Plenty to look forward to at annual PHP conference

PHP Conference organizers Erin-Adel Hrycan, Sara Hilliard and Courtney McLaughlin. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

PHP Conference organizers Erin-Adel Hrycan, Sara Hilliard and Courtney McLaughlin. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

The ninth annual Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP) Conference is giving undergraduates from TRU and elsewhere the opportunity to present their work to their peers.

The conference, which runs Jan. 15 to 16, is one of the few opportunities for Canadian undergraduates to present their work to other students in their field.

This year’s PHP Conference has attracted presenters from universities across Canada, including the University of Toronto, Vancouver Island University and the University of Regina.

“It’s a very rare opportunity for any undergraduates to get a chance to share their work. I would say that most students in philosophy, history and politics are interested in going into a graduate program of some sort and it’s definitely good practice because these are the kind of things that they will come across in a graduate program. There are tons of conferences and it’s good experience to get you prepared for that,” said Sara Hilliard, a conference organizer.

Hilliard also said that presenting at the conference is both a good addition to a student’s CV and good practice for public speaking.

Hilliard is speaking from experience. She presented a paper entitled “Motherhood in the Concentration Camp” at last year’s conference.

Topics being covered by student presentations at this year’s conference cover a wide range of topics in the fields of philosophy, history and politics. The philosophy presentations on the conference’s program include a presentation on the ethics of Syrian refugees, historical examinations of tourism in Egypt during the Victorian era and masculinity in 1930s Hollywood films. Political science papers with topics ranging from Canada’s policy regarding Israel to the Northern Gateway Pipeline will also be presented.

Along with the student presentations, there is an external keynote address which will be delivered by Cressida Heyes of the University of Alberta. Heyes’ address, which is titled “Sleep is the New Sex,” takes place on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Irving K. Barber Centre and is free for TRU students.

The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with a banquet and the internal keynote address on Saturday night at Hotel 540. The internal keynote will be presented by TRU political science professor Robert Hanlon.

The conference is free to all TRU students and registration will remain open until the conference begins on Friday, Jan. 15.