JUNE 5 – 7, 2008

Cooperative Renewal: Cooperatives in the Twenty-First Century

Cooperatives and theories of cooperation have successfully adjusted to extensive social, economic, and political challenges over the more than a century and a half of since the writings of Robert Owen and others influenced the founding of the Rochdale Cooperative in 1844.

In fact, renewal could be seen to be an essential feature of cooperative study and practice. However, it could also be argued that the combinations of forces confronting cooperatives and theories of cooperation in the twenty-first century pose the most serious challenge yet to their relevance and continued survival. This conference encourages scholars, practitioners, and “fellow travellers” of cooperation to participate in discussing frankly the necessity for, forms of, and challenges to, cooperative renewal as well as the adjustments required (if at all) for cooperation to survive and thrive throughout the upcoming century in Canada and the wider world.

Click on the link 2008 Call for Papers to download a copy of the Call.

All submissions that engage in topics related to cooperatives and cooperation are encouraged and will be considered.

Relevant topics/questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the cooperative difference?
  • Theories of cooperation
  • Cooperatives within or without the Social Economy
  • Cooperatives and Development in the economic North and South
  • Is there a Cooperative movement?
  • Cooperatives/cooperation and public policy
  • Cooperative politics (is there one and what does it look like?)
  • Cooperatives and the future of food/work/energy/etc.
  • Cooperation and the economy
  • Rethinking economic participation – what is it and why
  • Cooperatives and consumption – is there a contradiction?
  • Cooperation and the marginalized
  • Managing cooperation
  • Fair Trade and cooperation
  • Cooperative membership succession
  • Cooperative education – practices and problems
  • New generation cooperatives
  • Cooperative history(s)
  • Financing the Cooperatives of the future
  • Democracy and Cooperation – how much is enough?
  • Community and cooperation – members vs. stakeholders

Proposals for papers should arrive in the form of an abstract. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should include:

  • Author’s contact information: name(s), email address, affiliation, status (e.g., student, professor, practitioner etc.), and phone number;
  • Title, problem statement, research questions and methodologies (if an empirical study); and Major findings and (tentative) conclusions.

Proposals for panels and paper sessions are also encouraged. Proposals for a panel or paper session should contain:

  • Name, and email address of primary contact;
  • Contact information of individual participants: name, email address, affiliation, status (e.g., student, professor, practitioner etc.), and phone number;
  • Title of the panel or paper session;
  • A 300 word (max) description of the specific theme or issue; and
  • Separate abstracts (up to 300 words) for the individual participants.

Deadline for submission: February 18th, 2008
Letter of acceptance will be sent by e-mail in March 2008

Accepted papers will be posted

subsequently on the CASC Website (pending author’s permission)

Send submissions by e-mail (preferred) or mail to CASC/ACEC Program Chair:

J.J. McMurtry
Assistant Professor
763 South Ross Bldg.
York University
Toronto, ON, Canada
M3J 1P3

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