Interdisciplinary Student-Directed Conference,
University of Victoria
Sponsored by the Association for Canadian Studies
Call for PapersCall for Papers
Canada is facing numerous challenges on the eve of the twenty-first century.
Globalization of trade and finance and the development of distinct trade blocs have altered the international economy.
Canada's large-scale reliance on resource exports created vulnerability to commodity price fluctuations and resource
depletion. Uneven economic performance and uneasy political choices challenges the federalist system with demands for
regional autonomy. Indigenous self-governance aims to come to terms with the past, offering promise yet uncertainty for the
The Canadian welfare state system has undergone a dramatic reorganization. Immigration since the 1960s has generated
unprecedented ethnic diversity and new tensions in Canada's multicultural policies. Youth today are facing a different society
than their parents had, and thus require new tools to make their futures. Does the education system offer these tools? Families
are facing harder economic times, evidenced by the greater numbers of children living in poverty.
We must reflect on the roots of these challenges to inform appropriate solutions.
We propose the following themes for a student-directed conference to be held in the first week of October 2000:
Canadian society in the free trade economy
Crisis in the environment and the resource sector
Federalism and regionalism
The challenge of indigenous governance
Reorganization of the Canadian welfare state
Canadian youth, education and the new economy
The homefront: Canadian families.
Multiculturalism and immigration.
If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send a one-page paper proposal by May 3, 2000 to Lloy Wylie at the e-mail (preferred) or address, or fax number listed below.
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria,
P.O. Box 3050
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P5
Fax (250) 721-7485 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://web.uvic.ca/~sandhu
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