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March 6 & 7, 2025



2025 Workshop on Racialized Rural Ontario: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE JULY 31, 2024

Explore the diverse experiences of racialized communities in rural Ontario. This two-day in-person workshop at the University of Guelph will feature multidisciplinary research, engaging presentations, & insightful keynote speakers. Abstract submissions are OPEN through to July 31, 2024.

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2025 Workshop on Racialized Rural Ontario: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE JULY 31, 2024
2025 Workshop on Racialized Rural Ontario: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE JULY 31, 2024

Time & Location

March 6 & 7, 2025

Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada

About the event

People’s Archive of Rural Ontario (PARO)

Workshop on Racialized Rural Ontario

March 6 & 7, 2025

Understanding the experiences of racialized communities in rural Ontario is crucial for building knowledge and informing better policies and practices. Who are the racialized peoples in rural Ontario? Where do they live, and what contributions do they make to the local economy, politics, and culture? What challenges do they face, and how do they overcome them? Exploring questions like these helps improve understandings of the diverse fabric of rural Ontario and the significant roles of its racialized communities.

PARO is organizing an in-person two-day workshop on March 6 and 7, 2025, at the University of Guelph. The workshop will consist of paper and poster presentations.

Call for Abstracts: Deadline: July 31, 2024

If you are faculty, graduate student, community member, policy maker, or media person doing research about racialized communities in rural Ontario as part of your work, we invite you to submit an abstract. The workshop aims to showcase multidisciplinary scholarship across diverse fields with a focus on racialized rural Ontario, inspiring practical research questions, facilitating knowledge mobilization efforts, and fostering impactful research.

Workshop Format

There will be 4 sessions of 3-4 presentations (not concurrent) on each day, as well as keynote speakers. Information regarding the schedule, themes and length of each session will be provided after accepted papers/sessions have been confirmed.

Submission Details:

·  Abstract Requirements:  To be considered for presentation please submit an abstract (maximum100 words) and 3-5 keywords, identifying paper or poster as well as title, author(s) and brief biography (75 words), and affiliation.

·  Submit your abstract>> Abstract Submission Link

·  Participants will be notified about acceptance in September 2024. Panel presenters will be required to submit original, full papers of 6000-8000 words in December 2024. We aim to publish a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal. Guidelines for the poster presentation will be provided in October 2024.

·  There is no registration fee for participants. Partial travel support to student presenters may be available contingent on our ability to secure funding.

Deadline to Submit Abstract:  July 31st, 2024

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at

The Peoples’ Archive of Rural Ontario is an interactive virtual environment affiliated with the University of Guelph that gathers stories about rural and Indigenous Ontario communities, makes them freely available and helps turn stories into action. 

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