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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Colonial and Racial Encounters in Development Discourse

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This session features works that explore questions around one or more of (but not limited to) the following themes: the intersection of neoliberal development and settler colonialism; the racialized consequences of land-grabbing or foreign investment in tourism; the relationship between colonial histories and ideologies and present-day dominant development models; racist discourses underpinning territorial conflicts with indigenous or Afro-descendent communities; environmental racism in development projects; the racial dimensions of development-induced gender violence; and racial identity as a means of resistance.

Organizer: Liam Swiss, Memorial University

Committing Sociology: Navigating The Institutional Impacts of the Interdisciplinarity of the Sociology of Education I

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The classroom is often a contested, complicated space for educators and students alike. The aim of this session is to explore research and theoretical approaches that use frameworks of sociology of education as they inform the in-classroom work and goals of educators. It explores how the sociology of education can be used in the classroom to respond to or to foster social change. Specifically, the session highlights combining online classes with digital ethnography (Liao), rape culture with educational activism (Robinson), and violence with pedagogy (Roman).

Organizers: Danielle E. Lorenz, University of Alberta, Nicole Patrie, University of Alberta, Qingyan Sun, University of Alberta

Committing Sociology: Navigating The Institutional Impacts of the Interdisciplinarity of the Sociology of Education II

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Education is not experienced in isolation from the rest of students’ lives. This session considers the ways systems of education further minoritize students whose identities are already marginalized within Canadian society. Participants in this session take education institutions as their place of research but do not limit the exploration of student, parent, and teacher experience to educational sites. In particular, the session explores the ways minority students cross boundaries in English and Language Arts (Banakar and Clark), the role of tutoring in exacerbating inequalities (Azan), and how students who are not English/French bilingual are not valued in schools (Alvarez Murillo).

Organizers: Danielle E. Lorenz, University of Alberta, Nicole Patrie, University of Alberta, Qingyan Sun, University of Alberta

Comparitive and Historical Sociology Research Cluster Meeting

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The Comparative and Historical Sociology Research Cluster (CHSRC) welcomes comparative, historical, and comparative-historical researchers to the annual research cluster meeting. This cluster seeks to increase communication and networking among scholars in an effort to build a stronger research community among comparative and historical researchers in Canada.

Organizer: Guillaume Durou, University of Alberta, Faculté Saint-Jean