Organizing Community: Contract Faculty, the Humanities, and Labour (Round Table)

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)

ACCUTE Board-Sponsored Panel

ACCUTE Conference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences June 1-June 4, 2019 University of British Columbia

Panel Organizer: Ann Gagne (Durham College)

We have just witnessed two of the longest higher education strikes in Canada (Ontario college faculty and York University contract faculty). Throughout these strikes, and other strikes in higher education, the idea of organizing and community building is always front and centre, but strategies to achieve this community are often missing. This roundtable is looking to bring together many allies and colleagues (contact faculty, tenured faculty members, union activists, grassroots community organizers) to discuss the role the humanities can and should play in organizing community. A recently released study by HESA states that “Part-time instructors made up 52% of the academic workforce” and that “part-time instructors teach 44% of all courses” (22). These numbers speak to why it is important, now more than ever, to think of how the humanities, our knowledge, and experience can strengthen community. What ethical responsibility does a humanities education have toward community? Participants will speak for 8-10 minutes each before discussion and questions.

Please submit paper proposals by November 15, 2018 through the ACCUTE Proposal Submission Form available here: In your submission, please include a 300-500-word proposal (with no identifying marks), a 100-word abstract, and a 50-word biographical note.