Future Theory 2018 – July 14th at Ryerson University

The Theory Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association in partnership with the Ryerson Faculty of Arts, the Ryerson Sociology Department, the University of Toronto Sociology Department, McMaster University Sociology Department, the York University Graduate Program in Sociology and the York Graduate Sociology Association are hosting a 1-day Symposium titled: Future Theory 2018 at Ryerson University on July 14th 2018. The Symposium is organized around the questions: Does theory have a future? and What future(s) for theory?

The program features prominent sociologists: Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Philip Smith (Yale), Julian Go (Boston) as well as Mohawk Scholar Vanessa Watt (McMaster) and Huron-Wendat Scholar Yann Allard-Tremblay (York). Harris Ali (York) will be speaking on the ‘Labour and Strategy of Reproducing Theory’ at the department level. The program also features prominently a CUPE 3903 union organizer (Sharmeen Kahn) and disability activist Andrew Gurza, as well as Queer artist Mikiki Burrino, all speaking about how theory informs their practice beyond the academy and beyond sociology. Stolo Writer and University of Toronto Scholar Lee Maracle will also be presenting.

Tickets will become available on July 4th 2018 at 12pm. Spaces are limited so be sure to register promptly. Lunch and a reception are include and tickets are free.

For more information please contact Dean Ray.

Additional Information

Does theory have a future? And what future(s) for theorizing?

The Social Theory Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association invites you to Future Theory 2018. This one-day international symposium addresses a central theme of sociological significance, and one of growing importance in research and debate: does theorizing have a future and what future(s) for theorizing? Scholars today wrestle with a number of transformations: globalizing research contexts, changes in the university sector which produce and reproduce the labour of theorizing, and a mounting division of refractory political positions within and beyond academic borders. We will discuss these issues in eight diverse panels.

Our plenary sessions are:

Our mixed sessions are:

You can find more detail on our website at: https://futuretheory2018.wordpress.com/

There will be breakfast, lunch, coffee, and tea, and a reception, for up to 120 attendees and participants. Registration is free but space is limited so sign up soon! To register, click the link below:



Student Volunteers Wanted

You can help! We are looking for a few student volunteers to help with the organization of the symposium. In particular, one of our activities is something called a World Café, which is a neat way for large groups of people to work collaboratively generating creative ideas about a topic. You can learn more about it here:


We also need help with little things like setting up chairs and tables for the World Café and for the reception at the end of the day.

Volunteers will get

  • a training session and being taken out for dinner the day before the symposium
  • automatic reservation in the symposium, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee/tea/beverages, and finger foods at the end-of-day reception
  • 2 free drink tickets at the reception

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Ariane Hanemaayer at hanemaayera@brandonu.ca.

Hope to see you there!

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