Thursday, November 1, 2012

Unit 4 November 8 at 11 am strike aversion solidarity rally

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Subject: Unit 4 November 8 at 11 am strike aversion solidarity rally
From: Chair CUPE 3902 <chair@CUPE3902.ORG>

Please distribute widely (please also consider printing and distributing the attached flyer):


Unit 4 Strike Aversion Rally

November 8, 2012, 11:00am

St. Joseph Street, across from Kelly Library

Saint Michael's College

University of Toronto


Short-term contract educators at Saint Michael's College at the University of Toronto have been in first-contract ne­gotiations for over a year. Their main outstanding issue is job security. On October 29, they had a 100% strike vote and will be on strike November 15 unless a deal is reached. This is an extremely small unit of about 40 members. Any support they receive would make a significant dif­ference to their quality of life and working conditions.




Abouzar Nasirzadeh  |  Chair  |  CUPE 3902

803-180 Bloor W  |  Toronto ON  |  M5S 2V6  |  647-236-3902


Friday, October 12, 2012

CUPE Unit 1 Members Meeting

A reminder that we'd love to see you all at the Unit 1 Members Meeting next Tuesday (Oct 16) at Hart House. It is in the Music Room from 4 - 5 and will be followed afterwards by the General Membership Meeting of all bargaining unit members. 

This one is the first of the year and so a great way to see, first, how these meetings run (and why it's important to attend!) and, second, who's representing you on the executive committees. More importantly, at the GMM we will most likely be discussing plans against the anti-labour legislation being handed down from McGuinty's finance minister. This is a great way to get in on the ground floor of what will become a very important struggle.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall 2012 Medusa Seminar

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

This is a call for papers for the Fall 2012 Medusa Seminar, which will take place on Friday, November 2nd from 9:30 to 12:30 am in the 2nd floor conference room. Mark your calendars!!

In case you've never been to a Medusa event, it is a seminar series put on by UofT Anthropology grad students, for each other. It is meant to provide the opportunity for us to present our work to our peers, and is an excellent opportunity both to solicit their feedback and to practice formal presentation skills. As you all know, there are a number of important anthropology conferences coming up, so the November Medusa seminar is especially intended to provide an opportunity for presenters to practice their presentations. That being said, you are welcome to submit an abstract and to present your work even if you are not planning to present at one of of the upcoming conferences.

There a few changes to the format of Meduse this year. The November event will feature panel presentations on specific themes as opposed to sub-disciplines. So, there is the potential to have papers from different disciplines on the same panel, and you can choose to attend the panels which are of interest to you.

Please submit your abstracts electronically to Kate Rice ( by Wednesday October 17th. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Finally, we need moderators too, so if you are interested in facilitating a panel, please let either Kate or Mathew Gagne know.

Also, the format for the Spring 2013 Medusa seminar will be substantially different from previous years. It will take place on Thursday the 21st of March and will be an all-day colloquium. Details to follow.

Send your papers! We know who you are and where to find you, and will totally guilt-trip you and call on favours if you don't step up to the plate (this last sentence delivered with either a saucy wink or tearful puppy-dog eyes, depending on which you're more susceptible to).

Your devoted Medusa Coordinators,
-Kate Rice & Mathew Gagne

vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology

Dear Colleagues

You may have heard rumours about our department's wonderful online journal, vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology. Well, the rumours were true!

We're pleased to announce that, for the first time, vis-à-vis will release individual articles ahead of volume publication. Please enjoy this sneak peek at our in-production volume, Traces, a multi-perspective collection that highlights the traces of human habitation, political history, personal histories and cultural mythologies that anthropologists study. Click this address to read the newest articles:

In the meantime, remember that vis-à-vis depends on the volunteer efforts of all of us. You can help our journal move forward by registering as a reviewer, or even by submitting your own manuscript. We accept submissions on a continuous basis, so authors and reviewers alike are always welcome. Simply go to the website and open up a user account to get started.


vis-à-vis Editorial Team 2012-13

Kristina Alda, Jean Chia, Bess Doyle, Guy Duke, Camila Guarim, Emily Hofstetter, Seth Palmer, Celeste Pang, Johanna Pokorny, Louise Robert.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Representatives for Anthropology Hiring Committees

We are looking for students who are interested in participating as the grad representatives on the search committees for faculty positions at UTSC (sociocultural and bioarchaeology), STG (medical anthropology), and UTM (linguistic anthropology).  As a rep you will take part in the decision making process, which includes tasks like attending meetings and viewing job talks.  The majority of the committee work will be done in the fall semester, though responsibilities may run into January.  The grad members will not be voting, but this is a great opportunity to gain experience in the hiring process and meet the potential additions to the U of T anthropology community. 


Each committee requires one rep that is familiar with the field of the candidates and with the Department of Anthropology in general.  For more information on what the committees are looking for, please visit the Employment Opportunities page for the job postings:


For those interested in the sociocultural committee at UTSC, please respond ASAP to the AGSU co-presidents (Emma Yasui and Steven Dorland).  For the remaining 3 positions or inquiries, please contact us by Wednesday, October 10th.

Friday, September 28, 2012

2012 Job Talk and e-Thesis Presentation Files Available

PowerPoint and PDF files for the 2012 Jobs Talk and e-Thesis presentations have been uploaded to the Events page. Due to its size, the PDF for Non-Academic Jobs is unavailable on the web site, please contact lara.mcfadden(at)mail(dot)utoronto(dot)ca for a copy if desired.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Collective Agreement Distribution

Due to an apparent failure to deliver copies of our collective agreement to all teaching assistants, we are asking all employees without a copy to please email matthew.pettit(at)mail(dot)utoronto(dot)ca. Copies will be distributed to these workers through grad lounge mailboxes.

Remember, these - not your description of duties forms - are your contracts, and should be read and understood by everyone. Any questions can be forwarded to your CUPE stewards.