Call for Papers - Annual Conference - Society for Socialist Studies

The 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences will be held at the University of Calgary on Treaty 7 territory in Alberta. Society for Socialist Studies sessions will take place from May 31 to June 3.

The theme of the Conference is ‘Energizing Class Struggles: Race, Gender and Colonialism.’ Click here to read the full Call for Papers.

If you wish to submit a proposal for a paper, please go to our conference website by clicking here.

The ‘submit an abstract’ button is under the first paragraph. You will first be asked to register, with a user name and password (of your creation). Then, choose the ‘conference track’ (i.e., session) best suited to your paper. If your paper does not seem to fit into any of the listed sessions, choose the track, ‘General Paper’, and we will try to find a place for it.

Paper titles and abstracts (maximum of 100 words) should be submitted beforeFridayJanuary 29, 2016.

For general information on Congress 2016, see:

Some funding will also be available for travel grants. Given our limited resources, we will give priority to applications from low-income individuals, students and contract faculty (particularly those without access to other funds from their universities).

Keynote Speaker: Glen Coulthard

“Red Capital: A Critique of Settler Political Economy"

red skin white masksDescription: My talk will provide an introduction to a critique of settler political economy. The questions I examine began to emerge as I undertook research for my work on gentrification and Indigenous land and sovereignty struggles in urban centres such as Vancouver. In doing so I started to engage the work of Marxist geographer David Harvey, who in Rebel Cities examines urban development as core to the accumulation and life of capital, which then leads him to champion urban spaces and social movements as core to revolutionary social change. What is striking in its absence, however, is the centrality of extractivist capitalist development in settler colonial states like Canada and the US, especially given three dominant features of our current neo-liberal condition: 1) the ongoing decline in our domestic manufacturing base and resultant outsourcing to the Global South for cheap labour and manufacturing sites; 2) geopolitical instabilities resulting in a tempered aversion (at least stated as such) from acquiring desired resources from unstable regions in the world (“dirty oil,” “blood diamonds,” etc.); and 3) the clear “turn inward” to devour our own land and resource base through increased extractivism as a result of 1) and 2). Through an Indigenized reading of Marx’s “primitive accumulation” thesis, which I first undertake in Red Skin, White Masks, my talk will better situate both urban and rural capitalist development within the frame of ongoing settler-colonization that highlights the centrality of Indigenous land defense as a mode of radical social change.

Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought (marxism, anarchism, post-colonialism). His most recent work on Frantz Fanon and the politics of recognition won Contemporary Political Theory’s Annual Award for Best Article of the Year in 2007. He is Yellowknives Dene. For more information, please see:
Call for Nominations - Errol Sharpe Book Prize

As a tribute to the robust scholarship undertaken by its members and to recognize their publication achievements, the Society for Socialist Studies conducts an annual book prize for a significant contribution to socialist research in Canada.

The prize includes an award of $500 and will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society in the Spring of 2016 for a book published in 2015. Nominations (including self-nominations) are welcomed from any member of the Society.

Nominated books should be pro-socialist in approach, where “socialism” is very broadly conceived. The prize is for single or jointly authored original books, excluding edited collections, textbooks, and translations.

The authors should ask their publishers to supply four hard copies for the jury. If a publisher is not prepared to provide such books, these could come from its allotment of copies to an author and will be returned to the author by the jury.

In the case of books nominated by someone other than their authors, the nominator must have secured permission from an author for the nomination. E-mail addresses of an author should be included in a nomination.

Nominations should be sent to: Marjorie Griffin Cohen ( no later than February 15, 2015.

Membership Renewal

Membership in the Society for Socialist Studies runs annually from April 1 to March 31. We offer a special $10 rate to student, retired, low income and unemployed members, and just $20 for full members.

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