Workshops and Events at Research Hub

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are three PhD students, (Magali, Jacky and Poh) who are interested in tackling this idea with others.

Date:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Research Hub, Education Building 8515, SFU Burnaby Campus

In this session, we will discuss desire and becoming, which we thought were perfect followers to the concepts of intra-action, causality and affect discussed during our Fall semester meetings in 2019. 

The reference for the main reading:
Zembylas, M. (2007). Risks and Pleasures: A Deleuzo-Guattarian Pedagogy of Desire in Education. British Educational Research Journal, 33(3), 331-347.

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Writing Retreat Wednesdays

Writing a paper for class? Writing a journal article for publication or have you begun your thesis writing journey?  Join Research Hub's Writing Retreat Wednesdays every last Wednesday of the month.  At each retreat, you'll learn a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements on your own work. 

Place: Research Hub, Education Building 8515, SFU Burnaby Campus
Date:  Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Workshop: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Facilitated Writing Support: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

January 29, 2020 

Writing Fuel: Creating a plan to get your writing projects done (on time)

Jackie Amsden (MA, Education) is a communicator with SFU's Centre for Educational Excellence.  An avid writer, her work has appeared in University AffairsICEF InternationalOur Schools Our Selves, and SFU News. In 2016, she self-published a young-adult fiction novel, The Tokyo Covergirls and is now working on a new, much better novel based on her own addiction to thrifting.

February 26, 2020

Developing a Conceptual Frame

March 25, 2020

Scholarship and Grant Writing: What makes a winning grant?

Registration for each workshop opens three weeks before start date. Register early as spaces are limited to only 15 participants. Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Past Retreat

September 25, 2019
Enhancing Your Academic Writing in Graduate Studies

Academic writing in graduate studies requires students to level-up their skills and focus to engage fully in scholarly discourse. General tips like “write every day” and “demonstrate critical thinking” can fall flat without more knowledge of specific approaches for writing and revising. Join today’s workshop to learn more about academic writing style, analysis, argumentation, and using sources in ways that will empower you to excel in your graduate writing projects.

October 30, 2019
Developing a Conceptual Framework for your Research

  • Define Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks
  • Demonstrate how reading and thinking critically can help to understand others’ Conceptual Frameworks
  • Discuss and exemplify building a Conceptual Framework for a research project

November 27, 2019
What is Your Research Questions?

One or several research questions (RQs) should be the backbone of your research process from start to finish. Your RQs guide your research, ground your analyses, and focus your writing. A project’s RQs may require slight adjustments here and there but should never be lost entirely. Come to this discussion to re-ground your research or writing process in this foundational element, and possibly even practice developing and clearly stating (or re-stating) your research questions.

The Vital Role of Indigenous Imagination in Transformative Reconciliation

Dr. Vicki Kelly

Time: TBD

EDB 8515, Research Hub, SFU Burnaby Campus

Central to transformative reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence is a revaluation of Indigenous knowledge traditions in Canadian society, and especially in our education systems. This impels us to ask: How do Indigenous knowledge holders hold knowledge? And how is that process embodied and enacted within Indigenous education? Images play a key role in the participatory pedagogies through which Indigenous knowledge systems grow and flourish, especially as they inform and guide the work of making or poesis. Artists are a vital part of those systems, because the images with which they work, and which they give concrete form, are packed with knowledge. Reconciliation and resurgence can thus be seen as profoundly imaginative and artistic educational processes whose reach extends to our most everyday interactions and material realities.

“Imagination has a place because imagination IS a place, and because everything is connected to everything else, the encounter with imagination is a living communication within a sentient landscape." (Dan Longboat & Joe Sheridan)

“Images are compressed complexities” (David Hunt). 

"All the objects used in everyday life, including the simplest and most ordinary ones, are, so to speak, crystallized imagination.” (Lev Vygotsky)

The Languages, Cultures and Literacies (LCL) Public Lecture Series

Organized by Dr. Angel Lin’s Translanguaging and Trans-semiotizing Research Group with support from the Research Hub.

A series of public lectures will be given by leading researchers in Canada and from around the world in October and November.