About the Colloquium Series

The CSPT Colloquium series is an ongoing initiative run entirely by students from the program. The form and content of each event depends largely upon the organizers, volunteers, presenters and community members in attendance. Workshops, presentations and discussions are typically offered by both faculty and graduate students.


The Eat, Drink, Talk, Think! series is a comfortable and informal arena to test new ideas, flesh out current research, or share completed research papers/thesis chapters with other graduate students.

Presentations can be between 15-40 minutes, depending on the number of presenters and style of presentations.

We welcome presentations of all types. This includes but is not limited to: formal academic-style presentations, panel discussions, group workshops, or anything creative, unusual, or subversive. Work at any level of preparation will be considered.

2023/2024 Colloquium Series

Colloquium Coordinators

  • Fatemeh Zarvasi (PhD, English)             
  • Iman Fadaei (PhD, Sociology)
  • Erin Chewter (MA, Interdisciplinary Studies)



Coloquium Series 2022/23

Workshops and Talks

September 29, 2022

  • Jonathan Nash, “Drawing Life in Limbo: Refugee Lifeworlds in Kate Evans' Threads: From the Refugee Crisis”
  • Erin Chewter, “From Mastery to Care: Critical Theories against Colonial (Un)knowing”


October 27, 2022

  • Kai McKenzie, “Decolonizing Positions in Two-Spirit and Transgender Coming of Age Novels”
  • Kristen Lewis with dancers from the Gull Cry Dance Contemporary Performance Group: Arunima McLeish, Svetlana Tsebriy, Eloise Meredith, “Don’t Just Be a Good Soldier a.k.a. Bodies, Dance, and Normativity: How A Practice of Embodied Anatomy and Improvised Dance (can/might/does) Reveals Fertile Fissures in the (often covertly delivered) codes for compulsory performances of normative embodiment in the neoliberal era”


November 24, 2022

  • Brayden Blacklock, “Stepping Away from the Vehicle: The LETSystem, Complementarity, and Economic Alternatives”
  • Frances Wear, “Organized Struggle: On Violence and Purposiveness in Schelling’s and Kant’s Organisms”


January 26, 2023

  • Jamey Jesperson, “Historicizing Trans Death, Theorizing Trans Survival”
  • Sangeev Thevananthan, “Tracing Necropolitics and the Neoliberal Imaginary in Two Contemporary Sri Lankan Novels”


March 2, 2023

  • Hannah Eiserman, “Victorian Reprint Culture, Illustration, and the Construction of Girl’s Education in Atalanta: A Case Study”
  • Elsie Hovey, “Rivers are Living Things: Placing Hugh MacLennan’s River Essays in Canadian Ecocriticism”


March 30, 2023

  • Fatemeh Zarvasi, “Post-revolutionary Iranian Women’s Subjectivity and Agency: A Re-narration of Gender-based Violence”
  • C. William Campbell, “The Lord’s Way might be Liberal Capitalism?”


CSPT Colloquium Series 2020/21

Colloquium Coordinators

  • Erin Chewter (MA, Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Anthony J. Gavin (PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies) 

Workshops and Talks

November 26, 2020

  • Luke Lavender, "How does Politics Begin? Understanding Performativity and Political Action Beyond the Limits of Political Community"
  • Kristen Lewis and Jelena Markovic, "Entangled, Undone, & Air: Embodied Poetics and Grief" (A Short Video and Discussion)

December 17, 2020

  • C. William Campbell, "… as exquisite a torment as the lake of fire and brimstone’: Rethinking conceptions of pain with Latter-day Saint conceptions of life"
  • Callum McDonald, "Academic Self-Reflection: Spoken/Written for Posterity or Apocalypse?"

January 28, 2021

  • Talya Jesperson, "Acousmatic AI Voices"
  • Kristen Lewis, Kate Plyley, and Mark Zion, "'To Go There, Without Knowing Where': The Lost Causa Reading Group as an Adisciplinary Undercommons"

March 25, 2021

  • Anthony Gavin, Kristen Lewis, Janine Wulz, and Mark Zion, "Critical Pedagogies for a Postliterate Age: Towards a Posthuman Humanities?" (Panel)

May 27, 2021

  • Michelle Brewer, "The Domination of Nature, Jews and Women in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment"
  • Jessica Michalofsky, “Beside Her Self: Ethics of Representation in Memoir”

CSPT Colloquium Series 2019/20

Colloquium Coordinators

  • Anthony J. Gavin (PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Rachel Schneider (MA, History)

Workshops and Talks

October 31, 2019

  • Thomas Mallette, "Stabilizing Human Sparring Within the Micro-Sociological Framework"
  • Sarah Revilla, "Rethinking Witches, Evil Step-Mothers and Princesses in a Contemporary Urban Setting"

November 28, 2019

  • Tucker Farris, "The Exhibition of Self in Everyday Digital Life: Theorizing the Social Media Self"
  • Micheal Ziegler, "Traversing the World Towards the Socio-Political Realities of the Digital Age"

January 29, 2020

  • Rachel Schneider, "Woodrow Wilson's 14 point speech and Vietnamese Independence"
  • Kristen Lewis, "Body of Law/Law's Body: Part I: 'Organs of Change'"

February 28, 2020

  • Hélène Cazes, Tyler Fontenot, Anthony J. Gavin, and Olga Ziminova, "Working with Public Images of the Female Sexual Anatomy (16th-21st c.)," a panel discussion, co-hosted by members of the SSHRC-funded research project, Perfecta: the Perfection of the Female Body.     

CSPT Colloquium Series 2018/19

Colloquium Coordinators

  • Morgan Corbett (MA, Political Science)
  • Tim Cunningham (MA, History)

Workshops and Talks

October 25, 2018

  • Tyler Fontenot, "Contemporary Cajun Culture, Campiness, and Community"
  • Maya Cowan, "Community-Based Research and Neoliberalism"

November 29, 2018

  • Tim Cunningham, "Expropriating 'Wilderness': Urbanization, Animality, and Environmental History in the Canadian West"

January 31, 2019

  • Micheal Ziegler, "Question Concerning the Digital and the Real: are they Separated? An Exploration of the Digital World and its Effect on our Everydayness"
  • Anthony J. Gavin, "Onticidal Posthumanism and the Remnant"

March 14, 2019

  • Mark Zion, "Irreconcilable Ipseities? Juridical Therapeutics and Chrono-Political Foreclosure"
  • Jonathan Nash, "Beyond Canadian Settler Colonial Time: Apology, Healing and Progress in Canada’s Shared History"

March 28, 2019

  • Morgan Corbett, "The French Connection: Etiologies of Fascism and the Question of Modernity"
  • Paige Thombs, "The Fresh Face of Hitler Youth: Hip New Look, Same Old Hate"

CSPT Colloquium Series 2017/18

Committee Members

  • Jonah Clifford (MA, Political Science)
  • Anthony J. Gavin (PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies) 
  • Paige Thombs (MA, History)

Workshops and Talks

November 3, 2017

  • Kira Boyko, "The 'Tina' Phenomenon: Bob's Burgers and the New Riot Grrrls"
  • Regina Grishko, "Study of French Lexical Borrowings and Codeswitching in Russia in the 18th and 19th Centuries"

December 1, 2017

  • Eugenio Pazzini, "Understanding the Impacts of the New Media Landscape on Populism: The Case of the Five Star Movement in Italy"
  • Elaine J. Laberge, "Echoes of Childhood Poverty: Composing Lives in Higher Education"

February 23, 2018

  • Robert Dumont, "Defining Germanness: Bismarck, the Kulturkampf and the Going Desire for a 'German' Empire"
  • Jonah Clifford, "Anxious Uncertainty: Ozment, Delumeau and Foucault on Catholic and Protestant Anxiogenic Practices"

March 29, 2018

  • Alana Sayers, "Poetry as an Approach to Decolonizing Theory"
  • Sanam Vaghefi, "Victims or Villains: The Representation of Syrian Refugees in the Turkish Policy Debate"

CSPT Colloquium Series 2016/17

Committee Members

  • Stephanie Bethune (MA, Sociology)
  • Kira Boyko (MA, English)
  • Jonah Clifford (MA, Political Science)
  • Rachel Lallouz (MA, English)
  • David Miller (PhD, Political Science)
  • Paige Thombs (MA, History)
  • Daniela Zuzunaga (MA, Sociology)

Workshops and Talks

October 28, 2016

  • Stephanie Bethune, "Affect and Masculinity: A New Materialist Engagement with Men's Suicide"
  • Rachel Tan, "It's a (Mis)match! What Tinder Taught Me About Swiping Right on Academia"

December 2, 2016

  • Brian Pollick, "Monkey Business: Apes, Merchants and the Visualization of Avarice in Late-Medieval Europe"
  • Paige Thombs, "The Rise of Trans Identity and the Death of Butch Culture" 

January 27, 2017

  • David Miller, "Nihilism... In... Space!"
  • Shokoufeh Sakhi, "Solitary Confinement and Resistance: A Levinasian Phenomenology of Torture"

March 31, 2017

  • Jonah Clifford, "Examining Anxiety as a Discourse"
  • Susan Kim, "A Succulent Sovereignty? Liberal versus Communitarian Ontologies and Understandings of Materiality through Food"

CSPT Colloquium Series 2015/16

Committee Members

  • Stephanie Bethune (MA, Sociology)
  • Olivia Burgess (MA, English)
  • Philip Cox (MA, English)
  • David Miller (PhD, Political Science)
  • Gizem Sozen (PhD, Political Science)
  • Dider Zuniga (PhD, Political Science)

Workshops and Talks

October 30, 2015

  • Yan (Amy) Tang, "Form & Life in Samuel Beckett's All Strange Away and Giles Deleuze's Pure Immanence"
  • Janice Feng, "On the Politics of Embodied Life and Queer Practices"

November 27, 2015

  • Philip Cox, "'Discovery' and the metaphorical (re)structuring of early encounters in 17th century travel writing and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels"
  • Theresa Faulder, "Like an innocent lamb led to the slaugter:' Queering the Child of the Medidval Blood-Libel Tradition"

January 29, 2016

  • Tim Charlebois, "Greener Than Grass I Am and Dead: Simone Weil and Decreation"
  • Will Kujala, "As If... The Impossible Politics of Beginnings in Hobbes' Leviathan"

February 26, 2016

  • Matthew D. Spencer, "Hope: A Constitutional Right?"
  • Ian Gauthier, "Shortcomings in Evidence-Based Government Policy: Issues in Applying Research to the 'Real World'"
  • Randa El-Khatib, "Prototyping Qualitative Elements into Digital Mapping"

April 1, 2016 

  • Galina Scolnic, "Emancipatory Dreams"  
  • Michael Chmielewski, "Pondering the ineffable: The historic and philosophical role of Wittgenstein in E.L. Doctorow’s City of God'" 

CSPT Colloquium Series 2014/15

Committee Members

  • Nick Poole (MA, Political Science)
  • Dustin Zielke (PhD, Sociology)


November 27, 2014

  • “Practice of Theory; Theory Practice.” Round table.

CSPT Colloquium Series 2013/14

Committee Members
- Regan Burles (MA, Political Science)
- Domenico Cerisano (MA, Sociology)
- Aleta Gruenewald (MA, English)
- Steven Orr (MA, Political Science)
- Mitch Renaud (MA, INTD English/Music)
- Dustin Zielke (PhD, Sociology)

Organized Workshops

October 23, 2013. "Radical Phenomenology and An-archic Living," by Dr. Peyman Vahabzadeh, CSPT Director and associate professor of sociology.

November 27, 2013. CSPT-501 Concept Lab: "Understanding Netflix: Technologies of Access and the Loss of Urgency" by Steven Orr, MA student in Political Science; followed by a presentation by Paul Castrodale, MA student in Political Science.

January 22, 2014. "Some Initial Thoughts on Identifying the Role of Settler Denizen within Colonialism" by Deanne LeBlanc, MA student in Political Science.

March 20, 2014. "Beyond Theory: A Civic Engagement," Roundtable featuring four CSPT graduate students, moderated by Dr. Margo Matwychuk, Professor of Anthropology.

April 2, 2014. "How Religous Freedom Is Changing Citizenship" by Dr. Avigail Eisenberg, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science

CSPT Invited Lecture (February 2014)

February 4, 2014, "The Aesthetic Politics of Hegemony", Dr. Samir Gandesha, Associate Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University and director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.