Thursday, January 10, 2008

Call for Papers / Demande des communications - ANSER / ARES - January 14 deadline

Inaugural Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle inaugurale


University of British Columbia
June 4 – 6, 2008

Deadline for receipt of proposals via email attachment: / Date limite de présentation des propositions en pièce jointe par courrier électronique :

January 14, 2008

La version française:

ANSER is a newly formed organization for the support and encouragement of research in the broad fields of social economy, the voluntary sector, and nonprofit organizations in Canada. We will hold our inaugural conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008 from June 4-6, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. All those engaged in applied and theoretical research related to the ANSER mandate, including researchers from outside of Canada, are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables by January 14, 2008. ANSER is not limited to faculty and graduate students from universities and colleges; consultants and practitioners who engage in research are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Examples of areas of interest include:

• accountability and performance evaluation in community organizations;
• charitable giving and philanthropy;
• citizen engagement, mobilization, and movements;
• civil society;
• community economic development;
• community service learning/community-university partnerships;
• conceptualizing the social economy;
• foundations;
• gender, race, diversity in the social economy;
• governance, democracy, and participation in community organizations;
• nonprofit mutual associations;
• nonprofit sector/government relations;
• organizational change in the social economy;
• public policy;
• regulatory and legal dimensions of nonprofits and the social economy;
• social and environmental accounting;
• social capital/informal co-operation;
• social economy human resource management and labour relations;
• social enterprises/social purpose businesses;
• volunteering.

Types of Proposals

Three types of proposals will be considered: individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Proposals should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word to with the type of proposal indicated in the subject line (for example, paper, panel, or roundtable) . Proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28th. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide a 5-8 page (double spaced) summary of their paper by May 1, 2008, for publication in online conference proceedings (editor, Peter Elson).

Paper Proposals

Paper proposals typically are presentations of research findings and theory on a topic. Paper proposals can also be think pieces and discussions of research and thesis proposals. Paper proposals should include a cover sheet containing the paper's title, name and affiliation of presenter(s), and contact information of each presenter including email. This should be followed by an abstract of not more than two pages including the paper's title and key reference sources.

Panel Proposals

Panels are collections of three or four papers on a related theme. Ideally, these papers build upon each other, thereby adding to the coherence of the panel. For a panel, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group should be the first page, followed by a one-page overview of the panel, including its title, and then up to 2 pages for each participant (as described under paper proposals).


Roundtables are discussion groups ideally suited for the discussion of research needs or research in progress around specific topics, e.g., "Current research needs in nonprofit organization governance," with a designated facilitator. Roundtables, typically consisting of three to four individuals, are ideally suited for a mix of researchers and leaders of community organizations. For a roundtable, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group and the roundtable's title should be the first page, followed by a two-page summary of the primary issues to be addressed.

Conference Information

Participants in the ANSER 2008 Conference should register through the website of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences , which includes a reduction for early registration. The fees, posted on the website, include those for the Congress and the association. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information. For more information, email us and please check the ANSER website for updates.

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