Meet the Fellows: Kiran Banerjee

The PCJ Society invites you to a semester-long speaker series with our Trudeau fellows! It is a wonderful opportunity to hear these scholars talk about their research and career path, tips for success and address student questions (grad school!)

KIRAN BANERJEE

Kiran Banerjee is a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto and holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. His research interests include human rights, citizenship, immigration and migration, the history of political thought, political philosophy and legal theory. Banerjee’s dissertation examines the relationship of citizenship, human rights, and territoriality in the context of contemporary international relations, with a particular focus on statelessness. The project contributes to the turn to the problem of membership and political exclusion in international political theory that has begun to take seriously the challenge of radical exclusion posed by statelessness and the denial of citizenship. The aim of the dissertation is to articulate a novel account of statelessness as domination and with that to lay the foundation for addressing the claims to justice of stateless persons. Banerjee’s recent work has been published in Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and he is co-editor and contributor to a forthcoming volume from University of Toronto Press.

Morden will be speaking tomorrow (Friday, November 21st) at 2pm in the Rigby Room of St. Hilda’s College, 44 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.

For more information, here is the Facebook event page.

Hope to see many of you there tomorrow!

Meet the Trudeau Fellows: Michael Morden

The PCJ Society invites you to a semester-long speaker series with our Trudeau fellows! It is a wonderful opportunity to hear these scholars talk about their research and career path, tips for success and address student questions (grad school!)

Michael Morden

Our second speaker Michael Morden is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is also a Research Associate with the peace and pluralism think tank the Mosaic Institute. His doctoral research focuses on explaining change in the history of Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations in Canada, with a particular focus on contentious action and conflict in the modern context. He is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and policy papers. His research interests include Indigenous politics in Canada, nationalism and ethnic conflict, institutional design for divided societies, narrative in political behaviour, and the social-psychological dimensions of intergroup conflict.

Morden will be speaking tomorrow (Tuesday, November 11th) at 2pm in Room 108N at the Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place.

For more information, here is the Facebook event page.

Hope to see many of you there tomorrow!

PCJ Society Event Calendar

With Hart House Farms, our Speaker Series, and life itself, you gotta plan ahead. Luckily we have a Google Calendar here for you to keep up to date on our events!

PCJS Annual Trip to Hart House Farm

What? A night at Hart House Farm with your fellow PCJ students
Where? Caledon Hills, on the Niagara Escarpment; 1 hr away from Toronto
When? October 25th 10:30am to October 26th 4pm.
How?$35 to any PCJ Society Exec!

Now, if you feel as if you need further convincing to go on this amazing trip, we have listed a few key reasons below:

  1. Most importantly, the annual trip to HHF is an amazing way to meet other people in the program, and is guaranteed to be one hell of a time. Some would say it’s the best event we host all year.
  2. It’s an opportunity to get out of the city. We know that you all have crazy lives, and sometimes a break is well deserved. HHF provides a perfect 24 hour break from the hectic life that is being a U of T student. (If you are worried about the prospect of not doing school work during that time, rest assured that there have been people who have done work at the farm in the past. But seriously, take a break.)
  3. There will be amazing food and communal cooking. If you have dietary restrictions, they will be accommodated for. Take our word for it though, the food is awesome.
  4. There is a sauna. Enough said.
  5. There will be at least one ukulele. If you have instruments, you should bring them! Making music is rad.

…this list could go on forever, but we think you get the point. If you have any questions, feel free to ask any exec member! Please keep in mind that this trip is open only to PCJ Students.

List of things to bring:

  • Things you need to spend a night somewhere other than your own bed (ex. sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush etc. – there are mattresses there)
  • WARM CLOTHING. It’s October – ’nuff said.
  • Flashlight/headlamp if you have one (it’s dark in the woods)
  • Practical shoes (it might rain, it might be kind of muddy on the way to the sauna)
  • LUNCH! As PCJ will not be providing lunch on the day.
  • BYOB if that’s what you’re in to. Or cranberry juice, green tea, sprite etc.
  • Water bottle! Stay hydrated!
  • Stuff to work with, if you feel like you need to do some school work
  • Any other things you think would be fun (ex. cards, musical instruments etc.)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/849105048456803/?ref=22
Seriously, it’ll be awesome. You should come.

Meet the (Jolly Good) Trudeau Fellows

The PCJ Society invites you to a semester-long speaker series with our Trudeau fellows! It is a wonderful opportunity to hear these scholars talk about their research and career path, tips for success and address student questions (grad school!)

Wilfrid Greaves

Friday October 17th, 2pm-4pm

Rigby Room- St. Hilda’s College, 44 Devonshire Place

Wilfrid (Will) Greaves is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His primary research examines how the security implications of climate change have been conceptualized and pursued in the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic regions. An Ontario Graduate Scholar, SSHRC Doctoral Scholar and DFAIT Graduate Student Fellow, he is author of several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and working papers. He has taught undergraduate courses in security studies, International Relations, and Canadian foreign policy at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. A graduate of the University of Calgary and Bishop’s University, his research interests include security theory, human and environmental security studies, natural resource development and climate change, Canadian foreign policy, and complex peacebuilding operations.

Michael Morden

Tuesday November 11th, 2pm-4pm

Room 108N, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place

Michael Morden is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is also a Research Associate with the peace and pluralism think tank the Mosaic Institute. His doctoral research focuses on explaining change in the history of Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations in Canada, with a particular focus on contentious action and conflict in the modern context. He is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and policy papers. His research interests include Indigenous politics in Canada, nationalism and ethnic conflict, institutional design for divided societies, narrative in political behaviour, and the social-psychological dimensions of intergroup conflict.

Kiran Banerjee

Friday November 21, 2pm-4pm

Rigby Room- St. Hilda’s College, 44 Devonshire Place

Kiran Banerjee is a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto and holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. His research interests include human rights, citizenship, immigration and migration, the history of political thought, political philosophy and legal theory. Banerjee’s dissertation examines the relationship of citizenship, human rights, and territoriality in the context of contemporary international relations, with a particular focus on statelessness. The project contributes to the turn to the problem of membership and political exclusion in international political theory that has begun to take seriously the challenge of radical exclusion posed by statelessness and the denial of citizenship. The aim of the dissertation is to articulate a novel account of statelessness as domination and with that to lay the foundation for addressing the claims to justice of stateless persons. Banerjee’s recent work has been published in Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and he is co-editor and contributor to a forthcoming volume from University of Toronto Press.

PCJ Exec and Conference 2014-2015

We were so glad to see so many of you come out to the PCJ Reception on April 4th. It’s always so nice to get together like a great big family. We’d like to take this moment to congratulate our new PCJ exec for the 2014-2015 school year. Your new exec is:

Co-Presidents: Stephanie Tran & Charlotte Smith

Academic Director: Sebastian Dutz

Social Director: Jahaan Pittalwala

Communications Director: Punya Bagga

Treasurer: Amir Fleischmann

Co Editor-in-Chief of the PCJ Journal: Archana Ravichandradeva

We’d also like to congratulate YOU for voting! Over 40% of the PCJ program voted, which is twice as many than in past years. Democracy is pretty nice sometimes.

The 260, 360, and 460 class representative election will be held at the end of September.

Also, a huge congratulations goes to Sebastian Dutz, Kevin Deagle, and Amir Fleischmann on becoming the new conference directors for the 9th Annual PCJ Conference. The conference they are putting together is entitled: “Occupy Munk: Social Movements and Collective Action in the Modern Age.”

Stay tuned for ways to get involved with the upcoming conference and events!

PCJ Class Representative Elections

Hello, lovely PCJ-ers!

As you all know, we will be hosting elections for class representatives this Friday, September 27th, at 12:30pm in the PCJ lounge. Please see our Facebook event

We are so impressed with the number of you running to represent your respective classes within the executive this year.

A reminder that each of you may vote for one representative within the PCJ class in which you are enrolled. For those who are currently enrolled in more than one PCJ course simultaneously, you may vote for your preferred class representative for both classes. If there are any questions about the voting process, please don’t hesitate to contact us before the election.

If you are unable to make it to the election in person on Friday, we urge you to send your vote in via email to presidents@pcjsociety.ca by 12:30pm at the latest. Please include in your email the class(es) in which you are enrolled.

Without further ado – your candidates!

260 CLASS REP

Alex Parent

“I know I speak for the entire class when I say that’s it’s awesome to be a part of the PCJ program. Looks like those nervous moments of anticipation over the summer paid off! In the short time that we’ve known each other, I feel beyond excited that you are a part of my PCJ class. We’re all so different in our interests and backgrounds, but we all share a common sense of supreme nerdom when it come to global politics! Nerdom strong enough to start a flash mob debate team on the subway, if we were so compelled. The TTC should definitely watch out for PCJ260, oh yes. My strength’s lie in being a relatable and humorous person (don’t tell the NSA), who is able to relay the interests and concerns of others effectively. I worked on the student council at my high school for a number of years, and through that experience I became an expert in gauging what people really want from student representatives. If given the opportunity, I would work on an easy way for the class to share and create notes as well as push for more wacky and diverse PCJ Society events. Currently a karaoke pub night is in dire need! As are movie marathons.

Our PCJ260 class is full of some of the most interesting people I’ve yet to encounter at U of T, and I look forward to an amazing three years with you guys!”

Brian Malczyk

“Representing a group of passionate individuals is a privilege, and one that I would be an honor of having. The class environment presents a unique opportunity to form a connection not only between us, but also one that perforates the university’s many faculties. It is necessary, therefore, that there be a person who facilitates such connections and acts as a point of communication and reference between our class and the administration. Having such a position would allow me to put the collective interest of the class first, and work to positively enhance our journey towards a better understanding of the world. It is a joy to be part of a small, diverse, and charismatic community that shares similar interests. Enriching our future experiences is the main goal of mine, and I intend to fulfill the position of representative by establishing a sense of transparency between us. Study groups need to be formed, and concerns need to be communicated, and there must be an individual who would contribute to the best of his abilities- being passive in such a setting would only be detrimental to us. Organizing a structure to aid us in our intensive academic endeavor is crucial to ensure our success in the Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies Program, and I feel compelled to be part of the experience by guiding our class in the right direction, and forward into an amazing year.”

Sian Last

“Hello PCJ-ers! My name is Sian (like, Sean) Last, and I am interested in being the PCJ260 class rep. With rumors about the heavy course load, ultra-keen classmates, and impeding death of my social life, I was really nervous about what I was actually getting myself into upon admittance. As such, I walked into the first day of class feeling a bit intimidated.  But, after talked to some of you guys, I am feeling super excited for the program and happy that I will be sharing the next three (probably super grueling) years with people who seem so smart, well informed, and diverse. I am interested in this position, because it is all about organizing events and resources to create community within our year and the program—which I really want to make sure happens….Personally, I’m banking on having baked goods at all the late night cram sessions that I’m sure are coming our way (YAY COOKIES!!). Even if you don’t vote for me, please talk to me whenever! I’m super excited to get to know you guys over the coming years!

-Sian”

Mikhael Haberer

“Applying to a class rep. position is not something I would normally aspire to. Socializing in the open-ended sphere of university somehow comes across as daunting and being a class rep is all about socializing, about connecting with your peers and making them aware of opportunities. I am determined to contend with my apprehensions about getting to know my colleagues and the fear of simply ‘getting involved’. In this vein I am stepping out of my shell and looking to represent the 260 lvl class of the PCJ program. I imagine this blurb is also a pitch to those interested in voting so in lieu of any real personal anecdotes of wisdom I give you this: I am terrified of failure, and thus I must succeed :)

Thank you,

Mikhael Haberer”

360 CLASS REP

Charlotte Smith

“Hey PCJ360!

This year, I’m running for 360 class rep, OMG how exciting! You probably all know me a bit by now, but just in case basically all you need to know is that I do not like spicy food, math, and spiders, but I do like PCJ, Oxford Commas (PC,J!) and you guys! But seriously, you’re all such a wonderful group of guys and gals that I know this year is going to be an amazing time. As class rep I’ll consult closely with you about things you want (like more parties and extended deadlines, presumably) and communicate with the PCJ Exec and our professors, so you can get said things.

I know what you’re thinking: How can she poooosssibly follow the wonderful act that was Stephanie Tran as 260 rep?!?!?! I won’t lie, it’s going to be tough, but I promise to try super hard.

YAY!”

 

460 CLASS REP

Raagini Appadurai

“As a passionate and engaged student in Peace, Conflict and Justice, I want to be a part of bringing our community of brilliant and beautiful people together in collaboration, connection, and fun! I’m outgoing, involved, friendly, organized, and creative, and I think I would be the perfect person to bring forth opportunities for our class to not only connect and communicate with each other, but also with the rest of the PCJ community. I have a lot of leadership and involvement experience in program and event coordination, marketing, and promotion, making me a total people person with the skills to bring groups together in an organized, efficient, and rewarding way. I’d love to extend this experience to my involvement and love for PCJ and my fellow classmates.

See you guys on Friday!

Peace and Love,

Raag <3″

Vivian Wong

“Hi everyone, my name is Vivian Wong, and I want to be your 460 Rep this year! For those of you who don’t know me, it’s understandable since I don’t talk that much in class-but apparently I do make a lot of faces- that’s what people tell me at least! Anyways, seeing that it is our last year I do want to get involved more, especially in this small-knit group. Over the past few years, I have seen this community grow, and I can sincerely say that the PCJ program is so much more than it is on paper for the friendships, communal experiences (cold sweat, tears etc…) and doctoral-level compilation of notes for our midterm exam (Duffield, Collier, Stedman, Zartman, Galtung, Mamdani, Weinstein, Sikkink, Kalyvas, Kaldor— gotta representtt)! But seriously, it would be amazing to give something back to the PCJ group, and allow me to inform you in all the events that will be going on this year. I believe I have strong work ethic in terms of punctuality, and accountability. If fun was a work ethic I think I would be that too. For anything I do, I take the same proper attitude and responsibility to the job- whether it be for school, a paid job, internships, volunteering or otherwise.So please vote for me for the 460 class rep, you will hear more from me in class, and I, in turn, will of course represent you! :) Simply put, I will do the job.”

We’d like to thank all the candidates, and wish you all the best of luck in Friday’s election.

See you all Friday!

Your loving PCJ Executive

PCJ Frosh Week

Congrats on being accepted to PCJ – we can’t wait to meet you! Come out to some PCJ Frosh events to meet your new classmates, as well as upper year students. While you’re at it, like our Facebook page for more information on these, and future events: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceandConflictSocietyPACS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th
Lounge and Lattes: https://www.facebook.com/events/602910596428548/
The PCJ Society’s kicking off PCJ Frosh Week with some caffeine, sweet carbs, and even sweeter board games. Come drop by the PCJ Lounge to play some games, eat some goodies, and meet your PCJ community! Prizes may or may not be rewarded, and there may or may not be a visit by Ryan Gosling.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th
PCJ(ays) Game: https://www.facebook.com/events/725089724183694/
Aka PCJ Goes to a Jays Game and has a really great time. PCJ Frosh Week continues with an evening cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays (Or the Angels, if you swing that way). Meet at the PCJ Lounge (Room 62S of the Munk School South House, 1 Devonshire Place) at 6pm and then we’ll head over as a group to the Rogers Centre. Bring money for TTC fare and for a Jays Tickets (~$12).
PS. It’ll be #TwitterTuesday. Bring your smart-stuff and hashtags. YOLO’s are not required.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
PCJ has a Cheap Lunch & Captures the Flag: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410674892492310/
1. Eat a nice $5 lunch at the Hart House Great Hall.
2. Feel energized.
3. Use that energy to kick some butt during a game of Capture the Flag at Queen’s Park.
4. Feel great.
It’s PCJ Frosh Week. Let’s play.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th
PCJ Alumni Career Panel: https://www.facebook.com/events/165025887019573/
The PCJ office and PCJ Student Society would like to invite you to an alumni career panel taking place on September 12, 7:30-9:00pm at CCF, Munk School of Global Affairs. Come and hear how former students of PCJ are putting their degrees to use in the “real world.”

Panelists include:
• Project coordinator, The Mosaic Institute
• Chief of Communications and Public Affairs, Bridgepoint Health
• CEO, ChipCare Corporation (Founder, Dignitas International)
• Director, Economic Development Programs, Canadian Women’s Foundation
• Policy Advisor, Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social services
• Deputy Director, DEVP.org
• Filmmaker

The dress code is business casual and there will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th
PCJ Frosh Week Picnic: https://www.facebook.com/events/214641108701449/
Come by Philosopher’s Walk this Friday for a nice picnic lunch and even lovelier times with your PCJ community.

2013/2014 Conference Selected

The theme for the 2014 PCJ conference is “Canada, Here and Now: Putting the Local into Perspective.” Congratulations to Simmon Li and Kay Dyson Tam, next year’s conference directors.

Voting was incredibly close, and strong polling for each of the ideas is a testament to how fantastic all three proposals were.

Finally, a big thank you to the PCJ community as a whole. Over 63% of the entire program voted, speaking to what a tight-knit and involved student body we have. A great job to our students as well as our presidents for making this turnout happen!

Incoming Executive!

Congratulations to the winners of our PCJS elections! The positions for President, Treasurer, Social Director, Academic Director, and Internal Communications Officer have been filled! The remaining positions will be filled come September!

The winners are:

  • Presidents: Julia Wilton & Leah Thompson
  • Social Director: Stephanie Tran
  • Academic Director: Abeera Khan
  • Treasurer: Kay Dyson-Tam
  • Internal Communications: Sebastian Dutz

Looking forward to the next year!

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