Call for submissions!

STUDY IN ACTION is a grassroots research conference on social and environmental justice designed to link students with community groups and activists. Please read the details below to learn more about how you can contribute as a student or as a community group.

ÉTUDES EN ACTION est un colloque axé sur la recherche communautaire et ayant pour but de tisser des liens entre la communauté étudiante et la mobilisation citoyenne. Lisez les détails ci-dessous pour plus d’informations sur comment participer en tant qu’étudiantE ou en tant de groupe communautaire.

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***Deadline to submit: Sunday February 14th at midnight

STUDY IN ACTION is a grassroots research conference on social and environmental justice designed to link students and community groups and activists. The conference is a space for students to present their work, develop greater knowledge of social and environmental justice issues, and build ties with community organizations. Study in Action seeks to call into question a lot of the dominant perspective that gives legitimacy to traditional and academic forms of knowledge at the expense of non-traditional and non-academic forms of knowledge. We value both forms and encourage submissions that are both traditionally academic (written within the context and style of research papers) as well as those that are non-academic (personal narratives, performances, visual presentations, etc.)

Study in Action is organized by QPIRG Concordia.

Some themes discussed at past conferences include (but are not limited to):

  • Indigenous sovereignty and decolonization
  • Beyond governments: self-governance and democracy
  • Economics, austerity, and anti-capitalism
  • Incarceration and the prison industrial complex
  • Bill 60 / The Quebec Charter of Values
  • Accessibility
  • Environmental justice and environmental racism
  • Public space, poverty and gentrification
  • Radical education and pedagogy
  • Gender and feminism
  • Sex and sexuality

Submissions Guidelines for Students

The Study in Action conference is currently seeking both English and French submissions from undergraduate students Montreal and beyond! We are looking for submissions in diverse formats on a variety of topics. If you are currently working on, or have completed an essay, a research project, a group presentation or any other form of assignment on any topic relating to social and environmental justice, we encourage you to share it with us. If you are no longer an undergrad we will accept your submission as long as it was something you wrote/created as an when you were an undergrad. Keep in mind that you don’t have to have received an ‘A’ on your submission – as long as you are interested in the topic and willing to develop a presentation we welcome your contributions.

Please note that it is not required that a completed project be submitted by the Fevruary 12th deadline; only a proposal is required together with a brief summary explaining how your submission relates to Study in Action’s mandate of social and environmental justice. Study in Action encourages submissions that are traditionally academic (written within the context and style of research papers) as well as submissions that are non-academic (personal narratives, performances, visual presentations, etc.).

Your conference presentation may be:

a) a 15-20 minute presentation or your essay or research findings on a panel

b) an hour-long group workshop

If you are worried or have questions about adapting your academic paper into a presentation, the Study in Action organizing committee will provide you with support and guidance.

Submit your proposal by completing our submissions form here.

Submissions Guideleines for Community Groups

Montreal-area community groups are encouraged to make a submission to Study in Action , a grassroots research conference on social and environmental justice designed to link students and community groups and activists. Study in Action values the contributions to collective knowledge gained through day-to-day organizing and struggles of local community organizations, through public campaigns, local projects, popular education, mobilizations, support work and more.

Please provide a brief summary of your proposed workshop, including estimates on how much time will be needed, a maximum number of attendees, and any other specifications relating to space or supplies that you will need. Explain how your submission relates to Study in Action’s mandate of social and environmental justice. Study in Action encourages submissions that are traditionally academic (written within the context and style of research papers) as well as submissions that are non-academic (personal narratives, performances, visual presentations, etc.).

Your conference presentation may be:

a) a 1-2 hour interactive workshop (please note: workshop presentations may also be considered as part of the panels with a 15-20min format)

b) an audio-visual presentation

c) a speaker or panel event co-presented with the conference.

Submit your proposal by completing our submissions form here.