This year's conference theme is "Politics in Uncertain Times." Globally, the world faces destabilizing activities from countries like Russia and North Korea; the unpredictability of important figures like US President Donald Trump; uncertainty surrounding significant policy and social issues like climate change, free trade, colonialism, and inequality; and the rising threat to liberal democracy posed by increasing populism, nativism, and support for authoritarian leaders. How can we explain or understand these phenomena? What prescriptions might be possible to combat them? What role might Canada play in confronting these issues, and in what ways is Canada vulnerable to their effects?
Many papers, panels, and other activities will speak to these pressing questions. A second theme, that adopted by the Congress itself, is "Gathering Diversities", and special efforts are being made to present conference programming that focuses on indigenous politics. Regina is an apt location for an increased emphasis on indigenous politics within the CPSA and Canadian political science more broadly, and the CPSA's ongoing focus on Reconciliation through the work of the CPSA Reconciliation Committee and other initiatives.
Democracy; inequality, populism/authoritarianism; political instability; diversity, truth and reconciliation
Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Queen's University; Emmett Macfarlane, University of Waterloo
James Farney, University of Regina