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

Workshops

Panels and Plenary

CSA-SCS Preliminary Program (pdf)

Circles of Feminist Conversations. Solidarities and Social Movements for Change beyond Patriarchy

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This year our feminist interdisciplinary committee invites papers on the theme of “Circles of Feminist Conversations. Solidarities and Social Movements for Change beyond Patriarchy”. As feminists within and across disciplines, we will collectively explore the types of solidarities, conversations and professional practices that we might have with diverse community members and groups inside and outside academe. Presenters may articulate the particular contributions, historical and/or contemporary, that they feel their feminist approach offers to solidarities and social movements for change amidst and beyond the patriarchal past and present. Papers may take a disciplinary approach (in conversation with other disciplines), an interdisciplinary or an "undisciplined" perspective. Among the topics presenters might wish to explore are;
  • feminist responses to the TRC and engagements with and in Indigenous communities
  • feminist and Indigenous solidarities and conversations
  • creative engagements with feminism, for instance through art, music, theatre, and journalism
  • patriarchy of different sorts and in various contexts and historical periods
  • feminist engagements with communities at the local, regional, national, transnational or global levels
  • feminist social movements for change in contemporary neo-liberalism and neo-patriarchy
  • intersectionalities from a feminist perspective
This is an interdisciplinary session co-sponsored by the following associations;
  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education /Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE/ACFTS)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Women’s Education/ Société canadienne pour l’étude sur les femmes et l’éducation (CASWE/ACÉFÉ)
  • Canadian Committee on Women’s History/ Comité canadien de l’histoire des femmes (CCWH/CCHF)
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women/Institut canadien de recherche sur les femmes (CRIAW/ICREF)
  • Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA-ACSP)
  • Canadian Sociology Association/Société Canadienne de sociologie (CSA/SCS)
  • Society for Socialist Studies – Société pour études socialistes (SSS-SES)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes

Organizers: Ann B. Denis, University of Ottawa, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Saint Mary's University, Elaine Coburn, York University, Kathryn Adams Sloan, Western University, Alana Cattapan, University of Saskatchewan, Amber Fletcher, University of Regina, Ruth Kane, University of Ottawa, Liza Lorenzetti, University of Calgary, Lisa Pasolli, Queen's University, Kathryn Trevenan, University of Ottawa

Climate Change and Energy Futures

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This session invites papers that address various dimensions of climate change, energy systems, and social futures. Climate change is perhaps the most pressing social-ecological challenge of the 21st century. A major driver of climate change is a societal reliance on fossil fuel (coal, oil and gas) based energy systems. One of the critical tasks for addressing climate change is to re-evaluate and re-imagine our energy systems. However, work on climate change and energy futures has been done primarily by engineers and economists. This has produced a range of engineering-economic models, but these tend to neglect the social and political forces that support or constrain various energy futures, as well as various dimensions of social power and inequality. As such, this session welcomes empirical and theoretical analyses of social values, governance processes, social movement contention, or issues of social justice and inequality that come into play as communities, policy-makers and others attempt to navigate a carbon-constrained world. We particularly invite submissions that address the social challenges, possibilities and trade-offs involved in pursuing fossil fuels, nuclear power, hydro-electric, and emerging renewable energies, such as wind, solar and tidal power. Through the engagement of a wide range of sociological perspectives, this session seeks to generate new theoretical and substantive insight into the connections between climate change, energy systems and social futures.

Organizers: Mark Stoddart, Memorial University, John McLevey, University of Waterloo

Cognitive Sociology

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Central questions orient researchers in the cognitive sociology paradigm. What is the relationship between the social and the cognitive? Can sociologists lend insight on debates related to mind, brain, and cognition? Would sociological theory benefit from empirical research in cognitive science? Is sociology undergoing a ‘cognitive turn’? How should sociologists respond to the apparent threat of “neuroscientific imperialism” (Coulter, 2008)? This panel seeks to explore sociological research that takes up cognition in any dimension, either as supported by or critical of research in the mind sciences.

Organizer: Ryan McVeigh, Lakehead University

Comparative and Historical Sociology: Theories, Debates and Contemporary Contributions

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Comparative and historical sociology (CHS) has a vast and rich literature upon which many studies rely today. Going from the transition to capitalism, state formation, ethnic violence, ideology, to revolutions, social movements, inequality and culture, CHS addresses historical phenomena that echoes our contemporary era. This session aims to give a general perspective of this peculiar field of research and welcomes papers that consider theoretical issues as well as case study within a interdisciplinary framework.

Organizer: Guillaume Durou, University of Alberta

Conceptualizing and applying relational sociology

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Relational sociology is a new research field that has been on the rise in recent years (decades) as demonstrated by the works of Nick Crossely, Pierpaolo Donati, Mustafa Emirbayer and François Dépelteau among many others. This is a very exciting moment for researchers since the field is still in the making and has yet to congeal durably. Relational sociology therefore marks a great opportunity for researchers coming from different theoretical backgrounds (social networks analysis, critical realism, feminist epistemology, Elias’ configurational approach, Bourdieu’s field theory, Luhmann’s systems theory, Latour’s ANT, Deleuze’s philosophy, Dewey’s pragmatism, etc.) and studying different empirical objects (power, music, creativity, social movements, life trajectories, nation building, leadership, genocide, mobility, etc.) to engage in a dialogue with each other in order to better explore the relational or dynamic and processual aspects of social life. Presentations can focus on, (i) theoretical issues within one paradigm or across the entire field, (ii) relational analyses of empirical phenomena, (iii) anything in between!

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

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