Workshops and Seminars at ISTR 2020
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Nonprofit Education Research Summit: Discussing and Comparing Eastern and Western Nonprofit Higher Education Programs

Monday July 6, 2020
9:00am – 5:00 pm

Beginning in the 1990s, the number of university-based programs to educate future leaders of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations has seen tremendous growth throughout the world (Mirabella, Hvenmark, & Larsson, 2019; Mirabella, 2015; Mirabella, Hvenmark, & Larsson, 2015; Murdock, Tekula, & Parra, 2013).  While we know quite a bit about these developments in the Western context (Malcolm, et. al., 2015; Mirabella, Hoffman, Teo & McDonald, 2019; Mirabella, Gemelli, Malcolm & Berger, 2007; Palmer & Bogdanova, 2008; Young, 1999), there has been far less written about these programs in the global south.  In the case of East Asia, there is probably only one major study available examining university-based education, focused on the case of China (Zhang & Guo, 2015).  A group of scholars from Southeast Asia has been working for several years to fill this knowledge gap through a comprehensive regional study of the current state of nonprofit management education programs.  The proposed summit to be held in Montreal in conjunction with the ISTR Bi-Annual Conference will provide an opportunity for these researchers to share their findings to date, compare and contrast findings on a country, regional and international basis, and receive feedback from leading NGO education scholars.  . Those presenting at the summit will trace the development of nonprofit education programs in East Asia, determine the extent to which curricular options for future nonprofit leaders exist in these countries, and explore the challenges presented to future programmatic development by the social, economic and political environments of the region.


  • Nonprofit education in China, HongKong, and Macau: Qihai Cai, City University of Hong Kong
  • Nonprofit education in Japan - Aya Okada, Tohoku University & Yu Ishida, Miyagi University
  • Nonprofit education in Korea - Sung-Ju Kim, North Carolina State University & Bok Gyo Jeong, Kean University
  • Nonprofit education in Singapore - Sung-Ju Kim, North Carolina State University & Bok Gyo Jeong, Kean University
  • Nonprofit education in Taiwan - Helen K. Liu, National Taiwan University


  • Norm Dolch, University of North Texas
  • Angela Eikenberry, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Roseanne Mirabella, Seton Hall University

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Click here to register for the Summit. 

For other questions please contact: Sung-Ju Kim (

The ARIMA partnership announces that it will hold an international colloquium  

Repertoires of Interaction: Cross-sector collaboration and confrontation in service delivery, governance and advocacy

July 6-7, 2020

Researchers, students and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts that open the "black box" of micro-level interaction between civil society actors and those in the public or private sectors, for example, in situations of co-production, network governance or advocacy.

Proposals can be submitted in French or in English and must be submitted before October 262019 to:

ARIMA is a Québec-based research partnership supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It focuses on knowledge development and knowledge mobilisation with respect to social action and intervention networks. It unites researchers and practitioners from the public and community or third sectors, who together to explore the methods and ramifications of new forms of governance that mandate local service and planning networks for dealing with complex social problems, and their impact on the development of social innovation and alternative practices.

For more information, contact Maryse Rivard at:


Inspirations from the South: What theoretical lenses/methodological approaches produced in Latin America might nourish our research projects on social innovation and third sector?

Date: Monday July 6, 2020, from 9h30 to 16h30 (with 1h30 break for a lunch)

Deadline to register: May 31, 2020 or until all spots are filled 


ISTR - International Society for Third Sector Research

CRISES HEC Montreal – Center for research on social innovations  

Brief description

This workshop seeks to present and discuss what we call ‘inspirations from the South’ in order to promote and nourish an intense North/South dialogue, particularly in the domain of social innovation. Despite the existence of a large body of literature that incorporates a variety of approaches, it should be noted that prevailing social innovation concepts/publications are essentially European and North American. The academic world that is interested in social innovation reproduces the same pattern of cultural domination and colonization of the imaginary that is condemned to other areas of the so-called ‘science’ (Pozzebon et al., 2019). In this workshop, we argue for the value of a greater South-North knowledge sharing by providing an overview of the theoretical traditions coming from Latin America. This includes post-development and buen vivir, participatory action research and social technologies, to cite a few. Although presenting different historical trajectories, what all those streams share is a cultural and political positioning aligned with post-colonialism and post-scientism, challenging numerous premises of the Western vision of progress and science, including the supremacy of technical/scientific knowledge and emphasizing the importance of a higher local/peripherical protagonism.

This workshop will promote reflection and exchange about the possibilities of integrating more purposively Latin American theoretical lenses and methodological approaches in our research projects. The workshop is organized in two parts. In the morning, different participants will introduce different streams, each one debated and discussed to have the core assumptions and main concepts presented. In the afternoon, the participants will be organized in different tables to discuss and work together around one of the streams from the South. Each table will produce a one-page with the results of their discussion. The workshop will end with the organization of one agenda for future activities.    


Marlei Pozzebon – HEC Montréal & FGV/EAESP


Sonia Tello-Rozas – ESG UQAM

Armindo dos Santos de Souza Teodósio – PUC Minas

Chantale Mailhot – HEC Montreal

Adriana Ferrarini – UNISINOS

Erika Licon – Concordia University

Expected number of participants: 30

Criteria for participation: People interested to participate in the workshop should send one-page explaining her(his) connection with theoretical lenses or methodological approaches produced in Latin America and how she(he) will contribute to the theme of the workshop. 

Proposals (one-page) can be submitted in French, English, Spanish or Portuguese before May 31 2020, to :

Global Nonprofit Data Workshop

Time: 9:00-17:00

Date: July 6, 2020

Deadline to register: May 31, 2020 or until all spots are filled 

Register here: 

The Global Nonprofit Data Workshop, co-organized with Michael Lenczner and Jesse Bourns (Ajah / Powered by Data), Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia University/GRNDS), Wendy Wong (University of Toronto/GRNDS), and Sarah Stroup (Middlebury College/GRNDS), brings together nonprofit data experts from NGOs, government, and academia to engage in knowledge sharing around how to develop better nonprofit data environments. Nonprofit data environments, including all available information about themselves, their funders, their governments, and their clients, can enable robust nonprofits working more effectively in collaboration with other nonprofits and their local and national governments. At this point, however, there is limited knowledge of what data is available across national contexts, much less how to provide useful access to nonprofit organizations. The workshop will spend the day first examining the nature of current nonprofit data projects at nonprofits, foundations, and academic institutions such as the Open Government Partnership, the Open Nonprofit Data Collaborative, and the Global Registry of Nonprofit Data Sources, in order to understand how access to data and analysis using this information can be enhanced to empower nonprofits, especially smaller nonprofits and organizations in the Global South, and to develop infrastructure to encourage collaboration between the interested actors for better practices in data collection and use at national and global levels.



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