The Action Research Network of the Americas
7th Annual Conference

June 26-28, 2019
McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

(Registration Open Now)

Repoliticising P/AR: From Action Research to Activism

“I do not understand human existence, and the struggle needed to improve it, outside hope and dream … I do not mean that, because I am hopeful, I attribute to this hope of mine the power to transform reality all by itself, so that I set out for the fray without taking account of concrete, material data, declaring, ‘My hope is enough?’ No, my hope is necessary, but it is not enough. Alone, it does not win. But without it, my struggle will be weak and wobbly.” (Friere, 2004, p. 8).

Submission Deadlines

April 15, 2019

The Call for Proposals is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to those who submitted!

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At the current political-historical moment — where fascist and populist movements are on the rise across the globe and where war, austerity, and global climate change are exacerbating inequalities within and across nations — it is hard to remain hopeful about the future of humanity. But it is precisely during historical moments, such as the one we find ourselves in today, that the combined powers of hope and perseverance are required of us: it is essential that we resist the pull towards apathy and inaction. The 2019 Conference theme, Repoliticising P/AR: From Action Research to Activism, is our attempt to enliven a conversation about knowledge and education as mechanisms for social transformation.

This year’s ARNA conference team invites submissions from individuals and groups who are interested in sharing, discussing and improving collective efforts to understand, make visible, dismantle, resist, upset, undo, re-write, subvert, and change the conditions of contemporary social life that create and sustain inequalities.

We welcome individual paper proposals, session proposals (in traditional or creative formats), and/or workshop proposals that engage with the following themes:

  1. Action Research under late Neoliberalism
  2. Activist Scholarship in the Neoliberal university
  3. Ethics, Responsibility and Action
  4. Activism in an Era of Big Data
  5. Youth, Politics and Action Research
  6. Action Research and Practitioner Knowledges
  7. Critical Perspectives on Knowledge Mobilisation
  8. Research as an Activist Tool
  9. Class Analysis and Action
  10. Labour, Activism and Action Research
  11. Indigenous Knowledges, Research and Action
  12. Healthy Communities and Action Research
  13. Critical Race/Feminist Perspectives on Research and Action
  14. Colonisation, Contestation and Transformation
  15. Political Histories of P/AR under Global Capitalism
  16. Climate Change and Action Research
  17. Revisiting Critical Pedagogy
  18. Action Research and Education
  19. Pedagogies for Action and Transformation
  20. Action Research and the Work of NGOs
  21. Action Research in Communities
  22. Critical Perspectives on Action Research


  • Sessions may be organized independently or groups
  • Sessions may be held in English and/or French
  • Ideally, sessions should include presenters from different institutions and/or organizations
  • A session organizer not presenting in a session may act as chair and/or discussant
  • Paper proposals should be 250 words or less, and follow this general format: briefly outline the research and action aims of your work; the things you’ve done to achieve these aims (e.g., methodology, theoretical tools and methods) and the progress you’ve made (if any) towards your research and action aims (e.g., findings, results, outputs, program changes, policy changes, events, rallies, interventions, etc.).  NOTE: please specify if you would prefer a to share your paper in a  poster, panel, or roundtable format. We will take this into consideration during our adjudication of the proposals.
  • Session proposals should be 500 words or less and should describe the overall aims/objectives of the session, followed by 100 word descriptions of each paper presentation.
  • Workshop proposals should be 500 words or less and should describe the the overall aims/objectives of the workshop; the structure of the workshop (including a general flow of activities); workshop capacity and the target participant group (e.g., Arts-based Action Researchers or Youth Participatory Action Researchers), if it not targeting a general audience of action-researchers.

Type of Presentations

All sessions are 90 minutes in duration and may take the following forms.

Regular Sessions

  • Between 3 and 5 paper presentations can be accommodated
  • Presentation time for each paper and for the discussant is limited
    • 20 minutes each for a session with three presentations and a discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with four presentations and a discussant
    • 20 minutes each for a session with four presentations and no discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with five presentations and no discussant
  • AV hook-up will be available for presentations, please bring your own laptop and adaptor for a VGA system
  • These sessions are held in a classroom type setting with a capacity of between 25-50 people (participants and observers combined)
Roundtable Sessions
  • Two separate roundtable sessions will be scheduled concurrently in one large room
           » Each table can only accommodate 10 people (participants and observers combined)
  • Recommended for presentations based on research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in a particular area
  • Please note, bring adapters for projectors with VGA connectors for presentations
    » Participants may want to distribute printed papers and/or handouts
  • Participants and observers at each table will be advised to refrain from any action which may disturb the other (applauding, loud discourse, etc)
Poster Sessions
  • Poster sessions are graphic presentations of a person’s work. You may illustrate your project objectives and outcomes using graphs, images, photos, diagrams and minimal text.
  • Poster Sessions will take place in the foyer of the Education building at McGill. Authors will hold discussions with attendees who are circulating among the poster boards. Many authors find it helpful to present a brief introduction to answer the obvious questions and allow the remainder of the time for more in-depth discussions.
 Workshop Sessions
  • Will include facilitators and participants
  • Focus is on interaction and learning
  • Please outline learning outcomes, strategies for engagement, and workshop capacity in your proposal