Grad Bulletin Feb 24th


  • Documentary Screening: “War Child/ Children of Gaza”- Feb 26
  • Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey- Feb 27
  • Intersecting Art, Justice, and the Human Experience- Feb 27
  • “Worrier Nation”: Quebec’s Value Codes for Immigrants- Feb 27
  • Bridging Communities Through Song- March 1
  • How to Change the World: the Anti-Racist Feminism of Selma James and the Global Women’s Strike- March 12
  • Security, Immigration, and the Cultures of the Canada-US Border workshop- May 31


  • Ontario Legislature Internship Programme- Deadline Feb 28
  • Summer School for Social Science Research Methods- June 30-July 11
  • Balkans Peace Program Summer 2014- Aug 2-23, Deadline March 31


  • The Electronic Surveillance State: Canada’s Role, Global Implications, and the Question of Reform- Feb 28-March 1
  • Global Chains: Human Trafficking Hits Home- Feb 28

Call for papers:

  • Graduate Student Essay Contest- Deadline Feb 28
  • Civil War, Armed Conflict, And Organized Crime in Latin America- Deadline April 1


Documentary Screening: “War Child/ Children of Gaza”

children of gaza@Feb 26 @ 6-8pm @ SLC Multi-purpose Room. The Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) is hosting a documentary night, screening the documentary “War Child/ Children of Gaza,” a film which depicts the struggles of four Palestinian children living amidst the violent conflict taking place in Gaza for a year. They hope to raise awareness about issues faced by these children through a group discussion after the screening.

There will be free snacks and drink. At the event, money is being raised for OSP through donation and through “Coin Wars” which will kicked off at this event. For more information, visit the OSP Facebook event page.

Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey.

look-behind-you@ Feb 27th @ 7 pm @ Conrad Grebel Chapel. “Look Behind You” combines Steafán’s personal narrative told through song with the work of Bobbie Hanvey, Steafán’s father, consisting of prize-winning photojournalism and radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland’s best known figures. After completing his album Nuclear Family, Steafán realized how his own personal story intertwined with larger context of ‘The Troubles’ in which it was created. Together, this performance integrates the public and private narrative of the conflict in Northern Ireland to engage with international audiences on these complex issues.

Admission is free. For more information, visit Steafán’s website, the event website, or contact Rebecca Steinmann ( in the Peace and Conflict Studies department. For a sample of his work, view a short documentary on the National Public Radio (NPR) site: NPR: video/multimedia documentary.

Intersecting Art, Justice, and the Human Experience

cji intersecting art@ Feb 27 @ 7 pm @ St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre (11 Albert St, St Jacobs). Community Justice Initiatives presents a memorable evening of art, film, wine, and discussion with special guest and artist Judah Oudshoorn. This event will explore Restorative Justice themes along with metaphors of trauma through the medium of art. Features include “A Ladder Without Rungs: An exhibit exploring metaphors of trauma,” and the documentary film “Concrete Steel and Paint.”

Tickets are $20  in advance and $25 at the door; all proceeds will go towards Community Justice Initiatives. For more information contact Bernice Burnett at 519-744-6549.

“Worrier Nation”: Quebec’s Value Codes for Immigrants

flag_quebec@ Feb 27th @ 4:30 PM @ Tatham Centre, rm 2218A/B. This lecture explores the political and policy discourses of Quebec’s integration toolkit for immigrants. Focusing on value codes for immigrants in one of Quebec’s largest cities (Gatineau), Professor Stasiulis argues that recent debates on accommodation of immigrants and religious minorities resuscitate the dominant historical narrative of Quebec’s fragility as a conquered settler colonial nation. In this case, however, the threat is defined as the “cultural otherness” of racialized immigrants and religious minorities.

This lecture is presented by the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. More information on their event poster.

Bridging Communities Through Song

bridging communities through song@ March 1st @ 2-5 pm @ Maureen Forrester Hall, Laurier. Bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together through song, event features the Good Hearted Women Singers, The Waterloo Regional Police Chorus, The Cambridge Girl’s Choir, and the WLU Choir, with special guest Susan Aglukark. There will also be a silent auction and craft vendor tables as a part of this event, beginning at 1pm.

There is a long history of colonization and attempts to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream society. These attempts have weakened Indigenous people from within and have resulted in devastating disruptions and/or loss of their identities, knowledge of cultural traditions, language, and family/community roles and responsibilities. Despite these atrocities, many indigenous people are reclaiming their heritage and are making strong strides in this endeavour. This event is an opportunity to find common ground and build relationships through song, offering healing and the forming of new relationships.

More information, can be found on their Facebook event page (get a sneak peak of the auction items!). Tickets are $20 and go towards raising money for the Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) to help with material for new regalia, hides for drums, and cultural workshops.

How to Change the World: the Anti-Racist Feminism of Selma James and the Global Women’s Strike

how to change the world@ March 12 @ 6:30- 8:30pm @ Biology 1, room 271. WPIRG invites you to join them for this free event featuring Selma James and Nichola Marcus. Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist campaigner and author. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike which she coordinates. She coined the word “unwaged” to describe all the work without wages of women, children, and men in the home, on the land, and in the community. She has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and organizing across sectors despite divisions of race, sex, age, etc.

Nichola Marchus is an organizer with Red Thread, a multiracial grassroots women’s organization in Guyana that demands “wages for housework” and supports women in their fight against social, economic, and political injustices. Red Thread co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike in Guyana.

This is a free event! There is an ASL interpreter available, gender neutral bathrooms provided, and the event is wheelchair accessible. More information on the Facebook Event Page

Security, Immigration, and the Cultures of the Canada-US Border workshop

CCUSB@ May 31 @ Sheraton at the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY. This is the second Culture and the Canada-US border workshop on the theme of border security and immigration, hosted in conjunction with the University of Buffalo. The event will feature presentations from Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (university of Victoria), Emily Gilbert (University of Toronto), Geoffrey Hale (University of Lethbridge), and Christopher Sands (Hudson Institute).

The workshop is free, simply register online. More information about the workshop can be found on the University of Kent Website.


Ontario Legislature Internship Programme

2011internsApplication Deadline: Feb 28. Each year, the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) provides the opportunity for 8-10 interns from across Canada to work with the Ontario Legislature. Duties include working for an MPP, visits to other legislatures in Canada and internationally, and writing an academic paper.

The internships are based in Toronto, begin in September, and last for 10 months. This is a paid internship, providing a $20,000 stipend with additional payments upon completion of a draft and final version of an academic paper.

The programme is open to Canadian citizens who have recently graduated from a Canadian university; interns often possess or are working towards graduate degrees. Prospective interns should show an interest in and a knowledge of the legislative process. Applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information visit the OLIP website.

Summer School for Social Science Research Methods

NUS logo@ June 30- July 11 @National University of Singapore (NUS). Join for two weeks of rigorous training in social science research methds and truly global networking opportunities. Acquire cutting-edge quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods skills, meet future collaborators and co-authors, and make new friends with similar research interests from all over the Asia-Pacific, the US, Europe, and beyond!

There are courses offered on Applied Data Analysis, Case Study Analysis, Discourse and Visual Analysis, Experimental Methods, Game Theory, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Mixed Methods, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Quantitative Text Analysis, Regression Analysis, Spatial Analysis, and Survey Methods. Participants can only attend one course at a time.

If you register by April 30th, the cost is $810 for students. The fees include course materials (excluding books) and access to NUS libraries and facilities, and does not include rooma nd board, travel, local transportation, and otehr personal expenses. More information can be found online at  the Summer School Website.

Balkans Peace Program Summer 2014: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies- Kosovo and the Balkans

balkans peace program@ Aug 2-Aug 23 @ Gjilan, Kosovo. This educational program will provide students with the opportunity to spend about 3 weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice with a post-conflict area in Europe. The international attention to this region has been earned through unrest, war, and conflicts, but today the break up process of former Yugoslavia has been resolved, turning the region into a calm and developing area. Kosovo, Europe’s newest country as of Feb 17th, 2008, provides a unique opportunity to shape and ensure a European future and make it an example of modern state building. Participants will explore this issue through three main components of the program; an academic course credit, a tour of historic and tourist sites in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and cultural immersion through stays with local host families in Kosovo.

Application deadline is March 31. The cost is 1,650 EUR per person (roughly $2,483 Canadian), which includes program costs, full room and board, all program activities, tours, and accommodation and meals while on tours. There are a small amount of funds available for this program to offset the cost for select participants. Any student in the grad or undergrad level is eligible to apply.

For more information visit the Balkans Program Website.


Electronic Surveillance State: Canada’s role, Global Implications and the Question of Reform

CIC conference@ Feb 28th @ Toronto. The Canadian International Council (CIC) Toronto Branch will hold a major conference on the ground breaking issues surrounding the state electronic surveillance by the UKUSA signals intelligence co-operation alliance. These revelations led to the public knowledge of multiple state agencies clandestinely collecting telephone records, electronic communication, text messages, and financial records of more than tens of millions of people across the world. In addition, states were found to have collected private correspondence of senior government officials and the proprietary information of businesses. Canada, as a member of UKUSA and a long standing security partner of the US, has a direct stake and role in this issue.

This conference will include three distinguished panels and keynote address by Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. For more information and registration, visit the Eventbrite webpage. Cost is $45 for non-member students and $75 for non-members.

Global Chains: Human Trafficking Hits Home Conference

global chains@ Feb 28th @ 9am- 4:30pm @ CIGI Campus. This year’s conference, run by the Student Association of International Development and Engineers without Borders at UW, will follow the theme of Human Trafficking, with speakers from NGO’s, academia, and governmental agencies focused on abolishing human trafficking in the 21st century.

The conference is intended to spread knowledge, provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and professional work, and provide an opportunity to development professionals to network with and learn from each other.

Register online on the eventbrite webpage. Price is $15. A full agenda can be found on the environment blog.

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Essay Contest

Deadline: Feb 28.  The Canadian Association and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) will recognize the most outstanding research produced by grad students in the field of refugee and forced migration studes. The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to present their work at the CARFMS conference from May 7-9 in Montreal, Quebec (CARFMS will provide funding to contribute to the costs of attending the conference).

Papers submitted may address any issue relevant to refugee and forced migration studies in Canada or elsewhere, may be submitted in English or French, and must not exceed 7,500 words. Participants must be members of CARFMS, or join the association before the 2014 conference.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements visit the contest website.

Civil War, Armed Conflict, And Organized Crime in Latin America

 portada1-790x340Deadline: April 1. La Revista de Ciencias Politicals y Relaciones Internationales, (Journal of Political Science and International Relations) is publishing a special edition on civil war, armed conflict, and organized crime in Latin America.

Scholarly articles can be written in Spanish or English, and should be between 5,000-10,000 words in length. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically with an abstract of no more than 200 words to, with personal info (name, academic degrees, institution affiliation, date of submission, and mailing address and email address) in a separate document.

Submission guidelines can be found online. For more information refer questions to or

Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.


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