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S.D. Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society

November 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

The 3rd Annual SD Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society follows the theme: The Future of Canada’s Territorial Borders and Personal Boundaries.

Canadian identity, governmentality, and security are affected by both the permeability and the strengthening of national borders and personal boundaries. In this symposium, leading figures in the study of borders and boundaries—sociologists, political scientists, and geographers—analyze and debate the contested Arctic, the securitization of the Canada/U.S. border, and the Internet’s threat to personal sovereignty. Participants include John Hannigan, Ron Deibart, Heather Nicol, Klaus Dodds, Alison Mountz, and Emily Gilbert.  Download the 2017 SD Clark poster and schedule.

9:30 Refreshments

10:-00 “Opening Remarks,” Robert Brym, SD Clark Chair, Sociology, U of T

Morning Session: 10.15 – 12.00

“Bordered Futures in a Borderless World,” John Hannigan, Sociology, U of T

“The Cyber-world and its Boundaries,” Ron Deibert, Political Science, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T

Discussant: Heather Nicol, Geography, Trent University

Afternoon Session: 1.30 – 3.30

“Contesting Borders in the Arctic,” Klaus Dodds, Geopolitics, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Securitization along the Canada-US Border,” Alison Mountz, Geography, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

Discussant: Emily Gilbert, Canadian Studies and Geography, U of T

The event is free and all are welcome to attend; however registration (here) is required. For more information and accessibility assistance, contact anna.slavina@mail.utoronto.ca.


East Common Room, Hart House
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada