2014 Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

*** Extension of CASID Conference Submissions Until DECEMBER 10th ***

Borders Without Boundaries

Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
May 28th to May 30th, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) invites you to participate at its 2014 meeting, as part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at Brock University. Academics (faculty and students), practitioners, the policy making community, NGOs, social movements and community groups are all welcome to attend and participate actively. We especially acknowledge the Six Nations Confederacy, upon whose traditional territory our event will be held.

We are excited this year to be partnering with the Social Justice & Equity Studies Program, at Brock University, for our conference. Given this partnership, it is appropriate that this year’s conference interpret Congress’ theme, Borders Without Boundaries, through a social justice lens. After all, just a short distance away from Brock University is one of Ontario’s key agricultural areas, labored on by numerous foreign temporary agricultural workers, whose presence, rights and wage structure should lead to questions about how they would interpret the theme, Borders Without Boundaries. At the same time, this conference also provides room to interrogate what social justice means in the midst of continued global financial tensions, increasing global and local gaps between those who have and those who have not, and borders that are not boundaries to corporate interests, state-sponsored conflicts, or terrorist activities. What role does international development have to play in asking how unbounded borders connect with a more socially just world?

It is with these questions and tensions in mind that the CASID conference organizing committee invites all who wish to attend to submit paper and panel proposals that engage with the question and/or the role of social justice in borders without boundaries.

Please keep in mind that CASID attracts a wide audience and we thus encourage you to relate your specific research and development experiences to more general themes. How can discussions related to your specific research reach out to a broad audience and generate rich dialogue and debate? Papers on geographic areas (Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe) are also welcome and encouraged. Please link your proposed paper/panel to one or more of this year’s themes:

  • Social Justice
  • Social movements and creative dissent
  • Rights based approaches to development
  • Gender
  • Aid
  • Health
  • Environment
  • NGOs
  • Foreign Policy
  • Natural Resource extraction/exploitation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Spatial considerations in development
  • Urban & Rural Development
  • Labour & livelihoods
  • Migration
  • Economic Development
  • Spirituality and Development
  • The Impact of the Development Industry
  • Teaching and Experiential Learning in Development Studies
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Development
  • Post-2015, after MDGs what next?
  • Development Theory
  • South-South Cooperation
  • Conflict & Fragile States

This year, CASID has established an online submission process, where submissions will be made on a secure platform. Submission of abstracts and panel proposals will take place via the CASID website, beginning November 1, 2013 at 9am Eastern Standard Time. Look for the link to the online form from our homepage at this time.  You will not need an account to complete the application process, but please note you will need to hold membership in order to present a paper at the conference. 

Panel proposals are made online by the panel organizer, where the title of the panel, its connection to conference themes, and an overall abstract of the panel focus is provided. Additionally, the names and paper titles of those on the panel are also submitted here. Each of these panelists must submit their paper abstract separately, noting their link to the proposed panel.

Paper and panel abstract submissions (200 words) should be submitted online to the CASID website by December 10th, 2013. The abstract should include a description of your object of study, your theoretic frame, your methodology of research, your conclusions and how this research or experience relates to larger development issues. If your paper is accepted, you will be expected to send in an integral version of your paper before the conference. All paper and panel proposals will be evaluated by a CASID conference committee and acceptance notices will be sent to you in early February.

You must be a CASID member in good standing to present a paper or panel at the conference. All presenters must also register in the Congress. Registration begins in March 2014. Travel grants will be available to CASID conference participants (please indicate you may want one by checking the travel grant interest box on the submission page). Also, please let organizers know if you need a letter of invitation by checking this box on the submission page. Once your proposed paper/panel presentation is accepted, you will have access to a travel grant form. You must fill out and submit the form before the due date to be eligible for a travel grant. (please note that we recognize there have been some issues with travel grants in the past and are moving to a more streamlined system this year; details will follow).

In early February 2014 more information will be sent out on the conference (registration, accommodations, etc.) through the CASID listserve. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Jonathan Langdon, Ph.D. 
CASID 2014 Conference Chair
Assistant Professor of Development Studies
Development Studies Program
St. Francis Xavier University
email : jlangdon@stfx.ca