2020 Montreal

ISTR 14th International Conference 


12 - 15 JULY  2021  

Concordia University
John Molson School of Business 
1450 Guy Street, Montreal


We are pleased to announce that ISTR 2020 is rescheduled for July 12-15, 2021. 

All papers, panels, roundtables and posters that have been accepted to ISTR 2020 will be automatically accepted to ISTR 2021. All authors of accepted abstracts will be given the opportunity to revise their submissions; details will be forthcoming.


Global Civil Society in Uncertain Times:  Strengthening Diversity and  Sustainability 

NEW! Call for Papers:  Revised August 2020
We are currently accepting abstracts for our new theme, Collective Action and Responsiveness in the Global Context.

The full call is available in English and en Francais and  en Español


30 OCTOBER 2020


Click this link to be transferred to our abstract submission system.


Civil society plays a crucial part in promoting cosmopolitan ideals of collective responsibility, global citizenship, tolerance, inclusivity, and sustainability. Our 14th International conference will consider the roles of NGOs, third sector and civil society organizations, broadly defined, in relation to civil society, state and markets in democratic contexts; challenges and opportunities of advocacy and campaigning in an era of “fake news”; governance, management, adaptation and sustainability of organizations; hybridity, legitimacy and the third sector; models of philanthropy and voluntarism; social movements and political participation in authoritarian and austere times; development and sustainability: the role of civil society; diversity, inequalities and civil society; social economy, social innovation and the third sector, and emerging areas of theory, pedagogy and practice.

Agenda at a Glance - Additional Information Forthcoming


Join your colleagues at ISTR 2021 to keep on top of the latest research developments and networking opportunities, participate in professional development workshops, special sessions focused on the Canadian and Québecois experience, and affinity group and regional network meetings, and enjoy two evening receptions in the city.

Registration Rates

ISTR 2021 membership is required for CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.
If you are not a current paying member, please
before you register.

We are offering 3 options for your 2020 Conference registration fees:

1. Refund the full conference registration

2. Apply the registration funds to the 2021 Conference

3. Donate the registration fee to the Society 

Please click HERE for: refund, apply to 2021, or donate

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ISTR Secretariat at Secretariat@istr.org



                                 425 USD        
  Early Bird Rate


250 USD  
Early Bird Rate


Dr. Jane Jenson is Professor Emerita in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, and Associate Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Successful Societies Program.

From the Local to the Global: Civil society and the Shifting Scale of Social Citizenship   The mix of responsibility for well-being  among civil society, state, markets and families (sometimes termed the welfare diamond) has changed significantly over time as well as varying across space. An important element of these modifications involves an alteration in the relationship among scales of action and social investment, as the global impinges on the local or national and vice versa.  This keynote will track and map such shifts, examining in particular the consequences for the patterns of guarantees for and provision of social citizenship. Read more...

Jane Jenson est professeure émérite au Département de science politique de l’Université de Montréal et chercheure associée à l’Institut canadien des recherche avancée / Programme Bien-être collectif .

Du local au mondial. La société civile et le rééchelonnement de la citoyenneté sociale

Un agencement des responsabilités pour le bien-être fait qu’ellessontpartagées entre la société civile, l’État, le marché et la famille - parfois appelé losange de bien-être.  Cet agencement a connu des mutations significatives au fil des années et varie selon les endroits. Un élément important de ces changements implique une modification des rapports entre les échelons de l’action et l’investissement socialpuisque l’échelle mondiale empiète sur le local ou le national, et vice versa. Ce discours d’ouverture recensera de telles mutations et, en particulier, leurs conséquences pour les droits et les dispositifs de la citoyenneté sociale.  Lire plus loin...


Meet the Author.  Authors of books published in the last two years are invited to sign and sell their books at the conference during our “Meet the Author” session. There is no charge to participate!     

Please register to participate by  clicking here.


Professional Development Workshops

Big Data Analytics

Qualitative methods master class

Quantitative methods master class

The Impact from Within: voicing our emotions in research, discussion led by Fabio Prado Saldanha, HEC Montréal

What does the internet say about you? Digital identities for academicsAndrew Heiss, Georgia State University & Sarah Stroup, Middlebury College


Travel & Lodging

Please note: if you are making travel arrangements, we highly recommend you invest in cancellation insurance and consider purchasing fares that provide you with options to change your travel plans or cancel for any reason (if possible).

Air Canada - The official airline of the ISTR Conference  

ISTR has partnered up with Air Canada to offer you discounted airfare to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).  A discount code will be provided at a later time. 


ISTR has partnered with multiple hotels, hostels and dormitories to offer you the best accommodations and value during your stay in Montreal.

To see the full details for each facility, click here.  



Montreal is a very accessible city to get around via walking or public transit. Taxis are also readily available at needed.   Should you choose to use public transit, fares can be purchased from the automated dispensers at any Metro station and there is often an STM information kiosk for any questions. Single, day and multi-day passes can be purchased throughout your stay. For the detailed list of fares available, please visit: http://www.stm.info/en/info/fares/transit-fares 

Visa Information

Find out what documentation you will need when traveling to Canada.  Do you need a visa? Click here to find out. You may need a visa, but even visa-exempt nationals need to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) in advance of their visit to Canada.  Click  here to learn more.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): What you need to know.   As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization  (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.  Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

Entry Rules have changed. Find out if they apply to you.  Watch this short video, or click  here  to read more.

If your conference submission has been accepted and need a visa to visit Canada, ISTR will provide letters in support of you upon request.  Please complete the request form here.  Letters will be provided within 2-3 business days.

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required. Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.

Electronic Applications (e-Apps) .

Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC)

(In person or by mail)

  • This system allows clients to submit applications online.


  • Delegates that choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until requested to do so by a visa officer.


  • The visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.
  • VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
  • VACs provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete.
  • Reduces unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
  • VACs serve as a collection point for applicants required to provide a biometric.
  • VACs send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner.
  • VACs do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority.

NEW – Biometrics (Global Expansion)

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics as soon as this summer 2018:

  • Starting July 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and
  • Starting December 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Exhibit and advertise at our upcoming conference. Engage with leading nonprofit, civil society, and philanthropy scholars from all parts of the world – to promote your products and services and expand your networks.  

Academic Centers (university-based) can exhibit for free!

Purchase before April 20, 2021.  Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis.  To learn more, click here

Exhibitors who have registered to date include:
Cardiff University, Carleton University, Policy Press, Johns Hopkins University, Northern Illinois University, Texas A&M University, University of Memphis, University of WIsconsin (Milwaukee).


Presenters Guidelines

Each person may present twice during the entire conference.  If you have more than 2 abstracts accepted to the conference, a co-author may present the abstract.  Please contact the secretariat to identify who will present.

Paper presentation guidelines

Paper and panel writing and submission guidelines

Poster presentation guidelines


Academic Committee

  John Mohan, UK (Co-Chair) & Patricia Mendonca, Brazil (Co-Chair)

  • Lesley Alborough, University of Kent, UK
  • Daniel Barragan, Universidad de los Hemisferios, Ecuador
  • Andrea Bassi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Yanto Chandra, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Itay Greenspan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Barbara Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Kyungja Jung, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Janelle Kerlin, Georgia State University, USA
  • Lloyd Mayer, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Peter Raeymaeckers, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Yongdong Shen, Zhejiang University, China
  • Deena White, University of Montréal, Canada
  • Susan Wilkinson Maposa, South Africa

Local HostCommittee 


  • Elizabeth Bloodgood, Concordia University
  • Jean-Marc Fontan, University of Quebec, Montréal (UQAM)
  • Deena White, University of Montréal
  • Lisa Bornstein, McGill University
  • Jonathan Deschenes, HEC Montréal
  • Maude Léonard, University of Quebec, Montréal (UQAM)
  • Valérie Michaud, University of Quebec, Montréal (UQAM)
  • André-Anne Parent, University of Montréal
  • Caroline Patsias, University of Quebec, Montréal (UQAM)
  • Marlei Pozzebon, HEC Montréal
  • Fabio Prado Saldanha, HEC Montréal
  • Daniel Salée, Concordia University

Conference Partners





  • Concordia University
  • University of Montréal
  • University of Quebec, Montréal (UQAM)
  • HEC Montréal

  • Carleton University

  • McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
  • ARIMA Partnership
  • Philab
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University

  • CRISES - Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales

  • IDEOS - Social Impact Center, HEC Montréal
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Changnon Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Institute Mallet
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal







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15th International Conference

University of Antwerp, Belgium

July 12-15, 2022


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