Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference

Established in 2008 our Annual Graduate Research Conference has grown into a premier inter-university forum for graduate students in the field of ethnic studies to come and present their work. We attract a great number of proposals from various universities, not just in Canada but also the United States, Europe and even Asia.

The main purpose of our conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their work in a professional yet convivial atmosphere in preparation for more formal settings.

Every year we are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of graduate faculty members who serve as discussants, and prepare thorough and insightful comments for each paper submitted. Our conference thus provides valuable feedback to those seeking publication of their research.

The conference is organized with the help of a committee of students from the Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies. These students are often themselves presenters at the conference, and also serve as session chairs and timekeepers.

Detailed summary of the 7th Annual Conference (January 2014) available here.

Detailed summary of the 8th Annual Conference (January 2015) available here

We also invite some of the most prominent and exciting scholars in ethnicity to be our keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. Past speakers have included: 2011 – Mary Waters (Harvard University), 2012 – Richard Alba (City University of New York) , 2013 – Jennifer Lee (University of California, Irvine), and 2014 – Barrington Walker (Queen’s University).

Mary C. Waters Richard Alba  Jennifer LeeBarrington Walker
John Borrows (2)  In 2015, John Borrows (University of Victoria) was our keynote speaker.  John Borrows Event Poster


8th Annual ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference

Date: January 29-30, 2015
Location: Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto –  Map)


8th Annual EPS Conference Program

8th Annual EPS Conference Abstracts

Thursday January 29, 2015 (8:30-16:30)

Session 1: Immigration (Discussant: Prof. Vappu Tyska, Sociology, Ryerson University)
Session 2: Multiculturalism (Discussant: Prof. Russell Kazal, History, University of Toronto)

Keynote Lecture 12:00-14:00 Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs:
John Borrows “Living Legal Traditions: Indigenous Law in Practice” (see event poster above)

Session 3: Law and Policy (Discussant: Prof. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University)
Session 4: Identity (Discussant: Prof. Sarah Hillewaert, Anthropology, University of Toronto)


Friday January 30, 2015 (9:00-16:10)

Session 5: Health (Discussant: Prof. Morton Beiser, Professor in Distinction, Psychology, Ryerson University)
Session 6: Race (Discussant: Prof. Rinaldo Walcott, Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto)
Session 7: Religion (Discussant: Prof. Joseph Bryant, Sociology/Religion, University of Toronto)
Session 8: Gender (Discussant: Prof. Rania Salem, Sociology, University of Toronto)





EPS online registration

Call for Papers (Now Closed – thank you for your submissions)

We are now accepting proposals for our next conference, which will be held on January 29-30, 2015 in Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto).

We welcome participation of all graduate student research: past presentations have featured course papers by Master’s level students, works at different stages of doctoral research, as well as ongoing studies by recent graduates. (Please refer to past conference programs posted below)

Presentation Topics

Presentation topics can be in any area related to the mandate of the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Program, including ethnic and race relations, international migration and immigration, cultural and linguistic communities, inter-group dynamics, nationalist movements, aboriginal affairs, and human rights.

With the length of the final paper set at approximately 20 pages, each presenter will have 15-20 minutes to make their presentations. PowerPoint slides are not mandatory but strongly recommended.

To submit your proposal:

Please read carefully the instructions below in order to fill out all the fields of the online proposal submission form.

  • E-mail: make sure to enter your correct address so you can receive a confirmation e-mail for your proposal submission.
  • Name: provide your full name as you would like it to appear on the program
  • Affiliation: provide information on your university, degree pursued, or other current affiliation as you would like it to appear on the program
  • Title: this can be a working title, and minor modifications will be accepted when you submit your final paper
  • Keywords: choose TWO keywords that best describe your paper from the drop-down menu. The options provided were drawn from previous conference session themes. If you would like to suggest a different keyword, choose “Other” and enter your suggestion in the field below.
  • Scheduling requests: you should be available to present on either January 29th or 30th. If you do have special requests regarding scheduling, you may indicate them, but we cannot guarantee that they will be accommodated
  • Abstract of paper: your abstract should be specific enough to give us a good idea of the final paper. The length should be up to 300 words.

Upon submission, you should receive an email confirming receipt of your proposal. If you do not receive such an email, or if you wish to make changes to the details of your proposal PLEASE CONTACT US at:, and DO NOT RE-SUBMIT a new proposal.

important deadlines:

  • The deadline for proposal submission is Monday November 17, 2014 (the online submission is now closed)
  • We will notify all those who submitted a proposal as to the results of the evaluation process by Monday November 24, 2014.
  • The deadline for the final papers is Monday January 12, 2015

For your reference (past conference programs):

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