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2013 conference is next week!

We are gearing up and getting ready for the 2013 edition of our department’s graduate conference. We are so excited to hear about the research being done by students in the department and beyond!

Follow the links to this year’s conference poster and the short program for the day. See you next Saturday at 9am!

2013 Conference

Hi everyone,

The UBC Graduate Student Council of Sociology (GSCS) seeks paper proposals for its sixth annual interdisciplinary graduate conference, “Agency, Power, and Structure: Navigating the Social World” taking place May 11, 2013 in the UBC Anthropology-Sociology building. Please see the attached poster.

The conference is an avenue for graduate students to come together to share empirical research and theoretical insights on our changing social world. Papers, panels, posters or multi-media presentations are welcome. All topics and frameworks are encouraged, however we especially seek submissions that critically engage with themes of social change, social justice, collective action, new technology, and other issues that take into account recent local and international developments. Please feel free to submit an individual abstract or propose a panel along with other students.

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to: with the subject heading “GSCS 2013 Conference Abstract.” The deadline for abstracts is April 1st, 2013.

Click to see our beautiful call for papers!

2012-13 Executive

We have a new exec! Check them out here.

On Tuesday, the department is welcoming this year’s first Seminar Series Speaker. Join us for Philp Cohen’s talk and for the discussion afterwards with other grad students!

First GSCS meeting of the new school year!

Please join us for the first meeting of the Graduate Student Council of Sociology (GSCS) this Wednesday, September 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 in room 24 (basement level of the ANSO building).

We will be electing our new executive and talking about plans for the upcoming year, the search for a new Head of Sociology, conference funding, amongst other things.

Hope to see many of you there!

Departmental launch

Don’t miss the Department of Sociology’s 2012 Academic Launch this Tuesday, September 4!

12:00 noon – Come to the Networking Lunch in the Lino Lounge to eat sushi and mingle with the many faculty, staff and students that you will be working alongside this year.

1:30 – Orientation events – specific to new grad students and undergrads and new sessional instructors.

3:30 – Stop by and watch our local experts be challenged in a game of sociological JEOPARDY! in 207.

5:00 – Conclude the day with more celebration and a burger at the annual department BBQ.

BBQ + conference

The SSA, the department’s undergrad association, is organizing a barbecue in the courtyard on Friday to celebrate the end of the term! The event starts at 4 and we encourage you all to come and mingle. :)

And of course, our annual grad conference is this Saturday, from 9:30 to 5! Come for the day or stop by for a panel or two – either way, everyone is welcome. The full program is available if you click on the conference tab above.

UBC TA strike vote

This is a reminder that the UBC TA Union, CUPE 2278, is holding a strike vote on Thursday March 22. We strongly encourage you to make your voice heard and vote at this meeting.

The vote will be held in the foyer of the Graduate Student Centre (6371 Crescent Rd, UBC) between 8 am and 8 pm on Thursday March 22.

There will be an information meeting held by CUPE 2278 on Wednesday, March 21, at 5pm in Woodward Building (room 2). You can contact Heather, our new Union Rep, if you want to walk over to Woodward together. Thursday from 8 am – 8 pm (location TBA) and this meeting will be a great opportunity to get informed.

For more information, you can visit the CUPE 2278 website.

Conference program available

Our conference is just a couple of weeks away, and the full program is now available on this website! Check out our conference page.

You can also download our conference poster in PDF format. Keep an eye out for these around the department.

UBC Sociology apparel

 The undegraduate Sociology Student Association is currently organizing this year’s UBC Sociology apparel orders. If you are interested in purchasing a UBC Sociology t-shirt or hoodie, you can do it on the department’s website!

December meeting + office key

The last GSCS meeting of 2011 will be held December 14, 2011 in Room 24 at 11:30 am. The following items will be discussed:

1. Graduate Conference Update
2. Faculty Meeting Update
3. Headship
4. Department Review Letter
5. Office Key Deposit and Lock Box Code
6. Office Decor

As most of you are aware, the GSCS now has an office (Room 24)! Up until now, the door was unlocked at all times, making it potentially difficult for people to leave their belongings in the room. To change that, I have installed a lock box for a door key. The code to the lock box is available for any Sociology grad student who wishes to use the room. You simply have to request the code from Heather (see bottom of this post).

However, the deposit for a key is $50. The GSCS executive has decided that it would be best to collect a few dollars from whoever is willing to volunteer a day or two of coffee money to support the establishment of graduate student space in the department. Please let me know if you are willing to kick in a few twoonies and we can determine how to make the exchange (we will also be collecting donations at the meeting, so bring some cash!).

We are also looking to decorate the office, so if you have any posters from previous conferences or any items of decor you would like to donate please feel free to put them in the room.

We will be deciding on a code for the lock box at the meeting – if you plan on using the office, please email our VP Admin, Heather (, after December 14 to receive the code.