?

Come join us at 2:30pm for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion in CLE C344!


November 3rd, 2017

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to Teaching in the Trump Era.

This will be a special panel session featuring Lincoln Shlensky, Sara Humphreys, Harb Sanghara and Tiffany Parks.

Come join us at 2:30pm for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion in CLE C344!

Teaching in the Trump Era

October 6th, 2017

Stewart Arneil and Dr. Elizabeth Grove-White  will offer a presentation on "The Endings Project: Theory, Interdisciplinarity, and the Emergence of the Scholar-Practitioner" 

Come join us from 2:30 pm onwards for free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion in CLE C344!

FYI Oct. 2017

Friday, March 31st

Dr. Lisa Surridge and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton will offer a presentation titled "Why Collaborate? Sharing Space in the Ivory Tower." Also, PhD Student, David Oswald, will discuss Disability Studies and Animal Studies in a presentation titled "Tropological Confusion: Of Dogs and Idiots."

Come join us from 2:30 pm onwards for free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion!

FYI Mar 31/17

Thursday March 23rd special joint event with UVic's Linguistics Department

Colette Moore (University of Washington) will give a paper called “Incipient standardization in English: Variation, communities of practice, information design.”

FYI Mar 23 2017

February 24th, 2017

What Canadian Book Should the UVic Community Read?

The English Department’s FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to a pre-Ideafest special event called “UVic Reads!” 

Six speakers from the English Department will each offer quick, 6-minute presentations in which they recommend a particular Canadian book they think the UVic community should read. Speakers include:

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February 3rd, 2017

Dr. Brian Day will offed a presentation titled "Feedback on Feedback: What do Students Really Want?" 

Also, EAL Specialist, Kaveh Tagharobi, and Write Club member, Samantha McFarlane, spoke on the topic of group writing in a presentation titled "Writing Groups: Philosophy and Practice."

FYI Poster Feb.3

Friday Nov 25th, 2016

Robert Miles will talk about "Conspiracy"

Caroline Winter will talk about "Gothic Economics and the Suspension of Disbelief"

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 Contact if you would like to present or have good ideas for themed sessions.

Friday Oct 28, 2016

2:30 (CLE C344)

Adèle Barclay

On The Critical, creative gap

Rachelle Ann Tan

It's a (Mis)match! What Tinder Taught Me About Swiping Right on Academia

FYO 10-28

Friday Sept 30, 2016

2:30 (CLE C344)

Christopher Douglas

American Literature and the Christian Right

Kim McLean-Fiander

Women's Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO): Project and Pedagogy

FYI 09-30

Friday April 1, 2016

2:30 pm (CLE C344)

Tim Personn

Distance and Closeness: On Two Modes of Literary Fiction

Michael Lukas

Living with Wolves: Prospects for (and Barriers to) Responsive Multispecies Coexistence

FYI Forum

Friday, March 18th, 2016

4:30pm (Upper Lounge, Student Union Building)

Ali Blythe

Poetry reading and Q&A

Co-sponsors: Department of English, University of Victoria; Goose Lane Editions; Moving Trans History Forward 2016 Conference

Ali Blythe poetry reading

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

2:30pm (CLE A207)

"This Text Changed My Life"

Aaron El Sabrout

Yusuf Saadi

Samantha MacFarlane

Sean Henry

Monika Smith

Joel Hawkes

Erin Ellerbeck

This Text Changed My Life

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

1:30pm (CLE C344)

Amy Tang

"Breath, Poiesis & Praxis"

Paul MacRae

"T. B. Macaulay and the Politics of Optimism"

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Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

12:00pm (CLE C344)

Adrienne Williams Boyarin
Archive Stories: Finding Jewish Women in Medieval England

Kylee-Anne Hingston
Using Special Collections and WordPress in the Undergraduate Classroom

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

2:30pm (CLE C344)

Paul MacRae

T.B. Macaulay and the Politics of Optimism

Laura Fanning

Pedagogy: Using a Writing Issues Log with Undergraduates


Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

2:30pm (CLE C344)

Stephen Ross

Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism & Linked Modernisms

Alex Christie

Pedagogy Toolkit in the Classroom


Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Matt Huculak: Modernist Periodicals and Canadian Biomass
  • Erin Kelly: Advanced Writing Concepts for Upper-Level Literature Students: An Interactive Workshop

Friday, March 6, 2015

  • Joey Takeda, Alyssa Currie, Alex Christie, Micaela Maftei, Heidi Darroch, and Iain Higgins:
  • Why Student English Now (Special Ideafest Pecha Kucha session)

Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Rebecca Gagan: Roadrunner Pedagogy or the "Open Secret" of Student Engagement
  • Nicole Shukin: Humanizing Animals


When does fyi take place and where do I attend?

fyi will usually be held on of the last Friday afternoon of the month, but please check our schedule for any changes.

fyi will usually be held in the English Department Library (CLE C 344). If numbers prove too large, we will move to a bigger room in the Clearihue Building.

Will there be anything to drink or eat?

fyi sessions include coffee, tea, and cookies!

How can I participate?

If you’re interested in presenting at an fyi session, contact us (Kim McLean-Fiander or Rebecca Gagan):

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Please contact the founders of Forum for Your Ideas, Kim McLean-Fiander and Rebecca Gagan by .

Forum for Your Ideas (FYI) is a discussion series showcasing the interesting and innovative work happening—by students, sessionals, postdocs, and faculty—in the English Department.

The goal of FYI is to provide a relaxed, collaborative, and inclusive setting in which all department members can share ideas, discuss works in progress, offer workshops, and talk about both research and pedagogy. FYI aims to foster opportunities for all to benefit from the expertise and rich talents of our departmental community.

FYI sessions do not have a strict format, although they will typically consist of at least two different presenters on two different topics. One session might include a talk on pedagogy followed by a research-in-progress report. Another might consist of six presenters all addressing a single topic by way of Pecha Kucha presentations. Still another might offer a hands-on writing workshop in conjunction with a discussion of a book chapter draft. FYI is open to suggestions.

Forum for Your Ideas (FYI) was founded by Rebecca Gagan and Kim McLean-Fiander in Spring Term 2015.