Grad Bulletin Jan. 13th


  • International Policy Simulation Event- Preparing for the 4th EU-Africa Summit. April 24-25. Deadline Jan. 17th.
  • “The Case for Climate Engineering”- Jan 22
  • Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights?: A Public Talk with Dr. Peter Kulcyski- Jan 23rd
  • “The Harper Doctrine: A Conservative Foreign-Policy Revolution”- Jan 29
  • An Evening with Bruce Cockburn (concert)- Feb 13th
  • German-movie screening series- Jan-March

Summer Job

  • International Development Research Centre Student Employment Program

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice

Call for papers

  • Security Studies Symposium “Knowing (in)Security”- Feb 13th. Deadline Jan. 13th.
  • Peace, Global Health, and Sustainability- May 2-4. Deadline Jan. 15th.
  • Strange Worlds We Live In: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs- March 14-15. Deadline Jan. 15th.
  • Health and Human Rights conference 2014 Research Poster Competition- March 22-23. Deadline Jan 15th
  • Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples- July 16-19. Deadline Jan. 17th.
  • 2014 Learning Conference- July 14-17. Deadline Feb 4th.


International Policy Simulation Event- Preparing for the 4th EU-Africa Summit

@April 24-25 @ Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo. The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership is the formal channel through which the European Union and the African Union work together. Formal dialogue in support of the partnership occurs through a number of channels including the twice annual meeting of the Joint Expert Groups. These groups bring together experts from member states, institutions and civil society organizations to engage in policy dialogue in 8 areas of cooperation: peace and security; democratic governance and human rights; regional integration, trade and investment; Millennium Development Goals; energy; climate change and the environment; migration, mobility and employment; and, science, info society and space. 

Our simulation models a meeting of the Joint Expert GroupsTeams, comprised of 3 to 4 master’s level students, will be chosen to represent various expert groups and will receive a package of briefing materials in advance to prepare for the event. Over the course of our two-day event, the Joint Expert Groups will develop and present policy proposals suitable for consideration at the EU-Africa summit level..

Limited financial support for travel will be available for outside participants. The deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. Successful teams will be notified by February 7, 2014. For more information visit the international policy simulation event webpage.

“The Case for Climate Engineering”

@Jan 22 @ 3-5 pm @ Balsillie school, room 143. Amid current concerns surrounding climate change, its effects and the human contribution thereto, David Keith discusses the controversy, risks, and potential benefits of climate change geoengingeering as a possible solution. In doing so, he also explores the underlying question: is it conservation or hubris?

This talk features David Keith, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, also named one of TIME magazine’s Heroes of the Environment for 2009. Registration is required, and you can register online.

Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights?: A Public Talk with Dr. Peter Kulcyski

are indigenous rights human rights

@ Jan 23rd @ 4:30 pm @ Laurier University, Alvin Woods Building rm 2-104. This public talk by Peter Kulcyski will discuss the question “Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights? with Dr. Chris Alcantara and Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann as commentators.

Peter Kulchyski is Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has written or co-written, edited or co-edited eight books, including like the sound of a drum (2006) and aboriginal rights are not human rights (2013). Dr. Kulchyski is director of the Pangnirtung Bush School and co-director of the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.

The event page can be found at

The Harper Doctrine: A Conservative Foreign Policy Revolution

@Jan 29 @ 7-9 pm @ CIGI Campus Auditorium. Drawing upon research for his 2015 publication Stephen Harper: A Biography, award winning Canadian writer and journalist (and recently-appointed CIGI Senior Fellow) John Ibbitson will explore the transformation of Canadian foreign policy under Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

John Ibbitson is a CIGI senior fellow, effective January 2014. An award-winning writer and leading political journalist in Canada, John will research, write, and speak on Canadian foreign policy at CIGI while on a one-year leave from The Globe and Mail.

An Evening with Bruce Cockburn

bruce-cockburn-poster@ Feb 13th @ 8:00 PM @ Humanities Theatre. Join Grebel alumni, students, and friends for an intimate evening with Bruce Cockburn, a musician and social activist who has inspired many generations of Grebel students and alumni.

Get your tickets from the Theatre Centre Box Office in person or by phone: 519-888-4908.

German Movie Screening Series

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@Jan-March 2014 @ 5:00 pm @ East Campus Hall, rm 1220. Beginning Monday, Jan 13th, Dr. Alic Kuzniar of the Germanic and Slavic department will begin a free German-movie screening series. All movies start at 5:00 pm in room 1220. All movies have English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Film list can be found at

Summer Job

International Development Research Centre Student Employment Program

IDRC@ Ottawa. Application Deadline: Feb 2nd, 2014. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation, supports financially and through capacity-building, research in developing regions of the world to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that bring choice and change to those who need it most.

The 2014 Student Employment Program has 20 positions available at the head office in Ottawa in research programs, as well as communications, administration, finance, human resources, and information management and technology divisions. The positions run from the end of April to the end of August.

Position job descriptions can be found at the IDRC website. Of particular interest might be the Supporting Inclusive Growth/ Governance, Security, and Justice position, which is open to Grad students.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice

CRJCDeadline: Jan 14th. The newly formed Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium (CRJC) is looking for some volunteer help in the area of research and editing for their website. The goal of the not for profit CRJC is to become a hub for information on RJ in Canada. The volunteer position requires a person who has:

  • Time to dedicate 3-4 hours per week for a few months ( one academic term)
  • Web editing experience of WordPress (an asset, not required)
  • Research skills
  • Interest in engaging with CRJC as a youth representative, to provide a fresh perspective
  • Awareness of RJ – in depth knowledge of the field is not essential.

You can see more about CRJC at .  This is a national organization, registered in Newfoundland, with the Board is made up of people from across Canada.  Work will be done from your own computer/home. This would be a good opportunity for a student to develop a deeper understanding of Restorative Justice, as well as interact with established and supportive practitioners from across Canada. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Hermina Richter, Chair of CRJC at by January 14th 2014.

Call for Papers

Security Studies Symposium “Knowing (in)Security”

cid_image001_jpg01CB4B5D@ Feb 13, 2014.  The Governing (in)Security research group invites proposals for presentations at the next Ontario Graduate Security Network (SOGS-Net) Security Studies Symposium on Knowing (in)Security.

Recent trends in public policy are suggestive of a drive toward ever expanding attempts to manage security through the harvesting of data and production of knowledge. Big data, mass surveillance, and attempts to elicit co-operation from the public in counter-terrorism all point to the impulse of trying to address risks, anxieties, and vulnerabilities by gathering more information. Scholars of security studies have also drawn attention to how the study of security is bound up with the production of new forms of knowledge and expertise, which can in turn be re-examined and unsettled through perspectives such as risk societies, feminism, post-colonialism, and the Paris School. Yet how might security scholars continue to re-think the parameters surrounding the relationship between knowledge and security?

Abstracts are due by January 13th to Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. More information can be found online.

Peace, Global Health and Sustainability

pegasus@ May 2-4, 2014 @ Toronto. Pegasus is a though stimulating conference, convening leaders, change makers, and participants form multiple disciplines to engage in discourse about actions and policies to improve unacceptable levels of poor health.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 15th, 2014. Info about abstract submission and the submission form can be found on the Pegasus Conference website. There are monetary student awards for best oral presentation and best poster presentation. The conference will engage stakeholders by providing a dynamic, interactive forum to share their expertise in research, education, field experiences, advocacy, and policy to reduce disparities, inequities and social injustices across our three major themes: peace, global health and sustainable solutions

Strange Worlds We Live in: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs


@ March 14-15 @ University of Ottawa. The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS; University of Ottawa) and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; Université de Montreal and McGill University) are pleased to announce the 5th annual Grad student conference on the theme of Strange Worlds We Live in: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs. Masters and doctoral students are invited to present their research on the challenges and opportunities facing the international community in its pursuit of peace, security, and development. The conference aims to include both theoretical and policy-oriented research.

Abstract deadline is January 15. Abstracts may be in English or French, should be approximately 250 words, should include name, program of study, department, and University, and can be sent to For more information visit the CIPS Grad Student Conference Webpage.

Health and Human Rights conference 2014 Research Poster Competition


@ March 22-23 @ University of Toronto. The University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP) is holding its 16th annual Health and Human Rights conference. They are currently accepting abstracts for the 2014 research poster competition. They are open to submissions from all fields and disciplines concerning research related to global health within an international as well as Canadian context. The competition is open to all undergrad, grad, and professional students across the country as well as students who have recently graduated in the past year. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster presentations.

Deadline is Jan 15th. Abstracts must be 25o words or less and must be submitted to Anjum Sultana, Poster Fair Coordinator, at by Jan 15th. See the poster image for more details.

Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples

iags-logo@July 16-19 2014 @ Winnipeg.  The International Association of Genocide Scholars is holding their 11th conference in Winnipeg this summer, as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors to the public. The IAGS and the University of Manitoba welcome papers and sessions related to the theme of “Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples.

Innovative panels, workshops, and papers that consider the spatial and temporal issues as applied to Indigenous genocide and its commemoration are particularly encouraged, as are comparative studies. While the theme is on Indigenous issues, we also encourage innovative and original papers on other genocides, in particular the Rwandan genocide as 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of that genocide.

Deadline is January 17th 2014. Abstracts should include full name, affiliation, a brief biography, e-mail address, and be no more than 250 words, using single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. They can be sent to Any questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Andrew Woolford, Adam Muller, and Donna-Lee Frieze at:

2014 Learning Conference

learning conference

@ July 14-17 @ Lander College for Women at Touro College in New York City. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, focused discussions, or colloquia are invited, addressing learning through one of the following themes: Pedagogy and Curriculum; Assessment and Evaluation; Educational Organization and Leadership; Early Childhood Learning; Learning in Higher Education; Adult, Community, and Professional Learning; Learner Diversity and Identities; Technologies in Learning; Literacies Learning; and Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning.

Deadline to submit is February 4th. More information can be found on the Conference website.


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