Monthly Archives: November 2013

Engagement in Canadian digital frontier

KIAS invites you to participate in this important initiative:

“The Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure (DI) has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to get fresh ideas for how to build a world-leading advanced DI ecosystem for Canada.

Your input is important and will inform the development of a policy framework and roadmap for achieving an advanced DI. Visit the Council’s new website at and participate early in the campaign.

Broad participation from the entire DI community will help ensure a more integrated, inclusive, comprehensive, accessible and sustainable advanced DI ecosystem that will accelerate research, education and innovation in all sectors, and at all levels.

The campaign is open to all researchers, academic administrators, project managers in government and academe, students, policy makers and anyone else who stands to use and benefit from an advanced DI ecosystem in Canada. Please share this notice widely through your networks.”

For more information, please visit:


Border Studies – Where Do We Draw the Line?

Social Sciences & Humanities Annual Research Conversations

Lois Harder, Professor and Associate Dean Research – Faculty of Arts

Border Studies – Where Do We Draw the Line?

You’re invited to attend four 10 minute talks on a diverse range of interesting, important and topical border studies topics. A reception and doctoral poster fair will follow. 

Date and time:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm 
Location: Room 150, TELUS Centre, University of Alberta
Free admission. Everyone welcome

The Politics of Immigration and the Re-bordering of Canadian Citizenship and Identity 
Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Faculty of Arts
Talk addresses ethnicity, citizenship status, anti-racism and surveillance topics to assess recent policy shifts and trends governing immigration and multiculturalism in Canada, with a special emphasis on the period since 2000. Considerable evidence suggests there are distinct and hardening forms of social exclusion and inequality in Canada.  In this sense, there is a re-bordering of Canadian citizenship and identity occurring in the 21st century.

Borders Between Professionals and the Enabling of Corporate Corruption
Royston Greenwood, Alberta School of Business
A striking feature of recent cases of corporate corruption is the inability of professionals and professional firms (such as audit firms, rating agencies, investment analysts and law firms) to recognize and publicize that corruption. The failure by professionals to detect corporate corruption may be the result of institutional ascription within professional networks. Institutional ascription occurs as professionals ascribe probity and diligence to the behaviour of other professionals. One underlying cause may be the lack of appropriate borders between professional firms, and between firms and their clients.

The Systemic Disadvantage of First Nations Children: By Accident or by Design?
Cindy Blackstock, Faculty of Extension

Poverty, poor housing, substance misuse complicated by inequitable services undermine the success of First Nations children. All of these factors can be addressed using evidence based approaches and yet progress has been marginal. This raises the question of whether the chronic disadvantage experienced by First Nations children is by accident or by design.

Work-Life Boundaries: The Next Generation
Janet Fast, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
The last several decades of scholarship focused on the ‘spillover’ across traditional boundaries between paid work and other aspects of workers’ lives focused on paid work and child care responsibilities—with practice aimed at strategies for maintaining separation between these two (public/private) spheres. Now, with an aging population focus is turning to the increasing numbers of Canadians who must integrate paid work with elder care, sometimes in addition to child care—with practice now focused on achieving better work-life integration. Janet will reflect on the social and institutional drivers and implications of these trends in the face of even faster workforce aging and increasing emphasis on global economic competitiveness.

KIAS research recipient selected for Canada Research Chair

We’re thrilled to hear that Dr. Marcia Ostashewski has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC)!

Dr. Ostashewski was a KIAS Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012, and worked on a very interdisciplinary project including: Ukrainian dance, culture in Cape Breton,  Aboriginal/Ukrainian encounters and relations on the prairies of Canada. Clearly all the hard work is being recognized!

Dr. Ostashewski will be the Cape Breton University CRC in Communities and Cultures and her award is for $100,000 annually for five years. In addition to the CRC funding, both researchers will receive funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), with Ostashewski receiving close to $500,000.

Dr. Marcia Ostashewski

Dr. Marcia Ostashewski