Do co-operatives hold the answer to some of the challenges faced by the Canadian economy and society?
The question will be explored at this year’s conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, from 30 May – 2 June at Ryerson University in Toronto.
The association has collected research proposals for presentation at the conference, which is themed Envisioning the Next 150 Years of Co-operation.
Organisers are now going throough abstracts to choose papers for the event, which will discuss topics related to co-operatives and economic, social, environmental or organisational sustainability, as well as “the new cooperativism”.
Academics at the conference have been asked to focus on co-operatives and marginalised communities, co-operatives and social protection, co-operative value chains, member participation within co-operatives, history of co-operation in Canada or platform co-operativism.
The conference will take place during the Annual Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS).
CASC is also holding a case study competition with monetary prizes awarded for the best cases. These have to have a detailed focus on a particular institution or practice and can involve pedagogical intent and specific recommendations for teaching use or research.