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ANSWER Conference 2013 Call for Papers

Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)
Nonprofits and the Social Economy @the Edge
Sixth Annual Conference
June 5 to June 7, 2013
University of Victoria

ANSER/ARES is a dynamic growing association that is organizing its sixth annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and provocative conference. The theme for the sixth conference in Victoria is: Nonprofits and the Social Economy @the Edge.

The conference is an opportunity to welcome and explore new voices and perspectives, including those who are far from centres of power and influence due to economic, health, geography and other factors, and indigenous peoples whose languages and cultures are endangered. It is a call for the social sciences and humanities to explore these issues of inclusivity, marginalization and diversity and suggest innovative solutions and models for response. Within this context, nonprofits and other social economy organizations are well poised to lead these discussions.
We invite you to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtable discussions on topics related to nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, community economic development, and the social economy in Canadian, comparative, or international contexts. Proposals are particularly encouraged that fit into any of the following areas, broadly defined:
  • Nonprofits and the Social Economy @the Edge
  • Co-operatives: Reflections on the Year of the Co-operative
  • Nonprofits in a Time of Cutbacks
  • Social Enterprises, Social Entrepreneurship, & Social Innovation
  • Community Economic Development & Community Organizing
  • Volunteering & Citizen Engagement
  • Collaborations, Partnerships & Mergers
  • Communication, Networking & Social Media
  • Finance
  • Governance & Management
  • Research Methodologies & Community-University Research Partnerships
  • Public Policy & Government Relations
  • Theoretical Perspectives
We also accept proposals of wider relevance, which may not fit the categories listed above. We are particularly interested in papers, panels and roundtables involving collaboration between academics and practitioners.
Proposal abstracts, in either official language, must be submitted online by January 11, 2013, at: or by email to A link to the online system is also available on our Website at You need to create an Easy Chair account.After following the submission link, you will be directed to Easy Chair (EC) website. The link for creating an account is provided on EC website (look for "If you do not have an EasyChair account or have problems to log in then click here").
All proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 15, 2013.

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