Horizons: Crisis and Social Transformation in Community-Engaged Research

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—Horizons offers a space to explore the history and futures 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 in a time of great flux and the COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable. Out of an abundance of care for our communities, and taking into account our desire to come together and a need to remain safe and accessible, Horizons will take the form of an in-person event with virtual engagement options.

We will gather in-person at SFU Woodwards, a community arts venue and home to SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts,  in downtown Vancouver, Canada over the dates of May 26-29 2022.

We will be 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.

COVID Considerations

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

Please see information from the Government of Canada here.

Please see information from the Province of British Columbia here.

Please note specific information for Simon Fraser University, here. Notably:

  • SFU requires mandatory mask wearing on all campuses.

SFU requires all students, staff, and faculty to declare their vaccination status. Information will be forthcoming regarding requirements for visitors. Use of the BC Vaccine Card may be required.

Conference Fees 

Our goal is to make this conference accessible to all, and if you do not feel any of the fee tiers apply to you, or make this event beyond your means, please do not hesitate to reach out to amassie@sfu.ca. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

  • Faculty: Regular full-time - $300

  • Faculty: Non-tenure stream/contract - $150

  • Graduate student/community researcher - $50

If you have the means, we encourage you to make a small additional donation—all donations will go directly to funding conference fees & travel costs for a graduate student or community researcher.