CALL FOR PAPERS: CONTRIBUTE TO STUDY IN ACTION 2015

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.

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CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS BY STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Deadline to submit: Friday January 16th at 5pm

STUDY IN ACTION 2015
An undergraduate and community grassroots research conference

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.)

This year’s conference will take place March 21st and 22nd, 2015 at the downtown Concordia campus. Study in Action is jointly organized by QPIRG Concordia, QPIRG McGill and GRIP UQÀM.

STUDENTS: Send us your submissions!

The Study in Action conference is currently seeking both English and French submissions from undergraduate students in 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 or 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.

Click here to fill out the Student Submissions form.

Some themes discussed in 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

Please note that it is not required that a completed project be submitted by our January 16th 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

Some papers that were presented at the 2014 conference included:

• Feminist Resistence to State Interventions Into Indigenous Families
• Seeing the Forest for the Fags: Re-imagining Sustainability as a Queer Project
• The Quebec Charter of Values and the Homonationalist Imaginary of Quebec
• Lac Megantic: A Geography of Dispossession and Amnesia
• Putting Movement into Decolonial Movement-Building: Flash-Dances, Indigenous Resurgence, and Imperceptible Politics
• From Stohl to Erickson: The Strengths and Limitations of Pornography Featuring Women with Mobility Disabilities

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COMMUNITY GROUPS: Contribute to Study In Action

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.

Click here to fill out the Community Submissions form.

Some themes discussed in 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 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

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.

Some of the community group workshops that were presented in past Study in Action conferences have included:

• McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America
• CKUT News Collective
• The Termite Collective
• Canadian Roots Exchange

Join the SIA Organizing Committee! Attend our next meeting on December 11th!

Planning for the 2015 Study in Action conference is underway and everyone is welcome to join the organizing committee! The organizing committee’s next meeting will be taking place at 11am this Thursday, December 11th at QPIRG Concordia (1500, de Maisonneuve W., suite 204). The space is wheelchair accessible.

Study in Action Volunteer Orientation – December 4th

When: 5pm on Thursday, December 4th 2014
Where: QPIRG Concordia at 1500, boul. de Maisonneuve W., suite 204 (metro Guy-Concordia)

STUDY IN ACTION is a grassroots research conference on social and environmental justice issues designed to link students with community groups and activists. Study in Action offers a space for undergraduate students to present the results of their research, deepen their understanding of social and environmental justice issues, and build links with community groups. The 2015 conference will take place from March 21 to March 22.

The organizing committee is looking for VOLUNTEERS who are interested in taking an active part in preparing and shaping next year’s conference. Do you want to learn more about community-based social justice research? Are you interested in becoming actively involved in organizing a grassroots research conference? Do you want to know more about just what Study in Action is? Then come to our Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, December 4th!

Volunteering for Study In Action can take many shapes and forms. Amongst others, the committee does outreach for the conference, makes financial decisions and fundraising, connects with different community groups, does the selection presentation and workshop selection, and organizes and runs the conference. You can volunteer for as much or as little of those tasks and we will train you where needed.