The conference theme in 2021: Northern Alternatives: Democratizing and Decolonizing Co-operative Theory and Practice Congress 2021 turns our attention to the North and invites northern peoples—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—to lead the conversation.
The conference theme in 2021: Northern Alternatives: Democratizing and Decolonizing Co-operative Theory and Practice
Congress 2021 turns our attention to the North and invites northern peoples—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—to lead the conversation. Although the North has a prominent place in the Canadian national imaginary, it is a place that too few know and understand as they could. The CASC theme, “Northern Alternatives: Democratizing and Decolonizing Co-operative Theory and Practice,” encourages delegates to explore, listen, and learn from different ways of knowing, to democratize and decolonize co-operative theory and practice, to share alternative visions of how we might respond to some of the most pressing matters of relation (to the land, to each other) in the North and between North and South: climate change, food sovereignty, governance, social justice, reconciliation, reciprocity, education, and a just recovery. Co-operative enterprises have historically brought together diverse groups of individuals to meet their economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations. In the current crisis conditions, this conference will discuss what racialized and marginalized communities have contributed to the co-operative movement and reflect critically on how effectively (or not) the co-operative movement has been democratized and decolonized to make spaces where diverse people from the North and the South can come together in solidarity to advance northern alternatives and a just recovery for all.
We invite proposals on any of the following broad themes of the conference.
- Building a co-operative movement: North and South, local and global
- Co-operatives and climate change
- Co-operatives and food sovereignty
- Co-operatives and Social Inclusion/Justice
- Co-operatives and the COVID pandemic
- Co-operatives and decent work
- Co-operative responses to renewed patterns of inequality (Gig economy, COVID, etc.)
- Reconciliation: Addressing colonialism and White supremacy
- Co-operatives and Marginalized Communities
- Co-operatives and Indigenous Communities
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Co-operative governance and member engagement
- Co-operatives as sites of democratic education
- Collective entrepreneurship as democratic practice
- Co-operative development for community and economic development
Please note that proposals on other topics involving co-operatives and co-operation are also welcome.
june 2 (Wednesday) - 4 (Friday) EDT