Conference Sessions

The Conference sessions are listed below in alphabetical order.  This information is subject to change until April 30, 2022.

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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.

Organizers: Timothy Kang, University of Saskatchewan, Daniel Kudla, Memorial University

Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies Cluster Meeting

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We aim to critically, creatively, and reflexively combine empirical, theoretical, historical, and textual research together, with a view to egalitarian, emancipatory, and democratic practice in sociology and political practice more broadly. Our 2022 meeting will discuss items such as: news and updates from members, membership engagement and expansion, communications protocols, website development, organizational matters, connections with other Research Clusters, publication and conference opportunities, and planning for 2023.

Organizer: Ronjon Paul Datta, University of Windsor

Caste and Space

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What is an ideology without a space to which it refers, a space which it describes, whose vocabulary and links it makes use of, and whose code it embodies? (Lefebvre, 2003: 44). Space is never neutral and is defined by power relations. In this panel, we explore how power relations are inscribed over space to produce patterns of social differentiation. Particularly, we enquire about how space continues to matter in the study of caste, the system of social stratification in South Asia. Caste is not just an abstract concept, it is a material social category that is inscribed on bodies through which it is carried/conveyed in space, etched into residential patterns, and encoded in not only rural but urban infrastructure. Caste is known to produce distinct residential patterns across the caste hierarchy in villages with settlements of “lower” ex-untouchable castes outside the village peripheries. It was hoped that modernization and anonymity in cities would break the shackles of caste. But recent work has shown evidence of spatial segregation also in urban areas. Far from being weakened, caste boundaries are being reproduced by regulating people’s movements and the spaces they inhabit.

Organizers: Navjotpal Kaur, Memorial University, Jusmeet S. Sihra, Sciences Po, Paris & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Challenges to Opportunity in Higher Education

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More students are attending Canadian colleges and universities than ever before. With the dramatic increases in enrollment numbers and the diversity of students over the past two decades, equal opportunity within post-secondary education has become increasingly important. This session will not only focus on the under-representation of certain groups in higher education, but also the institutional policies and practices that influence the unequal educational experiences of enrolled student groups. Presentations are encouraged to speak to the deeper social problems that influence these challenges. To help inform the field of Sociology of Education in Canada this session will feature empirical research from both college and university settings. By the end of this session, presenters and audience members should come away with a better understanding of the challenges to equality of opportunity in higher education settings across Canada.

Organizer: Nicole Malette, University of British Columbia