The Centre for Regional Studies at St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to issue a call for papers and panels for an interdisciplinary conference to be held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on June 26-29, 2008. The Centre, which was established and funded to support research engaging in the social, economic and cultural factors relevant to life in Atlantic Canada, seeks to bring together researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to further Canadian and international perspectives on issues relevant to the study and analysis of regionally-based issues and regionalism. Specifically, as both globalizing and localizing forces gather momentum in terms of political, economic, social, demographic, cultural and developmental impact, it is seen as critically important to further understanding the different ways in which communities have responded to these pressures. In particular, the Centre for Regional Studies is interested in papers and panels that seek to combine issues of regionalism and regional studies with the following thematic areas. A variety of methodologies are welcome.
Environment and Sustainability
Economic Development / Entrepreneurship / Business Management
Culture, Community and Society
Politics and Governance
Health and Education
Ethics, Spirituality and Social Justice
For paper proposals, please submit a 250-word (max.) abstract and a 75-word (max.) author biography.
For panel proposals, an abstract of the overall Panel Topic should be provided. Please submit a 200-word (max.) panel description summarizing the panel's rationale, a 300-word (max.) abstract for each paper, and a 75-word (max.) author biography for each speaker. Panels will be accepted or rejected as a whole.
Panels will be 90 minutes in length and may consist of either three to four papers, or two to three papers and a respondent. Presentations should be approximately twenty minutes and panel chairs are responsible for ensuring there is adequate time for discussion. Panels may be chaired by one of the presenters. If applicable, please indicate which form(s) of audio-visual support will be required.
Please submit abstracts to Dr. Tom Mahaffey at the address below by February 1, 2008, and please label which of the thematic areas your proposal falls under. Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by email. You will receive notification of acceptance as soon as possible. Papers to be included in the proceedings of the conference must be submitted in enough time to permit processing. Further details will be available at a later date.
The Centre is excited to be hosting this conference and looks forward to your participation in a unique, and interesting interdisciplinary approach to a very important issue.
The Centre for Regional Studies encourages the participation of graduate students at the Conference and will help to defray accommodation and registration fees. If you are aware of graduate students who would be interested in the topic of the conference, please have them contact us.
Bob Anderson and Leo Dana, editors of the Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jec/jourinfo.jsp), have arranged to dedicate a special issue of the journal for selected papers submitted to our upcoming conference. To give prospective delegates an opportunity to further develop their papers, the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to February 1, 2008.
Dr. Tom Mahaffey
Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems
St. Francis Xavier University
PO BOX 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
+1 902 867 2258 (Voice)
+1 902 867 5385 (Fax)
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