This August, Edmonton will welcome 250 precarious academic workers from across North America to participate in the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour's twelfth biennial conference (COCAL XII). Local 3911 is the hosting committee and we are currently accepting registrations and paper proposals to occupy panels and workshops.
COCAL started as a grassroots forum to both discuss and change the degraded working conditions of adjuncts and other non-tenured faculty. Every other year COCAL hosts an international conference that provides an important space for creating awareness about these challenges and for mobilizing response. The conference draws contingent educators from all geographic regions of North America, and from all levels of higher education, including non-credit adult education, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, universities, and public and private non-profit and for-profit institutions. Our delegates are from all disciplines taught in higher education and may be part of a union or association or from a group that has not yet unionized.
This year's theme is Empowering Precarious Academic Workers in Perilous Times. Plenaries will include important topics such as organizing and reorganizing, diversity, equity, and human rights, job security, living well in a precarious world, and formulating actions for moving forward. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, social justice activist, and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick.
We encourage our members to participate in this unique event by either attending as a conference delegate (Early Bird rate available until June 1) or by submitting a paper proposal. Just by registering, you are helping to raise funds to support this unique event.
Be sure to visit our website for full conference details (www.cupe3911.com).
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