Corporate Mapping Project Institute 2019

The Corporate Mapping Project is pleased to host its second Summer Institute, offered by the University of Victoria Department of Sociology.

This week-long graduate seminar combines the sociology of corporate power with the political economy of fossil capital and the political ecology of the climate crisis. The course will be directed by Dr. William Carroll, but will feature presentations, guest lectures and extensive participation from members of the Corporate Mapping Project network, including representatives from environmental, social justice, labour, and First Nations groups.

Topics will include: (a) the sociology, political economy and political ecology of fossil capitalism as a distinct way of life now in global crisis; (b) modalities of corporate power in this eld, ranging from networks of capital ownership and governance, through practices and discourses of corporate hegemony in civil society, media and state, to carbon commodity chains and popular resistance at flashpoints along them; and (c) a survey of sociopolitical developments and policy alternatives that could initiate a just transition to low carbon ‘energy democracy.’

Presenters will include:

  • Angela Carter (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Waterloo; research focus: environmental policy/politics; political economy)
  • Laurie Adkin (Professor, Political Science, University of Alberta; research focus: federal and provincial “innovation” investment for knowledge production and the transition to a post-carbon economy)
  • Cliff Atleo (Assistant Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University; research focus: Indigenous governance, community development and political economy)
  • Shane Gunster (Associate Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University; research focus: media coverage of environmental and energy issues, political communication);
  • Judith Sayers (Assistant Professor, Law and Business, University of Victoria; National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair);
  • Jeff Corntassel (Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, University of Victoria; research focus: Indigenous political movements, community resurgence, and sustainable self-determination)
  • Angele Alook (Assistant Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, York University; former Researcher at Alberta Union of Public Employees; research focus: Indigenous feminism, life course approach, Indigenous research methodologies, cultural identity, and sociology of family and work);
  • Marc Lee (Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC)

To see a fuller description of the course, please see this description on the UVic Sociology Department's 2019 Summer Term graduate course listing.

The Corporate Mapping Project is a research and public engagement partnership led by the University of Victoria, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute. The CMP shines a bright light on the fossil fuel industry by investigating the ways corporate power is organized and exercised.

Sign up to receive registration information. (Note: registration for this course is done through the University of Victoria. Signing up on this page allows us to alert you in advance of the registration process) The course is open to graduate students in social science disciplines at any Canadian university (for students at universities participating in the Western Deans Agreement, the course may be eligible for transfer credit). Some travel and tuition subsidies available for students outside Victoria. Space in the course is limited and spots will be given on a first-come first-served basis. However, a number of spots will be reserved for students who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit. 

May 27 - May 31, 2019

University of Victoria



This graduate-level course is open to students at any Canadian university.

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