The CSPT Students Colloquium Committee invites you to Eat, Drink, Talk, Think!

Join us on the last Friday of every month in Room 108/112 of the Halpern Centre for Graduate Students for lavish food and sumptuous drinks to spark your collaborative spirits. 

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, and 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.


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)

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)


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"

April1, 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.