Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The CGPE Graduate Reading Group will convene once a month in Spring 2018. The books for discussion will be:

January: Wendy Brown's Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution (Zone/MIT 2015).
February: Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism (many editions, first published 1951).
March: James Ferguson's Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution (Duke 2015).

Meetings will be near the end of the month. Exact dates and locations will be announced in early January.

Stay tuned for two Spring 2018 talks:

Prof. Laura Pulido, influential activist-scholar of environmental justice and racial capitalism, will be the Dept. of Geography's 2018 Distinguished Lecturer, 28–29 March 2018 (details to follow).

Prof. Shiri Pasternak (Ryerson University), author of Grounded Authority: The Algonquin of Barriere Lake Against the State (Minnesota, 2017), will visit SFU Woodward's in a co-sponsored event (details to follow).

Past Events

Lecture, Éric Pineault (Université du Québec à Montréal), “Extreme Oil: Corporate Power, Tar Sands Expansion, And The Capitalist Pressure To Extract”, 18 May 2017 (with the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).

Lecture, Alberto Toscano (Goldsmith’s): “The Invention of the Savage: Philosophy’s Colonial Histories”, 24 February 2017 (co-sponsor).

Public event, “UNauguration”, SFU Harbour Centre, 20 January 2017 (co-sponsor).

Lecture, Oscar Gandy (University of Pennsylvania): “Framing Inequality as a Crisis”, Smythe Memorial Lecture, 26 March 2015 (co-sponsor).

Public event: “A Good Jobs Economy in BC”, Vancouver Public Library, 21 November 2014 (co-sponsor). A full-day workshop to help develop a vision of a progressive, sustainable jobs agenda for BC organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Lecture, Michael Goldfield (Wayne State University): “Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the Decline of Organized Labour”, 25 September 2013 (co-sponsor).

Workshop and Public lecture, Colectivo Situaciones (Verónica Gago and Diego Sztulwark, Buenos Aires): “For a New Social Protagonism”, 14 November 2012 (co-sponsor).

Lecture, Todd Gordon (York University, Political Science): “Imperialist Canada”, 1 February 2011 (co-sponsor).

Symposium, Graduate Papers in Political Economy, 20 November 2010

Alicia Bradsen (Political Science) “Can Sugarcane Ethanol Be Successful in Paraguay? An Analysis of the Current Program”

Rachel Elfenbein (Sociology) “‘Band-Aid’ Solutions and the De-Politicization of Feminist Struggle: The Impact of Neoliberalism on Gender Violence Services in Southwest British Columbia”

Efe Peker ( Sociology) “In Memory of Giovanni Arrighi: Discussions on the ‘Terminal Crisis’ of Neoliberalism”

Navid Pourmokhtari ( Political Science) “NAFTA Chapter 11 and State Sovereignty: The Transformation of Globalized States”

Heather Whiteside, (Political Science) "In Sickness and in Health? Canadian P3 Hospital Policy in an Economically Tumultuous Time."

Public event: The Current Crisis and Political Futures, SFU Harbour Centre, 3 April 2009 (co-sponsor). 12 invited presentations on the financial crisis which began in 2007, to an audience of 50 people from UVic, SFU and UBC.

Public event: The Crisis and the Political Economy of Protectionism, SFU Burnaby, 27 November 2009 (co-sponsor). A two-speaker afternoon symposium considering the “re-emergence” of protectionism. Speakers: Ted Cohn ( Political Science, SFU), “The Global Financial Crisis and Trade Protectionism: The Implications for Canada”; and Stephen McBride (Political Science, SFU), “The Scope and Limits of the Shift from Public to Private Authority: Protectionist Lessons from NAFTA”.

Public event: The Future of Neoliberalism, Halpern Centre 5 October 2010 (co-sponsor). Symposium involving presentations and debate with Jamie Peck (Geography, UBC), “Postneoliberalism and Its Malcontents”; and Alfredo Saad-Filho (Economics, SOAS), “The End of Neoliberalism? Finance, Crisis, Unemployment, and the Left Alternatives”.

Lecture, Yildiz Atasoy (S&A, SFU): “The Marriage of Islam and Neoliberalism”, 16 October 2009.

Lecture, Bruce Alexander (Psychology, SFU): “Globalization and Addiction”, 30 October 2008.