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 on June 3-5 at the University of Ottawa. The theme for this year’s conference is Capital Ideas.
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.
Last year, 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).
3) Make you a (better) professional!
Get a short or long manuscript published in the Undercurrent? Present it at the conference. Have an idea for a panel, debate or session? Send our Editor-in-Chief an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we’ll help you make it happen. Access the stellar services of Congress’ career corner. You need the experience, and the professional world wants you to have it.
How can I be a part of this?!
We’re glad you asked! Are you interested in running a presentation, session, panel, or debate at InSight? Send a proposal to our EIC at email@example.com by January 31st, 2015. Proposals should include:
- The type of session proposed
- The topic of the session in a brief description
- How the time will be utilized (Sessions are 90 minutes, however, you do not have to fill a whole session on your own)
If you have any questions, want to get involved but are unsure of a session topic or want to bounce ideas around, please don’t hesitate to contact Christie McLeod, the Undercurrent’s Editor-in-Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your ideas!