Horizons: Crisis and Social Transformation in Community-Engaged Research

May 26, 2022

About the conference

Horizons is an in-person conference (with virtual engagement options) and community gathering space for knowledge generation, mobilization, and collective imagination.

We are all living through one of the most disruptive and transformative eras in living memory, and in this context, Horizons offers a space to explore the history and future of community-engaged research (CER). At the broadest level, community-engaged research (CER) is a form of praxis, an exercise in knowledge generation and epistemic justice that weaves theory and academic knowledge with the world through collaboration with communities in ways that aim to understand, analyze, reimagine and change the conditions governing our lives.

Hosted by SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative, Horizons engages knowledge creators both inside and outside of the academy to imagine future pathways to more equitable and just societies.


May 26-29, 2022


SFU Vancouver

Event Details 

It is clear that we are still living through a time of great flux and uncertainty given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context and out of an abundance of caution, while we continue to plan for an in-person conference, we have held off confirming the format for Horizons until the end of February 2022, in line with public health guidelines.

Our hope is that we will gather together at SFU Woodwards, a community arts venue and home to SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, in downtown Vancouver, Canada between May 26-29 2022. The event will be organized using the conference app, Whova, to facilitate communication and participation. This platform allows you to build your own schedule of events, chat with other conference participants, and easily attend online events or watch livestreams.

Toward this end, we are opening registration now, and have adjusted our registration fees to accommodate the ongoing uncertainty about the format for the event. Whether in-person or online, we have received a remarkable series of submissions, and in the coming days and weeks we will be releasing a regular schedule of updates focused on the program schedule, featured presenters, and keynote events. All accepted presenters and registered attendees will receive these updates and we invite you to share them with others to help draw attention to this gathering.


COVID Considerations

As this event will be held in-person, we ask that you please stay up to date with COVID-19 considerations and travel restrictions.

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