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Making an Impact: Transformative Community Research and Action around the World
Call for Proposals
16th Biennial Conference of the
Society for Community Research and Action
June 21th – 24th, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Making an 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 our 16th Biennial Conference!
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 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 wellbeing in both French and English Canada. This first SCRA conference outside of the United States 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. Ottawa is an internationally recognized tourist destination that boasts many national museums, festivals, historical sites, diverse restaurants, and a remarkable range of leisure and recreational activities. Attendees to the 2017 SCRA Biennial will be able to witness the city as it prepares for Canada’s 150th anniversary as well as take part in the 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 June 24 in Quebec (just a short car, bus, or train ride away from Ottawa), with many fun events occurring across the province (http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/st-jean-baptiste-day). June 21, 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 (http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/national-aboriginal-day).
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 Program 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 wellbeing. CRECS has been the primary vehicle for community psychology training at the University of Ottawa for over 15 years, and the program 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 Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly American Orthopsychiatric Association).
The theme of this 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 health care, health promotion, early childhood interventions, immigration, and LGTBQ2 rights. However, this conference also is 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 are other areas where process is also needed. As we welcome our international colleagues, we invite you to consider those critical areas 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:
To submit a proposal, please visit http://www.scra27.org and select the biennial conference link. The system will be ready to accept proposals on or about September 15, 2016. Make sure to check the specific instructions early on as certain restrictions may apply. The deadline for receipt of program proposals has been extended to: 11:55 PM (EST), Monday, November, 21st, 2016. Proposal submission guidelines will be available online.
Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly address one or more of the following expectations: (a) high quality, (b) congruence with the general conference theme and the topic areas listed above, (c) exemplars of community-academic engagement, (d) clear articulation of lessons learned from the session. Proposals should include a description of formats and activities that will maximize audience participation. Innovative, creative, and art-based approaches toward this goal are encouraged. Submissions should fall under one of the following seven categories:
Additional program components will include mentoring sessions, panel sessions with keynote speakers, and social events.
The conference will take place at the University of Ottawa. It will begin on Wednesday, June 21st and conclude on Saturday afternoon, June 24th. Pre-conference sessions will take place during the day on Tuesday, June 20th.
Details about conference registration, including travel, lodging and transportation arrangements, and conference accessibility, will be provided on the SCRA website (http://scra27.org/event/biennial-conference/2017-biennial/) and in the Preliminary Conference Program 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 program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org