France-Canada Research Fund 2017 competition

September 28, 2016

Please see the following document detailing the France-Canada Research Fund 2017 competition to “support developing new expert partnerships between France and Canada” and to fund students: fcrf2017_competition_-memo_28_sep_2016

Deadline: November 3, 2016

Funding: Up to $15,000

See also the “New Collaborations Program Guidelines” document from the FCRF website: frcf_2017_new_collaborations_program_guidelines-1
It details funding opportunities for Francophone students, for Women in Science, for students working with French universities, for postdocs and, by extension, for professors who plan to work with collaborators in France. Faculty of Education Research Officer Justin Patton has been in touch with the Embassy to confirm that Education research is eligible for all of these competitions. Note “Additional Funding” at pages 4-6 of the “FCRF New Collaborations Program Guidelines.” Funding is between $5,000 and $150,000.

Call for Papers: Organizing Equality International Conference

May 5, 2016

Call for Papers: Organizing Equality: International Conference

Western University, 24 – 26 March 2017

Proposals due 1 June 2016

Organizers and advocates for local and global social justice are the lifeblood of solidarity movements worldwide that disrupt historic projects of exploitation, violent dispossession and social fragmentation. Social and economic inequality is a global challenge of the 21st century. The Global North’s Occupy and anti-austerity movement spoke back to the 2008 financial crisis. They now confront the urgent, mass scale migrations of peoples from the Global South to the North, fleeing a colonial legacy deprivations, militarization, wars and land grabs. Settler societies are also experiencing Indigenous re-centerings, from #IdleNoMore to the Truth and Reconciliation process, and the #BlackLivesMatter cry to enfranchise African diasporas.

It is now increasingly recognized that rising levels of inequality are linked to poverty, discrimination, illness, environmental degradation, and social unrest. It is further recognized that inequality, in turn, is conditioned by and contingent on a range of other factors, including citizenship rights, gender, race, ethnicity, age, location, and education.

But despite this recognition, social movements contesting inequality face serious problems of organization, strategy and tactics. Recent years have shown the limits of traditional trade unionism, occupy and assembly movements, vanguards and new electoral parties alike. They have also shown that anti-racism, anti-violence, LGBTQ and migrant rights movements, to name a few, face major challenges organizing in the face of violence, xenophobia, marginality, impoverishment and under threat of criminalization. Across the board, movements have to reckon with the unprecedented levels of surveillance of the digital networks which have become an important part of their organizing practices.

This conference therefore asks what forms of organization might, in today’s conditions, be most useful to movements for equality. It especially seeks contributions willing to explore new possibilities for the organization of equality struggles.

Organizing Equality is an international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Initiative for the Study of Social and Economic Inequality at the University of Western Ontario, and planned for 24 – 26 March 2017. Its goal is to bring organizers, scholars, public educators, artists, media producers and advocates together from around the globe to build local and global capacity, share theories, strategies, experiences, and insights about efforts to address inequality and develop new kinds of theory/practice to guide and build future struggles. Our goal is to strengthen connections regionally, nationally and internationally, and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together between and across politics, sectors and communities of interest. To this end, we solicit scholarly presentations, organizing and dialogue sessions, workshop proposals, art performances/installations, radical media teach-ins and more, addressing a wide variety of themes related to the worldwide struggle for equality.

These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • indigenous reconciliation and reclamation
  • opposing violent policing and the carceral state
  • worker organizing, in and beyond unions
  • social media, digital technologies and global resistance networks
  • intersectional decolonial community and scholarly praxis
  • migrant justice and networks of support
  • decolonial/liberatory cultural production and praxis
  • gender, sexuality, anti-violence and community solidarity
  • struggles for access and equality in education
  • environmental and climate justice and sustainability
  • anti-austerity mobilization and cooperativism
  • health and food security organizing
  • social and community housing movements
  • strategies for digital protections and privacy from surveillance

Proposals for papers and sessions should be limited to 250 words. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 1 June 2016. Please include with your paper or session proposal, your name, e-mail address, institutional or group affiliation, and a short CV or biography. Abstracts should be e-mailed to the organizing committee at: For further information and conference updates, please visit the conference website:

Travel bursaries are available for participants from the global south. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered for financial assistance.

Joshua D. Lambier
Director, The Public Humanities at Western
Western University
Department of English and Writing Studies
Arts & Humanities Building, Room 2G02
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, N6A3K7

Twitter: @JoshuaLambier

Call for Papers: Gender Equity and Social Justice in Education,St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

January 25, 2016

A conference at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

March 17-18, 2016

Gender Equity and Social Justice in Education  Call-For-Papers_GenderEquityEducation

The purpose of this conference is to gather scholars interested in the study of women and gender inequities in education throughout the world. We hope to stimulate discussion surrounding the social, political and economic factors that impede the progressive role of women around the world. We intend to gather scholars of gender inequities and human rights in order to provoke discussion and thought surrounding these areas.

Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • The eradication of gender-based violence and its effect on social growth
  • The transformative power of education and its effect on women’s social, political and economic opportunities in developing nations
  • Opportunities for those in more gender-equitable societies to influence the circumstances of women on an international scale


Proposals for thirty minute papers should be emailed to by January 30, 2016. The proposal should include the title of the paper, a 200-word abstract, the author’s institutional affiliation and full contact information.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Centre of Inquiry on Liberal Education and Social Justice and Students for Change.

International Week Events: November 16 – 20

November 12, 2015

Join students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating diversity on campus and exploring international opportunities, programs and themes. An action-packed schedule of more than 50 cultural events, workshops, presentations and special events is planned.

Highlights include:

Nov. 12, 4-7pm – Western Goes Global: Cultural Showcase (pre-event)

Nov. 16, 12-3:30pm – International Week Opening Celebration

Nov. 17, 10am-3pm – Exchange Fair

Nov. 17, 4-7pm – World’s Challenge Challenge

Nov. 18, 10am-3pm – International Opportunities Fair

Nov. 18, 10:30-11:30am – Not Lost in Translation: Intercultural Communication

Nov. 18, 4-7pm – Africa–Western Collaboration Day

Nov. 19, 1-2pm – Author & Critic Panel: International Education in Global Times with Paul Tarc, Faculty of Education

Nov. 19, 3-5pm – Global London Café

Nov. 19, 3:30-6pm – Journeys of Migration: Hosted by the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations

Nov. 20, 11:30am-1:30pm – Cultural Community Tour: Downtown London, Then and Now

Nov. 20, 1:30-2:30pm – Songs of Many Lands, Don Wright Faculty of Music

Visit the Western International booth in the UCC Atrium all week and enter our Passport Contest! Or grab lunch at Green Leaf Café Tuesday to Friday for an international feast (featuring Korea, Morocco, Argentina and the UK).

For the full schedule and event details visit or download the Guidebook App on your smart phone and use code “westernstudent2015″

Dr. Paul Tarc speaking as part of Western’s International Week 2015 activities

November 10, 2015

“International Education in Global Times”

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Council Chambers, Room 315, University Community Centre

A unique Author & Critic Panel to discuss the complexities of engaging in international education across a “changing landscape” and the “educational effects of international encounters, experiences and lessons.” Discussion will be based on Paul Tarc’s 2013 book, International Education in Global Times: Engaging the Pedagogic.

Mark Franke, Director, Centre for Global Studies, Huron University College
Julie McMulin, Vice-Provost (International), Professor, Department of Sociology
Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre

Aisha Haque, Language and Communication Instructor, Teaching Support Centre

Presented by Western International.

For more information about International Week:  #globalwesternu

Paul Tarc is Associate Professor in the Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies academic research cluster, Faculty of Education at Western. His main research interests in progressive and critical modes of education are articulated through ‘post’-informed theories of globalization, representation, subjectivity and pedagogy. His first book, Global dreams, enduring tensions: International Baccalaureate (IB) in a changing world (2009), uses the IB as the focal point to historicize the ‘international’ of international education under globalization. In his former profession as a school teacher, Paul taught in South America, South-East Asia and Ontario.



International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

October 16, 2015

Please join us for the next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

by:  Professor Marianne Larsen, Faculty of Education

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location:  Room 1010, Faculty of Education Building

International service learning (ISL) programs are growing more popular with university students looking to advance their skills and knowledge to become global citizens. While the benefits of these programs among students are well documented, little is known about the implications they have on the host communities themselves. In this presentation, Marianne Larsen will talk about the work in her newly edited book entitled International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities.  Drawing primarily upon the  introduction and concluding chapters of the book, she will review the main findings from the case studies presented in the volume about the impact of ISL programs on Global South host communities and findings from the second section  of the book about of how we can re-envision relationships between ISL students, faculty/program planners, and host communities to create mutually engaging learning experiences. In particular, she will focus on the paradigm shift that is required to develop a relational approach to ISL partnerships, drawing upon Emmanuel Levinas’ work on human subjectivity, the ethics of the ‘Other’ and notion of responsibility to [and with] the ‘Other’.

All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

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Faculty Seminar Series: Dr. Zheng Zhang

September 16, 2015

The Changing Landscape of Literacy Curriculum in a Sino-Canada Transnational Education Program: An Actor-Network Theory Informed Case Study

Dr. Zheng Zhang
Faculty of Education

Thursday, September 17, 2015
12:00—1:00 pm
Room 1010, Faculty of Education

All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

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This seminar concerns an exploratory and interpretive case study of the literacy curricula in a Canadian transnational education program (pseudonym: SCS) delivered in China where Ontario secondary school curricula were used at the same time as the Chinese national high school curricula. Using ethnographic tools and actor-network theory, the study sought to understand and conceptualize the constituents, movements, and effects of the institutional, programmatic, and classroom literacy curricula in the program. The study found that many actors were responsible for the various and interrelated forms of literacy curricula from institutional to classroom. Actors included neoliberalism, educational entrepreneurs, and a philosophy of connecting the East and the West, which in particular affected the institutional curriculum. Major findings concern the instability of this novel form of transnational curriculum-making when it was translated into programmatic and classroom curricula. Throughout the descriptions of these actors and translations, the seminar highlights how the changing commitments and interests that mobilized SCS’s literacy curricula eventually enabled and constrained certain forms of literacy and identity options for SCS students. The seminar also addresses the possibilities illuminated by the network movements of cross-border curricula.