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McMaster Sociology faculty members featured at upcoming annual Canadian Sociological Association conference

Several McMaster Sociology faculty will be presenting at and participating in the annual CSA conference from May 31 – June 4, 2021, including a conference keynote talk by Dr. Vanessa Watts.

May 03, 2021

The theme for the CSA@Congress 2021 conference is Resisting Racism and Colonialism. This conference is part of the larger Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress. More than 70 other associations within the FHSS will hold their Conferences as well during the Congress.

Dr. Vanessa Watts will be giving one of the conference’s keynote talks, "Reconciliation as the new frontier? Indigenous cosmologies, the state and the social,” that is open to all Congress attendees.

The program also features an Author Meets Critics session for Dr. Jeff Denis’s new book, Canada at a Crossroads. As Past-President of the CSA, Dr. Tina Fetner is co-chair of the 2021 meeting’s program committee with CSA President, Xiaobei Chen.

Dr. Marisa Young is hosting an in-depth discussion of “The Social Roots of Adolescent Suicide” as part of her role as co-chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Research Cluster. Dr. Lisa Kaida has organized panels on, “Resisting Racism and Colonialism in Sociology,” as well as on "Digital Data Management and Open Access: Implications for research and publishing" as part of her role on the Research Advisory Subcommittee.  Dr. Neil McLaughlin has co-organized a panel of experts, "Why don’t Canadian sociologists conduct more ethnographies and how should they go about it?”. In his role as former Chair of the CSA Equity Subcommittee, Dr. Jeff Denis also organized two panels: "Beyond equity policy: Searching for institutional procedures and practices that support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) faculty,” featuring Dr. Arig al Shaibah, and "Best Practices in Teaching about Racism and Colonialism: Pedagogies for Pursuing Racial Justice and Decolonization and other experts of equity policy,” featuring Dr. Vanessa Watts

We also want to draw attention and thanks to Drs. Lisa Kaida and Karen Robson who volunteered as mentors for this year’s CSA Mentor Programme for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Students.

In addition, there will be many excellent research presentations, including by many faculty and students in the Sociology Department at McMaster University. For more information on the annual CSA Conference, please visit