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Imagining a Future Canada: An Interdisciplinary Conference | March 2-4th, 2017

In an increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing recognition of our interdependence. The Visions for Canada, 2042 conference explored ways innovative collaboration among researchers and the community may be the most effective response to Canada’s future challenges.

Civil servants, non-governmental organizers, university faculty, graduate students and alumni from across the ‘civic’ disciplines participated in a three night, two day conference to discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042.

Following the model of the Faculty of Public Affairs’s most innovative and renowned academic units – such as the Institute of Political Economy, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and the Kroeger College of Public Affairs — this conference was founded on a commitment to the value of interdisciplinary research on Canada’s future. This conference provided an opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of the Faculty of Public Affairs in Canada’s Capital to connect with those in Ottawa engaged in policy-making and governance.

Conference Papers

Visions for Canada, 2042 – Final Program 

The role of multilingual radio stations in the development of Canadian society – Kaliberda, Elena

The Future of Journalism in Canada – Aske, Sherry

Shaping Canada: Students as Activists – Bueckert, Michael , FitzGerald Murphy, Maggie , Khan, Ridhwan , Montgomery, Lauren , Orr, Steven and Przednowek, Anna

Mapping the Borderland of the Knowledge Society: International Portfolios and Global Partnerships of Universities in Transition – Szyszlo, Peter

Stephen Saideman Presentation Notes: Academics in the Media Landscape: The Role of the Scholar-Columnist-Bloggers – Saideman, S.M. (Stephen M.)

In Defense of Majoritarianism  – Winer, S.L. (Stanley)

Speculative Design/Indigenous Futurisms – Hoque, Anna Shah

FPA Roundtable – Speaking Notes – Bivens, R. (Rena)

There’s an App for That? : The Unicorns of Speculative Design – Farrall, Joanne

Dean’s Message – Plourde, A. (André)

Building the Parliament of 2042: Fostering cross-party cooperation – Thomas, Paul E.J.

Pathways : Managing the complexity and uncertainty of low-carbon transitions – Rosenbloom, Daniel

Intersectionality as a Politics of Caring Attention – Ghandeharian, Sacha

Climate Policy in Canada: Drivers, Trends and Barriers – Gunn, C. (Christopher M.) and Khan, H.U. (Hashmat)

A Feminist Foreign Policy for Canada by 2042?: Prospects, Possibilities and Pitfalls – Robinson, F. (Fiona)

Canada’s Standard of Living in 2042 : Will Policy Keep Pace with Technology? – Gunn, C. (Christopher M.) and Khan, H.U. (Hashmat)

There’s an App for that? : Imagining a Canadian future free from sexual and racial violence through speculative design – Bivens, R. (Rena) , Hoque, Anna Shah , Farrall, Joanne and Rajani, Nasreen

On the Record, Off-Script: Exit Interviews with Former MLAs in Nova Scotia – Cockram, Louise

Reimagining Government with the Ethics of Care: A Department of Care – FitzGerald Murphy, Maggie

Thinking with trans- masculinities in times of crises – Irving, D. (Dan)

Internationalization Strategies for the Global Knowledge Society – Szyszlo, Peter



Videos of Some of the Events

Lunch and Special Lunchtime Event: A Debate on Reform of the Electoral System in Canada
Presenters: William Cross, David McGrane, and Stanley Winer

Closing Keynote Lecture: Reconciliation, Resurgence and Renewal: An Alternative Vision for Canada 2042
Dr. Kiera Ladner

Lunch and Special Lunchtime Event: The Future of Journalism in Canada
Presenters: Sherry Aske, Amanda Connolly, Emily Kennedy, Matthew Pearson, Chris Waddell

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