Conference Sessions

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

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Conference Program (by day)

Research Cluster affiliated sessions

Keynote Lectures

Workshops

Panels and Plenary

CSA-SCS Preliminary Program (Revisions pending)

Race and Ethnicity Roundtable: Interracial and Multiracial Relationships and Racial Belonging

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Is love colourblind? In this roundtable session presenters examine the intricacies of multiracial relationships in hegemonic culture. In so doing they discuss issues of double consciousness, identity formation, racialized personhood, renegotiation of cultural norms, and self-presentation and regulation in interracial unions and multiracial families.

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

Recent Developments in the Sociology of Risk

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This session focuses on recent developments in the sociology of risk, both theoretical and empirical. Areas of analysis for papers include: risk in the economy, environment, financial systems, as well as social and personal lives. Themes include the social production of risk, risk perception, the growing sense of “social crisis”, risk and inequalities, as well as risk and individual and collective identification.

Organizer: Dean Curran, University of Calgary

Relational sociology and methodology I

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Relational sociology is a new field of research that opens up a middle way between top-down and bottom-up theoretical approaches (or holism and individualism respectively) by concentrating on the lived relations (interactions or transactions) between social actors and observing how these relations build up and change over time, thus shedding light on the dynamic and processual aspects of social life. Following Mustafa Emirbayer, we can thus conceive relational sociology in broad terms as a rejection of substantialism as the idea that social reality is made out of things rather than processes. Albeit very promising, the project of relational sociology raises new challenges as well, notably when it comes to research methods. How to operationalize a relational approach? What kind of data is most appropriate when examining social processes so as to unambiguously unpack their processual character? Does relational sociology call for a new method for collecting data What could be a paradigmatic example of relational analysis? Presentations can focus on relational methodologies as a general problem or share research strategies deployed in the spirit of relational sociology.

Organizers: Jean-Sebastien Guy, Dalhousie University, Peeter Selg, Tallinn University

Relational sociology and methodology II

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Relational sociology is a new field of research that opens up a middle way between top-down and bottom-up theoretical approaches (or holism and individualism respectively) by concentrating on the lived relations (interactions or transactions) between social actors and observing how these relations build up and change over time, thus shedding light on the dynamic and processual aspects of social life. Following Mustafa Emirbayer, we can thus conceive relational sociology in broad terms as a rejection of substantialism as the idea that social reality is made out of things rather than processes. Albeit very promising, the project of relational sociology raises new challenges as well, notably when it comes to research methods. How to operationalize a relational approach? What kind of data is most appropriate when examining social processes so as to unambiguously unpack their processual character? Does relational sociology call for a new method for collecting data What could be a paradigmatic example of relational analysis? Presentations can focus on relational methodologies as a general problem or share research strategies deployed in the spirit of relational sociology.

Organizers: Jean-Sebastien Guy, Dalhousie University, Peeter Selg, Tallinn University

Relational Sociology Research Cluster Meeting

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The annual meeting of the Relational Sociology Research Cluster is open to everyone, whether you are already an official member of the cluster or not. This will be a chance to meet with other current members, make connections, discuss potential collective projects, perhaps revise our priorities for the cluster or even implement new initiatives – or just have good laugh! Please don’t be afraid: we don’t bite!

Organizer: Jean-Sebastien Guy, Dalhousie University

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