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.

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Research Cluster affiliated sessions

Keynote Lectures


Panels and Plenary

CSA-SCS Preliminary Program (pdf)

How we can practice a non-speciesist sociological pedagogy?

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Animals are used in teaching across the disciplines – from bodies in biology to metaphor in literature to behavioural models in psychology. Where do animals fit in the pedagogy of sociology? While sociology can be defined as the study of human society and social structures, more humans are sharing their lives and families with animals. More humans are actively deciding to shift to a plant-based diet, and animal entertainment is decreasing amid grassroots efforts to ban such practices. How can we rethink sociology to expand our notion of ‘society’? How can we revision our pedagogy to be inclusive of the ‘animal shift’ beginning in our communities and families? Finally, what impact might this have on encouraging a more humane society?

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

Immigrant and refugee integration in Canada

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To study immigrant and refugee integration, it is essential to focus on the measurable indicators. For example, we can capture economic integration by examining immigrants and refugees’ decision to participate in entrepreneurial or self-employed activities. Participation in self-employment signals a high level of economic integration because it requires not only experiences and skills but also local connections and social capital. To capture social integration, we can consider multiple well-being outcomes including general happiness, feeling of home, and life satisfaction. These measures reflect immigrants and refugees’ cognitive and affective life evaluations. Finally, to capture political integration, we can research into their trust and political participation. Trust and political participation reflect how well they politically engage into the Canadian society. This session welcomes empirical papers on the economic, social, and political aspects of immigrant and refugee integration in Canada.

Organizer: Cary Wu

Immigrant Women, Domestic Abuse, and Social Recognition

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Every year, thousands flee their home-nations in search of safety and peace within the borders of a new nation. In some cases, these migrating families, however, have their familial trauma and dissonances. The pressure of displacement, paired with the hostility and abuse of the domestic lives, exacerbate the familial conflicts. In some cases, the aggravated domestic violence dissolves the marriage bonds between the migrating couples in their new host countries. This session seeks to discuss the resources and support that the Western host nations, such as Canada, the United States, and Australia, offer their new minority immigrant women. This session brings attention to the women who live under the constant cycle of abuse in the nations which preach equality of the sexes, as well as, those women who lost their lives in the hands of their ex-partners post-migration. This session invites scholars to discuss the passive racism that the minority immigrant women experience in their host countries. Important questions are how the lack of support affects these women safety and wellbeing, and above all the sense of belonging to their new countries.

Organizer: Shila Khayambashi, York University

Increasing Indigenous involvement in natural resources management: Meeting the demands of the 21st Century

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This session highlights the different ways in which Indigenous communities are adapting to the many challenges they face. Increasingly, Indigenous communities are involved in natural resources management within their traditional territories through decision-making processes, partnerships and business ventures. For many, extractive industries are becoming opportunities not only to improve community viability through Impact Benefit Agreements and increased community supports and employment opportunities but also through business and investment opportunities. However, the impact of economic uncertainty, trade agreements, globalization, and climate change can adversely impact small Indigenous communities resulting in long-term instability. Papers are welcomed that examine the ways in which Indigenous communities are developing new strategies in or are meeting the demands of the 21st century while at the same time protecting their traditional values, culture, and community viability. Of particular interest are strategies involve Modern Land Claim Agreements, Resource Revenue Sharing Agreements, investments, partnerships, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and social capital.

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

Indigenzing/Decolonizing Canadian Educational Institutions

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In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, various actors with a variety of interests and objectives are seeking to indigenize or decolonize Canadian educational institutions at all levels. This session seeks papers that critically analyze the various opportunities, challenges, dilemmas, and contradictions inherent in this process and/or propose strategies to improve its outcomes. Papers may address a wide range of issues and concerns including curricula, pedagogy, educational administration, policy formation, and means of negotiating and achieving respectful balance between Indigenous and settler voices in the academy and elsewhere. While the main focus is on Canada, papers that draw on indigenization/decolonization processes in educational institutions in other countries are also welcome.

Organizers: CLAIRE POLSTER, University of Regina, Mary Ellen Donnan, Bishops University, Danielle Lorenz, University of Alberta

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