Conferences & Events


To comply with the Provincial Health Authority requirements all SFU in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. We know that there is disappointment that planned events cannot proceed but everyone understands the importance of these measures for health reasons.

September 2020

Cognitive Discourse Functions and CLIL Research - Live Stream Seminar with Dr. Christiane Dalton-Puffer

The ‘Translanguaging & Trans-Semiotizing Research Group’ Channel aims at building a Community of Practice (CoP) of both emergent and experienced scholars for academic exchange on Translanguaging and Trans-semiotising research and pedagogies. It serves as a bridge between theory and practice, an interactive platform for intellectual dialogues across different generations and diverse contexts, a space for imagination, criticality and creativity, and an innovative Public Pedagogy forum for 21st Century students, teachers and researchers.
To join online, please click on the Youtube link. Organized by TL-TS Research Group
Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM (Vancouver Time); September 26, 2020, 6:00 AM (Vienna time); September 26, 2020, 12:00 PM (Hong Kong Time).
Location: YouTube Live Stream

October 2020

Big Thinking on the Hill with Will Kymlicka

Perceptions of humanity and of membership: Two challenges of inclusion and exclusion in Canada

Various groups in Canada are stigmatized in ways that make them vulnerable to discrimination. In some cases, this takes the form of dehumanization: a perception that members of the group are somehow deficient in humanity, and hence not owed the universal human rights that arise from our common humanity. In other cases, members of a group may be seen as deficient in their commitment to Canada – as fully human, but not fully Canadian – and hence not deserving of the citizenship rights that attach to being a full member of society. This Big Thinking lecture will explore both forms of stigmatization, discuss their powerful effects, and identify the distinct challenges each raises to the Canadian model of diversity.
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 AM PDT
Location: Online

GSS Council Meeting

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) Council is the main decision-making body of the GSS. Every active Caucus is entitled to one representative who needs to be elected to their position; alternates may also be elected to help fill in when the regular Councillor is unable to attend. GSS Council normally meets once a month. 
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM PDT (Zoom doors open at 3:30 PM) 
Location: Zoom Live Stream

November 2020

An Evental (Transactional) Ontology Challenges Cause-Effect Reasoning - Live Stream Seminar with Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria and Dr. Paul Thibault, University of Agder (Norway)

Traditional ontology, a Platonian heritage, lays primacy on entities (things, concepts, forces), which, in modern social sciences, leads to theoretical concepts such as structure, agency, identity, conceptions, beliefs, cause, effect, etc. The body–mind dichotomy is but one of the results of thinking about the world in terms of the entitative ontology. A fluid ontology that lays primacy on events – which already was proposed by the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus – radically changes how we look at and understand what is happening around us and to us. In its very nature, in an evental ontology cause-effect reasoning no longer holds (e.g., Nietzsche, Dewey). Such reasoning governs not only the natural sciences but also is predominant in the social sciences, where, for example, the mind is said to cause the words and material actions of individuals (Nietzsche’s will to power). In the readings, the assumptions about the relation between cause and effect (firing a pistol and death, plans and situated actions) are unwarranted. They fit well, however, within an evental ontology. This ontology overcomes the problems associated with an entitative ontology and radically puts into questions the above-noted concepts social scientists (including educators) are working with.
To join online, please click on the Youtube link. Organized by TL-TS Research Group
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 AM (Vancouver Time); November 27, 2020, 4:00 PM (Norway time); November 27, 2020, 11:00 PM (Hong Kong Time).
Location: YouTube Live Stream


2021 Hawaii International Conference on Education

The 19th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.
Dates: January 4 - January 7, 2021
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii
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