American Sociological Association

Regional Spotlight Sessions

The local organizing committee, co- chaired by Jean-François Côté  (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Greg Nielsen (Concordia University), together with their colleagues Eran Shor and Poulami Roychowdhuri (McGill University), Marcel Fournier and Valérie Amiraux (Université de Montréal), Amy Swiften (Concordia University) and Victor Armony (Université du Québec à Montréal) have put together several Footnotes articles about some of the unique historical and contemporary features of Montréal in particular, but also developed a number of comparative regional spotlight sessions that are designed to invite all ASA members into a dialogue on Quebec, Canada and U.S.A. issues of inequality and cultures of exclusion. While the theme organizers and presenters mostly originate on the Canadian side of the border, all of the eight sessions also include U.S.A. sociologists grappling with similar questions. Each session is designed to provoke speculation toward continental and global levels, and provide occasions for meetings colleagues from across the border. All are welcome to join the following thematic sessions. At a glance, these sessions look like this:

Saturday, August 12:

047. Regional Spotlight Session. Comparing Criminal Legal Systems: Canada and the United States

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 514A, 10:30am-12:10pm

Session Organizer: Amy Swiffen, Concordia.


082. Regional Spotlight Session. Free Trade Agreements, Governance Schemes and Municipal Democracy

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 514A, 2:30-4:10pm

Session Organizer: Dorval Brunelle, Université du Québec à Montréal.


Sunday, August 13:

200. Regional Spotlight Session. Religion and Complex Futures: Diversity, Pluralism and Equalities

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 516B, 10:30am-12:10pm

Session Organizers: Valérie Amiraux, Université de Montréal Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa.


276. Regional Spotlight Session. Latino/a North Americans: The Making of Communities, Identities and Boundaries in the United States, English Canada and Québec

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 516B, 2:30-4:10pm

Session Organizer: Victor Armony, Université du Québec à Montréal.


Monday, August 14:

350. Regional Spotlight Session. Social Categories, Inequality and the State: A View from Canada to the United States and Beyond

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 516B, 10:30am-12:10pm

Session Organizer: Luisa Farah Schwartzman, University of Toronto.


388. Regional Spotlight Session. Everett C. Hughes, Montreal and French Canada

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 515B, 2:30-4:10pm

Session Organizer: Marcel Fournier, Université de Montréal.


Tuesday, August 15

556. Regional Spotlight Session. Why is Quebec's Labor Movement--and Left--Different?

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 511A, 2:30-4:10pm

Session Organizer: Jeff Goodwin, New York University.


493. Regional Spotlight Session. Policies and Health Inequalities Around the Globe

Palais des congrès de Montréal, 511A, 10:30am-12:10pm

Session Organizer: Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, McGill University.


Pearson 2017
University of McGill Department of Sociology 2017
Quebec Research Fund-Society and Culture
Federation for the Humanities
Concordia 2017
UMontreal 2017