Dear Canadian Ethnocultural Council Board of Presidents and colleagues:
The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Ethnic Studies
Association 2nd are holding their Annual Conference, in Ottawa, September 30
to October 1 at the Ottawa Marriot Hotel, 100 Kent Street.
The conference theme, Multiculturalism Turns 40: Reflections on the Canadian
Policy, will offer a unique opportunity to exchange views and ideas in the
Nation’s Capital on the occasion of this important anniversary.
The conference includes papers, sessions, panels, roundtables and video
presentations that address the topics of ethnicity,
immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Canada, particularly in
relation to the 40th anniversary of the introduction of multiculturalism as
a government policy in 1971.
Issues covered include the evolution of policy on multiculturalism, current
debates over multiculturalism, the impact of
multiculturalism on Canadian society, multiculturalism and ethnic identity,
multiculturalism and immigrant integration, multiculturalism and official
languages, multiculturalism and community formation, multiculturalism and
social cohesion, the role of the media and multicultural policy,
multiculturalism, equality and social justice, comparing the Canadian
approach to other countries, etc.Presentations are from a variety of
perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study, including the
humanities and the social sciences. The CEC is chairing a panel on Saturday
Who should attend? In addition to members of the Association for Canadian
Studies and Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be
relevant to a wide range of people interested in ethnicity, race,
immigration, multiculturalism, and related diversity issues in Canada,
particularly as they intersect with issues of multiculturalism. University
professors, graduate students, and other researchers and teachers;
policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who
work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as
frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services ? All of these
will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information,
challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss
important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of
academic disciplines and institutional perspectives.
A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase
selected papers from the conference. Shorter papers can be submitted for
consideration in ACS’s Canadian Diversity.
Please see ACS website: www.acs-aec.ca for more information.