Conference Sessions

The preliminary program of Conference sessions is listed below in alphabetical order.  Regular and Roundtable sessions (unless otherwise stated) are open to the call for abstracts, submit online by January 28, 2019.

See Also:

Research Cluster affiliated sessions

Keynote Lectures


Panels and Plenary

...when is it race Or religion?

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With the heated debates in Canada about reasonable accommodation in Quebec, religious arbitration in Ontario and wearing the niqab during the Canadian citizenship oath, it may be increasingly difficult for (visible) religious minorities to engage in religious and cultural practices in the public sphere. Although there is much research on the racialization of visible minorities, it becomes increasingly unclear what demographic variable is at play race, religion or both. This session is looking for papers that study the theoretical, methodological andor practical intermingled relationship between race and religion.

Organizer: Jessica Stallone, University of Toronto

#BlackProfessorsMatter: Experiences in White Academe

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Women, Black and racialized professors are routinely victimized by the tenure and promotion process in Canadian academe. Particularly for Black and racialized professors that transcend 'contingent' employment, denial of tenure andor promotion imposes significant costs to their well-being, interpersonal relationships and relationships with colleagues. Despite equity gains within the academy university remains an unsatisfactory state of affairs for Black and racialized professors and even worse for Indigenous and Black female professors. This session invites ongoing and works in progress that examines anti-black-racism, colour and politics of tenure and promotion as a site of racial inequity and how it may be addressed.

Organizer: Wesley Crichlow, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

A Look at Educational Inequalities K-12

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Educational inequalities are a central focus of sociological inquiry. Considering that K-12 education is mandatory in Canada, it is important to build a working knowledge of emerging and continuing forms of inequality in that sector. This session invites empirical papers on early educational and family processes that generate disparities in schooling outcomes, particularly by social class. We encourage presenters to link dynamics producing inequalities in schooling to policy options in education, and to take a frank and evidence-based approach.

Organizers: Jessica Rizk, University of Waterloo, Scott Davies, OISE

Advances in Mental Health Research

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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 invites presentations doing just that and considers the innovations in understanding the differential exposure and vulnerability to stressors in all areas of life.

Organizer: Marisa Young, McMaster University

Animals and the(ir) Environment

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This session explores the interconnectivity of the environment—both “natural” and built—and its human and other-than-human inhabitants. Space and place are difficult to evade, we are all enveloped in our environments ad infimum. Central to this topic are questions of how, why, where, when, and with whom we inhabit and engage with the elements around us. Environmental thought is frequently at odds with individual actors, as anthropocentric aims usurp that which is other-than-human. Presentations are welcomed that address this system-versus-self perspective, possible topics in this session include space and place, accessibility, resources, environmental racism and justice, shared, excluded, or restricted spaces, “sustainability”, and the environmental and animal “rights” movements.

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

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