What is 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, and provided a forum for students from around the country to both meet each other, and to meet some of the heavy hitters of International Development in Canada. 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.
Since 2014 is the 10th birthday of the Undercurrent, we decided now would be an excellent time to revive InSight and kick it up a notch. InSight will be occurring this year May 28-30, 2014, at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, in conjunction with the CASID Annual Meeting and as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities.
Why should I go?
Attendance is highly correlated with success later in life. This is a fact.
The reasons for that are:
1) It makes you smarter!
InSight provides the chance to learn from some of the best & brightest minds in Canada about things like social movement organizing, the progression of the international development field, and development architecture (among many other topics currently in the works for this year’s program). Congress includes 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) It makes 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) It makes 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? 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.
InSight occurs alongside the CASID Annual Meeting – students attending InSight actually have full access to two conferences occurring simultaneously. Topics on the InSight program include, among others:
- Two formal debates, one about climate change in 2024, one about North to South International Aid, that will feature two student+academic teams arguing their respective sides to the judges–the audience.
- Resolution #1:
“Be it resolved that sufficient environmental protection measures will be implemented in the coming 10 years to avoid irreversible climate change”
- Resolution #2:
“Be it resolved that total dollar amounts of North to South International Aid will decrease by 2024”
- A joint-panel discussion featuring students, DFATD staff, and development program department heads. The topic? The direction of International Development Education in Canada–what it should be, what students should be getting out of it, and why.
- Sessions about urban planning in developing countries, human trafficking in Canada, and connecting gender theory with practice both in Canada and abroad, among others.
The CASID Annual Meeting program includes sessions on:
- “Engaging Youth in Development“
- “Information Communication Technology, Citizens Activism Organizing and Development“
- “Linking Knowledge and Action in Responding to Climate Change“
- “Teaching and Experiential Learning in Development Studies“
Registration for InSight is open, easy, and can be found here (InSight attendees are registering as part of the CASID Annual Meeting): https://www.fedcancongress.com/?english
Registration fees are $60 for Congress, and $20 for the CASID Annual Meeting (type in CASID in the ‘Association’ Box – #225). Registration for the banquet is optional.
Accommodation space is available in the residence spaces at Brock University. From the Congress site:
Accommodation Options & Pricing
Congress attendees reserving a room(s) at Brock University have the option of selecting a single or double room, with either semi-private washroom facilities or shared washroom facilities. For those attendees selecting the semi-private option, most will have only one other person sharing the facilities. For those selecting the shared washroom option, there may be up to 11 other people sharing (more traditional style of residence). All prices are subject to 13% HST, as follow:
Single room, semi-private washroom $69.95 per person, per night
Single room, shared washroom $59.95 per person, per night
Double room, semi-private washroom $64.95 per person, per night ($129.90)
Double room, shared washroom $59.95 per person, per night ($119.90)
Congress attendees reserving a room in residence will receive a complimentary, all-you-care-to-eat hot, buffet breakfast along with complimentary parking for the duration of your stay. Attendees reserving a double room will receive TWO vouchers for breakfast each morning of their stay. All residence rooms are fully air conditioned with access to the internet and come equipped with bed linens, towels, face cloth and soap. Laundry facilities are available in each of the residence complexes.
Students book accommodation through the Congress of the Humanities site: https://conferenceregistration.brocku.ca/ciac/congress2014.html.
The Undercurrent will be working with Congress to have InSight attendees located close to each other in residences.
We have a sizeable chunk of change to give to people looking to attend InSight. How do I get in on this honey pot, you ask?
- Submit an awesome paper and get it published in the May issue of the Undercurrent. If you’re accepted, you get travel money because we want you to present your paper there!
- Submit a proposal to lead a session at InSight (deadline: asap). It can be a presentation, a topic for debate, a panel you would like to see, anything! If we like it (we probably will), we’ll even help you get the people and resources you need to make it happen.
- Stay tuned for other calls (cover photo submissions, etc.).
Congress has a pretty good write-up on travel options (there’s lots): http://congress2014.ca/plan-your-trip/travel