CFP: Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies Convergence

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Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies   Convergence  

 Seeking scholarly and creative submissions including but not limited to  papers, panels, dialogues, rituals, liturgies, sermons, pilgrimages,  meditations, poetry, films, art, or plays that address the diverse themes of  Spiritual Ecologies or New Cosmologies.

  Dates  Monday September 22 to Thursday September 25, 2014  (We will hold continuous sessions from approximately 4:00pm to 8:00pm each day.   A more detailed schedule will be posted once the schedule is filled with your projects!)

 Location  Liu Institute for Global Issues   University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The spiritual dimension of ecological issues, cosmology and even sustainability are increasingly being  addressed within and outside of academic venues. Although Western scientific discoveries have shifted  our views of the history and structure of the universe, our current problems point to a broad moral failing  by Western civilization to account for the earth as a whole.

The fields of Religion and Ecology, Spiritual Ecology and New Cosmology are growing rapidly within academic, faith­ based and civil society circles  as a response to this failing, and because it has been recognized that engaging people of faith is a crucial  part of working toward a sustainable future for the planet. The Spiritual Ecologies and New  Cosmologies Converge seeks to provide an open space where scholars, students, activists, people of  faith, and members of the community can come together to engage these important themes. Because  each spiritual tradition brings a different perspective to our place in the cosmos, valuing and caring for  the earth, and humanity’s place here, we have used the plural for ecologies and cosmologies.

 The Convergence seeks to explore the following questions:    1) What research is being done on issues of spiritual ecologies/new cosmologies among  scholars in this region?

2) How are regional communities of faith uniquely engaging questions of ecological  sustainability and ideas of spiritual ecology?

 3) Similarly, how are communities of faith in this region integrating and responding  to the picture contemporary science is presenting of the universe that some are calling  the ‘New Cosmology’?

 4) With an increase in unaffiliated spiritualities, has a ‘crisis of meaning’ emerged in  contemporary society? How might science and religion work together to address this  aspect of human well being?

  Desired Outcomes:

    ● Better understand and connect what research has been and is being done on spiritual ecology,  religion and ecology and cosmology in this region. This could lead to the publication of an edited  volume or simply better regional networking.

● Engage Vancouver theology schools in the ongoing conversation about ecological theology and  its implications.

  ● Bring civil society and communities of faith together to share ideas, resources and support.

   ● The creation of a region wide ‘Interspiritual Ecology Network’     Submissions

 Please send an email with SUBMISSION SENC in the subject line and discuss the following:


 Institutional affiliation(s)  

 Title and an up to 200 word description of the presentation/project, the issue/question it  addresses and what will be needed to present  

 Send to Jason Brown (jason.minton.brown@gmail.com) and Elaine Hsiao  (citizenof1world@gmail.com) by July 1, 2014.   

Updated CFP: IGSS- Reciprocity in our Communities: Mobilizing Indigenous Leadership and Knowledge

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UPDATED DEADLINE:  Friday, February 7, 2014


Submissions accepted here

Send an email if you’d like to volunteer for the planning committee or volunteer on the day of the event:  grad.sage@ubc.ca

CFP: Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS)

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10th Annual Symposium

“Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The University of British Columbia (SWINGS Bldg Venue TBA)


We are accepting submissions for presentations (20 minutes) followed by discussion (10 minutes) on topics related to intercultural issues. The theme for this year, “Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward” is intentionally broadly-stated so as to provide a forum where multiple perspectives from across a spectrum of issues can be shared and discussed.

Reports on small/large-scale research projects, research proposals, preliminary results of ongoing work, or teaching workshops on intercultural topics are all welcome. While the working language of the Symposium is English, we encourage proposals that are written in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Summaries of presentations and selected peer reviewed full papers will be published in the online 2014 CILS Symposium proceedings after the symposium.

Your submission should include:

 Your name(s)

 Your affiliation(s) (e.g. UBC, Department of Asian Studies)

 Format of presentation (paper or workshop)

 A title (max. 10 words)

 Abstract of your proposed presentation (max. 250 words)

 Short description (max. 100 words) for inclusion in the program

 Keywords (up to five)

 A/V needs (all presenters will be asked to supply their own laptops). All rooms are equipped with digital projectors.

Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and authors notified as soon as possible.

This Call for Papers closes on February 28, 2013. Submit your proposal by February 28 at: cils.ubc@ubc.ca

If you have any questions, please email Natalia Balyasnikova at сils.ubc@ubc.ca


A Dialogue with Jan Hare, Professor in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

4:30 – 6:30 pm

First Nations House of Learning (Sty-Wet-Tan Hall)

1985 West Mall

RSVP http://tinyurl.com/Jhare-Feb4

The Faculty of Education and Dr. Jan Hare invite members of the community to a dialogue about the vision and plans for the Professorship in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education, and the needs of the community. Dr. Hare has been appointed to this new Professorship, a key legacy project arising from the Year of Indigenous Education. The goals of the new Professorship are to:

–          enrich teacher education with Indigenous perspectives, histories and pedagogies to help prepare teacher candidates,

–          engage in the professional development of practicing teachers and faculty to strengthen Indigenous education identity and approaches in current teaching.

Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Professor in Language and Literacy Education, is an Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, located on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. Through her teaching and research in BC and across the country, she has sought to transform education in ways that are more inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing and approaches to learning. Dr. Hare’s program of research extends from early childhood education to higher education and is engaged in several curriculum projects supporting the professional development of in‑service and pre‑service educators.

This includes the development of a new MOOC (massive open online course) titled, “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education.”

More information: Joanne O’Connor joanne.oconnor@ubc.cascreenshot_10

Teir 11 Canada Research Chair: Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education

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TIER II Canada Research Chair

Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education.

Applications are welcomed from scholars who have graduated with their doctoral degrees within the past ten years, and who are strong and innovative researchers with demonstrated expertise in studying Indigenous approaches to health, healing and psychological wellness in education from a discipline perspective of one or more of the five program areas in the Department: Counselling Psychology; Human Learning Development and Culture, Measurement; Evaluation and Research Methodology; School Psychology; Special Education. It is expected that the successful candidate will embrace social, ecological, cultural, and community-oriented perspectives, and have an interest in applying Indigenous knowledge and approaches in relation to health, healing and psychological wellness in education. The successful appointee also will hold a doctoral degree in Educational or Counselling Psychology or a related discipline, and will be encouraged to work across units in the Department, Faculty and UBC.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The university is recognized internationally as a leading research institution and, recently, was ranked as #1 in Canada in the social sciences and humanities by the Higher Education Strategy Associates. The Faculty of Education shares this commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units include the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational Studies, the Department of Language and Literacy Education, and the School of Kinesiology. In addition to a post-baccalaureate Teacher Education program, we offer Faculty-wide graduate programs in early childhood education, educational technology and interdisciplinary studies. For further  details about the Faculty and its research, please visit our website at http://www.educ.ubc.ca.

The Faculty of Education within the University of British Columbia is a leader in Indigenous Education, offers an Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), a graduate Indigenous specialization (Ts`’kel), and is proposing new graduate programs and concentrations in Indigenous Education. The Faculty is home to the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, publishes an annual theme issue of the Canadian Journal of Native Education, and has an Associate Dean for Indigenous Education leadership position.

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) has major graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, Human Learning Development and Culture, Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology, School Psychology and Special Education. It has a strong commitment to and respect for issues related to diversity and inclusion and a strong level of interest and activity related to Indigenous health, healing and psychological wellness in education.

The Canada Research Chair (CRC) program was established by the Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system. The program’s Terms of Reference for qualifications are online at http://www.chairs.gc.ca. The Tier II Chair is for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. An applicant’s proposed research program should address one or more of the priori ty areas noted above and be congruent with the goals and strategies contained in UBC’s Strategic Plan, “Place and Promise” (www.strategicplan.ubc.ca), particularly with respect to Aboriginal engagement and research.

We seek a scholar with a strong record of research, teaching and community engagement and who can contribute significantly to the advancement of Indigenous health, healing and psychological wellness in education. Excellent research experience with Indigenous communities is required. This Canada Research Chair position is affiliated with the Canadian Institute for Health Research and the successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. As stated in the Terms of Reference (www.chairs.gc.ca), the nomination is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat. Upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, the successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience and carries a research supplement. The university’s benefit package is comprehensive.

Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae, a five year research plan, a record of teaching excellence, three papers that are the most significant and relevant to their research interests, and the names and contact information of three referees.  The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Preference will be given to Aboriginal candidates as permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code and candidates are encouraged to self-identify if they qualify for this preference. Canada Research Chairs are open to persons of any nationality but Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Offers will be made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research Chairs program. The University of British Columbia is responsive to the needs of dual career couples as an integral part of its strategy for excellence.

The  position is subject to budgetary approval. Applications are still being considered and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by January 31, 2014. The start date is subject to the announcement of the approval by the CRC Secretariat and final arrangement with the appointee.

Applications should be directed to:

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean

Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

2125 Main Mall

Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

OR via e-mail at educ.deansoffice@ubc.ca

UBC Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship

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This is a reminder that the deadline is approaching for the Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships competition:

Call for Nominations:  Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships

For graduate programs:

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Aboriginal students via the Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships (AGF) program.  The AGF program is intended to complement, rather than provide a substitute for, graduate funding programs such as the Four Year Fellowship (4YF) and Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) programs.  It is expected that graduate programs will consider recommending their aboriginal students for funding from the AGF competition in addition to, rather than in place of, considering them for funding from the 4YF, GSI and other graduate funding programs. On the AGF Nomination Form, graduate program will be asked if their doctoral nominees are also being recommended for funding from the 4YF program.  If so, and the nominee is subsequently ranked high enough to be offered AGF funding, the student will receive the 4YF and an AGF top up of $2,000 per year for the duration of their 4YF.

Please set an internal deadline for the Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship competition, and forward the following announcement to your students:

For students:

Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship

Amount: $16,000 – $18,000 stipend plus tuition each year for up to two years (Master’s) or four years (doctoral)

Deadline: G+PS deadline 7 February, 2014, check with your graduate program for their internal deadline

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Aboriginal students. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year. The competition is open to both incoming and continuing aboriginal graduate students.

For more information about this competition and links to application and reference forms, please see the Graduate Awards website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/aboriginal-graduate-fellowships

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Angela Rizzo (angela.rizzo@ubc.ca).

Updated CFP: IGSS- Reciprocity in our Communities: Mobilizing Indigenous Leadership and Knowledge

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UPDATED DEADLINE:  Friday, February 7, 2014


Submissions accepted here

Send an email if you’d like to volunteer for the planning committee or volunteer on the day of the event:  grad.sage@ubc.ca