Call For Proposals to Lead Sessions at InSight
Theme: Borders Without Boundaries
May 28th – 30th, 2014
Brock University, St. Catherine’s, OntarioThe Undercurrent invites you to participate at its 2014 conference as part of the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at Brock University. Undergraduates from across Canada are welcome to attend and participate actively as we revive the national undergraduate student international development studies conference, InSight. We especially acknowledge the Six Nations Confederacy, upon whose traditional territory our event will be held. This year, The Undercurrent is excited to collaborate with CASID and CCUPIDS, with funding from the IDRC, to explore the unique perspectives and contributions of undergraduates in the field of International Development Studies, under the theme “Borders Without Boundaries”. InSight's most basic goal is the enrichment of the student's learned and lived experience. More broadly, the purpose of the conference is to investigate the tension between theory and practice, academics and action, and truth and fact, in development and its study. In this, InSight is committed to the undergraduate voice, energy, creativity and idealism. It is with these issues in mind that the InSight conference organizing committee invites all who wish to attend to submit proposals for ideas to lead a session that is linked to one or more of the themes or scope of study mentioned above. Proposal submissions will be accepted until March 21st. Proposals should be no more than 250 words and include the name of the facilitator, title, a description of the idea for a 1 hour 30 minute session, thematic area, plan for carrying out the idea, link between the theoretical and practical and how this relates to larger development issues. Additionally, we will be accepting proposals for debate topics and facilitators of these debates. Debate topics should be a relatively general, thought provoking thesis that mandates clear ‘for’ and ‘against’ positions. Proposals should be no more than 200 words and include the name of the facilitator, title, a description of the idea for a 1 hour debate (incl. 20 minutes of audience questions/participation), thematic area, plan for carrying out the idea, link between the theoretical and practical, and how the idea relates to larger development issues. Submissions can be made by sending your ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org All submissions will be evaluated by the InSight conference committee and those successful will be notified by March 25th. Partial travel grants will be available to successful applicants to attend and lead the session or debate proposed.