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Political Mobilization and Citizen Engagement in Canada

Mobilisations politiques et prises de parole citoyenne au Canada

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Published on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by João Fernandes

Summary

The conference entitled "Political Mobilization and Citizen Engagement in Canada", conference sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association-affiliated Political History Group, promises to provide glimpses of various ongoing research projects in political history. The organizing committee of this conference seeks papers on the following topics in the Canadian context. Papers that compare Canada with other societies are also most welcome: pressure groups/lobby groups; social movements and their relationship with the state and political rulers; the political activism of particular individuals; particular events that have mobilized citizens in large numbers; transformations in political cultures; the evolution of participatory democracy; political ideas and discourses; the transformation of the state and its apparatus; etc.

Announcement

Presentation

In the fall of 2011, a conference entitled « Transformation: State, Nation, and Citizenship in a New Environment », held at York University in Toronto, provided the occasion for a pan-Canadian gathering of scholars working in political history.  This conference stimulated reflections around the renewal of political history in Canada.  Three years later, a second conference sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association-affiliated Political History Group promises to further this reflection and to provide glimpses of various ongoing research projects in political history.

The theme of this conference, which will take place in Montréal in October 2014, is political mobilization and citizen engagement in Canada.  While the history of the state and its institutions is one lens through which to view political mobilization, we are interested here in different manifestations of citizen engagement in public space and, more particularly, in the political sphere.  Different strategies of citizen engagement adopted by individuals, lobby groups or, more broadly, social movements, are an integral part of struggles around values and representations that shape both the definition and the intervention of the state and its institutions, and that are at the heart of the definition of the common good.

Main themes

The organizing committee of this conference seeks papers on the following topics in the Canadian context.  Papers that compare Canada with other societies are also most welcome:

  • Pressure groups/lobby groups
  • Social movements and their relationship with the state and political rulers
  • The political activism of particular individuals
  • Particular events that have mobilized citizens in large numbers
  • Transformations in political cultures
  • The evolution of participatory democracy
  • Political ideas and discourses
  • The transformation of the state and its apparatus
  • Etc.

 

This list of potential topics is not exhaustive: the organizing committee is open to proposals that deal with other topics linked to political history in general or to the history of the state and its institutions in particular.  Epistemological and historiographical reflections on political history are also most welcome.

Submission guidelines

The organizing committee invites proposals for single papers or entire panels.  For a single-paper proposal, please submit a title, a summary of the paper (300 words maximum), as well as an abridged CV (one page maximum).  For panel proposals, please submit the title of the panel, a brief description of the panel, a summary of each proposed paper (300 words maximum per paper), as well as an abridged CV (one page maximum) for each of the panel participants.

Proposals should be received by

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

and should be sent to Stéphane Savard, Committee Chair, at the following address: savard.stephane@uqam.ca

Potential participants will be informed as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted by mid-May 2014.

Members of the organizing committee

  • Stéphane Savard, Committee Chair (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Dominique Clément (University of Alberta)
  • Magda Fahrni (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Valérie Lapointe-Gagnon (York University)
  • Julien Mauduit (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Sean Mills (University of Toronto)
  • Martin Pâquet (Université Laval)
  • Martin Petitclerc (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Jessica Riggi (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Places

  • Université du Québec à Montréal
    Montreal, Canada

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Keywords

  • mouvement social, militantisme, prise de parole citoyenne, groupes de pression

Contact(s)

  • Stéphane Savard
    courriel : savard [dot] stephane [at] uqam [dot] ca

Information source

  • Stéphane Savard
    courriel : savard [dot] stephane [at] uqam [dot] ca

To cite this announcement

« Political Mobilization and Citizen Engagement in Canada », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, https://calenda.org/282243

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