Canada at a Crossroads?  Graduate Student Conference

January 17-18, 2019
Carleton University, Ottawa
Keynote Address by Dr. Stephen White

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The Conference

Canadian politics appears to be in a state of flux. A revitalized Liberal Party of Canada is preparing for re-election against a divided opposition. Pipeline politics are reigniting debates about federalism. And marginalized groups, including victims of sexual violence, struggle to find justice in our political system. Is Canadian democracy at a crossroads?

The conference is an opportunity to present and receive feedback on research from a scholarly audience. Proposals are welcome on a wide variety of topics relating to Canadian politics and government, including: institutions, political participation, public policy, political economy, Indigenous politics, women and gender, international relations, and political theory.

There is no conference registration fee. Participants are invited to professional development seminars and a keynote address by Dr. Stephen White. Carleton faculty are serving as panel discussants. The Bell Chair will host a banquet for all participants on January 17, 2019.


  • Submission deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Notification of selection: October 31, 2018
  • Papers due: January 3, 2019
  • Conference dates: January 17-18, 2019

Travel and Accommodations

Travel funding will be available for those coming from outside Ottawa. Participants are also encouraged to seek funding from their home Department/University.

Ottawa has a variety of accommodations for visitors, including hotels and hostels. The conference hotel is The Business Inn and Suites. When booking with them, please reference the Bell Chair Graduate Student Conference.

Why Visit Ottawa?

The Bell Chair graduate conference provides you with a unique opportunity to visit the nation’s capital and the centre of Canadian politics. The winter is one of the best times to see Ottawa and its fabulous indoor and outdoor activities.

Things to See and Do

  • Take a tour of Parliament
  • Visit the National Art Gallery, the Mint, and museums (War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • See the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Tour Rideau Hall
  • Skate the Rideau Canal
  • Visit Gatineau Park