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16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action


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Call for Proposals

16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action

21 – 24 June 2017, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Making and Impact: Transformative Community Research and Action Around the World

Hosted by the University of Ottawa in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) invites you to its 16th Biennial Conference.

Bringing the biennial to Canada!

Canadian community psychologists are excited to host the 2017 Biennial in their country. Community psychology has a long history in Canada that stretches back to the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in the 1920s. In fact, the first use of the term community psychology can be traced to the University of Toronto professor William Line in 1951. Today, we have a committed group of community psychologists working in a diverse range of settings on the forefront of advancing social justice and well-being in both French and English in Canada. The first SCRA conference outside of the US provides a tremendous opportunity to feature the great transformative community research and action that is happening both in Canada and around the world.

The 2017 SCRA Biennial will be held in Canada’s capital city at the University of Ottawa. An internationally recognised tourist destination, Ottawa boasts many national museums, festivals, historical sites, diverse restaurant and a remarkable range of leisure and recreational activities. Attendees to the 2017 SCRA Biennial will be able to witness the city at prepares for Canada’s 150th anniversary as well as take part in various events and festivities leading up to the big day. The conference also coincides with la Fête nationale du Québec, an important annual holiday on 24 June in Quebec (just a short car, bus, or train ride away from Ottawa), with many fun events occurring across the province. 21 June, the first day of the conference is also Canada’s National Aboriginal Day, a celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Indigenous peoples, that is, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) at the University of Ottawa, in partnership with the Community Psychology Programme and the Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action (CCRLA) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Both centres have longstanding commitments to research, learning and action that promote transformative change for increased social justice and well-being. CRECS has been the primary vehicle for community psychology training at the University of Ottawa for over 15 years, and the programme at Laurier is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. This year, for the first time, the conference will be held in partnership with the Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice (formerly American Orthopsychiatric Association). In addition, there will be activities held in partnership with the community psychology section (Section 3) of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Call for proposals

The theme of the biennial is Making an Impact: Transformative Community Research and Action around the World. Much of Canada has enjoyed a progressive history in areas such as universal healthcare, health promotion, early childhood interventions, immigration and LGBTQ2 rights. However, this conference is also an opportunity to critically reflect on the many areas where progress is needed including addressing Canada’s colonial history and working toward compliance with the United Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Child and family poverty, homelessness and systemic racism and other areas where process is also needed. As we welcome our international colleagues, we invite you to consider those critical area where and how community research and action can make a transformative impact. 

We encourage proposals in a variety of topic areas, particularly those related to impactful and transformative community research and action, including:

  • Social change and social innovation,
  • Income inequality, economic justice, women’s labour history and activism,
  • Social determinants of health,
  • Globalisation, immigration, citizenship, displacement,
  • Multiculturalism
  • Indigenous rights,
  • Global climate change and sustainability
  • LGBTQ2 human rights and advocacy,
  • Community organising, coalition-building and civic engagement,
  • Community-campus partnerships, collaborations and networking,
  • Reproductive justice,
  • Grassroots change efforts, creative economy and arts-based community action,
  • Innovative prevention programmes,
  • Advancing well-being for vulnerable communities. 

Instructions for preparing programme submissions

To submit a proposal, please visit this website and select the biennial conference link. The system will be ready to accept proposal on or about 10 September 2016. Make sure to check the specific instructions early on as certain restrictions may apply. The deadline for receipt of programme proposals is: 11:55 pm (EST, Monday, 07 November 2016. Proposal submission guidelines will be available online. 

Conference site information

The conference will take place at the University of Ottawa. It will begin on Wednesday, 21 June and conclude on Saturday afternoon, 24 June. Pre-conference sessions will take place during the day on Tuesday, 20 June.

Details about conference registration, including travel. lodging and transportation arrangements and conference accessibility will be provided on the SCRA website and in the Preliminary Conference Programme which will be available in March 2017. All presenters must register for the conference and pay registration fees. 

Conference Fees: Information about registration fees will be posted on the conference website.

Questions related to the programme can be sent to scra2017@uottawa.ca. You can also follow them on Twitter @scra 

Credits: Society for Community Research Action

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