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CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest



The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) seeks to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Canadian refugee and forced migration research.  The Association aims to engage graduate students as active members of the Canadian refugee research community, and invites graduate students to participate in the fourth annual CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest. 

The CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest will recognize the most outstanding research produced by graduate students in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.  The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to present their work at the 6th Annual CARFMS Conference, which will take place May 7-9 in Montreal, Quebec. 

Papers submitted to the Graduate Student Essay Contest may address any issue relevant to refugee and forced migration studies, in Canada or elsewhere. 

The selection committee will shortlist three authors. In cooperation with the Refugee Research Network, CARFMS will provide funding to contribute to the costs of shortlisted authors’ travel to the 2014 Annual CARFMS Conference in Montreal. Subject to peer review, high quality short-listed papers will be considered for publication as working papers on the CARFMS website. 

·        Participants in the contest must be members of CARFMS, or join the association in advance of the 2014 Conference. 
·        Participants must be Canadian graduate students (Master’s or PhD), or international students registered at a Canadian university. Law school students are eligible to participate in the contest. Papers from any disciplinary background are welcome. 
·        The student must be the sole author of the submitted paper. 
·        The authors of shortlisted papers are encouraged to present their work in person at the 2014 CARFMS Conference, but students may participate in the competition even if they cannot attend the conference. 

Application process and editorial guidelines 
·        Papers must be submitted on-line at by 5:00 PM EST,  January 31st, 2014. 
·        Papers may be submitted in either English or French. 
·        Papers must not exceed 7,500 words or 30 double-spaced pages. Please use 12-point font and standard margins. 
·        Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, setting out the main arguments or findings of the paper. 
·        Papers should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition), or the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (5th Edition) for essays in law. 
·        The papers will be evaluated through an anonymous review process. Submissions should include a cover page indicating the title of the article and the author’s name and institutional affiliation. This cover page will be removed before the review process.  Please do not include any identifying information in the rest of the paper. 
·        Submissions that do not meet the basic editorial guidelines will not be reviewed by the assessment committee. 
Any questions should be directed to: 
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD 
International Studies/Centre for Refugee Studies, York University 



L’Association Canadienne d’études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée cherche à encourager une communauté académique indépendante qui se consacre à l’avancement et la diffusion de la recherche canadienne sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. L’Association vise à impliquer les étudiants des cycles supérieurs comme membres actifs de la communauté canadienne de recherche sur les réfugiés, et invite les étudiants des cycles supérieurs à participer au quatrième Concours annuel d’essais de la CARFMS. 

Le Concours d’essais pour étudiants de cycles supérieurs de la CARFMS reconnaîtra la recherche la plus remarquable réalisée par des étudiants de cycles supérieurs dans le domaine des études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés seront invités à présenter leurs travaux durant la 6èmeConférence Annuelle de la CARFMS, qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 mai 2014 à Montréal, Québec. 

Les travaux soumis au Concours peuvent aborder toute question pertinente et en lien avec les études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée, au Canada ou ailleurs. 

Trois essais seront présélectionnés. Pour tous les auteurs présélectionnés, la CARFMS contribuera aux frais de voyage liés à leur participation à la Conférence Annuelle du CARFMS, en coopération avec le Réseau de Recherche sur les Réfugiés (Refugee Research Network). 

Après une revue de paires favorables, des essais de haute qualité seront considérés pour publication comme documents de travail de recherche au site web de la CARFMS. 

·        Les participants au concours doivent être membres de la CARFMS, ou joindre l’Association avant la Conférence annuelle 2014. 
·        Les participants doivent être des étudiants canadiens de cycles supérieurs (maîtrise ou doctorat), ou des étudiants étrangers inscrits à une université canadienne. Les étudiants des Facultés de droit sont éligibles à participer au concours. Les travaux provenant de toute discipline seront les bienvenus. 
·        Les étudiants doivent être les seuls auteurs de l’essai soumis au concours. 
·        Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés sont encouragés à présenter leurs travaux en personne durant la Conférence Annuelle de la CARFMS. Toutefois, les étudiants ne pouvant être présents à la Conférence seront éligibles à participer au concours. 

Processus d’application et directives éditoriales 
·        Les essais doivent être soumis en ligne au : avant 17h , le 31 janvier 2014. 
·        Les essais peuvent être soumis en français ou en anglais. 
·        Les essais ne doivent pas dépasser 7,500 mots ou 30 pages double interligne. Prière d’utiliser une police de 12 points et des marges ‘standard’. 
·        Les propositions d’essai doivent inclure un résumé de 150 mots présentant les principaux arguments ou résultats. 
·        Les essais doivent suivre le Chicago Manual of Style (15ème édition), ou le Manuel Canadien de la référence juridique (5ème édition) pour les essais en Droit. 
·        Les essais seront évalués par un processus anonyme de révision. Les propositions d’essais doivent inclure une page titre indiquant le titre de l’essai et le nom de l’auteur ainsi que son institution d’affiliation. La page titre sera retirée avant le processus de révision. Prière de ne pas inclure des informations pouvant vous identifier dans le reste du document. 
·        Les propositions d’essai qui ne respectent pas les directives éditoriales ne seront pas révisées par le comité d’évaluation. 

Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec : 
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD 

Call for Posters for the Muskoka Summit on the Environment

Call for Posters - 2014 

Muskoka Summit on the Environment (MSE) is a biennial event that provides a forum for the public to explore and debate pressing environmental issues with leading thinkers in the field. The aim of the MSE is to promote an open dialogue between science and policy, so that current scientific knowledge on environmental issues is used effectively to inform government policy and management actions. 

The third Summit, entitled Environment vs Economy: Resolving the Dichotomy, will be held in Bracebridge, Ontario on May 8-9th, 2014. We look forward to a thought-provoking and stimulating discussion, which will challenge preconceived ideas and create fresh and creative approaches to the issue. 

The MSE Organizing Committee invites submission of abstracts for posters that describe innovative and exciting research (ongoing and completed) in the fields of environmental science or studies/policy related to our broad theme of valuing the environment, and closing the gap between economic and environmental considerations. Posters are encouraged from academia (especially graduate students), government, industry and the NGO community, and will provide researchers with a forum to present and discuss their findings with meeting participants at the Summit reception. 

Abstract and Poster Specifications 

All abstracts should be submitted in English as a Microsoft Word document, with the following additional specifications: 

  •  Title: in all caps, 14 pt, bold font, and must not exceed 200 characters. 
  •  Authors’ names and contact information: 12 pt, bold font, full names and contact information, including mailing and e-mail addresses. 
  • Body of abstract: 12 pt, normal font, and must not exceed 200 words exclusive of the title or author information. Please also indicate if the lead author is a student. 

 Posters must not exceed the following dimensions: 44” wide by 35” high. 

How to Submit 

  • Poster abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to before February 28th, 2014. 
  • As poster space is limited, abstracts will be reviewed by the MSE Organizing Committee, and presenters will be contacted by March 21st, 2014 regarding the status of their submission. 

** Student Poster Award ** 

The MSE will also be holding its first ever Student Poster Award, which will be presented at the Banquet on Thursday, May 8th, 2014. 

PDF version: 2014-Call_for_Posters

Call for Abstracts: CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting 2014

Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24, 2014

York University, Toronto, ON


Download the Call for Papers (PDF 120KB)

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Results Announced: Thursday, November 14, 2013  

Paper Submission Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2014 

This is a call for abstracts for the 5th Annual Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) PhD Winter Research Meeting in Toronto from

Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 23, 2014.

The PhD Winter Research Meeting will bring members of the PhD Cluster working in different disciplines together at York University, along with faculty and non-faculty discussants, to develop works-in-progress. CBERN aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. An important aim of CBERN is to support the next generation of researchers and practitioner-scholars from across Canada. This annual meeting features professional development workshops, networking, and opportunities for research development post event. Accommodations will be provided at the Executive Learning Centre Hotel at the Schulich School of Business, York University.


Participants must be registered in a PhD program at a Canadian institution, and working on a dissertation or substantial research project in business ethics, broadly defined*.

Membership in the Cluster is free, and requires only that students join the Network. If you are not yet a member, please join here.

Workshop Format

All participants will present and discuss a work-in-progress, which could include a paper they intend to send for publication, a paper they are preparing for a conference, or a chapter of their PhD dissertation.

Papers will be made available to all participants for comment and pre-event discussion three weeks before the workshop, in a secure area on the CBERN website.

During the weekend meeting, each paper will be discussed during a one-hour session. This will include a 10 minute review of the paper, followed by a 40 minute critical discussion aimed at exploring and developing this work from different disciplinary and cross-sector perspectives, leading off with responses from senior faculty and professionals working in sectors relevant to the topic. To focus time on discussion, presenters are encouraged to limit PowerPoint presentations (if used) to 5 slides.


Each discussion session will involve at least one faculty and one government, industry or NGO advisor. Advisors will review papers in advance and provide critical feedback to the students at the workshop. In past meetings, we have involved up to 12 faculty and over 20 non-faculty advisors in this meeting, providing a valuable range of expertise in discussing and developing PhD research questions and projects.


Submission Details
  • Abstracts from PhDs at all stages of the degree process are welcomed.
  • The deadline for submitting an abstract is Sunday, November 10, 2013.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 400 words.
  • Please include author, title, overview of argument or approach to the research problem, and potential contribution to theory and practice.
  • You will also need to provide the following information with your abstract. This information will be used for a CBERN application to the SSHRC Connection grant program (see submission form for details):
    • Information from your academic CV
    • A shortened version of your abstract (150 words)
    • A paragraph explaining how you will contribute value to the meeting through your presentation and participation in this cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral program.  
  • The deadline for submitting a complete paper is Monday, February 24, 2014. 
  • Complete papers should be no more than 20 pages double-spaced.

We aim to include as many participants as possible. However, space will be limited to 14-16 participants. Those accepted to present at the Winter Research Meeting will be contacted by Thursday, November 14, 2013, and asked to submit a full paper, at which time you must confirm your registration for the meeting.


Registration is a condition for travel subsidization, meals and accommodations during the event.   Confirming registration for the meeting includes agreeing to substantial participation in online discussion of the papers to be presented (your own and those of other students) in advance of the event.


Please submit your abstract online at:   


CBERN will reimburse the cost of travel based on a rate card indexed to the most economical fares to Toronto by region, and will arrange and pay for all meals and accommodations during the workshop.


Please note that adherence to the submission guidelines is a condition of eligibility for reimbursement from CBERN. This includes submitting your completed paper to the PhD Research Meeting workspace by the deadline of Monday, February 24, 2014, and online discussion in advance of the event.


To confirm your eligibility for reimbursement and for complete travel reimbursement policies, please contact Judy Patla, Project Coordinator:


Knowledge Mobilization & Networking

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) will host a series of followup webinars featuring selected papers. This unique opportunity will facilitate discussion of works in progress by participants with the CBSR membership and wider community online. Information about the 2013 Research Directions Webinar series is available here:  


Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy ( will help to identify advisors in the public, non-profit and private sectors for PhD works-in-progress.


*Research in Business Ethics

CBERN's mandate is to support and raise the profile of Canadian multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research in business and economic ethics, broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, research in business (management, leadership, finance, governance, public administration, entrepreneurship, consumer behaviour), economics, law, philosophy, geography, environmental studies, political science, sociology, religious studies, history, and organizational psychology. Some broad themes include corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, stakeholder engagement, accountability, corporate governance, community economic development, meaningful work and sustainability.


For more information, please contact Hilary Martin, PhD Program Coordinator  


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Call for Expressions of Interest The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: A country-by-country analysis of responsible business and social entrepreneurship

Sustainable enterprise – including social responsibility, environmental management,
corporate citizenship, business ethics, social enterprise and green entrepreneurship – has, over the past decade, moved from the fringes to the mainstream. Sustainable enterprise has also evolved from being a largely Western, developed country phenomenon to being a diverse, ‘glocal’ practice, with rapid take-up and many exciting innovations coming from developing countries and economies in transition.Building on the foundation that was laid by The World Guide to CSR (2010), this new edited collection will bring together powerful summaries of the best academic research and practical
cases on sustainable enterprise from countries around the world. However, unlike The World Guide to CSR, the emphasis of the new volume will be on sustainable business and social entrepreneurship, rather than traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) and
philanthropic approaches. There will also be a stronger focus on case studies.

The book will select up to 100 country chapters (2,000 words each) and also have chapters for
8 regions (4,000 words each), including:
• Central, Eastern & Southern Asia
• Eastern & Southern Europe
• Northern & Central America & Caribbean
• Northern & Western Europe
• Northern Africa & Western Asia (Middle East)
• Oceania & South-Eastern Asia
• South America
• Sub-Saharan Africa

Each chapter of the book will include the following sections:

Section Description Word count
Word count
Regional or national context Introductory facts to provide an
500 250
Priority issues Data on economic, social and
environmental challenges
500 250
State and trends Research on sustainable
enterprise in the region/country
750 250
Policies Relevant regional or national
legislation and voluntary codes
750 250
Case studies or projects Up to five best practice cases
(national) or projects (regional)
1,000 750
Further resources Up to five business associations
active in sustainable enterprise
300 150
References Up to five recommended reports
or articles
200 100

The full timetable is as follows:
• Autumn 2013 – Submission of expressions of interest (by 31 October 2013)
• Winter 2013 – Selection of contributors (by 15 December 2013)
• Spring 2014 – Submission of first draft chapters (by 31 April 2014)
• Summer 2014 – Editors comments and requested revisions (by 31 August 2014)
• Autumn 2014 – Submission of revised chapters (by 31 October 2014)
• Winter 2014 – Finalisation of manuscript (by 15 December 2014)
• Spring 2015 – Publication and launch of book (by 31 April 2015)

Next Steps
If you believe that you are well placed to write a 4,000 word regional chapter or a 2,000 word country chapter, please send a short motivation statement (max. 250 words), one sample of your writing (chapter or article) and a CV (including a list of publications) to:

Inclusion Day Conference

Inclusion Day Conference 
  EVERY_BODY: Rethinking the Bodies that Belong 
January 23, 2014, York University - Keele Campus

York University’s Centre for Human Rights is hosting its 5th annual Inclusion Day Conference. This one-day conference will include sessions where participants will have the opportunity to explore the concepts of inclusion and belonging through a human rights lens. 

Keynote speakers, session presenters and workshop facilitators will have the opportunity to engage attendees in critically analyzing notions of space and the bodies that are/are not included. We are inviting submissions that focus on human rights related areas, including but not limited to: 

·        Indigenous knowledge 
·        Intersectional identities 
·        Race and racialization 
·        Gender expression/expectations/performance 
·        (dis)Abilities
·        Religion/Spirituality 
·        Knowledge production and pedagogy 
·        Athletics as a culture 
·        Politics of Space 
·        Sexual orientation


Presenters may submit proposals for a 60 minute session in one of the following formats:  

·        Roundtable discussion 
·        Do-it-Yourself  (DIY) workshop 
·        Individual or panel presentation 
·        Interactive workshop 
·        Dialogue process 
·        Artistic/Creative presentation & discussion 

Proposals must be submitted no later than Thursday, November 29, 2013, either by: 
online submission: or email submission to: or  as a .doc or .pdf 

For more information or to request the proposal in an alternate format contact: 

Josephine Tcheng ( Advisor, Education & Communications, Centre for Human Rights | S327 Ross Building | York University | T: 416-736-5682 | TTY: 


Please see file below for registration. 

Call for Proposals 2014