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Summary:  Scholarly and Research Activities

May 2014

Academic Presentations

John Shields.  “Approaches to the Governance of State-NGO Relationships.”  Inspire 2014: International Neighbourhood House & Settlement Conference.  Vancouver, BC: 05-09 May 2014.

Jesse Root (ISS MA Program), Erika Gates-Gasse [OCASI (and MPPA alumna)] and John Shields. “Framing Canadian Immigration Policy through a Neo-Liberal Lens: Implications for Families.” Presented at the Workshop Integration Trajectories of Immigrant Families.  Toronto: Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS), Ryerson University, 22 May 2014.

David E. Smith. “Crown and Parliament in Canada.” Presented at the Canadian Study of Parliament Conference The Crown and Parliament. Ottawa, 23 May 2014.

Neil Thomlinson.  “Canada’s Political Landscape: Challenges, Changes, and Continuity.”  Keynote luncheon address to Meat the New Realities: Innovation, Regulation, Education (the 94th annual conference of the Canadian Meat Council).  Toronto, ON:  09 May 2014.

Ron Vogel.  “Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems - the United States.” Presented at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 23 May 2014.

Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Annual Conference
St. Catharines, ON: Brock University – 27-29 May 2014

Sedef Arat-Koç.  “Crises of Citizenship, Crises of Social Reproduction, and the Current Urgency of Joining Anti-Racist and Socialist Feminist Analyses and Politics.”  Workshop Sessions L14 and N14(b): Intersectionality in Austere Times: Boundary-Crossing Conversations - Anti-racist Feminism and Socialist Feminism: Revisiting Borders, Overcoming Boundaries [session cross-listed by CPSA Section L: Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics; CPSA Section N: Women, Gender and Politics; and SSS Section K1: Anti-racist Feminism and Socialist Feminism: Revisiting Borders, Overcoming Boundaries].  29 May 2014.

Bryan EvansWhat do Political Scientists Know About the NDP?  Roundtable Sessions A1(b) and A2(c) – [Double session].  27 May 2014.

Carolyn JohnsCanadian Public Administration in the Twenty First Century: Future Trends, Challenges and Prospects. Workshop/Roundtable Session: K4.  27 May 2014.

Carolyn Johns.  “The Significance of Networks in Understanding Governance and Public Administration: Using Social Network Analysis to Analyze Governance in the Great Lakes Region.”  Session K7:  Networks and Horizontality in Public Administration.  28 May 2014.

Markus Sharaput.  “An Austere Environment: The Impact of Austerity, Environmentalism, and Resources on Regional Development in Canada.”  Session A11(a): Federalism and Regional Development.  29 May 2014.

Markus Sharaput.  “Blurred Lines: Federalism and Regional Development in Canada.”  Session A11(a): Federalism and Regional Development.  29 May 2014.

Doctoral Candidates (Policy Studies) presented:

Maria Gintova.  “Effective Use of Social Media by Government.”  Workshop Roundtable Session K5: Canadian Public Administration in the Twenty First Century: Future Trends, Challenges and Prospects.  27 May 2014.

Ryan Kassian.  “Interrogating the Political: Protest Politics and Depoliticization.”  Session D5(b): Explaining Policy Outcomes II.  27 May 2014.

Adam Thorn.  “Agenda Setting and Risk: The Strategic Use of Risk in Environmental Conflicts.”  Session D4(b): Explaining Policy Outcomes I.  27 May 2014.

Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference
St. Catharines, ON: Brock University – 27-29 May 2014

Matthew Flisfeder.  “The Ideology of Social Media.”  Workshop Sessions TEM2: Digital Markets, Labour and Capitalism.  28 May 2014.

Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) Annual Conference
St. Catharines, ON: Brock University – 27-30 May 2014

Tariq Amin-Khan.  “The Neoliberal Security-Surveillance State and Challenges for the Next Left.”  Section M3: Challenges for the Next New Left: Continuity and Change in the Age of Austerity.  30 May 2014.

Sedef Arat-Koç.  “Crises of Citizenship, Crises of Social Reproduction, and the Current Urgency of Joining Anti-Racist and Socialist Feminist Analyses and Politics.”  Section K1: Anti-racist Feminism and Socialist Feminism: Revisiting Borders, Overcoming Boundaries [cross-listed with CPSA Workshop Sessions L14 and N14(b): Intersectionality in Austere Times: Boundary-Crossing Conversations - Anti-racist Feminism and Socialist Feminism: Revisiting Borders, Overcoming Boundaries].  29 May 2014.

Colin Mooers.  “Latin America: Autonomy or Dual Power?” Section M3: Challenges for the Next New Left: Continuity and Change in the Age of Austerity.  30 May 2014.

Affiliations / Appointments

Tracey Raney has joined the Comparative Provincial Elections Project (CPEP) as a member. CPEP is a national network of scholars who study the quality of democracy in Canada's provinces. As part of her duties, Tracey is a co-investigator on the 2014 Ontario election study team.

Conferences / Events

CPSA Annual Conference
St. Catharines, ON: Brock University – 27-29 May 2014

Sedef Arat-Koç.  Discussant.  Intersectionality in Austere Times: Boundary-Crossing Conversations - Intersectionality and the Social: Analyzing the Austere State.  Workshop Sessions L7(b) and N7 [session cross-listed by Section L: Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics; and Section N: Women, Gender and Politics].  28 May 2014.

Neil Thomlinson.  Discussant.  Municipal Election Turnout.  Session E5.  27 May 2014.

Historical Materialism Toronto
Confronting Crisis: Left Praxis in the Face of Austerity, War, and Revolution
Toronto, ON: York University – 8-11 May 2014

Colin Mooers was a member of the Organizing Committee for Historical Materialism Toronto – Confronting Crisis: Left Praxis in the Face of Austerity, War, and Revolution.  Toronto, ON: York University – 8-11 May 2014.

Colin Mooers.  Chair.  Thomas Miller Klubock’s La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory.  Roundtable Session E.  09 May 2014.

Colin Mooers.  Chair.  Fanon’s Dialectics Experience (Part 2).  Roundtable Session A.  10 May 2014.

Grants

John Shields, PI. Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project Research Grant. Project Title: “The Social and Economic Inclusion of Newcomers in Toronto: Navigating the Informal Economy.” Funding $10,000, Community Partner: Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (LIP).

The former Toronto East Neighbourhood Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) – now a part of the Toronto South LIP – began a collaborative project with the Wellesley Institute looking at newcomer participation in the informal economy and how newcomers survive poor labour market access, adverse working conditions and the broader conditions that make them vulnerable to exploitation. Three ethno-cultural newcomer communities in Toronto’s east end were targeted in this study: Bangladeshi, Chinese and Somalis. This project resulted in a wealth of data generated from a series of in-depth interviews and a survey instrument. However, only a limited amount of this original data was used in the study "Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies of Toronto Immigrant Communities" (2013). A rich source of data remains dealing with issues such as the health impacts, civic involvement and other dimensions of the social and economic activities of newcomers living and working in precarious conditions. Given the context of tough economic times and government austerity agendas it is especially critical to get a better understanding regarding the resilience and risks that confront newcomer populations at the social and economic levels. A social inclusion/exclusion and place-based framework will be utilized to identify further themes to deepen the analysis grounded in the original study. This is an opportunity to build an inclusive partnership between Ryerson University, the Toronto South LIP, and other associated community organizations to work in collaboration to further mine a valuable data set and to develop policy- and community-relevant, evidence-based, publications.

Publications - Published

Pamela Palmater.  “Assembly of First Nations sits at critical crossroads” [Op Ed.].  Toronto Star, 06 May 2014, A15.

Sorpong PeouHuman Security Studies: Theories, Methods and Themes. Singapore and Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2014.

Sorpong Peou.  “The Limits and Potential of Liberal Peacebuilding.” Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 2:1 (2014): 37-60.

Sorpong Peou.  “Why the Rise of China May Not Cause Major-Power Transition War: A Review Essay.” Asian Politics and Policy 6:1 (January 2014): 121-131.

Sorpong Peou.  “Human Security in Post-Cold War Cambodia.” In Post-Conflict Development in East Asia, ed. Brendan M. Howe, 117-136. Surrey, England & Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 2014.

Daniel Rubenson. “The Promises and Perils of Natural Experiments.” The Experimental Political Scientist [Official newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Experimental Political Science], Spring 2014.

Mitu Sengupta.  “Poverty, Inequality and Liberalization: A Tale of Two Indias.” In Civilizing Globalization: A Survival Guide, ed. Richard Sandbrook and Ali Guven, 77-92. Albany NY: SUNY Press, 2014.

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Colin Mooers.  Imperial Subjects: Citizenship in an Age of Crisis and Empire.  London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.  Forthcoming October, 2014.

Sorpong Peou.  “Democratization and Human Rights in Southeast Asia.” In Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization, ed. William Casey. New York and Oxon, UK: Routledge, Forthcoming, November 2014.

Sorpong Peou, ed. Human Security after 20 Years (co-edited with Stein Kuhnle).  Special issue: Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (forthcoming: November 2014).

  • Lloyd Axworthy, Knut Vollebaek, Stein Kuhnle, and Sorpong Peou.  “Human Security at 20 – Lysoen Revisited.” Human Security after 20 Years (Sorpong Peou and Stein Kuhnle, ed.).  Special issue: Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (forthcoming: November 2014)