Sh!t Is Hot up in the 6 Right Now (Drake): the Toronto School of Urban Thinking


The International Sociological Association’s (ISA) world congress is taking place at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre July 15 to 21, 2018. Don't miss the following events!

PANEL: Sh!t Is Hot up in the 6 Right Now (Drake) – the Toronto School of Urban Thinking
Wednesday July 18, 2018: 8:30am-10:20am

Urban and Regional Sociology often frames what we are doing in “schools of thought”: from Chicago to LA to NYC. Accordingly we present Toronto as an interesting laboratory that generates specific modes of theorizing the city, of developing methodologies of urban inquiry and, paraphrasing Jennifer Robinson, of “thinking the city through elsewhere”.

Session Organizers: Ute LEHRER, York University and Roger KEIL, York University
Panelists: Stefan KIPFER, York University, Ranu BASU, York University, Pamela ROBINSON, Ryerson University, Ron VOGEL, Ryerson University, David ROBERTS, University of Toronto, and Cheryl TEELUCKSINGH, Ryerson University

Ijurr Lecture - Political Ecology Beyond the Urban: Situated Peripheries and Capitalocenic Limits
Thursday July 19 2018: 5:30pm-7:20pm

This session hosts the traditional IJURR lecture at the RC21 Conference. In 2018, the lecture will be delivered by Prof. Roger Keil of York University.

Session Organizer: Walter NICHOLLS, University of California, Irvine, USA
Chair: Walter NICHOLLS, University of California, Irvine, USA
Panelist: Roger KEIL, York University

WALKING TOUR: OCAP and Direct Action: Building a poor people’s resistance in Downtown East Toronto

Friday July 20, 2018: 12:30pm to 3:00pm. Costs by donation. Please send an email asap if you are interested to, spaces are limited.

The walking tour will explore the past and current history of poor people’s resistance in Downtown East Toronto, one of the city’s oldest working-class neighbourhoods, which is now threatened by gentrification. The walk will take place in the heart of what was once known as the city’s “skid row.” Participants will learn how the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has used direct action since the 1990s to fight cuts to social assistance and to address the city’s shelter and housing crisis. The walk will take you through some of the history of this resistance, such as the opening of squats, the massive protest against the Provincial government in June 2000, the Special Diet campaign, and the fight for a 24-hour shelter for women and transgendered persons.

Walk Leader: Gaétan Héroux is a long-time OCAP member, who has worked in Downtown East Toronto for the last 30 years. He is also co-author, with Bryan D. Palmer, of Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History.