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On April 18, the Students’ Union honoured 39 faculty members, instructors, and teaching assistants for their commitment to student success, at its annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony. The SU’s campus-wide recognition program gives undergraduate students the chance to weigh in on which instructors and teaching assistants have made a lasting, positive impression in the classroom over the past year. All nominees and winners are determined entirely based on student feedback.

Law and Society student Ira Adam wins a PURE award for research on rehabilitation and social inclusion in Canada

Congratulations to Law and Society student Ira Adam, who has won a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award for 2018. 

Working with Dr. Ted McCoy, Ira will undertake a project called “Rehabilitation and Social Inclusion in Early Modern Canada.” This work is Ira’s first steps toward an investigation into the history of rehabilitation and the multiple ways it worked toward social inclusion. The project will bring together the histories of disability, criminal justice parole, and hospitals and mental asylums between the years 1880-1920. 

Dr. Abdie Kazemipur receives The 2018 National Metropolis Researcher Award

The Canadian National Metropolis Project – a network of Canadian scholars, policy-makers, and NGOs that work on the issue of immigration and immigrant integration in Canada – has selected Dr. Abdie Kazemipur as the recipient of the 2018 Metropolis Researcher Award. Dr. Kazemipur is Professor of sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. 

The Metropolis Award was in recognition of Dr. Kazemipur’s extensive contributions to the field of immigration research and policy-making in Canada for the past 20 years. Due to these contributions, he was appointed, in 2012, as the Stephen Jarislowsky Research Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University; a position whose mandate was to conduct academic research, educate the public, and inform policy-makers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on issues related to the integration of immigrants and the management of cultural diversity. As of 2017, he has been serving as the Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. He is currently one of 12 co-investigators on a Canada-wide SSHRC Partnership Grant and the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.


In the relatively short time since his first academic position in 2000, Dr. Kazemipur has published 8 books (plus one more in-progress), 28 refereed articles, 3 book chapters, and has made many presentations at professional and community meetings, among other things. These works have been very influential in the field. The findings of his 1st book, The New Poverty in Canada: Ethnic Groups and Ghetto Neighbourhoods (2000), for instance, found their way to the headlines in several Canadian newspapers – The Globe and Mail, LaPresse, and The Toronto Star – and was also adopted as a standard text in several sociology courses across the country. His 7th book, The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration (2014, UBC Press), received the 2015 prestigious John Porter Award by Canadian Sociological Association. In addition to these academic contributions, Dr. Kazemipur has also engaged extensively in public, media, and policy debates, as well as in the international research on various issues related to immigration in Canada. Interviews with, and coverage of his works, could be found in Lethbridge Herald, Vancouver Sun, National Post, Calgary radio station CHQR770, Global TV, and Russia Today TV). He is also involved in research on socio-cultural trends in the Middle-East, and has served as the founding academic director of two Statistics Canada Research Data Centres (in Lethbridge and Memorial).

On March 29th 2018, students enrolled in Sociology of Homelessness (SOCI 401.44) once again presented the results of their semester-long research in MacEwan Hall to the University of Calgary community. In their research, students explored a variety of topics, for example:

  • public, political and academic discourses of homelessness
  • the impact of colonialism and intergenerational trauma on Indigenous people’s experiences of homelessness
  • social factors that put first generation immigrants, especially visible minorities, at risk of experiencing homelessness
  • homelessness as a gendered experience
  • causes and consequences of youth homelessness
  • the experiences of LGBTQ2+ youth experiencing homelessness
  • parenting while homeless
  • the impact of homelessness on children’s educational outcomes
  • the intersection of health/mental health challenges and homelessness
  • the criminalization of homelessness and harm reduction approaches, and
  • efforts to end homelessness, including the Housing First approach.

The goal of the poster event was to raise awareness for the causes and consequences of homelessness in Canada, and to present potential solutions. In conjunction with the poster event, Era Rana and Hannan Sobh organized a fundraiser, collecting socks and underwear as well as over $300 in cash, which will be donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. In addition, Brittany Carlyon collecting menstrual products which will be donated to Alpha House Society.

The event was made possible by the hard work and dedication of students enrolled in the course. We would like to thank the Department of Sociology, the Sociology Student Association, and The Mustard Seed UofC chapter for their support in organizing and facilitating the event.

Pallavi Banerjee’s research has focused on gender, race and class dynamics among globally mobile South Asian families. In particular, she provides critical feminist analysis of the global migration of highly-skilled Indian workers and their families and the effects of US visa policies on these families, which has directly affected US immigration policy for highly-skilled temporary workers.

In this tenth and celebratory volume in the Research in the Sociology of Sport series, ten recognized sport scholars from around the world reflect on their respective academic journeys. They each address ten questions summarizing their career and their view of the current and future status of the sociology of sport.  Each chapter addresses four main themes:

  • About the author: who are your mentors and influential figures? What is your research trajectory?
  • About sport: why does sport matter? How should sport be studied? Is sport a panacea for social problems?
  • About practising sociology of sport: is teaching sociology of sport easy? Do sociologists like sport? Is the sociologist of sport a ‘public intellectual?
  • About sociology of sport in the academy: does sociology of sport face institutional or industry barriers? What is the future of the sociology of sport?

While the ten questions are salient for everyone in the academy irrespective of field of study, they seem particularly trenchant for sociologists of sport as the subfield reaches a chronological milestone and continues to undergo its own maturation. Following quickly on the heels of volume 9 (Sociology of Sport: A Global Subdiscipline in Review – a comprehensive review of sociology of sport in 23 countries/regions), volume 10 now completes the ‘double celebration’ of this book series as the sociology of sport subfield turns 50.

Sub-grants awarded by Libraries and Cultural Resources under innovative project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Between September 14 and October 5, 2017 students enrolled in Sociology of Poverty set out to plan and facilitate small fundraisers to generate funding for the Calgary Dream Center’s Toonies for Turkeys campaign.

The Calgary Dream Center is a faith-based organization that provides services to those seeking to recover from addictions and transition into housing. The Toonies for Turkeys campaign called for donations in order to provide homeless and low-income Calgarians with a warm Thanksgiving dinner. Students in the class formed small teams, each in charge of developing their own fundraising strategy. In addition, we placed a donation box in the department’s main office, which generated $71 from faculty, staff and graduate students. The Sociology Student Association also collected donations, generating $78.Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.

The students were exceptionally successful in soliciting donations over a fairly short period of time. As a group, we raised a total of $3151.85, which we delivered on October 5th during the Calgary Dream Centre Shine FM Radiothon, when students had the opportunity to go on air to talk about their fundraising efforts.

The campaign was a great success and we are looking forward to collaborating with The Calgary Dream Centre and other community organizations in the future.

Linda McKay-Panos, Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, has been named one of YW Calgary's She Who Dares award winners. The awards celebrate and explore the stories of 150 women, both known and lost to history who have impacted our community through the last 150+ years. This Canada 150 inspired project is a creative, interactive and engaging journey through the empowering, tenacious and ground-breaking work of women in Calgary and surrounding areas.

"Social Policy in Canada is an important and timely examination of the past, present, and future of Canadian social policy. Organized around the premise that economic policy is a subset of social policy, this fully revised second edition provides a detailed exploration of how social benefits are allocated and explains the mechanisms and tools of income transfer and redistribution that are central to all aspects of social policy. With up-to-date examples and enhanced attention to critical thought throughout, Social Policy in Canada offers students the foundations they need to examine the intricacies of social policy through an economic lens and consider how future policy initiatives best promote greater equity and inclusion for all Canadians”.

Canadian legal historians will convene in over two days this July. Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History will feature historians from across Canada and around the world in an exploration of the new approaches to Canadian legal history. The conference, hosted by the faculties of Arts and Law, will feature both established and emerging scholars.

The conference was conceived by Lyndsay Campbell (History and Law) and Ted McCoy (Sociology) who hope to create an opportunity for reflection on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The conference will forge links among institutions and across linguistic, historiographical and disciplinary divides, in order to rethink assumptions and develop new questions and directions. Bilingual panels will include new research on children and the family, First Nations and Indigenous law, Confederation, Crime and Punishment, Sexuality, and Race. 

Trans-Pacific Mobilities: The Chinese and Canada 

Edited by Lloyd L. Wong

This volume offers fresh insights into historical and contemporary Chinese mobilities and issues of transnationalism.

Dr. Liang Wang is an Associate Professor of Sociology, in the Department of Public Administration, at Guangzhou University, China, and she is a visiting scholar in our department for 2017. 

Our congratulations go out to the following graduates of Fall 2016 Convocation: Monetta Bailey (Ph.D.), Christopher Esselmont (Ph.D.), Lorena Kembel (M.A.), Ana Litviniuc (Ph.D.), Nilima Sonpal-Valias (Ph.D.) and Laurent Wall (M.A.)

The sociology of sport has grown impressively since its inception in the 1950s and has become robust and diverse, although uneven. In addition to countries such as the US, Canada and the UK where it is difficult to imagine a scholarly scene without a sociology of sport presence, many countries now boast strong scholars in the field and fascinating research is being done.