Proposal Submissions

12th Community Research & Action in the West Conference January 27-28, 2018

Conference Theme: Deconstructing Coloniality/Creating Decoloniality in Community Psychology

We encourage presenters to speak to this theme in their presentation proposals.

Proposals due:  November 15, 2017

Notification: December 1, 2017

Email your proposal to cra-w-eco@scra27.org

This conference is organized annually by graduate and undergraduate students and faculty in the region as a means of sharing research in progress, reflections on community research and action projects, dialogues on contemporary issues in social research, and issues of diversity and social justice.  

All conference attendees must complete the Conference Registration Form

Please email either of us with any questions at nciofalo@pacifica.edu or mwatkins@pacifica.edu

Presentation Formats[1]

Symposia (60 minutes) – Symposia consist of three diverse presentations related to a common theme. Preference will be given to submissions that describe strategies for audience engagement and participation. [Proposal word limit: 250 words]

  • Symposia Option 1: Group Submission – Submit three presentations that comprise a symposium. Please plan to present for 45 minutes and facilitate discussion for 15 minutes [Proposal word limit: 900 words total. Must include one overarching abstract (150 words) and three presentation abstracts (250 words each); include titles, participant names and affiliations, email addresses]
  • Symposia Option 2: Individual Submission – Submit an individual paper presentation (15 minute presentation).  Independent submissions will be combined according to common themes. Papers that do not fit into a common theme may be accepted as a poster or roundtable. You may use the Google Group on this website to locate others interested in your theme or the listserve for the Western region. [Proposal word limit: 250 words, include title, participant name and affiliation, email address]

Roundtable (60 minutes) – Roundtable sessions are designed to foster informal dialogue on issues related to the conference theme. Preference will be given to submissions that describe a clear topic, possible discussion strands, and the facilitators’ roles in exploring issues. [Proposal word limit: 250 words, include title, participant names and affiliations, email addresses]

Poster Presentation (60 minutes) – Poster presentations are opportunities for presenters to convey research, practice, or social action projects on a visual display. Posters will be organized thematically to facilitate interaction among presenters and attendees. The poster session will be interactive, with poster presenters actively discussing their research, answering questions, and addressing comments from attendees. [Proposal word limit: 250 words, include title, participant name and affiliation, email address] 

Innovative Sessions (i.e., performance art, art exhibit, experiential session) [Proposal word limit: 300 words, include title, participant name(s) and affiliation(s), email address(es). Make sure to clarify the session’s relationship to the theme of the conference.]

Pre-Conference Workshops (9:00-12:00, Jan. 27): Priority will be given for these 2-3 hour workshops to presenters who focus on coloniality and/or decoloniality in pedagogy, community psychology, cultural and ecological work, research, or theory. We hope that these workshops will help to introduce attendees with little or no background in decoloniality to the philosophy and praxes that underlie it. [Proposal word limit: 300 words, include title, participant name(s) and affiliation(s), email address(es). Make sure to clarify the session’s relationship to the theme of the conference.]


[1] Symposium papers in Spanish can be proposed. Clearly indicate on the proposal if you prefer to present in Spanish.

Download the submission information here

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