Cultural, Social & Political Thought Program

CSPT - Cultural

"… we shouldn’t be just striving for land-based pedagogies. The land must once again become the pedagogy" —  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

CSPT - Social

"There's no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons" — Gilles Deleuze

CSPT - Political

"Every human problem cries out to be considered on the basis of time, the ideal being that the present always serves to build the future" — Frantz Fanon

CSPT - Thought

"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil" — Hannah Arendt

What is CSPT?

Discover the vibrant world of Cultural, Social, and Political Thought, UVic's longest-established interdisciplinary program.

Enrich your academic journey with interdisciplinary excellence and be part of a community that fosters intellectual curiosity and global perspectives. Guided by distinguished UVic professors, emerge as a graduate with an MA or PhD in one of the most universally recognized disciplines in today's academic landscape.

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"Alterity of Affliction," CSPT Student Conference

"Alterity of Affliction" was held virtually on September 25 2020. The 2020 CSPT student conference seeks to facilitate an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary discussion about the limitations and new horizons of discourse on pain. How do we come to know and recognize pain in the other? In the self? And, how might we reconstruct what is lost after pain? Keynote address by multidisciplinary performance artist Cindy Baker (MFA, University of Lethbridge). Thanks to conference chairs Julie Funk (PhD, English) and Jon Nash (PhD, English) for organizing. 

CSPT Lansdowne Lecture featuring Katherine Behar

Katherine Behar is Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College and The CUNY Graduate Center. Her talk, "Digitally Divided: The Art of Algorithmic (In)Decision," Feb 27 2020, was the first Lansdowne Lecture hosted by the CSPT Program.