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.


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