Home  •  Conferences & Activities  •  2008 Spring Conference  •  Grad Pre-Conference


What is Demcon?

The EDG and the IPG Groups are recipients of major funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Program (MCRI.)

Main Sponsors
  Canada Research Chair in Law & Society
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI)
Ethnicity & Democratic Governance (EDG)
Indigenous Peoples & Governance (IPG)

Graduate Student Conference

for the 2008 Conference on

Recognition and Self-determination

The Dynamics of Recognition:

Power and Transformation

Thursday, February 28, 2008

University of Victoria


Glen Coulthard: PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of Victoria

Andrée Boisselle: PhD Candidate, Law, University of Victoria

Rémi Léger:  PhD Candidate, Political Science, Queen's University

Location: University of Victoria, Fraser Building, (Law) Room 152

We have a limited amount of funds to provide partial support for the attendance of graduate students at the conference.  If you are interested in applying, please contact demcon@uvic.ca.  We will then provide you with the application information.



Grad Conference Program and Abstracts pdf file

We are pleased to introduce the Grad Pre-Conference speakers:

François Boucher

PhD Candidate, Philosophy

Queen's University

Paper:The Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples: From Protection to Self-Determination


Marie-Joie Brady

PhD Candidate, Political Studies

University of Ottawa

Paper: Conflict, Hospitality and Friendship: Agonistic Democracy and Constitutional Debates in Canada


Mary Butterfield

MA Candidate, Philosophy

University of Victoria

Paper: The Relevance of Pornography to R. v. Ewanchuk


Doris Farget

PhD Candidate, University of Montreal & Université de droit et de science politique Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille 3 (Aix-en-Provence, France)

Paper: The Legal Protection of Lifestyles as a Way for Cultural and Social Self-determination


Kirsty Gover

JSD Candidate

NYU School of Law

Paper: Tribal Concepts of Indigeneity: Inter-indigenous Recognition and Tribal Membership Governance in the Western Settler States


Maria Koblanck

PhD Candidate, Political Science

University of Victoria

Paper: Same, same but different


Kelly LaRocca

LL.M. Candidate, Law

University of Victoria

Paper: Moving Beyond The State of Exception


Tom McMorrow, PhD Candidate,

Coel Kirkby, LLM Candidate


Law, McGill

Paper: The Neglected Influence of Private Economic Relations on Identities in the Canadian Politics of Recognition


Zoran Oklopcic

SJD Candidate, Faculty of Law

University of Toronto

Paper: Eight Theses on Self-Determination: From Self-Determination of Peoples to Principles of Polity-Formation


Astrid Tirel

Jean-Mathieu Lamothe (co-presenters)

MA Candidates, Sociology

Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM

Paper: The Representation of the Indigenous Contemporary Subject in the Institutions of Art in Quebec and in Canada


Matthew Wildcat

MA Candidate, Indigenous Governance University of Victoria

Paper: Problems of Recognition and Self-Recognition



CHAIR: Robert Lee Nichols

PhD Candidate, Political  Science, U. of Toronto

DISSCUSSANT: Mathieu Gagnon

MA Candidate, Philosophy

Université Laval

Panel 1: Self-Recognition. «Looking Within» As The Essential Pre-Condition To Fruitful Cross-Cultural Interaction.

CHAIR: Charles Horn

PhD Candidate, Political Science, UVic

DISSCUSSANT: Jackie Steele

PhD Candidate, École d'études politiques

Université d'Ottawa

Panel 2: Recognition As «Acknowledging One’s Own Otherness». At The Heart Of Identity Formation: The Relation Between Self And Other.

CHAIR: Sébastien Malette

PhD Candidate, Political Science, UVic


PhD Candidate, Political Science

University of Alberta

Panel 3: Implementing Recognition: Three Angles Of Critical Appraisal.

CHAIR: Rémi Léger

PhD Candidate, Political Science, Queen's University

DISSCUSSANT: Janique Dubois

PhD Candidate, Political Science

University of Toronto

Panel 4: Exploding The Boundaries Of The Taken-For-Granted: Exploring Forms Of Recognition, Beyond The State And «Self-Determination.»


Friday February 29, 2008:

Victoria Colloquium Speaker

Tariq Modood  Speaking on: Multiculturalism and Secularism

Sociology, Politics and Public Policy

University of Bristol

Fraser Building (Law), Room 152 at 2:30 pm

Conference Reception (4:30 pm) and Dinner (6:00 pm) to follow at the University Club

Saturday and Sunday- March 1 & 2, 2008

Conference on Recognition and Self-determination

Laurel Point Inn

680 Montreal Street

Victoria BC

February 28 - March 2, 2008
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia






UVic & Victoria Maps

Discussion Paper

Grad Student


Grad Student Conference Program