The UBC Political Science Graduate Student Association hosted its annual conference on May 5 and 6, 2023.
The keynote address was delivered by UBC Political Science Professor Nazmul Sultan and titled, Gandhi and Empire: A Reconsideration.
This year’s conference featured an exciting lineup of presentations covering diverse topics, ranging from extraterrestrial life to right-wing memory politics.
The first panel covered topics related to gaps and boundaries.
- Yongzheng (Parker) Li and Katherine Poole, UBC
- Balancing Caution and Progress: Addressing the Artificial Intelligence Governance Gap
- Hanne Schäfer, UBC
- Right-Wing Memory Politics and Anti-Immigration Agendas in Contemporary Germany: The German Volk and its Boundaries
The second panel of the conference was titled, “Chocolate, Aliens, and Football, Oh My!”
- Thomas Calvié UBC
- Beyond FIFA’s Cosmetic Human Rights Agenda: An Analysis of the Federation’s Human Rights Practices
- Philippe Granger UBC
- When Science Fiction Becomes Reality: Global Political Considerations on Extraterrestrial Discovery
- Katherine Poole UBC
- From ‘Bean to Bar’: The Role of Chocolate Manufacturing Companies and Voluntary Sustainability Standards on the Supply Chain of Chocolate
The third panel covered topics related to public opinion, perception and lobbying.
- Richard Foster, UBC
- Lobbying for What?: An Experimental Study into U.S. Lobbying Perceptions
- Mo Gasmi, UBC
- To Satisfice or not to Satisfice: The Effect of Wording on Survey Response
- Michael Lenko, UBC
- From Perestroika to Putin: Interest Group Influence in Foreign Policy Making in the Russian Federation
- Yongzheng (Parker) Li, UBC
- Perception of the U.S. in Africa: The Impact of Framing on Public Opinion
The fourth and final panel covered topics related to contesting space.
- Elijah Garber, UBC
- When the Theoretical Confronted the Practical: Zapatista Territorial Autonomy as Opposition to the Cooperation of State and Capitalism
- Kael Kropp, UBC
- Beyond the Green: Golf Courses as Social Objects in Settler-Colonial Cities
- Eden Luymes, UBC
- Redefining the “Public” Park: Bylaws, Tent Cities, and Decolonial Commoning
- Vaishnavi Panchanadam, UBC
- Cartographic Resistance/Prefigurative World-Building: The Democratic Implications of Indigenous Participatory Mapping