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11th Annual GSCS Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, April 26 2018

Join us again at the Liu Institute on April 26th, 2018 for our 11th Annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference! The conference will be held on April 26th, 2018 and the deadline for submission is March 31, 2018

This year’s theme: Borders, Boundaries, and Space Between.

Inquiry in the social sciences is focused on borders and boundaries. Inequality – the social issue at the heart of social science – is premised on the inclusion of some and the exclusion of others. Studying inequality also requires operationalizing and categorizing all manner of phenomena into mutual exclusivity. This extends not only to the subject matter we analyze, but to our epistemologies as well. For example, sociologists categorize some sociology as ‘public’, some as ‘professional’; we tend to be sympathetic to particular theoretical traditions/ideologies over others; we tend to prefer either quantitative or qualitative analyses, and so on. Nevertheless, we imbricate across these categorizations, and there exists considerable space between them characterized by liminality, resilience, resistance, or resurgence. Because the notion of borders and boundaries in social science is broad and dynamic, we seek proposals that reflect, critique, expand on, and/or otherwise analyze an array of boundaries/borders or their interstices. Some areas of interest include: geography/national borders, migration, refugees, and climate change; socio-economic inequality and its attendant intersectionalities; identity/racial politics and social activism/advocacy; theoretical or conceptual analyses related to symbolic/performative boundaries; politics, civil society, and private life; social activism/protest. We welcome abstract submissions from all disciplines.


This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc. Dr. Saewyc is an internationally recognized leader in research about vulnerable and marginalized adolescents. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted mix-methods research with many different groups of vulnerable youth, including runaway and street-involved youth; sexually abused and sexually exploited teens; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) adolescents; youth in custody; immigrants, home-stay students and refugees; and Indigenous youth. Her research emphasizes how stigma, violence, and trauma affect adolescent health and risk behaviours, as well as the protective factors that foster resilience among these vulnerable populations of youth.


  • Abstracts should be no more than 500 words
  • Please include your full name, discipline, affiliated university, and contact information
  • Please submit your abstract by March 31st, 2018 to
  • Abstracts should be single-spaced in .doc or .pdf format
  • Send abstracts electronically to with the subject heading “GSCS 2018 Conference Abstract”
  • Like & follow our Facebook event page for submission details

Call for Abstracts: 9th Annual GSCS Student Conference

The UBC Graduate Student Council of Sociology (GSCS) seeks abstracts for its ninth annual interdisciplinary graduate conference taking place May 14, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (ICICS Building).

We invite participants to present research that “unsettles” or transforms existing knowledge about the social world. This event aims to bring together graduate students working within diverse areas of social science to think about the challenges and opportunities for conducting innovative research. How do you engage with long held traditions, orthodoxies, or boundaries in your discipline? What new areas or methodologies are you exploring in your research?

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • New twists on classic theories
  • Bridging fields through interdisciplinary research
  • Innovative research methods and sources of data
  • New questions around research ethics
  • Reflexivity and the “expert”-“lay” knowledge divide

Presentation-based panels mean no papers are required, and we welcome proposals at all stages of research. Presentations will be approximately 10 minutes long and will serve as intellectual platforms for group discussions about issues relating to the conference theme.

Submission Instructions:

  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words
  • Please include your full name, discipline, affiliated university, and contact information
  • Abstracts should be single-spaced in .doc or .pdf format and sent electronically to with the subject heading “GSCS 2015 Conference Abstract”  

The deadline for abstracts is March 31st, 2016

Abstract submissions from all social science/humanities disciplines are welcome!

GSCS Conference 2016 - Call for Abstracts-page-001

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!

Full conference schedule

The full schedule for our 2011 Graduate Conference can be downloaded here in PDF form.

See you on Friday and Saturday!

Conference schedule released

We have been working hard to finalize the schedule for the conference, and we are finally ready to release it! (Click on the poster to view a larger version of it.)

Thanks again to Janelle Desrosiers for a fantastic poster!

The detailed schedule (with the title of papers in each panel) is available over on the Graduate Conference page.

Deadline for conference submissions extended

The Graduate Conference Committee has decided to extend the deadline for submitting abstracts to March 20 at midnight. If you were worried you wouldn’t have time to submit, problem solved!

For more information about the conference, including the Call for Paper, <a href=””>click here</a>. Abstracts from all disciplines and from the department are all welcome.

To submit your abstract,  just email before the new deadline! We will get back to you with our decision in early April.

GSCS grad conference 2011 CFP

It is time to start advertising for our annual Graduate Student Conference! Featured below is the full call for papers, designed by the amazingly talented Janelle.

Beyond the norm: changing and challenging perspectives on social research
May 6-7, 2011
Department of Sociology, UBC

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Jennifer Jihye Chun, Assistant Professor, Sociology (UBC)
Faculty Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues
Author of Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009)

The GSCS seeks proposals for papers for its annual interdisciplinary graduate conference, at which graduate students can share empirical findings and theoretical insights on path-breaking, controversial, or under-theorized dimensions of social research. Papers, panels, posters or multi-media presentations are welcome. Either submit an individual proposal or propose a panel along with other students.

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to:
Deadline: March 4, 2011

Defense + conference

I have just updated the website with the dates for our conference – it will be happening on May 6-7. We are working on the CFP, but it should be up pretty soon!

I have also updated our Upcoming events page with an upcoming defense for one of PhD candidate, Jay Fiddler. Check it out for the full title and abstract.