Conference Sessions

The Conference sessions are listed below in alphabetical order.

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10 years after the 2012 student strike: Researching dynamics of 21st century strikes and movements within and beyond the education system

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Demarcating the ten-year anniversary of the largest and longest student general unlimited student strike in Quebec’s history, alongside the citizen unrest labelled ‘Maple Spring’ that arose from it, this session invites researchers to present intersectional, interdisciplinary work about 21st century student or labour movements and strikes, or other movements within the education system and beyond, at the local or international level, and their implications for the education system or society.

Organizer: Nadia Hausfather, Université du Québec à Montréal

Addressing Animal Injustice: Looking Towards an Inclusive Society

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We live in a time where animals are oppressed, objectified, and exploited, and yet there are multiple areas of Canadian society where more just and inclusive spaces for animals and humans are being established. This session invites papers with a hopeful message, highlighting the successes in the creation of such space, and opportunities for continued positive changes towards a flourishing society for humans and animals.

Organizers: Sarah May Lindsay, McMaster University, Rochelle Stevenson, Thompson Rivers University

Advanced Approaches to Research on Mental Health

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Research on the Sociology of Mental Health has undergone many changes over the past few years related to theoretical and methodological advances in the discipline. This session exhibits researchers doing just that and considers the innovations in understanding the differential exposure and vulnerability to stressors in all areas of life.

Organizers: Jinette Comeau, King's University College, Western University, Marisa Young, McMaster University

Anti-Asian Racism in Canada: Pandemics, Geopolitics and Social Change

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Since the global outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, assaults on individuals of Asian descent have increased in Canada and other western countries. This trend, exacerbated by political polarization and populism across the Western world, has led to the alarming resurgence of racialized “Yellow Peril” tropes in public discourse. Since the late 19th century, the term has become a pejorative metaphor depicting Chinese and other Asians as the threats and the non-white Other whenever geopolitical tensions arise between the West and Asia or when pandemics occur in Asia. Anti-Asian racism, as a "shadow pandemic," has resurged during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the rise of racial profiling, discrimination and stigmatization, and generating negative social, economic, political and cultural impacts on Asian communities in Canada. Hence there is an urgent need to examine the issues mentioned above from multiple theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to effect positive social change. This is paramount for building a just, inclusive and democratic society where people can flourish regardless of their backgrounds. This session invites contributions that address at least one of the following questions: 1.What are the factors, forces, and policies which contributed to the origin and evolution of anti-Asian racism in Canada? 2. What social change has occurred in combatting anti-Asian racism in Canada? What brought about such change? 3. How can we mitigate the rise of anti-Asian racism generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitics? What new questions, research agenda, or strategies do we need to better understand and mitigate racism in general and anti-Asian racism in particular? We seek papers that address anti-Asian racism in the Canadian context, particularly those with a broader international and comparative scope. We especially welcome innovative approaches that examine intersectionalities of how gender, race, class, sexual orientation and other factors are generating anti-Asian racism.

Organizers: Guida Man, york university, Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel and University of Ottawa

Anti-Black racism in Canadian universities and its impact on Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) students

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Despite notable interventions to disrupt anti-Black racism in Canadian Universities, African Caribbean Black (ACB) undergraduate and graduate students encounter a white settler, colonial, social discourse which impedes negatively on their academic development. This social discourse does not recognize the intelligence or the need for ACB Canadian students to be educated, as it maintains and normalizes white undergraduate and graduate students as deservers of a "quality education." White settler Canada is rendered to be anti-Black. There is a grave misconception that forms of discrimination, based on race, do not enter the academic communities. In actuality, the white settler Canadian colonial discourse knows no bounds and seeps into the post-secondary academic space. The unrecognition that discrimination based on race is not found in the university impacts how ACB students learn, as anti-Black racism sets out to render their learning, which will impact how they survive after graduation, considering they get to that pinnacle. What does it mean to be an ACB student and experience forms of discrimination based on race in Canadian universities? Are Canadian universities purposely not acknowledging the white settler colonial discourse which serves to disrupt the academic achievements of ACB students? Considering the paucity of sustained empirical data, ACB students are negatively impacted by racially charged stereotypes, which problematizes their academic development. The social perception of ACB students, regardless of their social status, is one that is unfavourable in a Canadian context.

Organizers: Warren Clarke, University of Manitoba, Sarah George, Carleton University