Call for Proposals - Sustainable Communities Workshop - Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 1

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) invites submissions to the Sustainable Communities Workshops to be held Saturday, March 24 at Lakehead Orillia.

The workshops are for the Lakehead University community from both campuses, including all faculty and graduate students. The RCSC focuses on three core areas: Environmental Sustainability, Political Economy and Social Justice.

Environmental sustainability seeks to sustain global life-support systems by securing sufficient quality of natural resources, ecosystems and species diversity in all aspects of the natural and the human or built environment.

Political economy refers to examining how political and economic forces taken together affect the development of government legislation and policy.

Social justice refers to the belief that communities should be organized to allow for and promote equality, fairness, dignity and solidarity among community members such that all members of the community experience a just and fair society, experiencing equality not just in laws or on paper but also in social outcomes.

Sample topics include:

Social Justice and the Media
Anti-capitalist and anti-austerity movements
Social justice movements against fascism and racism e.g. Black Lives Matter
Decolonization movements
Gender, feminist, queer, trans and non-binary theories and movements
Traditional Knowledge and Community Sustainability
Political economy of image and text based media
Politics of Sustainability and Planning
Community Sustainability
Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Urban Development
Environmental Taxes and Economic Instruments Towards Sustainability
Ecological Footprint and/or Sustainability Measures
Biological Indicators and Water Quality
Climate Change and Sustainability
Forestry, Ecology and Sustainability
Energy and Green Space
Environmental Health
Local Environmental Knowledge and Community Sustainability
Urban Communities, Sustainable Communities and Higher Education
Submissions: Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to Dr Nanda Kanavillil by February 1, 2018. Please write ‘Workshop proposal’ in the subject line of your email submission. All abstracts must be submitted in Word doc or docx format as an e-mail attachment, in the following format: title, author list, 250-word Abstract, up to four keywords, and finally a 75-word author bio(s).

Dates and deadlines: Abstracts must be received by Thursday, Feb. 1. Accepted participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 15.

Registration and Admission: Admission to the Workshops is FREE but Registration for both participants and attendees is requested so that we may finalize our program and plan for refreshments. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

Date:Saturday, March 24, 9 am - 5 pm

Venue: Lakehead University Orillia, 500 University Avenue, Orillia ON L3V 0B9.

Organizing Committee: Nanda Kanavallil, Rosario Turvey, Sandra Jeppesen, and Serajul Islam.