Conference Sessions

The Conference sessions are listed below in alphabetical order.  The session details, schedule and locations are subject to change.

See Also:

Conference Program (by day)

Research Cluster affiliated sessions

Keynote Lectures

Workshops

Panels and Plenary

CSA-SCS Preliminary Program (Revisions pending)

Profile of an Advanced Capitalist ‘Knowledge Economy’ Degradation of Professionals, Polarization of Managers, Underemployment of General Intellect

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This symposium offers inquiries into general tendencies of working conditions in paid employment settings in an advanced capitalist economy. Primary empirical focus will be on a series of national surveys of the employed Canadian labour force in 1982, 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016, as well as 2017 surveys and in-depth interviews with surveys of Ontario engineers and nurses. General national trends include rapid universalization of use of computers, rapid increase to majority post-secondary education completion by employed workers, and increases in underemployment of qualifications now affecting around 40 percent of workers. Further analyses by economic class find evidence of increasing proletarianization of professional employees, growing polarization of top managers from lower level managers, and growing affinity of both professional employees and lower level managers with other non-managerial workers. More focused analyses of engineers and nurses provide both clarifications and refinements of these general trends. Implications of current patterns of working conditions are considered in terms of more effective utilization of the talent or general intellect of the current and potential future labour force.

Organizer: D.W. Livingstone, University of Toronto

Qualitative Research Methods in Practice I: Community Based Practice

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This session showcases work that employs qualitative methods and skills to collect and analyze data, and to communicate the findings to understand and resolve pragmatic problems of clients. This may include, but is not limited to, work with not-for-profits, government and/or private industry. This session invites papers from academic and non-academic sociologists who conduct applied research.

Organizer: Sara Cumming, Sheridan College

Qualitative Research Methods in Practice II: Case Studies in Applied Sociology

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This session showcases work that employs qualitative methods and skills to collect and analyze data, and to communicate the findings to understand and resolve pragmatic problems of clients. This may include, but is not limited to, work with not-for-profits, government and/or private industry. This session invites papers from academic and non-academic sociologists who conduct applied research.

Organizer: Sara Cumming, Sheridan College

Race and Ethnicity I: Colonial and Racial Violence

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Colonial and Racial violence permeate educational institutions, employment, the child welfare system, and the healthcare sector. This session dives into timely case studies demonstrating this form of violence around the world. The devastating and traumatic effects of government policies on racialized and Indigenous bodies are presented through papers which explore the Europeanization of race and racism in the classrooms in Norway; xenophobic fears of competition in employment in South Africa; the impact of the disproportionate number of non-Indigenous workers in the Canadian child welfare system; the intergenerational transmission of trauma dealt by  residential schools in Canada; and the Motherisk hair testing scandal in Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital.

Organizers: Jennifer Adkins, University of British Columbia, Jessica Stallone, University of Toronto, Esra Ari, Western University

Race and Ethnicity II: Pardon Me, that’s my seat: Navigating through racialized spaces

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This session interrogates the politics of spatial control which maintains racial hierarchies, identities, boundaries, and exclusions within specific geographies. The presenters examine settings policed by city officials, law enforcement, and educators; and highlight the agency of racialized groups who challenge narratives and impose their sense of identity, belonging, and ownership.

Organizers: Jennifer Adkins, University of British Columbia, Jessica Stallone, University of Toronto, Esra Ari, Western University

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