Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2017

Ryerson University

May 30, 2017 – June 2, 2017

This year, the Society for Socialist Studies turns fifty, and we look forward to welcoming a record number of colleagues to our annual conference at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.

We are currently seeking proposals for individual papers. If the subject matter fits well, please consider a possible affiliation for your paper to one of the existing open panels, which can be selected from the Conference Track list on step one of the submission process.

Descriptions of the panels currently accepting paper proposals can be viewed by clicking here.

Papers proposing topics that stand outside the panels proposed so far are also more than welcome, and should be submitted under the track "General Papers".  The programme committee will create new panels to accommodate successful proposals.

To submit a paper proposal, click on the link immediately below.


Submit your abstract!


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for papers proposals has been extended to February 7th, 2017. The deadline for Panel Sessions, Rountables and Special Events was December 9th, 2016.

About the Conference

The theme of the 2017 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Liberation Here and Now: Continuity and Change in Socialist Studies at 50 Years and Beyond. The theme of Congress 2017 of the Social Sciences and Humanities is ‘From Far & Wide: The Next 150’. Taking place in the Dish with One Spoon territory, based on a treaty between the Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee, Congress 2017 at Ryerson University references the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. We therefore particularly invite analysis this year that critically reflects on what is affirmed and whose struggles are erased in celebrations of Canada as a nation. As a settler colonial project founded on Indigenous dispossession, genocidal policies, and systemic racism, the Canadian state has continued to advance policies and practices consistent with the intertwined logics of colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy. Canada's "dominion"  includes this internal imperialism and dispossession, contributing to resource extraction that now threatens human survival worldwide. At the same time, Canada often acts at capital's behest in the global South, engaging in a neo-imperial project that extends and reproduces relations of exploitation and alienation around the globe. We call upon participants to fundamentally trouble Project Canada, to celebrate past and future resistances and solidarities, and to engage in dialogue on how to get to a decolonized praxis and collective liberation here and now. As part of this dialogue, we remain open as always to sessions, papers, and roundtables on the full range of socialist inquiry. We note here other important anniversaries in 2017, such as 150 years of the publication of Marx’s Capital and 100 years since women’s enfranchisement in Canada. This conference is also an important opportunity to reflect on the Society for Socialist Studies at its 50thanniversary. How has Socialist Studies helped us know and change the world? And what conversations and transformations need to happen in the next 50 years?

About the Society For Socialist Studies

The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) is an association of progressive academics, students, activists and members of the general public. Formed in 1967, the Society’s purpose is to facilitate and encourage research and analysis with an emphasis on socialist, feminist, anti-racist and ecological points of view.

The Society for Socialist Studies meets annually as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, Congress is hosted by a different Canadian university each spring.

We encourage readers to sign up for notification of papers posted for this conference and we recommend that you review the About the Conference page for the conference's policies.



Deadline for Paper Proposals Extended

The new deadline for submitting paper proposals is February 7th at midnight.  
Posted: 2017-01-29

List of Open Panel Sessions Now Available!

View our complete list of panel sessions currently accepting papers by clicking here.  
Posted: 2017-01-18
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