Environment Cluster Sessions @ Congress 2017

The Environment Cluster of the CSA has co-organized three sessions for this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Each session is listed below. Click on each paper title for the abstract.

1. Intersections of Critical Animal Studies and Critical Disability Studies: Species, Personhood, and Agency

Date: Tuesday May 30
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: KHS 134, Ryerson University

Organizers: Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University; Sarah May Lindsay, McMaster University


Atsuko Matsuoka, York University; John Sorenson, Brock University; Devon MacPherson, York University
“Not just equipment: trans-species social justice and service dogs in Canada”

Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University; Sarah May Lindsay, McMaster University
“Addressing the “Tragic Problem” of “Pet Overpopulation”: Speciesism and Ableism in Non-Human Animal Shelters’ Websites in Ontario, Canada.”

Devon MacPherson, York University
“Dyadic Belonging: Using Critical Disability Studies and Critical Animal Studies to Demonstrate Intrinsic Value and Promote Ethical Treatment for Service Dogs”

Eric Mykhalovskiy, York University; Melanie Rock, University of Calgary; Rita Kanarek, York University; Jenna Doig, University of Toronto; Colin Hastings, York University
“Representing animal-human relations: Children with disabilities and the “little miracles” of animal-assisted therapy”

2. Recent Developments in the Sociology of Risk I

Date: Tuesday May 30
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: EPH 111, Ryerson University

Organizer & Chair: Dean Curran, University of Calgary


Md Islam, Assoc Prof, Sociology, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
“Globalization Project, Neoliberal Paradox, and the Rise of a Double-Risk Society”

Mathieu Charbonneau, Concordia University
“Insurance Risks as Fictitious Commodities: The Polanyian Sociology of Risk and Insurance”

Dean Curran, University of Calgary; Tim Bauer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Andrew Bauer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“The ‘Risk-Takers’ in Contemporary Finance: Comparing Financial Risk-Taking in Toronto and New York City”

Gregory Brown, University at Albany and Carleton University
“Practicing Risk Aversion in the Risk Society: How Front-Line Police Officers Are Responding to Increased Visibility and Societal Critique”

3. Social Debates for a Cleaner Future: The Challenges of Conceptualizing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Date: Tuesday May 30
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: KHS 134, Ryerson University

Organizer: Mihai Sarbu, University of Ottawa
Chair: Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa


Mihai Sarbu, University of Ottawa
“Divestment Movements in Canadian Universities and Their Effects on Institutional Investment Policies”

Kathleen MacNabb, Dalhousie University
“Setting the Agenda: Civic society actors’ differential impact on environmental policy discussion”

Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa
“The Death Reflex of Normality or Emancipatory Catastrophism: Which Hypothesis of Beck will Prove Valid?”

Yuan Zheng Li, Université Laval/Laval University
“Change toward a Cleaner Future: Cross-industry evidence from China”

Christopher O’Connor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Kaitlin Fredericks, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
“Citizen perceptions on energy: The risks and opportunities of fracking, pipelines, and natural gas in Canada”

Amanda Evans, University of Alberta
““That’s what Alberta is. We’re an oil and gas province.” Climate change, green technologies, and the end of oil: perspective of oilsands mine workers.”



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