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), 2014 – Barrington Walker (Queen’s University), and 2015 John Borrows (University of British Columbia).

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9th annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies graduate research conference schedule



Date: January 28-29, 2016
Location: Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto)


SUMMARY AND PHOTOS of the conference available here





Conference schedule.:

Thursday January 28, 2016

9;00-9:05 Opening Remarks
9:05-10:35 Session 1 “Identity”
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2 “Social Policy”
12:15-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session 3 “Stories of Displacement”
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-16:15 Session 4 “Muslim Immigrant Integration”

Friday January 29, 2016

9:30-11:30 Session 5 “Integration”
11:30-12:40 Session 6 “Gender”
12:40-13:30 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Keynote Lecture (Venue will change to Munk School of Global Affairs, Observatory Site, 1st Floor Boardroom)

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Speaker: Ayesha Chaudhry (Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender Studies, Rita E. Hauser Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study, Harvard University)

Details and registration for this event








EPS online registrationCall for Papers  (Now Closed)

We are now accepting proposals for our next conference.

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 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 28th or 29th. 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 16, 2015
  • We will notify all those who submitted a proposal as to the results of the evaluation process on Monday November 23, 2015. Please let us know if you submitted a proposal but did not get notified on that date.
  • The deadline for the final papers is Monday January 11, 2016

For your reference (past conference programs):

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