The U of T community will be hosting many events throughout 2017. Details will be released over the next few months and during the Sesquicentennial year. Check back to find out how you can get participate as we mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

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Borders, Boundaries, and the Future of Canadian Society

November 10, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 3:30 pm

During our sesquicentennial, Canadians will repeatedly be asked to consider who we really are. While historians, literary critics, musicians, and artists will help us answer that question, social scientists can also contribute significantly to the discussion. In particular, the interdisciplinary field of border studies has much to say about how the permeability of Canada’s borders and Canadians’ personal boundaries influence our identity, governmentality, and security. This symposium will assemble leading geographers, political scientists, and sociologists in the field of border studies to analyze the contested Arctic, the securitization of the Canada/US border, and the Internet’s threat to Canadians’ personal security. Debate will centre on disagreements between globalists (who see boundaries becoming more permeable for people, goods, capital, and information) and territorialists (who argue that borders are being extended and strengthened, mainly for security reasons).

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November 10, 2017
9:15 am - 3:30 pm
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Anna Slavina


Hart House, East Common Room
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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