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 (Revisions pending)

Women's Health Circles

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The WHO has firmly established the importance of women in improving health across the globe, even describing women as “the backbone” of the health system. Yet, gender inequalities in many regions mean that women have a difficult time accessing the health care that they need. In North America, where women generally enjoy longer lives than men, women are still more likely to have their concerns dismissed by medical professionals, are less likely to receive medication for pain, and often experience the medicalization of a wide range of processes over the life course, including menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, among others. Women employed in healthcare tend to be take up lower paying jobs and are exposed to greater occupational health risks. Yet, women are not complacent in unequal systems, and have produced social change on a number of key health issues by mobilizing their collective power. In this session, we propose to examine and create “circles of conversation” to understand how women come together around health-related issues. We invite scholars to share their research on women’s health collectives (such as support groups, communities of practice, etc.), or any kind of scholarship that examines a context-bound, gendered inquiry into health (e.g. medical experiences, illness narratives, indigenous models of health and healing, ethnomedicine, transgender health, women employed in healthcare, etc.). Our goal is to explore the diversity of gendered “health circles” that exist, and to locate them within contemporary theoretical frameworks. The session will include up to 4 speakers, who are invited to present for up to 15 minutes. A 5-minute question period will follow each talk, and any remaining time will be opened for dialogue.

Organizer: Darryn Wellstead, University of Ottawa

Work and Family Life

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The interface between work and family life is complex, and recent decades have brought profound changes to roles and resources within these realms. How families and couples negotiate work and family life can reinforce or deepen social inequalities, but can also contribute to change toward more equitable arrangements. This session welcomes papers that consider connections and challenges between work and family life, and that reflect on the broader social significance of research findings.

Organizer: Sarah Knudson, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Work, Professions and Occupations – open call for papers

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The Research Cluster in Work, Professions and Occupations is seeking papers in this field, broadly defined. Research papers touching on any area of Work, Occupations or Professional work are welcome. On behalf of the cluster, the session organizers will sort papers thematically to form distinct sessions.

Organizers: Tracey L. Adams, Western University, Karen Hughes, University of Alberta, Harvey Krahn, University of Alberta

Work, Stress, and Health

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This session will include presentations focused on the work environment as a key social determinant of physical and mental health. From a sociological perspective, the work role is a major source of identity for most individuals, as such, it is also a salient source of stress throughout the life course. We invite papers that explore the impact of work-related stressors on various dimensions of health and subjective well-being. Relevant questions include, broadly (1) what sorts of job conditions are particularly harmful to workers, and what mechanisms connect these conditions to physical and mental health?, (2) what resources protect workers from the deleterious consequences of work-related stressors?, (3) how can we contextualize job conditions and situate them in broader systems of stratification that influence health and well-being?, and (4) how do new forms of work shape job conditions and ultimately health disparities?

Organizers: Philip Badawy, University of Toronto, Atsushi Narisada, University of Toronto

Youthful Deviance in Mediated Contexts

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The internet and related technologies are nearly ubiquitous in the lives of Canadian youth. And, as several scholars have noted, such technologies are deeply integrated into their lives. Although adults sometimes distinguish between their online and offline selves, as Collier (2012, p. 2) writes, for many young people social media and other forms of technology are “not separate from or in addition to ‘real life’, rather, all this activity is rooted in and part of it.” Accordingly, mediated environments are a source of both prosocial and supportive interactions and a site of deviance. For example, it is estimated that about one-quarter of all young people are involved in cyberbullying as victims, offenders, or both, sexting is normalized within many young peer groups, television, movie, and music piracy remain common, and there is increasing recognition about the presence and of digital self-harm. The implications of such behaviours may or may not extend offline. This session invites sociologically informed theoretical or empirical papers broadly aligned with the study of youthful deviance in mediated contexts, such as the internet, social media, apps, and text messaging, where youth is broadly defined to include children, adolescents, young adults, emerging adults, and so forth. Papers that focus on offending, victimization, and/or the implications of or construction of such deviance are welcome.

Organizer: Ryan Broll, University of Guelph

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