Initial Conference Session List

The Conference sessions are listed below in alphabetical order.  The session details are subject to change and new events will be added once confirmed.

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Session List

A Country Divided? Looking at Regional Differences in Canadians’ Politics

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On October 21, Canadians elected a minority government, with many riding-level results reflecting growing tensions along regional lines—particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the Liberals did not win a single seat, and where there is growing talk of western alienation or even separatism. Gains from the Bloc Québécois reflect yet another regional divide. Beyond federal politics, Canada’s regions experience distinct social and economic pressures, and regional cultures shape their divergent views and responses to these issues. This session invites papers investigating what is going on politically in Canada’s regions. What are the interests and issues being voiced by provinces that are specific to their locales? The session aims to shed light on the scope and diversity of Canadians’ concerns, highlighting both the country’s vast differences and its spaces of common ground.

Organizers: Emma Kay, Dalhousie University, Rachel McLay, Dalhousie University

Adulthood transition of immigrant children and youth in Canada

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Immigrant children and youth have a strong presence in Canadian society. According to estimates from the National Household Survey, over one-third of the newcomers in Canada during the late 2000's were between the ages of 0 and 24 years. Immigrant children and youth often experience complex linguistic, acculturative, and psychological difficulties that have implications on their education, physical and mental health and integration as they transition to adulthood. There are, however, myriad success stories illustrating how resilient and adaptable they can be amidst these challenges. While Canadian sociologists have examined the adaptation and acculturation process of young migrants for some time, the ethnic background and pre-and post-migration societal context of this population have become increasingly diversified. Further, the repertoires of theoretical and methodological landscapes that underscore this study area have rapidly expanded. The aim of this session is to examine the social contexts that influence the well-being and integration of immigrant children and youth from diverse theoretical and methodological orientations. This session is open to theoretically informed and methodologically rigorous empirical studies on the interlinked and complex issues immigrant children and youth face in their adaptation process, such as cultural adjustment, social support and belonging, access to social services, educational attainment, health status, social and cognitive development, and their long-term prospects for economic and social integration.

Organizers: Jonathan Amoyaw, University of Saskatchewan, Yoko Yoshida, Dalhousie University

Agency among Children and Youth in Educational and Extra-curricular Activities: A Microsociology Perspective

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Children and youth are no longer “seen and not heard”, but rather their voices permeate the home and greater social sphere. Within education, sociologists have found that children have the ability to structure everything from their own participation during summer months (Chin & Phillips, 2004), to securing their own kinds of advantages and opportunities inside classrooms (Calarco, 2011, 2014, 2018). Sociologists have begun to note the interesting connections between child agency and microsociology. In tandem, these scholars encourage research with, rather than, about children and youth. We invite empirical, theoretical, and methodological papers that consider the autonomy of children and youth in endeavors related to their own development. Particularly, how do children and youth use their “capital” to secure advantages for themselves or navigate the various contexts of their own learning and extracurricular activities. This session should leave participants with a greater understanding of how children and youth are negotiating their own educational and extracurricular experiences in the 21st century.

Organizers: Cathlene Hillier, Nipissing University, Jessica Rizk, University of Waterloo

Aging and Society

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Increased life expectancies and the overall aging of the population represent a significant demographic shift. Such a shift entails numerous economic, social, political, and cultural complexities and challenges, ones that have recently become the subject of increased sociological scrutiny. In addition to understanding the macro-level features associated with the aging population, however, there is also a need to investigate the quality and character of the lives of older adults in various institutional and everyday realms. This session therefore welcomes papers on any aspect of the sociology of aging or aging studies, and from any methodological or theoretical perspective.

Organizers: Dana Sawchuk, Wilfrid Laurier University, Tina Fetner, McMaster University

Animals, Activism, and Advocacy: Acting Against Speciesism

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Social movements and activism around animal welfare and rights have been a consistent presence in Western society over the past six decades. The activism surrounding animals is increasingly being blended with climate crisis protests, raising awareness of both harms to humans and animals. Embedded within activism and advocacy efforts is the human labour, often which comes at an emotional cost for those involved. This session invites case studies, theoretical papers, or research works which highlight the successes of animal related advocacy, the challenges within the social movements, and future directions for activism.

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