We will be kicking off our 21st annual graduate student conference (un)masking with a keynote presentation from Institute of Political Economy alum, Dr. Lindsey McKay!

Dr. Lindsey McKay is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Sociology, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Colombia. She is a sociologist and political economist of health, medicine, and care work focused on social relations of power and inequality. While teaching dominates her daily work, she publishes on care work, specifically parental leave, and organ donation for transplantation. She is a co-investigator on “Reimagining Care/Work Policy,” a SSHRC Partnership grant (2020-2027). Dr. McKay completed her MA at the Institute of Political Economy (2000) and her PhD in Sociology in the Collaborative Political Economy Specialization (2015) at Carleton University. We are thrilled to have Dr. McKay return to the Institute (virtually) to kick off our conference the morning of Thursday, February 25 to share her research in this keynote presentation, “”Back to ‘normal’? Prospects for a more just post-pandemic world”.

Following Dr. McKay’s presentation, hear from graduate students and alumni from the Institute of Political Economy and the broader Carleton community on their research. We will also be joined by many of our cross-appointed faculty members and collaborative PhD students who have graciously offered to moderate our panels. The theme of this year’s conference is (un)masking. After an undoubtedly tumultuous year, and in an unprecedented time in history, we invite you to this year’s two-day event held virtually via Zoom. Through this interdisciplinary conference, we strive to create a welcoming, collaborative environment where students, faculty, and community members alike can engage with the issues, processes, and injustices that dominated news headlines throughout 2020, and reshaped our daily lives.

Our panelists presentations over the two days of the conference will speak to the following themes (full schedule):

  • Digital and Data Capitalism: Imagining Future Governance
  • Accessibility and Affordability: Wealth Inequality and Housing
  • Precarity and Pay: Im/Migration and Labour in Canada
  • Protest and Politics: Mobilizing Resistance
  • The Politics of Care, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Capitalism, Consumption, and Crisis
  • Labour and Justice: Towards Worker Solidarity
  • Colonialism and Necropolitics in Global Contexts

This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Registrants are invited to attend as much or as little as the conference as they would like. An email containing the Zoom meeting invites will be sent out to registrants the day prior to the conference.

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