In Memoriam: Zheng Wu

Zheng Wu passed away on August 27 in Victoria, after a short period of illness. He was a longstanding professor of sociology at UVic (1992-2019), department chair from 2006-2011 and past president of the Canadian Population Society. He retired from UVic on July 1, and had planned to extend his gerontology research as Tier I Canada Research Chair in Aging and Health at SFU. Zheng’s research interests reached across numerous demographic topics, with a long-held emphasis on family demography. His recent research program was concerned with trends and patterns of aging population in Canada, focusing on union formation and dissolution in later life, and physical and psychological wellbeing of older adults. His other research areas include immigration, social integration, and race and ethnicity. Zheng was an accomplished educator and scholar. Over his career, he published over 100 books, edited volumes, chapters in books and peer-reviewed journal articles. Zheng is survived by his wife Lanjing Li, brother Jun and sister Fei. At his request, no funeral is to be held after his death.

Abolishing Corporate Crime: The Trump Chapter

Corporate Crime, unlike corporate harm, is inherently political. It must be “named”, “shamed”, “blamed”, and most importantly counted, measured, reported and disciplined by state institutions. By the same token, it can be eliminated by political fiat. From the 1980s on, as governments bought into neoliberal doctrines, regulatory agencies in most capitalist democracies have been variously downsized, privatized, and starved of resources and staff. With the election of Donald Trump, however, this agenda in the United States has exploded. Federal laws protecting workers, the environment and the economy are all threatened—not just with downsizing but with outright elimination. This lecture documents the Trump agenda as it has been practiced thus far in these three areas, then attempts to understand, through critical theory, how and why this has happened.

Dr. Cecilia Benoit awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Cecilia Benoit has been awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. The foundation fellowship will fund Dr. Benoit's work across Canada with sex workers in week-long transformative learning sessions held at local sex worker agencies for her project, "Beyond the 'Missing Women Inquiry': Empowering Sex Workers as Social Justice Advocates."

Masters oral examination announcement: Bryan Benner

Bryan Benner, MA candidate, will be defending his Masters thesis on Thursday September 14th, 2017 (11:30 a.m., Human & Social Development Building, Room A373). The thesis is titled "On the Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure: HIV Vulnerabilities and Implications for HIV testing among Survival Sex Workers in a Qualitative Study from Victoria, Canada"

Doctoral oral examination announcement: Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl

Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl, PhD candidate, will be defending his Doctoral dissertation on Thursday, August 24, 2017 (10:00 a.m., Clearihue Building, Room B007). The dissertation is titled "Identity, Politics, Organization: A Historical Sociology of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Kurdish Nationalist Movement".

Sociologist among nation's top gender equity champions

Recognized by Status of Women Canada for her work in gender equality, Dr. Cecilia Benoit has devoted 25 years as a researcher to advancing the social rights of marginalized populations, especially women. On October 18, Benoit and five other women were recognized with the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Graduate School Information Session - Wednesday October 19, 2016

The Department of Sociology will be holding a Graduate School Information event on Wednesday October 19th, 2:30 - 3:30pm in Cornett A125. Come along to learn about the benefits of doing a Master’s degree and some of the resources available to graduate students. Information will be provided on the department’s MA program, along with practical advice on how to put together an application for admission. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Steve Garlick, at

Corporate power, fossil capital, climate crisis

This week-long course is open to social science graduate students from across Canada, May 8-12, 2017 at the University of Victoria. This course will be directed by Dr. William Carroll, but will feature presentations, guest lectures and extensive participation from members of the Corporate Mapping Project network, including representatives from environmental, social justice, labour and First Nations groups.

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