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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Conceptualizing and Applying Relational Sociology I

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Relational sociology is a research field that has been on the rise in recent years as demonstrated by the works of Donati, Emirbayer, Crossley and Dépelteau. This is an exciting moment since the field is still in the making. This marks a great opportunity for researchers coming from different theoretical backgrounds and studying different empirical objects to engage in a dialog with each other to explore the dynamic and processual aspects of social life.

Organizer: Monica Sanchez-Flores, Thompson Rivers University

Conceptualizing and Applying Relational Sociology II

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Relational sociology is a research field that has been on the rise in recent years as demonstrated by the works of Donati, Emirbayer, Crossley and Dépelteau. This is an exciting moment since the field is still in the making. This marks a great opportunity for researchers coming from different theoretical backgrounds and studying different empirical objects to engage in a dialog with each other to explore the dynamic and processual aspects of social life.

Organizer: Monica Sanchez-Flores, Thompson Rivers University

Conceptualizing and Applying Relational Sociology III

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Relational sociology is a research field that has been on the rise in recent years as demonstrated by the works of Donati, Emirbayer, Crossley and Dépelteau. This is an exciting moment since the field is still in the making. This marks a great opportunity for researchers coming from different theoretical backgrounds and studying different empirical objects to engage in a dialog with each other to explore the dynamic and processual aspects of social life.

Organizer: Monica Sanchez-Flores, Thompson Rivers University

Confronting Climate Change

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This session presents a wide ranging discussion of how human communities are confronting climate change in the 21st century. It addresses how rural and urban communities and governing bodies are responding, with varying degrees of success, as they seek to develop adaptive capacity in the face of climate change. It also contextualizes climate change in terms of broad geological and climate trends, demonstrating how climate change is understood and misunderstood as causing social outcomes. It also demonstrates how people become motivated to care about climate change, in the context of governance and individual life trajectories.

Organizers: Tyler Bateman, University of Toronto and University of Alberta, Ken Caine, University of Alberta, Valerie Berseth, University of British Columbia, Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University

Contextual, Ambient, and Macro-Level Stressors on Mental Health and Well-Being

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This session will focus on contextual, ambient, and macro-level stressors, along with variation in their mental health consequences as a function of social status. Reflecting upon the past two years, examples of these stressors include, but are not limited to: climate change and other related natural disasters such as wildfires and floods; the Covid-19 pandemic and its far-reaching impacts on work, family, and social life; and the political, social, and economic unrest associated with activist movements such as Idle No More and Black Lives Matter.

Organizers: Jinette Comeau, King's University College, Western University, Marisa Young, McMaster University