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Canada’s Legal Pasts presents new essays on a range of topics and episodes in Canadian legal history, provides an introduction to legal methodologies, shows researchers new to the field how to locate and use a variety of sources, and includes a combined bibliography arranged to demonstrate best practices in gathering and listing primary sources. It is an essential welcome for scholars who wish to learn about Canada’s legal pasts—and why we study them.

Negin Saheb Javaher, M.A. student won the Graduate Students' Association, Excellence in Research Award for exemplary performance on her own research and as a research assistant on her supervisor’s SSHRC project.

Isabel Fandino, M.A. student placed third in the Graduate Student Association, Excellence in Research Award competition and received an honorable mention for exemplary research mentorship of other graduate students.

Pallavi Banerjee, received an honorable mention for the Graduate Student Association, Excellence in Supervision Award.

On January 15th, a Retirement Celebration was held for Tom Langford and Lloyd Wong. Lloyd retired July 31, 2019 and Tom retired December 31, 2019. Both were important members of the Sociology Department. We will miss seeing them on a daily basis. We wish them all the best in this new, exciting phase of their lives. 

Thank you to everyone who attended this lovely event.

Each year, deans are invited to nominate scholars from their faculty who have demonstrated excellence in startup ventures, commercialization, knowledge or technology transfer, community engagement, social innovation or research collaboration. 

The Prairie Regional Research Data Centre (PRRDC) in the Taylor Family Digital Library has a new academic director, Dr. Abdie Kazemipur, professor in the Department of Sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UCalgary. He previously served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was the founding academic director of the research data centres at the University of Lethbridge and Memorial University. 

Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, won the 2019 "Honorable Mention” for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee

Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, won the 2019 "Honorable Mention” for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee at American Sociological Association (ASA) Race, Gender and Class Section which is the second largest section at the ASA for her paper “Intersectionality and Subversive Self-Employment Among Dependent Visas Holders in the United States” published in the American Behavioral Scientist.

The DL Mills Award is granted to a PhD student who “did excellent work in the 2018/2019 academic year.” We are pleased to announce that Mabel Teye-Kau received the 2018/2019 DL Mills award for the excellent paper she wrote in Dr. Curtis’ 611 class in the fall 2018 semester. 

Alicia Clifford won the Canadian Sociological Association's Angus Reid Award for 2019.

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Awards:
Practitioner: Dr. Becki Ross, University of British Columbia and Jamie Lee Hamilton
Student: Alicia Clifford, University of Calgary

To view the complete list of the 2019 and 2018 Canadian Sociology Award Recipients, please visit this link

GREATsupervisor Awards

Every year, FGS asks all graduate programs to nominate supervisors who are particularly worthy of recognition in their work with their students. Lisa Young, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dave Hansen present the nominated supervisors with a ‘GREATsupervisor’ mug at the annual ‘mugging’ event. Sociology's Dr. Tom Langford was recognized this year with a Great Supervisor award. Congratulations, Dr. Langford!

The Department of Sociology’s newest PhD

Dr. Diane Field received her degree at Convocation on November 16, 2018. Dr. Field’s thesis, “Achieving Publicly Funded Midwifery in Alberta: A Case Study of the Changing Nature of Midwifery Work” was supervised by Dr. Tom Langford and Dr. Ariel Ducey (co-supervisor).

MA graduates Stephanie Cantlay and Reiss Kruger also received their degrees at the November Convocation.

Academics Without Borders (AWB) supports Dr. Madibbo’s volunteer teaching in Sudan

AWB will provide financial and logistical assistance to support Dr. Madibbo’s university teaching in Sudan in December 2018. The teaching is part of the initiatives of the Winter University that Dr. Madibbo has created in Sudan.

We invite sociology students to participate in a group study program that will take place in Mexico during the spring semester of 2019. The program will include two courses at both the senior undergraduate and graduate level: Social Issues in Mexico, and Inter-Cultural Practice: Collaboration for Social Justice. Students will spend about two weeks in Mexico City, and about one week in a rural area in the State of Puebla.

The Embassy of Sudan in Canada has offered Dr. Amal Madibbo an Award of Recognition on Sept 1, 2018 in Ottawa. It is in appreciation of her academic contributions to Sudan and fostering relations between the University of Calgary and universities in Sudan. 

Dr. Pallavi Banerjee was invited to participate in an 'by invitation only pre-ASA symposium' by the Council on Contemporary Families called Gender Matters.
Only 10 pieces were accepted for this symposium. To read the briefing paper prepared by Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary, for the Council on Contemporary Families, please visit the link below.

Dr. George Kurian (1928-2018)

Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary

              George began life with ten siblings on a plantation in India owned by his father. He was encouraged by his family to further his education and attended the University of Bombay where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, History, Political Science, English and Malayalam Language. After graduation, George took a trip to London, where he met some students from the Hague who encouraged him to apply to the Institute of Social Studies. He did so and was admitted in 1953 and went on to obtain a Master of Arts degrees: Sociology and Economics, in 1955 and a Master of Social Sciences in Sociology (1956).  After returning to India and rather than manage the agricultural properties in Kerala State, he returned to Europe in 1958 to obtain his PhD in Sociology at the State University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands in 1961.  His dissertation, The Indian Family in Transition: A Case Study of Kerala Syrian Christians, was internationally recognized and was published that same year by Mouton & Co.

             After completing his doctoral program, Dr. Kurian returned to India and took a position at an Agricultural college, Hyderabad in the Rural Sociology Department.  In 1963, Dr. Kurian took a position as Lecturer and Acting Head in the Department of Asian Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  He was also attached to the Centre for Asian Studies.  After three years of teaching at Victoria University, Dr. Kurian moved to Canada and became an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. He remained at the University of Calgary for the remainder of his career although he was a visiting professor at the University of Kerala in 1980.  He was named professor in 1976 and was given the title of Emeritus Professor when he retired in 1995.

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