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Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference
315 Bloor Street West, Boardroom
Time: Jan 26th, 8:45 am End: Jan 27th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Canada

The Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies program presents

Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference

Established in 2008 our Annual Graduate Research Conference is now recognized as a premier inter-university forum for graduate students in the field of ethnic studies to come and present their work. We attract a great number of proposals from various universities, not just in Canada but also the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The main purpose of our conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their work in a professional yet convivial atmosphere in preparation for more formal settings.

Every year we are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of graduate faculty members who serve as discussants, and prepare thorough and insightful comments for each paper submitted. Our conference thus provides valuable feedback to those seeking publication of their research.

The conference is organized with the help of a committee of students from the Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies. These students are often themselves presenters at the conference, and also serve as session chairs and timekeepers.

10th annual eps Graduate Research Conference January 26-27, 2017: Special Anniversary event




Our 10th Annual Graduate Research Conference will be held on January 26 and 27, 2017 at the Munk School of Global Affairs (Observatory Site, 315 Bloor Street West). All sessions as well as the keynote lecture will take place in the boardroom (first floor)

Thursday January 26, 2017  (Registration starts at 8:45)
9:00-9:05am             Opening remarks
9:05-10:35am           Session 1 “Nationalism and Representation”
10:40am-12:00pm   Session 2 “Religion and Integration”
1:00-3:00pm              Keynote lecture (see below)
3:10-4:40pm              Session 3 “Temporary Workers and Precarious Labor”

Friday January 27, 2017
9:00-10:45 am           Session 4 “Human Capital and Economic Integration”
10:50am-12:10pm    Session 5 “Multiculturalism and Social Support”
1:00-2:00pm               Session 6 “Counter-radicalization and Policy”
2:05-3:35pm               Session 7 “International Crisis and Response”
3:40-5:00pm               Special session “The Fire Next Door: The 1967 Detroit Uprising in the Canadian Imagination”


Our keynote speaker will be The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O. Ont. who will give a talk entitled “Reflections on Belonging and Inclusion”

Official Senator Ratna Omidvar Photo

Senator, The Senate of Canada
Distinguished Visiting Professor,
Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ratna to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario.

Ratna is the founding Executive Director and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks.

Ratna is a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara. She is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita and was formerly the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

Ratna is co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015), an Open Book Toronto best book of 2015 and one of the Toronto Star’s top five good reads from Word on the Street.

Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, with both honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2014, Ratna received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.

For this special anniversary event, we are establishing a new award to recognize the best papers presented during the conference. Two winners will be selected by the Harney Program Director for the “R.F. Harney Award for Outstanding Conference Paper” and will each receive a certificate and a cheque for $200, The winners will also be featured on our website.

We will also welcome back some of our alumni for special talks and panel discussions. The keynote lecture will take place on Day 1.

(Please note that we do not offer financial help to attend the conference, nor do we issue letters of invitation for visa purposes)

For further information, please contact ethnic.studies@utoronto.ca

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