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Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary:

Socialism Historically and Today

Toronto – 1 June 2017


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This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario from May 30 – June 2, 2017.

The theme of the Conference for 2017 was “Liberation Here and Now: Continuity and Change in Socialist Studies at 50 Years and Beyond.” Diverging from the Congress theme, “From Far and Wide: The Next 150,” the SSS called upon participants to fundamentally ‘trouble’ Project Canada, to celebrate past and future resistances and solidarities, and to engage in dialogue on how to get to a decolonized praxis and collective liberation here and now.

The Committee on Socialist Studies was formed in 1967 at the Learned Societies Conference (now called the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Its current activities can be found at socialiststudies.ca.

The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies is published at socialiststudies.com.

A history of the Society for Socialist Studies can be found here: “Society for Socialist Studies: The Early Years, 1967 – 1978.” Also, see “Roundtable on the History of the Society of Socialist Studies.”

“Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions” was introduced and moderated by Abbie Bakan (OISE/University of Toronto), and Elaine Coburn (Glendon/York University). Participants:

This was recorded at the Society for Socialist Studies congress 2017, visit their channel.



Red Skin, White Masks: Glen Coulthard

Studies in Political Economy Book Prize

Toronto – 31 May 2017


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Glen Coulthard spoke on issues arising from his celebrated recent work and from subsequent developments in academe, activism and the links between the two.

Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association's Frantz Fanon Award for Most Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association's CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory published in 2014/15, and the Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book, 2016.

Introduction by Jamie Lawson and Susan Spronk. Greetings by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

This was recorded at the Society for Socialist Studies congress 2017, visit their channel.



UNsettling Canada 150


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Idle No More & Defenders of the Land call to action: In the spirit of Arthur Manuel, we want to make July 1st a National Day of Action. This day of action is to celebrate our Indigenous and human rights to self-determination, our lands, territories, and resources. It is also to educate Canadians about how their constitutional framework, first established 150 years ago in the British North America Act (1867), illegally confiscated our lands, territories, and resources, spawned the post-confederation Indian Act and attempted to write Indigenous jurisdiction -- and Indigenous People -- out of existence. See: UNsettling150.ca

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