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April 10 2015 Symposium: Diversity, Inequality, Integration: Comparative Perspectives

On Friday April 10 2015 the Department of Sociology will host a symposium presenting comparative perspectives on some of the key challenges faced by liberal democratic societies. The three central topics of the event will be: the integration of Muslim immigrants in Canada and Europe, racial inequality in the US and in Canada, and liberal nationalisms in Quebec, Scotland and beyond.

The main speakers will be: Jeffrey Reitz (University of Toronto); Paul Eid (UQAM); Nancy Di Tomaso (Rutgers University); Carl James (York University); James Kennedy (University of Edinburgh); Garth Stevenson (Brock University).


April 2015 | Congratulations to Claudia Masferrer who defended her dissertation last November 2014. Claudia will join the Centre for Demographic, Urban, and Environmental Studies of El Colegio de Mexico as a tenure-track assistant professor in October.
April 2015 | Prof. Eran Shor received an Insight Grant from SSHRC for 5 years and an Advancement of the Discipline Award from the ASA for 2 years. Both of these grants are to study patterns of gender and racial inequality in both traditional and social media, using big data and computational analysis.
April 2015 | Mehri Ghazanjani is one of the three recipients for the 2015 Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award. Congratulations!
April 2015 | Loes Knaapen (PHD 2013) will start a tenure-track position in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa.
March 2015 | Mehri Ghazanjani was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada!
February 2015 | Prof. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée gave an interview on ICI Radio-Canada 1ère analyzing the health reform proposed in Bill 10 (interview begins at 43.36 minutes)
February 2015 | Prof. John Hall was interviewed on the BBC World Service's discussion program "Forum - A World of Ideas" on the question of disssent. The podcast will be available until the end of March 2015.
February 2015 | Prof. Morton Weinfeld was interviewed on Montreal CBC radio Feb 12 2015 about the attempt by the Jewish Defence League to set up an operation in Montreal.
February 2015 | Prof. Céline Le Bourdais was interviewed on Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique – Yukon on “La définition de famille se modifie avec le temps” for the program "Phare Ouest". The interview was broadcasted on Monday, February 9, which was ‘Family Day’ (holiday) in B.C.
February 2015 | Graduate Students Xiao Yu Gong, Candice Shaw, and Luyang Zhou were awarded Arts Graduate Student Travel Award. Congratulations!
January 2015 | Recent research by Prof. Eran Shor on the link between social contact and mortality is featured in the British press: The Daily Mail, The Independent, BBC, and Metro UK.
January 2015 | McGill alumnus James Kennedy, now at the University of Edinburgh, was awarded the John Porter prize of the Canadian Sociological Association for his book, “Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec” published in 2013 by McGill-Queen's University Press and which is based on his dissertation. Congratulations!
October 2014 | Ignacio Nazif Muñoz won the John D. States Best Student Paper Award of the AAAM (Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine) at its 58th annual meeting, for his paper "Explaining Chile’s Traffic Fatalities and Injuries Reduction for 2000-2012, or When Traffic Law Reform Pushes Police Enforcement"
October 2014 | Prof. Morton Weinfeld gave an invited lecture, titled “Diaspora Jews and Israel: Challenges of Competing Loyalties,” at the Department of Sociology, University of Washington, Seattle on October 23, 2014.
October 2014 | Candice Shaw was awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award. Congratulations!
September 2014 | Prof. John Hall was interviewed on CTV Montreal about the referendum in Scotland.
September 2014 | Prof. Shelley Clark was awarded a International Development Research Centre GroW grant for her project on how to create economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums through improved childcare options. She also received a grant from the Population Council for a study of financial literacy and educational incentives of adolescent girls in Ghana and together with Sangeetha Mahavan (U of Maryland) Prof. Clark won an R21 award from the US National Institutes of Health (NICHD) to measure kinship support for children of single mothers in Nairobi. Congratulations to Prof. Clark on this hat-trick!
September 2014 | On September 8, 2014, the Department of Sociology hosted a workshop on "Jewish Conditions, Theories of Nationalism" whereby ideas of such thinkers as Hans Kohn, Isaiah Berlin, Ernest Gellner, Elie Kedourie, Emile Durkheim, Karl Popper, Horace Kallen, the early Bolsheviks and Otto Bauer were traced back to the complexities of their Jewish backgrounds.

July 2014 | Kalyani Thurairajah received her doctorate in 2013 and now has a tenure-track position at the Department of Sociology, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta.

June 2014 | The winners of the Canadian Population Society Student Paper Competition at the Association's recent meeting at Brock were: Nicole Denier and Sean Waite, "Gay pay in Canadian Cities: Local labour market effects on sexual minority earnings gaps."

April 2014 | Several members of our Department were honoured by the Faculty of Arts:

- Jose Ignacio Nazif Munoz was one of the recipients of the Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award.
- John Hall was the recipient of the 2014 Arts Award for Distinction in Research in Social Sciences.
- And Franca Cianci received the Arts Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff.


Recent Publications

Eran Shor and David Roelfs. 2015. “Social Contact Frequency and All-cause Mortality: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression.” Social Science & Medicine 128:76-86.

The World of States by John L Campbell and John A. Hall. 2015.
This topical book offers a historical account of state forms in the 21st century. It focuses on what makes states effective, thus offering a different approach to existing literature which has tended to focus on the predatory characteristics of states. The book covers all the major state forms of this century, from the US and EU to India and China, as well as a number of key 'failed' states, such as Iraq and Zimbabwe. Key definitions and terms are clearly explained throughout.  Written by leading figures in the field, and addressing one of the key questions in politics today, this is a much-needed addition to the literature.
Building the Nation: N.F.S. Grundtvig and Danish National Identity edited by John A. Hall. 2015.
Denmark became a nation amidst the turbulence of the nineteenth century, an era plagued by war, bankruptcy, and territorial loss. Building the Nation is an insightful study of this formation, emphasizing the crucial role of N.F.S. Grundtvig, the father of modern Denmark. Persevering through years of humiliation, internal conflict, and occupation, Denmark now boasts one of the world's most stable and democratic political systems, as well as one of its richest economies. From disaster to success, Building the Nation emphasizes the role of national icons and social movements in the formation of Denmark.

John A. Hall. 2015. “Varieties of State Experience”, in S. Leibfried, F. Nullmeier, E. Huber, M. Lange, J. Levy and J. Stephens, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, Oxford University Press.

John A. Hall and Jason O. Jensen. 2015. “Why Denmark did not become Switzerland”, in J. A. Hall, O. Korsgaard and O. Pedersen, eds., Building the Nation: Nikolai Grundtvig and Danish National Identity, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

John A. Hall and John L. Campbell. 2015. “Small States, Nationalism and Institutional Capacities: An Explanation of the Difference in Response of Ireland and Denmark to the Financial Crisis” (Co-author John L. Campbell), European Journal of Sociology, 56

John A. Hall and John L. Campbell. 2015. “The World of States”  World Financial Review, March/April.

Dana Hamplová, Céline Le Bourdais and Évelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk. 2014. “Is the Cohabitation-Marriage Gap in Money Pooling Universal?” Journal of Marriage and Family 76 (5): 983-997.

Christine Proulxand and Céline Le Bourdais. 2014. “The Impact of Providing Care on the Risk of Leaving Employment in Canada.” Canadian Journal on Aging 33 (4): 488-503.

Morton Weinfeld. 2014. "If Canada and Israel are at War, who gets my support? Challenges of Competing Diaspora Loyalties." ( Marshall Sklare Award Lecture.) Contemporary Jewry 34(3):167-187.

Morton Weinfeld and Randal Schnoor. 2014. "The Demography of Canadian Jewry, and the “Census” of 2011: Challenges and Results”. In A. DAshefsky and I. Sheskin eds, The American Jewish Yearbook v114. Dordrecht: Springer. Pp. 285-300.

Andreas Wimmer and Thomas Soehl. 2014. “Blocked Acculturation: Cultural Heterodoxy among Europe’s ImmigrantsAmerican Journal of Sociology 120:146-186.

Elaine Weiner and Heather MacRae 2014. "The persistent invisibility of gender in EU policy: Introduction", in: Weiner, Elaine and Heather MacRae (eds): ‘The persistent invisibility of gender in EU policy’ European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Special issue 1, Vol. 18, Article 3, pp. 1-20.

Alessandro Olsaretti. 2014. “Beyond class: The many facets of Gramsci’s theory of intellectualsJournal of Classical Sociology 14:363-381.

Jason O. Jensen and John A. Hall. 2014. “The decomposition of the Danish imperial monarchyNations and Nationalism 20(4):742-759.

John A. Hall. 2014. “A New Paradigm?”. European Journal of Sociology  55:451-457.