Message from the Department Head
Dr. Ailsa Craig, Department Head
Sociology at Memorial is home to a productive group of researchers, teachers, students, and post-doctoral fellows, who are also artists, photographers, activists, musicians, and active community members. Making connections between theory, research, everyday practices, institutions, organizations, culture, identity, politics, and policy is something we do in many ways, on a wide array of topics, and from a range of perspectives.
For the 2014/15 year we have several people joining us, and an engaging roster of scholars lined up for our incredible Speaker Series and an exciting Public Lecture.
Joining our full-time faculty, we welcome Dr. Max Liboiron, a scholar, activist and artist, whose academic work focuses on how harmful, invisible, and emerging phenomena such as disasters, toxics, and ocean plastics become manifest in science and activism, and how these methods of representation relate to action.
Joining our contract faculty, we have Jamie Baker, a PhD candidate in our own program who works in the area of race and ethnicity. Jamie has worked with the Association for New Canadians, a non-profit community based immigrant settlement agency located in the province. He is also an avid science fiction and fantasy fan and is an avowed gamer.
Additionally, we have the good fortune of welcoming two post-doctoral fellows: Michael Connors Jackman comes to us on an ISER postdoctoral fellowship (working with me, Dr. Ailsa Craig) to pursue his project "From Dangerous sexuality to homonationalism: Investigating changing attitudes towards sexual minorities in St. John's, Newfoundland, 1969-2016", and Lachlan Barber will be working with Dr. Barb Neis for his postdoctoral fellowship with the On the Move Partnership, a project of the Safety Net Centre for Occupation Health and Safety Research at Memorial University.
The year is full of promise and plans, and we look forward to seeing you—in class, at conferences, at our public events, and out in our larger communities.