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Graduate Events & Competitions

It is amazing when you look, just how many events are held on campus. Whether they are run by graduate students, the School of Graduate Studies or other departments, events rely on volunteers.  As we here of events looking for volunteers we will post the details and who to contact to get involved.  Some events already looking for help are:

What Matters Now Kingston!

A Council of Ontario Universities (COU) - "Research Matters" Event

Memorial Hall in City Hall, Kingston, Ontario. Wednesday May 21st, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Event involves brief talks by featured researchers. Each comes from a different discipline, and each has a different take on What Matters Now. Queen’s own Dr Warren Mabee (School of Policy Studies & Dept of Geography) will be one of the five researchers speaking during the event.

The lion’s share of the evening will be taken up with questions, discussion and debate. Audience members will have opportunities to make their opinions known. A catered reception will follow.

The evening will be moderated by journalist and broadcaster Piya Chattopadhyay.

The event is free, but we ask attendees to register, as space is limited.  For full details and how to register go to the COU’s “Research Matters” website at - http://yourontarioresearch.ca/event/what-matters-now-kingston/

Live Webcast - This event will also be webcast live. Remote viewers can opine and ask questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #whatmattersnow.  Register for Live Webcast

Material Matters Winter Term

Next session - April 9th, 1.30pm, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

“Then I had to yell fire!” A War Bride’s Negotiation of her Veteran Identity

Presented by: Lauren Auger, PhD candidate at the Centre for Research and Development at the University of Brighton

This paper juxtaposes the dominant Canadian memory of war brides from the Second World War with an oral history interview with Victoria Sparrow, a war bride who served in the British Auxiliary Territorial Service. It argues that Sparrow’s life history account and conveyed identity complicates and challenges idealized hegemonic memory regarding war brides in Canada due to her celebration of her wartime service and veteran self over her experiences and identity as a wife of a Canadian soldier and a war bride migrant. It demonstrates Victoria’s conveyed feelings of discomposure with these war bride experiences and her war bride subjectivity. Part one of the paper outlines how the Canadian hegemonic memory of war brides emphasizes their gendered identities and supposed positive experiences as sweethearts, wives, mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers over their potential military pasts, veteran identities, and negative war bride experiences. Part two discusses Sparrow’s own construction of an idealized memory and subjectivity centred on her service in the British Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, particularly her role as an anti-aircraft gun team telephonist. This memory aids in her composition of her idealized veteran identity that figured prominently in her interview. This paper argues that Victoria’s martial identity gives her a sense of composure. Part three argues that Victoria’s comparatively horrendous experiences as a fiancé and wife of a Canadian soldier, as a mother in a troubled marriage, and an unwelcome and isolated war bride migrant in rural Nova Scotia gives Victoria a sense of discomposure. Her experiences of engagement, marriage, motherhood, and settlement that are fundamental to, and idealized in, Canadian cultural memory are the source of Victoria’s discomfort. Thus, this paper contends that Victoria’s memory broadens and challenges idealized Canadian memory. 

To sign up to present, for more information, please email georgia.carley@queensu.ca

2014 Water Research Centre Student Conference

The Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF): 2014 Graduate Conference will be the first national water conference hosted at Queen’s University. WatIF is novel in the fact that it is organized by a multidisciplinary group of graduate students for graduate students. Designed to provide students from across Canada an opportunity to share their research, the Conference will provide a multidisciplinary environment to encourage the flow and communication of ideas. This will be accomplished by bringing together over 300 of the brightest graduate students from across disciplines (policy, health, engineering, geography, biology etc.) and regions of Canada who have one common passion: Water!

Of course with any event, volunteers are needed. If you would like the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working on this conference and having the opportunity to network with students and companies alike, then consider joining the team.

The WatIF: 2014 Graduate Conference will run May 4th - 6th, 2014. For more information on how to get involved please visit: http://www.waterresearchcentre.ca/watif-2014.html

Call for Abstracts Deadline: December 31, 2013. To submit an abstract please visit: http://www.waterresearchcentre.ca/submit-abstract.html

Follow WatIF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatIFconference

Join the conversation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Water-Initiative-for-the-Future/482570561...

Get connected on Linked in

To learn more about the Water Research Centre click here.

International competition for Masters students on women empowerment

The challenge has been set by the Graduate Institute in Geneva, for teams of three to five Master students from all over the world to submit a proposal that creatively addresses a key challenge in international development. A jury chaired by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin (former Swiss Ambassador to the United Nations) and composed of high level persons will select three papers and invite the student teams to Geneva for a one-day defense of their proposal. The winning project will receive a monetary prize of CHF 10'000. The second prize will be CHF 5'000 and the third prize CHF 2'500.
The topic selected for the 2014 challenge is "Empowering Women for Development," with a focus on political, social and economic inclusion. Beyond rigorous analysis of a relevant problem area or issue at stake, submissions should bring forward innovative proposals to effect change. They must be written in English and must not exceed 8'000 words (all included). The deadline for application is end of April.

For full details go to - http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/relations-publiques/the-geneva-challeng...

Graduate Sharing of Teaching & Learning Strategies

Rarely do we take the time to reflect on our own teaching, let alone share our experiences (both good and bad) with our colleagues. I have created a teaching and learning group to do just that. The group will meet monthly or every other month starting next week and activities would likely involve discussions of various pedagogical matters, sharing of teaching and learning strategies, exploring new and innovative methods in teaching, possibly trying out some of these methods, attending and critiquing lectures, etc.

Next meeting - TBA

If you have questions or are interested in attending please e-mail Amanda Tracey at amanda.tracey@queensu.ca !