Come join us in the Scholarly Sharing Initiative!

Informal monthly gatherings will be held for faculty, students, and interested others to share, discuss, present, and receive feedback on their scholarly work. SSI is an organic environment designed to foster intellectual discussions.

Details are on the College of Arts webpage under Scholarly Sharing Initiative.

University House, Abbotsford Campus
1:15 – 2:45pm
Delicious light refreshments provided

Scholarly Sharing Initiative schedule 2014-2015

Sponsored by and with the generous support of: UFV Office of Research Services and UFV College of Arts Office

For more information contact Melissa Walter ( or Michelle Riedlinger (

Join us for the first Scholarly Sharing Initiative event for 2014-15!

Thursday, October 23, 1:15 – 2:45pm
University House, Abbotsford Campus

Delicious light lunch provided

Graham Shaw and Gloria Borrows, Writing Centre - Teacher talk: Within-discipline conversations about writing assignments  

Seeking to understand the number and nature of writing assignments undergraduate students are doing across the curriculum in Canadian universities, Roger Graves, of the University of Alberta, sought partner institutions to collect and analyze writing assignment descriptions and features found in departmental syllabi and assignment guidelines. We worked with four departments at UFV, coded syllabi and assignment guidelines for features that a Writing Studies perspective might call "best practices" in assignment design, and reported our findings back to departments. Of particular value to Writing Studies and Writing Centre understandings are the disciplinary nuances that emerged from discussions within disciplines in response to the data we gathered. These conversations shed new light on how a disciplinary context informs the ways in which writing is assigned, assessed, and talked about within the disciplines.

Prabhjot Parmar, English Department and Centre for IndoCanadian Studies - Komagata Maru returns

In 1914, when Baba Gurdit Singh chartered Komagata Maru at Hong Kong to take 376 Indians to Vancouver, little did he know that the journey undertaken will remain unfinished for most of the passengers on board. Defying the discriminatory “continuous journey” clause laid out by the British Columbian government, he was confident that as British subjects, the ships passengers would be allowed to enter Canada. The exclusionary policies of the British Columbian and Canadian governments forced the ship to anchor for two months in the Burrard Inlet. Threatened by the HCMS Rainbow, a Canadian gunship, Komagata Maru was coerced to return to India with most of its passengers never having set foot on the shores of Vancouver. This paper examines the representations of this incident in personal and sociocultural memory, and in its commemorations in its centenary year.


Sponsored by and with the generous support of: UFV Office of Research Services and UFV College of Arts Office

For more information contact Marcella.LaFever (, Melissa Walter ( or Michelle Riedlinger (

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