PhD, York UniversityFull CV
BA, MA, University of California
Core Faculty Member, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism
Member, The Millennium Project: Global Futures Studies & Research
Associate Editor, Sociology Theory
Dr Schaffer’s primary research interests lie in the fields of contemporary and global social theory, social ethics and social inclusion, and processes of social change. He has done a wide variety of work on public sociology, cultural critique, studies of everyday life, social development, and resistance movements.
His current work is focused on developing a normatively-based conception of sociology and social ethics that can be used to evaluate current societal phenomena and social policy, anticipate future social problems, and develop proactive solutions to those future societal threats.
(2016) "Cosmopolitanism and an Ethics of Sacrifice," Forthcoming in Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.), Cosmopolitanism and Beyond: Toward a Multiverse of Transformations, Primus Books
(2016) "The Past as Product in the Present: Disney and the Imagineering of Histories," Forthcoming in Doug Brode (ed.), The Disney Dialogues, Rowman and Littlefield
(2015) "Kairos and an Ethics of Space: Toward reconceptualising conversations and their loci," in Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.), Pathways of Creative Research: Toward a Festival of Dialogues, Primus Books.
(2014) "L’Ouverture des bouches: The Social and Intellectual Bases for Engaged and Public Social Theory," in Ariane Hanemaayer and Christopher J. Schneider (eds.), The Public Sociology Debate: Ethics and Engagement, UBC Press.
(2012) "Cosmopolitanising Cosmopolitanism? Cosmopolitan Claims Making, Interculturalism, and the Bouchard-Taylor Report," in Will Kymlicka and Kathryn Walker (eds.) Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Canada and the World, UBC Press
Supervisory Status: MA, PhD
Caylee Cody, The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in the Sub-Arctic Regions of "Canada" (second reader)
Rory Davis, A Taste for Distinction: Food Representation in Popular Canadian Magazines (second reader)
William Rankin, Experiencing Nothing: Anxiety and the Philosophy of Alain Badiou (second reader)
Thomas Wormald, Sculpted Selves, Sculpted Worlds: Plasticity and Habit in the Thought of Catherine Malabou (second reader)
William Samson, Rights as Praxis: Jean-Paul Sartre and Human Rights
Trevor Smith, Theorizing an Online Politics: How the Internet is Reconfiguring Political Space, Subjectivity, Participation, and Conflict (second readers)