What is InSight?InSight is an annual undergraduate conference for IDS students. Held in conjunction with CASID’s annual meeting and as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities, this conference is an incredible opportunity for students to both meet each other, and to meet some of the heavy hitters of International Development in Canada. This year, InSight is being held in June 2017 at the University of Toronto.
What’s the story behind InSight?
Many years ago, when International Development was a fraught land of failed structural adjustment programs and post-post-everything, some students journeyed many miles to a land far, far away called Manitoba. It was there they found the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) Annual Meeting, and good academic times were had by all. Times were so good, in fact, that it was decided that international development students should have their own annual meeting. That meeting was InSight – and the first thing that came out of it was the Undercurrent (beautiful story, eh?).
InSight ran alongside the CASID Annual Meeting from 2004 to 2009. It may come as no surprise that many of those early attendees have gone on to be program managers at WUSC, logistics coordinators at MSF, and professors—basically all-star people. Never been to a conference before? May as well go to one meant to be useful for undergrads.
In 2014, in honour of the Undercurrent’s 10th birthday, we decided to revive InSight. Students and Undercurrent staff gathered together at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in conjunction with CASID’s Annual Meeting and as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities.
Why should I go to InSight?
Attendance is highly correlated with success later in life. Going to this conference will:1) Make you smarter! InSight provides the chance to learn from some of the best & brightest minds in Canada. Last years’ Congress included speeches from the likes of Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, David Plotz, the Editor in Chief of Slate, and Lyse Doucet, the BBC's Chief International Correspondent.
2) Make you known! The CASID Annual Meeting, along with InSight, is the single biggest meeting of International Development academics in Canada. Professors from around the country being able to put a face to a name when you email them goes a long, long way (see: success later in life).