Reimagining Livelihoods Forum: Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal for the “Reimagining Livelihoods” Forum, hosted by the Live Work Well Research Centre (LWWRC), University of Guelph. This three-day hybrid forum welcomes proposals from both individuals and organizations and will be held between August 22nd and 24th, with in-person components taking place at 10 Carden Shared Space in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The deadline for proposal submissions was previously May 31st, 2023, and has now been extended until June 12th, 2023.
This page includes the following information:
- What are "livelihoods"?
- What is the Reimagining Livelihoods Forum about?
- How to participate
- Submission information
- Important dates
Livelihoods are about making a living and a life. They describe the means to secure the necessities of life – through practices such as paid work, caregiving, volunteering, market gardens, fishing, artistry, bartering, and others.
We are living in a time of extreme change and uncertainty, given our current pandemic reality, rising sociopolitical conflicts, and intensifying climate change – among other challenges. This presents an opportunity to reimagine what “livelihoods” are made of, and collaboratively identify the supports, structures, and systems we need to live and work well.
The overall goal of the “Reimagining Livelihoods” Forum is to share, discuss, and engage with diverse perspectives, experiences, and knowledges about livelihoods. We aim to address the following themes:
- How do people imagine, find, and create opportunities to take care of themselves, their families, and communities?
- What have we learned about diverse people’s livelihoods and how they make choices about how they live and work?
- What questions and new insights have come from our work on livelihoods?
- How do different social locations (e.g. gender, race, immigration status, language, disability) interact to shape experiences of livelihoods?
- How has the pandemic changed our understandings of what it means to live and work well?
- What are the necessary supports, structures, and systems for living and working well in our current contexts?
- How can we make connections between these diverse experiences and create systemic changes to relevant policies and practices?
We are seeking proposals for different types of sessions from community organizations, researchers, academics, students, and other interested parties. Collaboration among community and university partners is strongly encouraged. Participants will have opportunities to engage with community members and leaders, researchers, students, policy-makers, and practitioners to learn from each other about livelihoods, and barriers and opportunities for living and working well.
Together with our partners, the Live Work Well Research Centre will co-create a multimedia platform to share the outcomes of the forum in creative ways. This platform will provide opportunities for ongoing engagement, contributions, and learning about livelihoods. Resources, recordings, and other session materials will be posted on the multimedia platform.
All proposals, regardless of format, must address a topic in at least one of the themes identified above. We especially encourage sessions that highlight stories of community engagement, resilience, and inclusion.
Sessions where presenters share a story about their livelihood experiences. Presenters will then invite attendees to share their own stories related to what the presenter and other attendees share, and moderate the discussion. Storytelling sessions will then close with presenters offering reflections, connections, and learning. These sessions will be 60 minutes in length.
If your proposal does not fit within any of the above formats, please contact the Organizing Committee for guidance: email@example.com.
- Name(s), pronoun(s), email, and affiliation(s) of lead presenter or co-presenters (up to three co-presenters)
- Name(s), pronoun(s), contact information, and affiliation(s) of any collaborators or co-authors (if applicable)
- Proposed session format
- Preference for an in-person or virtual session
- Title of the proposal
- 100 words or less about how your proposal connects to a forum theme
- 250-word summary of your proposal
- Any accessibility supports and accommodations we can provide to ensure your full participation
- Identify a confirmed moderator
- Identify 3-4 confirmed speakers
- Indicate preferred number of participants
- Identify any space/material needs
- Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2023 - Deadline extended until June 12th, 2023
- Notification of Decisions: Before July 15th, 2023
Please note that successful applicants must also register to attend the Forum (registration details coming soon)
All proposals will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee of the “Reimagining Livelihoods” Forum. The following criteria for proposal acceptance will be used to review proposals:
- Completion of all submission requirements.
- Clarity and organization of written proposal summary, including meeting all requirements listed above.
- Relevance to the Forum themes and goals.
- Originality of the proposal and potential impact on livelihood-related research/policymaking/practices.
Funding for the Reimagining Livelihoods Forum is supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant.