Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC)

9 Jan 2017 | Events, Past events

May 30, 2017 to Jun 2, 2017
Ryerson University

From Far and Wide:

Envisioning The Next 150 Years of Co-operation


Conference Theme

Co-operatives predate the formation of Canada and have played a major role in social, economic, and political development across the vast expanse of our land since its formation. Indeed, in Canada we have not only benefitted from the activity of individual co-operatives, but also from strong regional co-operative movements in Atlantic Canada, in Quebec, and in Western Canada that have helped to shape our history.  There is every reason to believe that co-operatives and co-operative movements can and will continue to be key actors in shaping our future development.
In this conference, we will reflect upon how our changing economy and society is raising new challenges and opportunities for local, regional, national, and international communities, and how old and new co-operatives are responding to these challenges and opportunities. These challenges include, among others, overcoming social exclusion, promoting more sustainable forms of production, contributing to regional social and economic development, and enabling greater opportunities for democratic participation in new economic sectors.

Conference Topics

We invite potential participants to submit proposals on any of the topics listed below under the four sub-themes of the conference. Proposals on other topics are also welcome, if they fall within one of the given sub-themes.

Co-operatives and Economic Sustainability

  • Emerging Types of Co-operatives
  • Existing Co-operatives Responding to the Changing Economic Landscape
  • Platform Co-operativism
  • Inter-co-operative Co-operation
  • Co-op value chains

Co-operatives and Social Sustainability

  • Co-operatives and Social Inclusion
  • Co-operatives and Marginalized Communities
  • Gendered
  • Racialized
  • Aboriginal Communities
  • New Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Co-operatives and Social Protection
  • Co-operatives and Social Movements
  • Co-operatives and the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)

Co-operatives and environmental sustainability

  • Co-operatives and Green Production
  • Co-operatives and Food – Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability
  • Co-operatives and Renewable Energy
  • Co-operatives and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

Co-operatives and organizational sustainability

  • Co-operatives and Strategic Planning
  • Co-operatives and Technological Innovation
  • Member Participation within Co-operatives
  • History of co-operation in Canada: Learning from our past, for the next 150

Special Stream: “The New Cooperativism”[1]

  • The new cooperativism as alternative to neoliberal capitalism
  • The new cooperativism, economic democracy, and socio-economic equality (i.e., cooperative organizations committed to social rather than private wealth creation, and shared surpluses rather than private profit)
  • The new cooperativism and the commons
  • The new cooperativism and Indigenous economies and modes of cooperation
  • The new cooperativism and new paths for organising and promoting social and cultural expression.

Submission Guidelines

We invite researchers, students, and practitioners to submit any of three types of proposals:

(1) The Individual Paper provides the presenter with the opportunity to present on a topic for approximately 20 minutes. They will join 1-2 other presenters of a similar theme. There will be time for a Q and A. Individual paper proposals should include: a) your name, title, affiliation and email address; b) a short (two-line) biographical note; c) title of the paper; and d) a 150-word abstract (to be printed in the program) that includes the argument, which should include the relationship of the paper to the literature, the research question, methods and, where applicable, findings. Proposals for both empirical (including case studies) and theoretical papers are invited.

CASC is also holding a case study competition with monetary prizes awarded for the best cases. The case study is characterized by a detailed focus on a particular institution or practice, and frequently involves pedagogical intent and specific recommendations for teaching use or research*. If you are interested in participating in the case study competition or want to get more information, you can contact Darcy Overland at darcy.overland@usask.ca.

(2) The Panel Proposal creates a space for a group (3) of presenters who have a common theme in their presentations to self-select to present together. Panels can be proposed to showcase and discuss recent ground-breaking research. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes each to present. There will time for a Q and A. Panel proposals should include: a) the title of the panel; 2) a 150-word description of the issue or theme that the panel investigates and how the individual papers relate to the theme/ issue; 3) the names, affiliations and contact information for all panel participants, and; 4) 150-word descriptions of all panel presentations.

(3) The Roundtable is an opportunity for moderated discussion. A panel of discussants will be posed ideas or questions on a topic by a moderator and the audience. Discussants are not expected to and should not deliver formal papers. Roundtable proposals should include: a) the title of the roundtable; 2) a 150-word description of the issue or theme that the roundtable investigates (including some possible questions); and 3) the names, affiliations and contact information for all participants including the moderator (if decided).

All abstracts and proposals are due on Friday January 13th, 2017. We encourage those who would want to be in a joint session to please submit as early as possible. They may be submitted either in English or French. No more than two presentations per person will be permitted. All proposals are subject to peer review. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by Friday February 24th, 2017. Please submit your abstract using the following link:


Conference Information

This year’s CASC conference will be held from May 30th to June 2nd, 2017, during the Annual Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Participants in the CASC Conference should register through the Congress website http://congress2017.ca/). Registration, which includes the early bird prices, begins in January 2017. Participants need to register for Congress as well as paying for the CASC conference (which includes a one-year membership in CASC). The Congress website also includes information on accommodations, discounts for travel, and local information. There is an additional fee for those wishing to attend the Annual CASC Banquet. (Some travel bursaries may be available for students and emerging scholars. Further details will be available after the selection process.) For more information on CASC and the conference, please consult the CASC website (www.coopresearch.coop) or e-mail us at casc.acec@usask.ca.

2017 CASC Program Committee

Fiona Duguid (Program Chair)

Derya Tarhan (Local Arrangement Coordinator)

Alicia Lake


* There is no one format required for case studies. Applicants may choose to use a standard business case format, such as that used by the Ivey School of Business. Applicants are encouraged to provide a teaching note or research note to accompany their case, which provides guidance on how to use the case study as a pedagogical resource or its implications for research.

[1] As responses to the entrenchment of neoliberalism and its inherent and recurrent crises over the past five decades, cooperative practices and values that both challenge the status quo and create alternatives to it have returned with dynamism in recent years. These experiments have recently been called the new cooperativism and are seen to include six key features: (1) Espousing values and practices of subsidiarity and community-led development; (2) directly responding to crises; (3) being ethical, equitable, and sustainable; (4) being inclusive; (5) being horizontal, democratic, and co-managed; (6) practicing collective ownership.

For more information, please contact stream organizers Dr. Marcelo Vieta (marcelo.vieta@utoronto.ca ) and Dr. Doug Lionais (Doug_Lionais@cbu.ca)

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