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TOPIC: Teaching the Everyday


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Heather Smith

Section Head Teaching

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Gabrielle Daoust

3MT Chair

From everyday nationalism (Goode et al., 2022) to the experiences of female ex-combatants in Nepal (K.C., 2019) to community resistance to resource extraction (Jenkins and Rondón, 2015) to the ways in which people adapt to climate change (Castro and Sen, 2022), scholars are grounding their analyses in people’s lived experiences and revealing how the daily, the mundane (Enloe, 2011) and the everyday can help us to understand the world in which we live. The scholarship on the everyday invites us to be curious about that which we have often treated as trivial (Enloe, 2016).

Inspired by this literature, the workshop will focus on the everyday and teaching, or ‘teaching the everyday’. On this theme, there are so many questions that could be explored. Why connect our classrooms to the everyday? How does the everyday manifest in our classrooms? How do we connect our lived experiences to the worlds we teach? How do we experience our classrooms as part of our everyday? Where is the everyday in our teaching and our learning?

We invite proposals for papers or other creative presentation formats that relate to this theme. Topics could include content used for teaching the everyday or how micro-politics and lived experiences are incorporated into your classes and your pedagogy. You could reflect on the incorporation of our own everyday lived experiences and those of our students into our classrooms (Smith and Yahlnaaw, 2021), or you could focus on the everyday in relation to emotion and vulnerability or joy or loss (Krystalli, 2021). Do you use the everyday as a means by which to decolonize processes and practices of teaching and learning? As a means of rethinking how knowledge is generated and shared? Or are there strategies for the incorporation of the everyday such as simulations, experiential learning (Kenyon, 2021), role playing and reflexive practice that you adopt in your classrooms? We welcome proposals that provide any number of perspectives and pathways into the question of teaching the everyday.

Our hope is that the workshop will be interactive, creative, and generative. Our aim is to foster conversations and sharing between and among participants. Formal papers are not required for the workshop, but we do hope that the workshop presentations will become part of a collaborative submission to a journal such as International Studies Perspectives.

Questions about this workshop can be emailed to the organizers (click on the  icon below their pictures for contact information).



TOPIC: Solidarity, Coalition-Building, and Radical Futurities


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Karl Gardner

Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics (Co-Section Head)

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Ethel Tungohan

Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics (Co-Section Head)

In this workshop, we invite scholars who envision the possibilities and grapple with the challenges of solidarity, coalition-building, and radical futurities in their work within and beyond academia. The culmination of the climate catastrophe, the global intensification of border imperialism and white supremacy, deepening wealth inequality, and continued violence against Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities has only emphasized the necessity of forging solidarity among the wretched of the Earth. In Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed offers us a profound insight on the question of difference within solidarity. She notes that “solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we don’t have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.” We understand the “work” that Ahmed references as defined by an ethic of care; a recognition that our own liberation can only be realized if it is bound to the liberation of others. Thus, to acknowledge our “common ground” does not have to ignore the violent structures that arrange life upon it, nor must it obscure ongoing Indigenous claims against colonial impositions. Instead, it pushes us to recognize our linked fate as differentially marginalized and oppressed peoples living in a profoundly unjust world. In this way, Paul Gilroy encourages us to view the Earth “not as a limitless globe, but a small and finite place, one planetary body among others with strictly limited resources that are allocated unequally.” What becomes possible when we approach our distinct struggles from this profoundly collective and communal perspective?

We invite scholars to engage with the questions, challenges, and possibilities that emerge when we strive to build solidarity, coalitions, and radical futurities that are deeply relational and connective. Pivoting away from conceptions of difference that silo and isolate, we encourage scholars to attend to the positive and productive forces that emerge when we build relationships and forge alliances against capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, the prison-industrial complex, and other structures and processes of disablement. We invite research papers, works-in-progress, letters, stories, poetry, thought-pieces, and other creative and generative interventions that engage with these themes and provocations.

We are open to pieces that address questions that include but are not limited to the following:

  • How has your research and/or advocacy engaged with the intricacies and challenges of solidarity and coalition-building, particularly in the face of contemporary crises?
  • In what ways have you navigated the distinct violences, exclusions, and injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities while striving to cultivate a shared perspective of our "linked fate"?
  • In what ways can and in what ways should practices of care and love be embedded in our research and our advocacy? How can we establish decolonial communities of care?
  • How does your work align with or nuance Ahmed's definition of solidarity, or Gilroy’s invitation to act in the world as a single, finite place?
  • How has your scholarly or activist work embraced the  multi-faceted, intersectional, and sometimes unpredictable nature of solidarity?
  • What narratives, methodologies, and strategies have you employed to better understand and engage in solidarity-building, coalition politics, and the cultivation of radical futurities?

In your abstracts, please describe the questions that you would like to engage with during the workshop. We envision this workshop as a vibrant and vital gathering space for scholars dedicated to fighting for a more inclusive, equitable, and just world. We hope the discussions, learnings, and relationships that we cultivate will resonate far beyond this workshop, fostering new and innovative work that will continue to shape and transform the field of Political Science.

Questions about this workshop can be emailed to the organizers (click on the  icon below their pictures for contact information).


TOPIC: National Security & Intelligence: Canadian and comparative perspectives


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Christian Leuprecht

Professor, Royal Military College and Queen’s University, Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
Provincial and Territorial Politics in Canada and Beyond (Co-Section Head)

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Bessma Momani

Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo

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John Blaxland

Professor, Australian National University

On the occasion of the recent federal cabinet shuffle, the Prime Minister announced the formation of a National Security Council.  Over recent months, the country has seen heightened debate on matters of foreign influence, foreign interference, subversion and subterfuge of Canadian democracy, its Westminster democratic institutions and processes, and Members of Parliament.  Studies by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, a special rapporteur, a detailed report by Minister Leblanc, the University of Ottawa and the Centre for International Governance Innovation have identified systematic deficiencies.  Canada stands out among the G7 as the only country without a dedicated human foreign intelligence collection agency.  The Mass Casualty Commission, the Rouleau Inquiry, the Report on Thunder Bay Police, the 2021 Missing and Missed Epstein Report, the 2019 Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls Inquiry,  Ontario’s 2017 Justice Tulloch Report, the 2012 Civilian Morden Inquiry into the G20, and a plethora of other studies have raised serious concerns about the administration, management, leadership and governance of law enforcement.  The federal government is now studying the future of the RCMP, including the possibility of getting out of contract policing.

Despite the heightened awareness around the Canadian security community and the importance of security as a bedrock of prosperity and democracy, the field remains under explored within the Canadian political science community. The attention, criticism, deficiencies and concern for national security and intelligence in Canada in recent years starkly contrasts its relative obscurity as a topic of research and scholarly debate in Canadian political science.  This gap raises several questions:

  • What accounts for this relative inattention?
  • Should political science be making more of a contribution, and raise the level of informed debate?
  • What is the state of Canadian scholarship, notably with respect to accountability, governance, public administration, public policy, etc.?
  • What methods are at our disposal to study national security and intelligence in Canada, and what is there to be learned comparatively from other jurisdictions?
  • To what extent should policy makers look beyond their US neighbours for relevant models as points of comparison?

This workshop aims to raise the spectre of national security and intelligence in Canadian political science as an emergent field whose recent rise to prominence suggests a pressing need for more research and innovative methods.  In light of a cacophony of voices and exponential growth in proposals for reform, we invite a broad range of submissions, including by not limited to public policy, public administration, comparative politics and legal studies.  Part of the premise of this workshop is that the field stands to benefit from a greater diversity of voices and perspectives that looks beyond Canada’s parochial experience.  All proposals are welcome, but we especially invite contributions from new scholars and scholars that identify with equity-affirming groups, who can bring to bear novel perspectives and methods on national security and intelligence in Canada.  Submissions are welcome in both official languages, and we would welcome the opportunity to run at least one panel in French.

The workshop is informed by recent books authored by two of the contributors: Intelligence as Democratic Statecraft: Accountability and Governance across the Five Eyes Security Community (OUP, 2021) and Revealing Secrets (UNSW Press, 2023).  We invite authors and editors of other books pertaining to National Security and Intelligence in Canada to propose those for a critical roundtable discussion on recent scholarship.

The aim is to publish select contributions in the Canadian Military Journal, edited by Christian Leuprecht.  We thus encourage authors to propose diverse contributions: papers up to 5,000 words, as well as shorter commentaries and book reviews, or book review essays.

Questions about this workshop can be emailed to the organizers (click on the  icon below their pictures for contact information).



TOPIC: Political Science/Public Policy Theories and Practice: A Two-Way Street?


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David Houle

Public sector senior manager
Practitioners (Co-Section Head)

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Jérôme Couture

Expert analyst Government of Québec
Practitioners (Co-Section Head)

Political science and public policy theories and practice tend to evolve in parallel, which creates an opportunity to think about how theories could inform practice and how practitioners’ experience could contribute to theory-building. This workshop aims to discuss this topic, including the translation of political science and public policy theories into actionable knowledge for practitioners but also how the evolution of the work of practitioners (including policy analysts, political advisers or activists, etc.) could contribute to and inform theories. Questions investigated by workshop participants could include:

  1. What mechanisms could be used to translate political science/public policy theories into actionable knowledge and for practitioners’ experience to inform theories?
  2. What is the role of political science research in bridging the gap between theories and practitioners’ knowledge and experience?
  3. What could be the outcome of bridging the gap between political science and public policy theories and practice?

Panelists will be encouraged to discuss how political science and public policy theories could be used or informed by practitioners in various organizational or socio-political contexts, including through case studies.

Questions about this workshop can be emailed to the organizers (click on the  icon below their pictures for contact information).



TOPIC: Diversity and Representation in Canadian Legislatures

Sponsored by the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, Carleton University


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Jonathan Malloy


This workshop will draw together researchers working on diversity and representation in Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial legislatures. Examples of diverse representation include Indigenous people, women, racialized Canadians, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and other equity-deserving and equity-denied groups.

Research on any aspect of diversity and legislatures is welcome. Questions on what it means to perform the act of representation in legislatures, and research that interrogates the design and assumptions of legislative institutions themselves, are particularly invited. Reflections on methodological and epistemological aspects in this field of research, such as the challenges of data collection and the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation, are also solicited.

If there is sufficient interest, the workshop could lead to an edited volume.

The purpose of the workshop is to advance the study of diversity in Canadian legislatures by connecting and strengthening relationships among researchers working in this area, especially across different dimensions of diversity. This is part of an overall goal of the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy: to build stronger links between the study of legislatures and the study of diversity in Canadian politics.

Questions about this workshop can be emailed to the organizers (click on the  icon below their pictures for contact information).

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