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 (pdf)

Confluences of Madness Intersectional Explorations

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This session invites papers that engage with Madness/Mad identity, ‘mental illness’, andor psychiatrization through a critical, intersectional, sociologically informed lens. The ways that Mad experiences and identities are shaped by multiple marginalizations, in historical and contemporary contexts, is an under-researched and under-theorized area, and this session seeks papers that contribute toward expanding this body of work. Scholarship that draws upon frameworks from Mad studies andor disability studies is welcome, but work that also incorporates insights and perspectives from feminist scholarship, queer theory, critical race studies, and/or other critical perspectives is especially encouraged.

Organizer: Kristen A. Hardy

Conversations among Indigenous, Sociological and Feminist Analyses

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Building on the work of Indigenous feminist scholars, this session examines synergies between and specificities of Indigenous analyses and feminist analyses. It also explores the current relationship and potential of each type of analysis to sociology. What are the ways in which Indigenous and feminist analyses may converge and/or offer complementary sociological insights and analyses? For example, both not only provide a critique of the contemporary world, through such concepts as colonialism and patriarchy, but also often envisage alternatives. And what are key specificities of each (in relation to the other) when considering sociological analyses? Contributions are invited which are informed by one or more of a number of different standpoints and approaches, including 1) collaborative situations of those grounded in both perspectives or in one of them, with consideration of the other, for example through experiences in networks, 2) contributions drawing from the presenter’s own research, 3) theorizing from Indigenous and/or feminist approaches, or from such interrelated concepts as power, violence, equality and justice.

Organizers: Ann B. Denis, University of Ottawa, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Saint Mary's University

Courses in Applied Sociology: It’s about time!

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Undergraduate students often say that learning sociology can feel hopeless and that while the discipline talks a good talk, they rarely see it 'walk the walk'. Most undergraduate sociology students learn sociology through lectures and textbooks, without ever applying their knowledge outside the Ivory Tower. This session is intended to celebrate those teaching experiences where sociology students left the classroom and ventured into local communities or applied their work and experienced sociology beyond the classroom. Papers/presentations could explore applied sociology courses, service-learning initiatives and/or community engaged learning. Focus should be on sharing novel teaching approaches that allowed students to engage with sociology through first-hand experiential learning opportunities.

Organizers: Bruce Ravelli, University of Victoria, Ashley Berard, Thompson Rivers University

Critical Approaches to the “Question of the Animal”

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Critical Animal Studies (CAS) explores complex and intersectional phenomena which foreground human and other-than-human emancipation, liberation, anarchism, and progressive anti-speciesist frameworks. This session invites contributions that speak to or from CAS fundamentals, with an emphasis on moving critical theory into everyday practice. Linking sociological research with the more tangible “question of the animal”, possible presentation topics include activist and “grass roots” accounts and activities, anti-capitalistneoliberalist approaches, the animal industrial complex, intra-interspecies work, equality/equity and justice, social positions and power, policy, and interdependence.

Organizers: Sarah May Lindsay, McMaster University, Rochelle Stevenson, Thompson Rivers University, Paola DiPaolo, Athabasca University

Critical Diasporic South Asian Feminisms in Canada

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This roundtable seeks to bring together diverse feminisms in Canada that claim “South Asianness” but challenge the latter’s hegemonic forms as evident in increasing neoliberalism, populism, militarism, and geopolitical realignments that have heightened tensions and animosities between communities and nations. Recent interventions by queer, postcolonial and transnational, genealogically diverse, hybridized, multi-faith, feminist scholars and activists have drawn attention to the ways in which an unproblematized “South Asian” identity can reproduce nationalism, patriarchy, class, authentic forms of religion and culture, language, mythical histories of origin and diaspora.   We seek to shift away from a pre-given, naturalized notion of South Asia in our research, organizing and activist practices. We hope to maintain a fluid and inclusive South Asian identity in Canada that recognizes heterogeneous embodiments and histories that transcend South Asia, for example, Canadian born as well as diasporic generations from East Asia, Caribbean, East Africa, Middle East, and others with complex ties to the idea of “South Asia”.   We privilege “South Asian” as a provisional space for organizing our collective resistance and critique in recognition of the history of South Asian women’s organizing and activism in Canada. Cognizant of the increasing geopolitical and economic significance of South Asia in global conflict and peace, we seek to rejuvenate South Asianness as a strategic collective project to speak truth to power at local, national and international levels.   Among our objectives are To examine the possibilities of building a collective South Asian Feminism beyond identity and nation-state politics. To interrogate who speaks for and as South Asian and the erasures and marginalizations that occur as a result. To examine our relationship to other feminisms, in particular indigenous feminisms. To examine the complicity of hegemonic notions of South Asianness with settler colonialism in Canada. To work in coalition among people with varying attachments to South Asianness.   We invite expressions of interest from feminist scholars and activists from various parts of Canada, sexual and religious minorities with varied connections to South Asia to provide a 250-word summary of their perspective.

Organizers: Pramila Aggarwal, George Brown College, Tania Das Gupta, York University, Safiyya Hosein, Ryerson University, Amina Jamal, Ryerson University, Jane Ku, University of Windsor, Karimah Rahman, Ryerson University

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