25th Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Conference

October 11-13 2018 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta


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“Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World”

About the Conference

The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies-in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces. Such radical changes in the Canadian multicultural state necessitate that we recast traditional Canadian ethnic studies beyond ethnic communities to encompass (im)migrant movements, “mobilities,” not only within Canada but also over and beyond Canada. Even if it has been a myth that historians have debunked that previous immigrants to Canada rarely moved again globally, contemporary (im)migrants have complex and diverse forms of mobilities which have surpassed those of any previous imagination and have called into question not just borders, sovereignty and national states but also citizenship, belonging and the very nature of our multicultural mosaic. Furthermore, although for some mobility is a privilege that they enjoy and a tool they utilize to improve their social locations, for many mobility is forced, unwanted, and even resisted.


What are the forces behind the creation of transnational social spaces, the mechanisms, routes, and processes, as well as the consequences of these radical changes in Canada and globally? How exactly do they change the Canadian multicultural mosaic, citizenship, identities and belonging? What can we expect of the 21st century with respect to such phenomena? Within this larger problematic, CESA invites theoretical and empirically-based papers, fully formed panels or presentations in other formats, addressing, from a variety of disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, more specific topics such as:

  • The future of immigration, ethnic studies, and multiculturalism
  • Intersections of immigration and race, class and gender
  • Voluntary and forced mobilities: Refugees and the Canadian state
  • Youth, ethnicity, and identity in multicultural Canada
  • Ethnic communities, global diasporas and transnationalism in Canada
  • “Homelands”: Memories, reconstructions, returns and directions forward
  • Citizenship and belonging in transnational spaces
  • Gender, class, and ethnic intersections in transnationalism
  • The future of transnational and ethnic mobilities in an unsettled world

Who Should Attend?

In addition to members of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be relevant to a wide range of people interested in history, ethnicity, race, immigration and citizenship issues in Canada and internationally. University professors, graduate students, other researchers and teachers; policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services – all of these will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information, challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of academic disciplines and institutional perspectives.


Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters and video presentations that address any of these and other related topics. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study. We will endeavour to make a decision shortly after the abstract is received in order to facilitate those who need verification of their acceptance for travel funding purposes at their own institutions.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is February 15th, 2018  March 31, 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Lori Wilkinson

Lori Wilkinson

Professor of Sociology

University of Winnipeg

Lori Wilkinson is a professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and Director of Immigration Research West. Her research focuses on studies of racism, settlement, and integration among refugees and immigrants. Her current work examines the resettlement experiences of refugees, the health and wellbeing of refugee children and their families, and the experiences of Indigenous students in post-secondary education. She is the co-author of two books, numerous journal articles and government reports regarding various aspects related to integration and resettlement among immigrants and refugees. She is active in the community, working in several capacities with Immigrant Partnerships of Winnipeg, the Immigrant Centre, the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (Calgary) and the Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (Vancouver). In 2017, she won the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Manitoba and the Fellow of the Year for St John’s College in recognition of her teaching and research work.  She will be presenting on the topic: Labour Market Experiences of Youth Refugees in Canada – A Lifecourse Approach.

Vic Satzewich

Vic Satzewich

Professor of Sociology

McMaster University

Vic Satzewich is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. He is Past-President of the Canadian Sociological Association and was the recipient of the Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2007. His book, Points of Entry: How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets In won the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award in 2016. He writes about various topics related to immigration, racism and social inequality in Canada.  He will be presenting on the topic: In Between Push/Pull and Macro/Micro: Migrant and Immigrant Mobility, Third Parties and the Process of Border Crossing.


Submission Guidelines

All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and will be refereed by the CESA Program Committee. Individual conference presentations will normally be 20 minutes in length, and conference sessions will be 90 minutes. Abstracts should be directed electronically to  cesa@ucalgary.ca


Special Journal Issue

A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase selected papers from the conference. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted no later than four weeks after the conference. Papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines

Presenter Subsidy

CESA will provide a $600 subsidy for conference presenters who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel.  If you choose not to stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs there is a $400 subsidy for presenters if you stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel  This subsidy will be paid per presentation.

The extended deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is March 31, 2018

Contact Us

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