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Will Greaves comments on tension over the environment as BC election approaches

Will Greaves comments on tension over the environment as BC election approaches Forestry, tourism and fishing have emerged as points of contention for the North Island riding in the upcoming provincial election. The National Observer spoke to Will Greaves who provides insight on how the different parties are responding to these community issues and how their strategies may play out.

Doctoral research position available with Dr. Oliver Schmidtke

Doctoral research position available with Dr. Oliver Schmidtke As part of a SHHRC Insight grant (“Populism and its Effects on Liberal Democracy: Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech”), the Department of Political invites incoming doctoral students to apply for a position as a doctoral researcher for the upcoming academic year 2021-22. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Schmidtke (Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History; Director of the Centre for Global Studies) and assist his team with the research on populism in Europe. It is intended that the successful doctoral student will work on one country case study linked to this broader project as part of his/her Ph.D. dissertation. The vacant part-time position includes a research assistantship of $20.000 annually that can be renewed for up to three years as well as support for conference participation. The position will also involve spending some time on research in Europe. The successful candidate would need to speak the language of one of the national case studies (Polish and/or German). In coming to the Department of Political Science at UVIC, doctoral students will be joining a vibrant PhD program based in a Department that values excellence in research and teaching. In addition to regular teaching assistant training and support, students will have other opportunities for professional development, such as research training, support for conference presentations and workshop participation, and field research support. Students also have many opportunities to participate in the activities of the UVic’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Centre for Global Studies . Applicants must apply for the Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science and indicate their interest in working on this project. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Oliver Schmidtke: For additional information on the PhD program in UVic’s Department of Political Science and application procedures see:

Congratulations to Lynn Ng, winner of UVic Libraries Scholarship!

CONGRATULATONS TO PhD STUDENT, LYNN NG – WINNER OF A UVIC LIBRARIES STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP! Lynn has won the 2020 Gladys Nipp and Stephen Mah Family Award! Lynn’s research revolves around Feminist Political Economy and Racial Capitalism. She focuses on comparative histories of eldercare workers and the colonial guest worker regime in Singapore and Taiwan, with a larger focus on the expectations of the social identities of its workforce. This award will involve a partnership with the National Library Board of Singapore and the National Archives of Singapore. Firstly, the project will contribute material from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association fonds to outreach programs at the National Library Board, such as kidsREAD and the Community Chinese Reading Project. The project will also contribute to the Citizen Archivist Project led by National Archives of Singapore, including transcribing, translating, and describing archives from the University of Victoria Libraries Chinese-Canadian Collections.

Sessional posting for 2021-22

The Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria seeks Sessional Instructors for 2021-22 Appointments within CUPE 4163 (Component 3) The Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria seeks Sessional Instructors for the 2021-22 academic year comprised of three terms: Summer term – May-August 2021, Fall term – September-December 2021, and Spring term – January-April 2022. Interested individuals should apply to the Chair, Dr. Scott Watson, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, STN CSC, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 2Y2 by e-mail to arrive by no later than 4 PM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees. The cover letter should indicate which courses the applicant would be prepared to teach and what qualifications the applicant has for teaching these particular courses. The Department is seeking qualified instructors across the range of fields in the department, in particular, courses that are numbered in the program as follows: international relations, public policy, Canadian constitutional politics, electoral politics, political theory, comparative politics. Please see the UVic academic calendar for course titles and information Specific course offerings will depend on the availability of qualified instructors and are subject to final budgetary approval. Unexpected vacancies may occur at any time. Qualified individuals living (or expecting to live) in the Greater Victoria area are especially encouraged to apply, and to maintain a current statement of interests and qualifications on file with the Chair. In all appointments, preference will be given to those with a completed or nearly complete PhD in Political Science and a combination of expertise and experience appropriate to the courses concerned. The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and aboriginal peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Victoria reserves the right to fill additional teaching assignments from the pool of applicants for this posting. Applications must reach the Chair no later than 4 PM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020.

Congratulations to Simon Glezos on publication of new book!

Congratulations to Simon Glezos on publication of new book! Simon has just published Speed and Micropolitics: Bodies, Minds, and Perceptions in an Accelerating World (Routledge). His book provides a theoretical framework for understanding the micropolitics of speed; a rich, nuanced, and embodied account of life in an accelerating world. What does it feel like to live in an era of profound social acceleration? What kinds of affects, perceptions, and identities does an accelerating world produce? The answers to these questions mean more than simply understanding the psychology of speed; they also mean understanding issues in contemporary politics as diverse as xenophobia and anti-immigration policies, patterns of transnational identification and solidarity, social isolation and alienation, and the ability of new media to coordinate social movements. While drawing extensively on the work of contemporary theorists, Simon Glezos recognizes that social acceleration is not a purely recent phenomenon. He therefore turns to thinkers such as Nietzsche, Spinoza, Bergson, and Merleau-Ponty, to ask how they sought to understand, and respond to, the rapid changes and unsettling temporalities of their eras, and how their insights can be applied to our own.

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