Over three days until Saturday, more than 1,000 scholars from around the world will gather on unceded Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia for the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference. The largest interdisciplinary scholarly organization of its kind, its mandate is to “promote Native American and Indigenous studies through the encouragement of academic freedom, research, teaching, publication, the recognition of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies, the strengthening of relations among persons and institutions devoted to such studies, and the broadening of knowledge among the general public about Native American and Indigenous studies in all its diversity and complexity.”
Also see Daniel Heath Justice in the Vancouver Sun (Opinion: Indigenous people don’t need sanction of ‘settler saviours’, June 22, 2017).
To all graduates who were conferred with their English degrees at the ceremony held on May 24: Congratulations on your achievement! Some of the captured moments are posted here.
Matt Warner, has won the Governor General’s Gold Medal (Master’s) at UBC. This prestigious award recognizes the best Master’s degree recipient within the graduating class at UBC. Nominees are gathered from among all of UBC’s Master’s graduates and awarded to one of approximately 1,000 Master’s graduates, including students in the science and medical faculties. One of the prerequisites for the prize is that the student must have contributed in some substantial way to their field of research.
Matt completed his MA thesis on the poetry of George Herbert under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Hodgson. He is currently studying for his doctoral degree at Stanford University.
Daniel Helbert (PhD 2016) has just accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of English at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Daniel’s new post is at a medium-sized public university (approx. 10,000 students) with a strong liberal arts tradition where Georgia O’Keefe was chair of the Art Department back in the day and where they have an official, collegiate rodeo team that fares quite well in national competitions. Daniel was hired as the department’s medievalist. In the coming semester, he will be teaching courses titled “King Arthur of the British” and ‘The Equestrian Warrior: From Knight to Cowboy”.
Daniel’s research, under the supervision of Professor Siân Echard, demonstrated the importance of legends about King Arthur to the medieval border between England and Wales. His research highlights the significance of this border community to the development of British culture and identity.
The preliminary schedule for Endnotes 2017: On the Edge, this year’s UBC English graduate conference, is now available on the conference website. The conference takes place at UBC’s beautiful Green College on May 12 and 13, and registration is still open at endnotes2017.wordpress.com/registration. Register now to join us for a weekend of presentations on themes timely and timeless from students across Canada and the U.S., as well as keynote speakers Sonnet L’Abbé and Mo Pareles!
Derek Gladwin, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English was recently awarded the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research (PDF) Prize. This is a significant award: each year, two outstanding postdoctoral fellows are selected as recipients of the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize at UBC. The Killam PDF Prizes are awarded to full-time postdoctoral fellows in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Derek Gladwin talks about his research goals, his UBC experience, and what winning the Killam PDF Research Prize means to him in this interview.
Congratulations to doctoral student and TA Mentor, Brendan McCormack who was recently awarded the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! This award is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at UBC. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at the university, this truly is a remarkable achievement.
See UBC’s Killam Teaching + Service Winners