Social Sciences Symposium Series

a (virtual) interdisciplinary symposium series hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences

This series aims to showcase the variety of work being conducted by faculty and student researchers, to uncover an array of perspectives, and to foster potential synergies and collaborations. 

Like a conference session, each event in this series is based on a theme. Cross-disciplinary and cross-Faculty participation is encouraged.  

In the series

Sept. 2021

Held on September 28, 2021, Social Justice and Community Collaboration offered affiliates of the Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) (from across faculties) an opportunity to share updates on their SJRI-funded community collaboration research projects.

This free live event was livestreamed. Details about the presentations and a video of the symposium are available on the event web page.

April 2021

Perspectives on Mental Health on April 27, 2021, was the first symposium in this series. 

Faculty and student researchers from across the University were invited to present on topics such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health; contemporary and historical understandings of mental health/illness; stigma; or how mental health and mental illness are/have been represented in language, literature, popular culture, etc. 

This livestreamed event was free and open to the public. Videos of the presentations are available on the event website.

Future symposia

Additional symposia will be added to the series as proposals are received and as resources allow. Interested researchers are invited to submit proposals for additional symposia. 

Proposals should include a theme/title and description, and list of potential faculty and student participants. Please also consider the following criteria:  

  • Each symposium in the series should include representation from at least two disciplines/Departments/Faculties.  
  • Presenters need not all be from within the Social Sciences.  
  • Student participation is encouraged; at least one presenter should be a faculty member from within FOSS. 
  • Symposia, including discussion, should normally be planned to fit within approximately 90 to 120 minutes. 

Submit a proposal.