Posted on January 16, 2012 by Naomi Finseth

The annual conference of Manitoba planners Feb 22-24, 2012 is in Brandon. It will feature a search for ideas and practices that assist individuals and entire communities to move beyond surviving to thriving. What does it mean to proactively plan to thrive? A pre-conference symposium is planned to help ‘set the table’ for the main conference.

February 22, 2012 / Brandon, Manitoba
Call for Papers

The annual conference of Manitoba planners Feb 22-24, 2012 is in Brandon. It will feature a search for ideas and practices that assist individuals and entire communities to move beyond surviving to thriving. What does it mean to proactively plan to thrive? A pre-conference symposium is planned to help ‘set the table’ for the main conference.

You are invited to submit a paper or poster presentation proposal that addresses the ‘sum’ of ‘rural + development + planning’, with a ‘thriving’ agenda in mind. This symposium on Wednesday, February 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is potentially an opportunity for some theory-building across multiple disciplines and perspectives.

Participants are called to identify critical interfaces and to engage in dialogue, in pursuit of insightful integration and significant synthesis. In the calm before the comparative storm of the main conference, this symposium will provide an ideal time for reflection on the fundamentals and undercurrents within the conference theme – Beyond Surviving: Planning to Thrive.

In a roundtable style, the intention of this symposium is informed discussion and debate around the rich mosaic of multi-disciplinary theories of planning, in communion with new and emerging theories of rural development. The ‘rural’ that binds us is intended to encompass northern and remote places as well as the agricultural landscapes that normally dominate discourse. By the end of the symposium we hope to have shed some light on leading-edge theory aligned with what might constitute the emerging ‘new normal’; we will target ‘breakthroughs’.

Proposed papers or posters should address at least one of the following:

  • Existing theories and models of ‘rural + development + planning’ that deal primarily with ‘surviving’
  • Current gaps in theories such as emphases beyond simply surviving, that probe realms of thriving
  • Emerging theories and models aiming for some breakthroughs, some new paradigms more in line with the times, to inform ‘rural + development + planning’ practices.

Ideally, proposals will engage these themes in a multi-disciplinary and inter-professional way, to fuel a rich dialogue among participants, that will then inform the main conference.

Post-symposium plans currently call for a monograph of presentations (and dialogues) that reflect the outcome of a combination of symposium and conference experiences. The monograph will feature applied theory, assessment of strengths and weaknesses in current approaches, illustrative case studies, and a ‘planning for thriving’ agenda.

Proposals should be submitted, preferably by January 27, 2012, to the attention of:

Wm. (Bill) Ashton, Ph.D. Director
Rural Development Institute, Brandon University
Lower Concourse, McMaster Hall Complex
270-18th Street
Brandon, MB  R7A 6A9
ashtonw@brandonu.ca
Ph: 204-571-8513  FAX: 204-725-0364
www.brandonu.ca/rdi

Authors of selected papers will be required to register for the Symposium ($95) and ideally for the entire conference as well.

See 2012 conference registration at http://www.manitobaplanningconference.com/


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