In Fall 2016, graduate students in Geography and Urban Studies came together to create the Place + Space Collective. The Collective is a space for members to reflect on our geographies, engage each other and our departments, and present and publish as a collective. The Collective leads with solidarity for each other and works within a non-hierarchical model of consensus, friendship, empathy, and care. Collective members are able to rely on each other to navigate interdisciplinary challenges working across campuses and communities. By committing to the collective model, members have the opportunity to navigate competitive neoliberal policies and experiences in academia. We believe that forming collectives and working in solidarity across disciplines, intellectual ideas and diverse backgrounds can build important groundwork for emerging academics. We hope to inspire other graduate students to form their own solidarity collectives to enhance their graduate school experience and academic careers.

In 2017, the Collective organized a solidarity drive for the land defenders at Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) on unceded Tsimshian territories in Northwest B.C., presented about processes for forming collectives at the UBC Graduate Student Council of Sociology’s 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, and initiated an ongoing co-writing process.

The Collective has one work meeting and one social event per month. Social events are open to those who are interested in learning more about the Collective and the work that we do. Connect with the Collective via Twitter @_pscollective.

Citations

Place + Space Collective. (2017). Processes for Forming Cross-Disciplinary Solidarity Collectives. UBC Graduate Student Council of Sociology Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Vancouver, BC.