News and events

Visiting Lecturer

On Wednesday, June 5, at 3:30 PM in CLE A207, Professor Alison Donnell, a renowned scholar of Caribbean literature who is Head of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, will be visiting UVic to deliver a talk entitled "Imagining Impossible Possibles: Speculative Realism, Ecopoetics and Queer Rights in Thomas Glave’s Submerged Worlds."

FYI Faculty Forum - March 29th, 2019

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the last FYI event of the season! Joseph Grossi presents "Boundaries and Their Fictions: King Edgar's 962 Chelsworth Charter and Thomas King's 'Borders.'" Corinne Bancroft presents “Tracks and Trauma: Braiding Narratives in the Face of Historical Violence.” Next Friday, March 29th, join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in CLE C344!

Lansdowne Lecturer

The Department of English is welcoming our Lansdowne speaker, Dr. Kirby Brown. He is an Associate Professor of Native American Literatures in the Department of English at the University of Oregon. He will be giving the following two lectures: - Tuesday March 19th at 7:00 pm in the Human & Social Development Building, Room A240, “American Indian Modernisms and Modernities” - Wednesday March 20th at 10:30 am in CLE A307, “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970”. We hope to see you there!

The Warren: Birthday Party & 10th Issue Launch

For the past 10 years, The Warren Undergraduate Review has had the pleasure of being the University of Victoria's only open-concept journal. A wealth of student talent has graced our pages throughout the past decade, from poetry to visual art to video game criticism. While we are stoked to be turning ten, more than anything else we are so grateful and chuffed that the campus continues to be interested in interdisciplinary publication and in the work the Warren undertakes. In light of this, we'd like to bake you all some cake. No, for real. Consider this a formal invitation to our BIRTHDAY PARTY! March 9th 2019 @ Felicitas Campus Pub 19+ Only $3 Cover Doors 9pm

FYI Faculty Forum - March 1st, 2019

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) Invites You to a Special Panel Discussion on the Use and Abuse of Teaching Evaluations Caroline Winter, Corinne Bancroft, Robbie Steele, Richard Van Oort, Janice Niemann and Tim Personn will discuss the diverse ramifications of teaching evaluations — from learning opportunities to discriminatory biases. Join us on March 1st at 2:30 in CLE C110 for another great afternoon of coffee, tea, cookies and discussion!

What Can You Do with Your Degree in English?

What Can You Do with Your Degree in English? Wednesday, February 13, 4:30-6:30pm CLE A202 Six happily employed UVic alumni with degrees in English will talk about their career experiences. Topics covered will include everything from negotiating a contract to student loan forgiveness program. Sectors represented include the BC public service, the hospitality industry, politics, non-profits, graphic design and branding, and the public libraries.

Treasures and Tea: The Plot Thickens

Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge (Department of English) In their new book, The Plot Thickens, Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge uncover the overlooked narrative role of illustrations within Victorian serial fiction. In this presentation, they will share illustrated treasures from Special Collections, where they teach and do research, and the library whose holdings provided the foundation for their study published by Ohio University Press. Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

FYI Faculty Forum - January 25th, 2019

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the first FYI event of 2019! Michael Nowlin presents "'Fatally Regarded as a Negro Writer’: The Case of Richard Wright". This talk will focus on Richard Wright’s efforts to chart a new literary path after the phenomenal success of Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945). Samuel Wong presents "Taking Things in Order: Chronological Imaginations of Literature". How does the imagination of temporal sequence inform the way we discuss the works we teach? Does the absence of a sequence—when the time of a text is unknown or speculative—subvert, or liberate, that discussion? This talk grows out of Samuel Wong's own dependence on chronology as a way of thinking about texts, often at the expense of other approaches, and the use of chronology as a kind of convenient shorthand for teaching literary history. When we set a timeline, what is revealed and what is obscured? On Friday, January 25th, join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in CLE C344!

FYI Faculty Forum - November 30th, 2018

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the last FYI event of the semester! Next Friday, November 30th, Alison Chapman will give a presentation titled "Hopkins, ‘Inversnaid,’ and ‘the weeds and the wilderness’: The ‘darksome’ origins of place poetry" which will ask why Hopkins frames “Inversnaid” as the origin of pristine wildness, and how his poem's poetics attempts to capture the specificity of wild places. Additionally, Joel Hawkes will introduce the Mary Butts Letters Project in his presentation titled "The Mary Butts Letters Project: Mapping and Creating Transnational Spaces and Communities," and Eric Miller will give a presentation titled "Tis Procrastination Alone That Can Save Us" in which he will read a short extract from his novel, The Canadian Act. Join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in CLE D126!

An Interesting Condition: Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Victorian Novel

Pregnancy in Victorian novels is everywhere—and seemingly nowhere. Female characters give birth (that is, babies appear), but are these women ever represented as pregnant? In an era of restraint in bodily representation, how did novelists suggest that their female characters were expecting? This talk will offer background on the cultural history of sex, pregnancy, and childbirth in 19th century Britain, before launching into a hands-on exploration of how women’s bodies—and especially pregnant bodies—are constructed in a range of illustrated and serialized novels.

Dolphin Voices between Nature, Culture, and the Tape Recorder

Monday, November 19th at 1pm - Digital Scholarship Commons (A308), Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library. John C. Lilly, who made dolphins famous as cosmic minds in the water, was obsessed with their bioacoustic practices. Sound technologies, especially tape, were the conditio sine qua non of Lilly’s cetacean research. He used tape to decrypt dolphin communications, and he is part of a confluence of creative experimentation with tape around 1960. The taped infrastructure of his quest for alternate worlds makes Lilly’s work of vital interest for media history, our understanding of sound, the tape medium, and the quest for otherness. It also invites us to reflect on how media formats provide interfaces with the natural world.

Alden Nowlan: A Victoria Celebration

Thursday, October 25th at 7.30pm David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin A144 University of Victoria All welcome - admission is free Come celebrate with us at a once-in-a-lifetime reading from this book, in the voices of over twenty poets from Vancouver Island and nearby, including Nicholas Bradley, Lorna Crozier, Eve Joseph, Terence Young, Iain Higgins, Don Van Wart, Eric Miller, Richard Olafson, Arleen Paré, Linda Rogers, Garth Martens, Sonnet L'Abbe, Jan Zwicky, Jamie Dopp, Rhona McAdam, Alexander Varty, David Eso, John Barton, Marilyn Bowering, Patricia Young, Sandy Shreve & Susan Musgrave.

FYI Faculty Forum - October 26th, 2018

The next FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) event is coming up soon! On Friday, October 26, join us in CLE D126 at 2:30PM for another great afternoon of coffee, tea, cookies and discussion! Suzan Last will give a presentation titled "First-Year Writing Pedagogy" and Misao Dean will give a presentation titled "Recognition, or the depressive pleasure of reading Atwood's Surfacing." We hope to see you there!

FYI Faculty Forum - 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."

Treasures and Tea: How Poetry Changed the World: Elizabeth Barrett's "The Cry of the Children" and Industrial Reform

Dr. Alison Chapman (Professor, Department of English) and Denae Dyck (PhD candidate, Department of English) In the 1840s, Victorian Britain witnessed heated discussion about industrialisation and urban poverty, especially about child labour in factories. R. H. Horne's report for the Royal Commission (1842) astounded the Victorians with accounts of children working up to 16 hours each day. Special Collections holds important material related to this topic, including the poem that was most influential in effecting legislative reform: Elizabeth Barrett's "The Cry of the Children". This talk will cover the two earliest publications of this poem, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and in Barrett's 1844 Poems (a new Special Collections purchase), discussing such issues as its political impact, periodical context, transatlantic circulation, and innovative poetics.

Hikma Collective: Mobilize Research Impact with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This workshop series is designed to help scholars mobilize their research in alignment with the UN SDGs. The learning content directly addresses SDG 17("Partnership for the Goals") and guides participants to build Knowledge Mobilization Plans informed by the SDGs most appropriate for their contexts.

By the end of this series, participants will learn to leverage the SDGs to communicate more effectively about their research, find alignment with partners, and plan and implement knowledgemobilization strategies to achieve research and impact goals. Over the course of five units, participants work closely with peers and the instructor to design Knowledge Mobilization Plans tailoredfor their research, goals, and contexts. They complete a final knowledge mobilization project (e.g. a research presentation for non-academic partners) tailored to their research program and context.

This workshop is suitable for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research coordinators, and faculty across disciplines. It focuses on three critical pillars of effective knowledgemobilization: communication, partnership development, and project design.

Samosa sale for the World Partnership Walk

In support of the World Partnership Walk (Canada's largest event in support of fighting global poverty), UVic is coordinating the sale of delicious homemade samosas.

Samosas are sold by the dozen at $25 per dozen. Orders must be submitted and paid for by Tuesday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Book Bingo

Love pizza? Love reading? Visit the Ask Us desk this summer and pick up a Book Bingo Card.

How does it work? When you finish reading a book, see us to receive a stamp on your bingo card. For every bingo line you get, you will be entered in a draw for a free large pizza at the end of thesummer!

So happy reading and happy eating!

Contest rules

Mustard Seed & Multifaith Centre Food Share Program

This foodshare program provides food for UVic students through the Multifaith Centre.

Robbins Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity

The Robbins Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equityis valued at $100,000 for 1 yearand funds bold and potentially game-changing institutional-level initiatives that will challenge the status quo, spark change and take action to address persistent systemic barriers within theinstitution research ecosystem and academia more broadly. Come and learn more about this exciting opportunity with Mami Schouten (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Officer) and Sarah-LouiseDecrausaz (Strategic Project Officer).

Drop-in career support

Looking for work? Exploring career options? Meet with a career educator for support.

Friday Prayers (Jumuah)

Friday Prayers (Jumuah) is a time for Muslims to leave their day-to-day activities for a congregational prayer and sermon. After a long week of being submerged in school or work, Fridays bring achance to take a step back from the daily grind.