The Resilience Research Centre // rrc@dal.ca // +1 902 494 3050

Themes

  1. Overcoming Trauma and Other Extreme Adversities: Child, Adolescent, and/or Adult Pathways to Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for the resources, processes, and/or interventions that enable individuals to accommodate and/or transcend natural or human-instigated disasters and/or other potentially traumatizing events will fit well into this theme. We are particularly interested in the differential impact of protective factors and processes at low and high levels of risk, as well as in explanations that account for how contextual realities and cultural conventions shape resilience processes.
  2. Overcoming Structural Disadvantage: Child, Adolescent, and/or Adult Pathways to Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for the resources, processes, and/or interventions that enable individuals to accommodate and/or transcend hardships linked to unequal relations in roles, functions, decisions, rights, and opportunities will fit well into this theme. 
  3. The Neurobiology of Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for the neurological, genetic, epigenetic and/or physiological pathways associated with resilience, are what we are looking for in this cutting-edge theme. Contributions relating to the interplay between neurobiological, behavioral and social processes will be very welcome.
  4. Communities and Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for how human and ecological systems interact in ways that prompt vulnerabilities, adaptive capacities, and resilience will fit well into this theme, along with comment on the complexity inherent in this dynamism. In addition, papers that speak to how communities can pro-actively facilitate resilience by changing the odds that threaten individuals and groups will be welcome.
  5. Health, Risk, and Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for the social determinants of health, risk and resilience, and/or their complex interrelationship, align with this theme.
  6. Families and Resilience:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that account for how the family system enables/constrains positive adjustment to any form of adversity fit well into this theme. As above, we will welcome contributions that address the cultural, contextual and other complexities that shape this process.
  7. Resilience Research: Methodological Lessons:
    • Papers, posters, and symposia that interrogate taken-for-granted research methodologies, and/or provide evidence of the usefulness of unconventional or cutting-edge methodologies, for researching resilience will fit well into this theme. As in preceding themes, comment on how context and cultural conventions influence the application of resilience research methodologies are welcome.

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