Featured Scholars

Dr. Heather Davis-Fisch

Heather Davis-Fisch’s book Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance: The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) was selected the 2013 winner of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Prize for the most outstanding book on Canadian drama or theatre. The book examines theatrical and non-theatrical performances produced following the 1845 disappearance of John Franklin’s Northwest Passage expedition. The expedition left few physical traces but a remarkable archive of performative remains; examining these performances generates critical insights into how those affected by the expedition’s disappearance understood the losses they experienced.

Heather has two articles forthcoming in 2014: one examining performances of aboriginal masculinity and civility in Upper Canada in the 1820s and one concerning the affective relationship between Charles Mair’s 1886 play Tecumseh and Indigenous land rights and treaty negotiations in the Canadian west.

She is in the early stages of a new research project that will explore the relationship between landscape, intercultural performance, and colonialism in the Fraser Valley. 

Dr. Ding Lu 

Dr. Ding Lu is a faculty member in the economics department.  He came to UFV in 2008 from Sophia University in Japan. He was also previously a faculty member at the National University of Singapore and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University. 

This past year Ding has been the president of the Chinese Economists Society (registered in USA).  In his capacity as president, Ding organized two conferences in China, and presentation sessions at both the Canadian Economics Conference and at the American Economic Association annual meeting.  Ding also presented papers at conferences in China and this fall he is invited to Nagoya and Tokyo in Japan to give two presentations including the keynote speech on the prospect of China-Japan economic relations at the International Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Normalization of Japan-China Diplomatic Relations.  Ding brings his research and academic experience to the classroom to the benefit of his students. The economics department is pleased to have a member who is so involved in the academic community.

Dr. Ghizlane Laghzaoui

Dr. Ghizlane Laghzaoui only joined UFV as a full-time professor last year, but she's already making waves.

She completed her second doctorate at SFU in May 2011, and started teaching at UFV full-time in the fall. She taught French in the Modern Languages departments of both UFV as a sessional and SFU as a limited term lecturer, and loved the experience she had at both universities. So when she graduated with her EdD in 2011 and a full-time position opened up in UFV's Modern Languages Institute, she jumped at the chance without a second thought.

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Dr. Edward Akuffo

The Canadian International Council has invited Edward to comment on PM Harper's last week visit to Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he attended La Francophonie Summit. Follow this link http://www.opencanada.org/author/eakuffo/ to view Edward's comments. Updated October 18, 2012

Edward Ansah Akuffo is breaking grounds with his book "Canadian Foreign Policy in Africa: Regional Approaches to Peace, Security, and Development", published by Ashgate Publishing. The book is uniqe in three ways.
1. It is the first book that is focused on Canadian Foreign Policy in Africa. It provides a comprehensive study on Canada's internationalism in Africa.
2. It is the first book that analyses Canada's foreign policy towards Africa's regional organizations. Previous studies have focused on development assistance to African States.
3. The book proposes a "Non-Imperial Internationalist" theoretical perspective as an alternative lens to gauge Canadian Policy. This theoretical perspective has the potential of being applied to study the policies of other middle or emerging powers in Africa.

Please follow the link below to read the synopsis, table of contents, and reviews by two scholars in the field.

Dr. Alan Cameron

Alan Cameron is currently collaborating with Renee Hamilton-Clark on Bonjour, le Canada!, a first-year university textbook for teaching French within a Canadian, rather than American, context. Bonjour, le Canada! is currently being used in our first-year French courses here at UFV and will be published by Pearson Education in 2013. Alan is also reworking his French linguistics textbook, Carpe Linguam: Introduction à la linguistique française appliquée, for adaptation to a fourth-year level by adding more material on syntax, in particular transformational grammar and the development from Old French.

Dr. Susan Fisher
Associate Dean of Students

A UFV faculty member has won a major national literary prize.

Dr. Susan Fisher, associate dean of the College of Arts and also a faculty member in the English department, won the 2012 Canada Prize for a scholarly work in the humanities category. It was one of four awards — two for scholarly works in the humanities and two for scholarly works in the social sciences, with English and French prizes in each category — awarded by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


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