Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Varga
Flags on campus are lowered in memory of Ivan Varga, a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology.
Dr. Varga came to Queen’s in 1973 after teaching for several years in Tanzania and Germany. His research focused on the sociology of art and culture, and religion. He added a new interest in the study of the body later in his academic career. He collaborated with colleagues around the world. He held a senior research fellowship at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions and conducted research in France and Hungary.
Dr. Varga retired and became professor emeritus in 1996. He remained active writing and editing international publications and organizing and attending conferences abroad. Dr. Varga worked for decades with the International Sociological Association, particularly with the Sociology of Religion Research Committee. After his term as president of the research committee was up, he became honorary president, a role he kept until he died.
A memorial page has been created in Dr. Varga’s honour.