2020 Virtual Events

Symposium for Early Career Theorists

The Symposium for Early Career Theorists (SECT) is a special session that spotlights the work of emerging social theorists at a relatively early stage in their careers (PhD Candidates who are ABD status and those who are no more than five years beyond completion of their doctorate). Social theory is an open and dynamic field, and so in that spirit SECT features papers that reflect, expand and/or critique an array of social phenomena that can be theorized.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Canadian Sociological Association Conference, the Social Theory Research Cluster has arranged for two of its keynote sessions to be held virtually.

Everyone is welcome to attend however space is limited so registration is required. Note: membership in the Canadian Sociological Association is not required to attend these sessions.

Part I: Knowledge & Expertise

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020


  • Benjamin Waterman – Nobody’s Business: Banal Evil in the Age of Nuclear Weaponry
  • Reiss Kruger – MacIntyre and Expertise: Three Ways MacIntyre Could Aid Theories of Expertise in the Social Sciences

Discussant:Scott Schaffer, Western University

Part II: Relationality

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020


  • Steve Durant – Overcoming Categorical Imperatives: Crafting a critical analysis of mental health policy
  • Jing Zhao – An Embodied Dynamism Approach to Immigrant Fertility

Discussant: Jean-Sébastien Guy, Dalhousie University

Research Cluster Meeting

Join us to learn more about our cluster, ask questions, and have the opportunity to increase your engagement with colleagues working in this area.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020