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Congress 2020 Call for Abstracts

January 6 - January 27

SESSION 1: Resilient Indigenous Communities in the Era of 21st Century Reconciliation

Session Code: RUS1


This session highlights the different ways in which Indigenous communities continue to show resilience to systemic racism and colonial ideologies in the era of 21stCentury reconciliation.  Limited resources force individual Indigenous communities to prioritize a complicated and myriad set of socio-economic issues that require them to integrate colonial ideologies into their traditional values in order to ensure long-term community viability. Increasingly, Indigenous communities are entering into business ventures, partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups with common interests, and collaborative arrangements with governments, industry, and non-governmental agencies within their traditional territories with much success. However, the future remains uncertain, given limited resources, the changing legal landscape, political uncertainty, economic uncertainty, globalization, the opioid epidemic, rising health concerns, and climate change, all of which can adversely impact small Indigenous communities resulting in long-term instability. Abstracts are welcomed that examine the ways in which Indigenous communities are developing new strategies or meeting the demands in the era of 21st century reconciliation while at the same time protecting their traditional values, culture, and community viability. Of particular interest are strategies that involve reconciliation, including modern land claim agreements, natural resources management, health care, education, investments, partnerships, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and social capital.

Organizers: Satenia Zimmermann, Lakehead University; Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University.

SESSION 2: The Right to Be Rural 

Session Code: RUS2

Rural communities face many demographic, social, economic, environmental and political challenges. Community resilience in the face of these challenges attracts significant attention across the contemporary world. Climate change, neoliberal social and economic policies, economic globalization, restructuring and de-industrialization, population ageing and outmigration, food security and sovereignty, and a host of other issues are dramatically changing small town and rural life, and in some cases threatening their very survival. Moreover, such challenges are already altering the relationship between rural citizens and their states. The citizenship rights, freedoms and obligations typically enshrined in national constitutions—regarding personal security, education, health, income, and association—may only be weakly maintained in rural places with small populations, where external actors deem it too costly or inefficient to deliver a universal standard of services and amenities. We invite papers that analyze these rural challenges through the lens of citizenship.

Organizers: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University; Karen Foster, Dalhousie University.

SESSION 3: Environmental Degradation and Dispossession in Rural Areas

Session Code: RUS3

Rural areas are an important space for capital accumulation all over the world. Due to capitalist expansion and privatization, the poor are losing access to many of these spaces. The right to access natural resources is particularly critical. This session invites papers that discuss how the issues that small producers face are unfolding, as well as those that investigate how small producers react to the unfolding crisis.

Organizers: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University; Pallavi Das, Lakehead University.


January 6
January 27