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Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Nineteenth Biennial Conference

September 27-30, 2007

Hotel Fort Garry, Winnipeg

Ethnicity, Civil Society, and Public Policy: Engaging Cultures in a Globalizing World

**Late abstracts will still be considered and every effort will be made to accommodate them - time and schedule permitting**



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In keeping with the conference theme of civil society in a globalising world CESA is hosting a number of speakers from the developing world who are experts on ethnic inclusion in their respective nations.  These speakers will offer their perspectives on minority inclusion in civil governance and will consider alternative models used to achieve this end. We hope that these views from the outside will bring our Canadian model into clearer focus and give us the understanding to enable us to develop better policy to ensure that the goal of ethnic inclusion in governance is fully achieved.  Canada’s model of multiculturalism is not without its critics and may not necessarily fit all societies.  How far can the Canadian experience be used as a template for the development of policy in other societies?  What can Canadian policy-makers learn from the experiences of other countries?  These and other issues will fuel debate and lead to an exchange of views that will be mutually beneficial.


Apart from this theme of minority rights and ethnic inclusion which will be the focus of our plenary sessions the conference program offers a plethora of papers that range widely through the field of ethnic studies.  Presenters represent a variety of disciplines, including sociology, history, geography, religious studies, linguistics, politics, folklore, and food science. This will be a meeting that will offer the eclecticism and excitement of a truly interdisciplinary conference.


For those who are unfamiliar with western Canada the conference offers a pre-conference half-day field trip that will provide a rare insight into one of the world’s last communistic agricultural societies.  The Hutterite Brethren have maintained their faith and distinctive communal way of life on agricultural colonies since their arrival in North America in 1874.  Join us on September 27 and bring your camera. 


The Howard Palmer Memorial Award is given for the best student paper.  Student presenters who wish their paper to be considered for this award of $500.00 and free conference registration should submit a copy of their paper to CESA C/O Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 2E9.  Papers should be received before the end of August.  A panel of three independent judges will evaluate the papers. 


On Thursday, September 27, 2007 kick off the conference weekend by joining us on a field trip to the James Valley Hutterite Colony just west of Winnipeg.

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Abstracts of 250 words or less must include the paper title the name(s) of the authors, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.  Follow the template provided at the end of this announcement. Send abstracts by e-mail to
cesa@uwinnipeg.ca. Please indicate CESA 2007 in the e-mail subject line.  Please indicate whether you are proposing to present a regular paper, a poster, or a round table discussion.

While electronic submissions are preferable, abstracts may also be mailed to:


                                  CESA 2007 Conference
                                  Canadian Ethnic Studies Association
                                  c/o The Department of Geography
                                  The University of Winnipeg
                                  515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

                                  E-mail:  cesa@uwinnipeg.ca             
                           Telephone:  (204) 786-9224




We anticipate that selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada.  To be considered for publication in the special issue, papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines and submitted to the journal no later than two weeks after the conference. 



Paper title:

Abstract (no more than 250 words):

Full address:




Single space the text and use a regular font such as Times New Roman 12 point font.  Do not use italics unless necessary for foreign words or special terms.  Abstracts may be in English or French.  Abstracts should be in the language the author will use to present the paper. The abstract should be concise and indicate the salient points of the paper.  



 The 2007 CESA conference will be held in Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel.  Follow the link below for hotel information.  Participants should make their own accomodation arrangements and specify that they are attending the CESA 2007 conference in order to obtain the conference rate.


The Fort Garry Hotel

Destination Winnipeg

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