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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COVID-19: A Critical Moment for Disability Studies in Education

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The COVID-19 global pandemic laid bare in stark ways the persistent inequities and exclusions along intersecting axes of difference in public and post-secondary education. Disabled students and families, particularly those living, learning and loving at the intersections of difference, have been disproportionately affected in terms of interrupted schooling and supports as well as COVID-19 ‘effects’ (higher case numbers, greater job insecurity and poverty, physical and mental health effects produced through inadequate systems, etc.). At the same time, neurodivergent and disabled students have articulated ways they benefitted from the increased flexibility of education systems during the health crisis, including accessing learning from home, raising questions around the injustice of stubborn inequities in education produced through ableism and white supremacy. Rather than education, education systems often recruit disabled students and families into regimes that aim to ‘fix’ individual bodyminds conceived as broken rather than embrace difference and support access to learning for all.

Organizers: Alan Santinele Martino, University of Calgary, Patricia Douglas, Brandon University

Criminology and Law Research Cluster Meeting

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This cluster brings together scholars and professionals in the areas of crime, punishment, law, criminal justice, regulation, and policy. Researchers in sociology, criminology, law, and professionals from Canada and elsewhere will find a platform that promotes dialogue, networking, and the meaningful exchange of research and pedagogy in the field.This meeting is open to current members and those interested in learning more about our cluster activities. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with others working in this field of research and/or teaching. We welcome feedback on our current activities and encourage suggestions for future initiatives.

Organizer: Nathan Innocente, University of Toronto

Critical Ethnicity and Anti-Black Racism Research Cluster Meeting

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This Research Cluster is a social network inspired by the contributions of pioneering Black sociologists in shaping the discipline of sociology. The Research Cluster provides a site to enhance dialogue among academics, non-academics, activists, communities, organizations, government, and others engaged in sociological research on anti-Black racism, social movements (BlackLivesMatter), urban sociology, anti-racism, indigeneity, social justice, intersectionality, health (COVID-19), education, and critical ethnicity. This meeting is open to current members and those interested in learning more about our cluster activities. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with others working in this field of research and/or teaching. We welcome feedback on our current activities and encourage suggestions for future initiatives.

Organizer: Jennifer Mills, York University

Critical South Asian Muslim Feminisms: From Margins to Centre

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The purpose of this session is to center the scholarship and lived experiences of graduate students, community activists, and emerging scholars in the field of Critical Muslim Studies. This session has its origins in the “Critical Diasporic South Asian Feminisms Symposium” held in July 2021 at X University. By highlighting diverse Muslim feminist voices, this session seeks to challenge hegemonic sociopolitical and historical discourses that construct Islam and Muslim women (trans, cis) as homogenous, monolithic and uniform. This session will provide a brave space of collaboration, community, and critical conversations for Muslim feminist voices that are often marginalized based on the intersections of their South Asian identities and life experiences through ethno-nationalities, disability, sexual and gender identities and expressions, compulsory heterosexuality and sectarian differences to name just a few facets.

Organizers: Ayesha Mian Akram, University of Windsor, Safiyya Hosein, Independent Scholar, Aaliya Khan, York University, Maryam Khan, Wilfrid Laurier University