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)

Assessing Teaching and Learning in Sociology

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A variety of teaching and learning strategies and techniques inform our teaching in sociology. Some are disciplinary, applying sociological themes and theories to student learning and engagement. Others are anchored in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), an emerging field that involves framing and investigating research questions relating to teaching and student learning. The purpose of this session is to explore strategies ranging from practices informed by student or peer feedback and reflection to strategies anchored in SoTL. This session invites works in progress and at completion concentrating on teaching and learning strategies and techniques from a variety of methodological approaches, including reflection and analysis, quasi-experiments, case studies, surveys, and focus groupsinterviews.

Organizers: Nathan Innocente, University of Toronto, Jayne Baker, University of Toronto

Canadian Contributions to Theoretical Criminology

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Criminology is a multi-faceted field that uses 'crime' as its subject matter but has no single methodological commitment or paradigmatic theoretical framework. For instance, criminologists often study the underlying causes and correlates of criminal behaviour using control, life-course, strain, routine activity, and collective efficacy perspectives, among many others, from a variety of methodological traditions. Other criminologists study power differentials, hierarchies, and inequalities in crime and punishment using theories of governance, risk, and critical perspectives. Research in these areas, however, is often dominated by work from the US, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries that differ from the Canadian context in significant socio-political respects. The main objective of this session is to connect and discuss research that advances our understanding of crime and criminal behaviour in Canada as well as criminological theory more broadly. First, this session asks what is distinctive about Canadian criminology and in what ways can Canadian researchers advance criminological theories. We invite empirical papers that attempt to contribute to theoretical criminology (broadly defined) using Canada as an empirical field of study. We welcome papers from all paradigms, theoretical perspectives, and methodological traditions. Papers that address both contemporary and historical subject matter are welcome. Second, this session questions what lessons can be learned from these theoretical advancements, and how these lessons can help us chart the future of criminal justice and criminology in Canada.

Organizers: Timothy Kang, University of Toronto, Daniel Kudla, University of Guelph

Canadian Scholarship In Childhood And Youth: 21st Century Learning And Digital Technologies Among Children And Young People

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Digital technologies are increasingly becoming a fundamental part of the lives of children and adolescents in Canada. Yet, how these technologies are leveraged and experienced among children and their families remain an area to be explored. We invite papers with new empirically-based research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods that highlight the ways in which digital technologies are shaping childhood and youth and family life. In particular, we invite papers that can advance our understandings of how Canadian youth and their families are interacting with digital technologies (e.g. child agency, parental use and monitoring) as a learning tool and for leisure. We invite authors and researchers to submit articles that can also extend research into new research methodologies (e.g. time diaries on cellphones) that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the way children and families experience technology in 21st century classrooms and households. Participants should leave this session with a greater understanding of the interplay between childhood, family life and new emerging technologies.

Organizers: Cathlene Hillier, Nipissing University, Jessica Rizk, University of Waterloo

Cannabis Legalization: Exploring the Impacts of an Unprecedented Drug Policy Change

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Non-medical cannabis was federally legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. The Federal government states that it is taking a public health-centred approach to regulating non-medical cannabis, one which aims to reduce youth consumption of cannabis, limit advertising, regulate product quality, establish production, distribution, and sale safety requirements, and displace the illegal cannabis market. This session invites contributions that consider how cannabis legalization is positioned to impact diverse populations. For example, what kinds of differential impacts of this federal policy change should we expect to see across gender, ethnicity, class and other axes of inequality? How are provincial and municipal-level cannabis regulations shaping such impacts? And what new issues require consideration for youth and medical marijuana users under this new legal regulatory framework? Contributions that consider such questions in jurisdictions outside of Canada are also invited to submit proposals.

Organizers: Kat Kolar, Jenna Valleriani, BC Centre for Substance Use

Challenges to Equal Opportunity Higher Education

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More students are attending Canadian colleges and universities than ever before. Dramatic increases in enrollments over the past two decades has brought issues of equal opportunity within post-secondary education to the fore. We invite papers that feature empirical research from both college and university settings. Presenters and audience members should come away with a clearer understanding of real patterns of higher education outcomes in Canada, and to ponder institutional policies and practices that can truly alter those patterns.

Organizers: Nicole Malette, University of British Columbia, Neil Guppy, The University of British Columbia

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