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Congrats to Regan Burles on recent paper

Congratulations to Regan Burles and Will Kujala (former UVic Poli MA) who have published a paper titled “The Politics of Ethics: Spinoza and New Materialisms,” the journal, Theory & Event: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747098. The paper evaluates the use of Baruch Spinoza’s ethical philosophy in new materialist political thought. While Spinoza’s Ethics figures prominently in this literature, his political works remain marginal. For Spinoza, the paper shows, the transformative potential of the Ethics is both enabled and limited by a series of political conditions associated with theories of the early modern state. The Ethics thus already presumes certain answers to questions about the nature and limits of political authority and political space that may implicitly limit the ethical self-transformation implied in what affect theorists take to be Spinoza’s philosophy. The implication for those drawing on the Ethics is that they risk leaving intact the limitations of the liberal politics of right, territoriality, sovereign power, and the cultivation of fear that they hope to contest.

IMPACT Chair in Indo-Pacific Studies and Engagement

The University of Victoria invites applications for a Chair in Indo-Pacific Studies and Engagement, with a prospective start date of July 2020. The appointment will be made at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, cross-appointed in Pacific and Asian Studies (PAAS) and Political Science (POLI), and embedded in the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI). UVic Impact Chairs are intended for exceptional researchers acknowledged as leaders in their field, with recognized success in research-inspired teaching and fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The term of the Impact Chair is five years, after which the appointment will revert to a regular faculty position at the appropriate rank (tenured Associate Professor or Professor). During the 5-year tenure of the Impact Chair, the appointee will receive up to $50,000 annually to support research, partnerships and dynamic learning programs as applicable. This appointment is limited to external candidates.

Matt James: Holocaust commemoration event

Matt James' research examines community responses to hatred in various countries and asks what others can learn. Historians and educators joined to talk about the challenges of remembering and and how to combat hate at a commemorative event for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Victoria at the Victoria Jewish Community Centre let by Rabbi Victor Reinstein.

Political Science Speakers Series 2019-20

Department of Political Science 2019-20 Speakers Series Schedule SEMINAR: Cricket Keating (U of Washington) "Educating for Coalition: Popular Education and Political Praxis" Friday, September 20, 2:30-4:00pm, DSB, C118 Co-sponsored by Gender Studies https://gwss.washington.edu/people/cricket-keating) BOOK LAUNCH: Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Davina Bhandar, Renisa Mawani & Satwinder Bains (eds.), Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories Thursday, October 10, 3-4:30pm, SEDG C168 Co-sponsored by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives https://www.ubcpress.ca/unmooring-the-komagata-maru BOOK LAUNCH: Michelle Bonner Tough on Crime: The Rise of Punitive Populism in Latin America Tuesday, October 15, 1-2pm, SEDG C168 Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies https://upittpress.org/books/9780822945826/ Lansdowne Lecture: Whitney Lackenbauer (Trent University) Public Lecture “Canada’s North: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, Navigating the Future” Tuesday, October 22, 4:30-6:30 pm, ELL 061 Department Seminar “Challenges and Opportunities in Canada’s Fast Changing North” Wednesday, October 23, 2:30-4:30 pm, DSB C118 Public Lecture “The Canadian Rangers and Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty in the 20th and 21st Centuries” (with LCol. Russell Meads, Commanding Officer, 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group) Thursday, October 24, 4:30-6:50 pm, ECS124 Workshop Keynote Roundtable, “Beyond the Boundaries of International Relations: Power, Indigeneity, and the Settler State” Friday, October 25, 12:30-2:00 pm, DTB A318 https://uwaterloo.ca/history/people-profiles/whitney-lackenbauer SEMINAR: Dian Million (U of Washington) Tuesday, November 19, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Location TBA Co-sponsored by CIRCLE SPRING TERM SEMINAR: Andrew Adams (Meiji University, Tokyo) "Superheroes on Screen: Real Life Lessons for Security Debates" Tuesday, February 11, 2:30-4:00pm, HHB 110 Kathryn Harrison (UBC) "Carbon Taxation in a Petro State" Tuesday, February 25, 2:30-4:00pm, DSB C128 Kevin Bruyneel (Babson College) "Reconstructing Political Memory: The U.S. Reconstruction Era and the Faint Trace of Settler Colonialism" Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-4 pm, Room TBA Co-sponsored by CIRCLE, Indigenous Studies and the Indigenous Resurgence Speakers Fund Lance Bennett (U of Washington) March TBD

SPRING TERM

SEMINAR: Andrew Adams (Meiji University, Tokyo)
"Superheroes on Screen: Real Life Lessons for Security Debates"
Tuesday, February 11, 2:30-4:00pm, HHB 110
Poster

Kathryn Harrison (UBC)
"Carbon Taxation in a Petro State"
Tuesday, February 25, 2:30-4:00pm, DSB C128
Poster
https://politics.ubc.ca/persons/kathryn-harrison/

Kevin Bruyneel (Babson College)
"Reconstructing Political Memory: The U.S. Reconstruction Era and the Faint Trace of Settler Colonialism"
Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-4 pm, Room TBA
Co-sponsored by CIRCLE, Indigenous Studies and the Indigenous Resurgence Speakers Fund
https://www.babson.edu/academics/faculty/faculty-profiles/kevin-bruyneel.php

Lance Bennett (U of Washington)
"Disinformation and Democracy: The Politics of Disruption"
Friday, March 20, 1:30-3 pm, DSB C122
https://www.com.washington.edu/bennett/

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