Studies in National and International Development


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All SNID lectures are held Thursdays from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
in Mackintosh-Corry Hall D214 unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.

The financialization of food and the 2008-2011 food price spikes

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Mac-Corry D 214, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sean Field
Queen's School of Policy Studies

Title:  The financialization of food and the 2008-2011 food price spikes

The treatment of recent global food price volatility in the neoclassical academic literature is problematic in its limited conceptual and empirical scope. This study presents new empirical
data and analysis linking financial speculation by index swap dealers (‘index funds’) with US and global food price volatility. Marxian circuits of capital are used to illustrate the connection
between index funds and food consumers. The findings show that financial speculation by index swap dealers and hedge funds significantly contributed to the price volatility of food
commodities between June 2006 and December 2014. The key conceptual contribution is that it articulates geographical economic interpretation of food price volatility and financial speculation
in a literature awash with neoclassical economic analyses.   

Click here for the Financialization of Food presentation slides

Hungry Listening

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Mac-Corry D 214, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dylan Robinson
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University

This presentation examines how Indigenous and settler listening practices are shaped through processes of subjectivation defined by state and educational institutions. It will contrast forms of listening guided by Indigenous and Western ontologies of song, and ask how we might develop new critical listening positionalities. 


Dylan Robinson is a Sto:lo artist and scholar, and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. His current research focuses on Indigenous art in public spaces across North America, and his publications include the collections Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016) and Opera Indigene (Routledge, 2011).


Building Sustainable Peace in the 21st Century: The Role of Defence Policy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cesar Jaramillo  (Project Ploughsharesand Peggy Mason (Rideau Institute)

Building Sustainable Peace in the 21st Centure: the Role of Defence Policy

Following the launch of the Defence Policy Review, several Canadian non-governmental organizations came together to brainstorm on key elements of a defence policy for Canada that would contribute to the common security of all states, in keeping with the vision of the UN Charter.  Come and hear Peggy Mason and César Jaramillo discuss how Canada can make sustainable peace and UN-led peace and security initiatives a Canadian defence policy priority. In their respective presentations they will touch on issues from re-engagement in UN peacekeeping and eschewing problematic weapons systems to taking a leadership role in reducing NATO’s reliance on nuclear weapons and championing the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament.

Peggy Mason.    A former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN and an expert on the political/diplomatic aspects of UN peacekeeping training, Peggy Mason is now the President of the Rideau Institute, an independent, think tank focusing on research and advocacy in foreign, defence and national security policy. In that capacity she brings a progressive voice to issues ranging from the imperative of nuclear disarmament to the centrality of UN conflict resolution, appearing regularly in the blogosphere, in print media and on radio and television.

Cesar Jaramillo: Cesar Jaramillo is executive director at Project Ploughshares, based in Waterloo, ON. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), as well as states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). His perspective and commentary have been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Embassy, CBC News, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, CBC Radio Canada International, Al Jazeera, Global News, CTV News, the Waterloo Region Record, and newspapers abroad.  He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto. An occasional columnist on matters of disarmament and international security, Cesar graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in honours political science and in journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Peace Quest.