The Society for Socialist Studies 2023 Annual Conference
May 27-30, 2023
York University, Toronto, Canada
More than two years into a global pandemic and amid steadily increasing inequalities at home and abroad, previous warnings of a creeping far-right populism and a resurgence of fascism are swiftly coming to fruition. While the left has failed so far to mobilize the anger of a disenfranchised working class, whatever that means today, we must also continue to fight ongoing colonial violence, racism, and threats to the security of those who do not conform to a cis- and hetero-patriarchy. In doing so, the left must also contend with its own legacy of perpetuating and remaining complicit in injustice. Thus, in drawing inspiration from this year’s Congress theme of “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings,” the Society for Socialist Studies marks its return to the annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities by asking us to Re-Imagine the Left.
In this call for open and closed sessions, the Society invites reflections on contemporary and historical practices and policies involving social, economic, and political struggles and transformations with a view to look ahead to our collective future. We especially encourage submissions that foreground critical, intersectional, Indigenous, and inclusive approaches, including lived and embodied experiences, that broaden our understanding of the past and the present.
While the Society for Socialist Studies has not attended the Congress of the Social Sciences and humanities in-person since 2019, the Society has continuously attempted to invigorate left scholarship in Canada and these efforts must not be abandoned. The Society welcomes proposals for open and closed sessions that address:
- Carceral capitalism and ‘the law’
- Resisting right-wing populism and neo-fascism
- Re-igniting a vital relationship with workers, workers movements, and the unemployed and unpaid workers
- Border imperialism, migration, and racial capitalism
- Combating anti-blackness and anti-Indigeneity
- Decolonizing/unsettling Marx and the socialist ‘classics’
- Queer and trans anti-capitalism
- Disrupting the ecological crises
- Responding to neoliberal urbanization
- Advancing feminist socialisms