SPT Colloquium

The colloquium is organized to be both your home base and to expose you to the diversity of theoretical research in the program and beyond. In addition to hosting a number of local, regional and international speakers, the faculty of Acadia’s SPT program attends the research talks to showcase interdisciplinary interactions and questioning.  The colloquium also acts as an introduction to graduate studies, grant writing, conference preparation and thesis development.  First year students are expected to present a thesis proposal at the end of the SPT colloquium in consultation with their co-supervisors (upper level students are expected to present thesis updates in the fall of each colloquium year). Students are expected to maintain attendance throughout the duration of the program.

 

2017-2018

Colloquium is located in BAC 325 from 2:30 - 4:30 on the following dates:

(Students arrive at 1:30 pm)

September 2017:

8  – Student Orientation (BAC 325)

15 – Writing Workshop (BAC 325)

22 – SSHRC Grant Writing and Library Research Skills - Students bring your computers – BAC 210

29 – Dr. Rachel Brickner “Two Ways of Thinking about Labour Organizing” Department of Politics, Acadia University (BAC 325)

October 2017:

13 – Upper-level Student Thesis Proposal Presentations/Updates (i.e., all students who have not defended)  (BAC325)

27 – Dr. Paul Abela “Atheism, Naturalism and Modernity” Department of Philosophy, Acadia University (BAC 325)

November 2017:

10 – Dr. Sam Opondo “Colonialism, Race and the Mediation of Estrangement” Department of Politics and African Studies, Vassar College (BAC 325)

17– Dr. Nissim Mannathukkaren, "Are Alternative Modernities Possible? Reflections from the Ground" Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University (BAC 325)

24 – SPT Review Faculty Student Conversation (BAC 325)

January 2018:

19 – Dr. Can Mutlu “Architecture, Design and Security” Department of Politics, Acadia University (BAC 325)

February 2018:

2 – Dr. Brenda Trofanenko “TBA” Department of Education, Acadia University (BAC 325)

23 – Dr. Yasser Abdel Ramin, “Conflict, Violence, and Visual Methodologies: framing and discourse analyses of photo-albums of Egyptian revolutions and ISIS digital magazines” Visual Communication, Department of Mass Communication and Media, The Gulf University of Science and Technology, Kuwait. (BAC 325)

March 2018:

2 – Dr. Loralea Michaelis “Temporality and the Failing Revolution in Horkheimer's Critical Theory” Department of Politics, Mount Allison University (BAC 325)

9 – SPT Review Faculty Student Conversation (BAC 325)

16– Dr. Gamal Abdel-Shehid “Franz Fanon's Theory of Psychiatry: The Promise and the Paradox” School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University (BAC 325)

April 2018:

6 – First Year Student Thesis Proposal Presentations (KCIC Auditorium, 2:30-5:30 pm)

2016-2017

Colloquium is located in BAC 325 from 2:30 - 4:30 on the following dates:

(Students arrive at 1:30 pm)

September 2016:

9 – Student Orientation

16 – SSHRC Grant Writing and Library Research Skills (students only BAC 210)

23 – Dr. Andrew Biro “Bottled Water and the Cultivation of Taste” Department of Politics, Acadia University

October 2016:

7 – Dr. Julian Reid “The Indigenous Subject” Department of Politics, University of Lapland, Finland

14 – Upper-level Student Thesis Proposal Presentations (i.e., all students who have not defended)  (IN KCIC)

28 – Ajay Parasaram “Breaking the Colonial Dam: The coloniality of sovereignty and decolonial practices” Dept. of History and IDS, Dalhousie University

November 2016:

4 – Dr. Jean-Sebastian Guy “Exit structure/agency, enter metric/nonmetric: steps toward a new framework in social theory" Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dalhousie University

18 – Dr. Jesse Carlson “Deferred Maintenance: Tune-Ups for Practice Theory” Department of Sociology, Acadia University

25 – Dr. Letitia Meynell, “Feminist Philosophy of Science: The Role of Gender in Biology” Department of Philosophy and the Gender and Women’s Studies Programme, Dalhousie University

January 2017:

13 – Dr. Jobin M. Kanjirakkat “Linguistics in the History and Philosophy of Science” post-doctoral researcher in Philosophy at King's College and Dalhousie University

February 2017:

3 – Dr. Erin Wunker, “Uncomfortable Subjects: Poetics, Affect, & the Archive.” Department of English & Theatre, Acadia University

March 2017:

3 – Dr. Philip Homburg “Expounding Capitalism as a Culture: Walter Benjamin and Social Theory” Department of Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex.

17 – Dr. Sarah Rudrum “Unpacking maternity care in the global South:  The meaning of gifts, the applicability of socio-cultural risk theory, and ‘culture’ as a site of blame” Dept. of Sociology, Acadia University

April 2017:

7 – First Year Student Thesis Proposal Presentations (In KCIC)

2015-2016

Colloquium is located in BAC 325 from 2:30 - 4:30 on the following dates:

(Students arrive at 1:30 pm)

September:

4 – Student Orientation – followed by Wine and Cheese (4-6pm)

11 – Colloquium Skills and Grant Writing (students only BAC 210)

18 – Dr. Alice Cohen “Environmental spaces: Critique and beyond” (Acadia, ESST)

25 – Dr. Andy Scerri “Can critical political theory be ‘green’ and yet ‘keep it real’?” (Virginia Tech, Politics)

October:

2 – Upper-level Student Thesis Proposal Presentations (i.e., all students who have not defended)

9 –  Dr. David Tabachnick “Heidegger and the Philosophy of Technology” (Nippising University, Political Science)

23 – Dr. Saara Linamaa ‘Performing at the Shit Show’: The New Spirit of Creativity and the Neoliberal University (Acadia University, Sociology)

November:

6 – Dr. Inna Viriasova “Speculative Realism and Beyond” (Acadia University, Politics

20 – Dr. Jane Dryden “Vulnerability, Reconciliation and Embodiment” (Mount Allison, Philosophy)

December:

4 –  Dr. Anne Quema “Poiesis, Legitimacy, and Justice!” (Acadia University, English)

January:

8 – Dr. Donna Seamone “Religion, Ritual and Theory” (Acadia University, Comparative Religion)

22 – Dr. Steve Schiffer “The New Utopianism: Community-Building, Globalization, and the Limits of Imagination” (Cambridge University)

February:

5 – Mr. James Depew “Community as Anthropotechnics” (PhD. Candidate at Western, Theory and Criticism)

March:

4 -- Talk

April:

1 – First Year Student Thesis Proposal Presentations