Interdisciplinary Opportunities at UBC


FIREtalks are a series of interdisciplinary research exchanges run by graduate students for graduate students. A programme of the Research Commons, FIREtalks provide an opportunity for graduate students to share and discuss their research or ideas in an interdisciplinary forum. They are a great opportunity for graduate students in the UBC academic community to collaborate, network and explore ideas without conventional disciplinary boundaries.

The next FIREtalk is on October 23rd, 2013 (4-6 PM): Indigenizing the Academy

How can the academy engage Aboriginal and Indigenous knowledge? What are some ways researchers at UBC – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – are using Indigenous methodologies and incorporating Indigenous knowledge? What challenges arise and how can we address them?

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UBC Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN)

The iGSN is a group of enthusiastic graduate students dedicated to improving the graduate student experience at UBC.  The group’s mission is “to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge-sharing between graduate students from different disciplines. Only through an exchange of ideas can we push the boundaries of research, obtaining new and exciting results.  By providing social, recreational, and professional development opportunities that are discipline-independent and highly inclusive, we hope to accomplish this task here at UBC.”

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 Stephen M. Straker Memorial Lecture, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, “Dis/Integration: On the New Interdisciplinarity”

  • Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Time: 4:00-5:30pm
  • Place: Buchanan Building, Block A, Room 104, 1866 Main Mall

Professor Smith (Duke University) is a leading literary theorist and critic, and also a major contributor to Science and Technology Studies, bringing together insights from literary and critical theory with those from history and philosophy of science. Among her honours are visiting appointments at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the US National Humanities Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation Center at Bellagio. She is also the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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