Publication Highlights 


CFGS is committed to fostering reflection on the complex array of social forces associated with an increasingly interconnect world. As such, publishing is a core aspect of how our fellows, scholars, and projects mobilize knowledge and promote critical citizenship. 

Our fellows and scholars are encouraged to publish and many of our projects engage in various forms of publications including policy papers, case studies, research reports, academic articles, breifing reports, books, and special issue journals. 

You can find recent publication highlights organized by project below and a full list of CFGS affiliated publications under 'other publications'.

"Legal Consciousness of the Leftover Woman: Law and Qing in Chinese Family Relations"

Former CFGS Graduate Student Fellow Qian Liu was awarded the Asian Law and Soceity Association's Graduate Student Article Award for the 2018 paper, "Legal Consciousness of the Leftover Woman: Law and Qing in Chinese Family Relations." 

Her paper analyses how the interaction of law and qing (情) shapes ordinary Chinese people’s legal consciousness. Ordinary Chinese people rely on qing, or the normal feelings, or attitudes of the public, to judge whether a particular law is just and how they should react to the law. By investigating Chinese leftover women’s legal consciousness regarding marriage and childbearing, this article has developed a theory to discuss Chinese people’s different forms of legal consciousness either when the law is in opposition to qing or when it is in alliance with qing. She argues that these variations of legal consciousness result from the dynamic relationship between qing and different types and levels of legality, including state law.

You can read the full article online here! 


Borders in Globalization Review - Inaugural Issue

BIG_Review is a different kind of journal, transversing disciplinary boundaries and integrating the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Their aspiration is to make widely available academic and artistic explorations of borders in the 21st century. They week to better understand the changing meanings, structures, and functions of international boundaries, bordres, and frontiers. 

This inaugural issue includes research articles that explore transborder governance, identity, culture, precaries, and conflict in borderlands across the world, including the Aegean, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Gulf, indigenous Latin America, and more. This issue also includes academic essays on borde-wall graffiti, aterritorial borders, and French thinker Paul de La Pradelle. It also features a range of artwork, including an artist's portfolio that imagines boundary lines and movement onto canvas, plus original verses from three poets on themes and sentiments related to borders. Book and film review round out this first issue.

Full issue available online here! 

For a detailed list of all BIG publications, visit their website here. 

Communication & Media Strategies for EU Experts in Canada - Outputs Overview

Canadian universities have outstanding scholarly expertise when it comes to the field of EU and European Studies. Still, there is a remarkable mismatch between the exceptional research knowledge in the academic community and the knowledge available to the broader Canadian public. In order to instigate new knowledge mobilization strategies, our Jean Monnet project MSEUCA developed new communication and media strategies for EU Studies in Canada. Read about our various activities and how we initiated debates around the challenging topic of media trust and media savviness of individual scholars, developed opportunities for young and senior scholars to share their expertise with the public or motivated scholars to start or extend their outreach activities.

Read the summary about MSEUCA's activities here! 

For a detailed list of all EUCAnet outputs, visit their website here. 

A Watershed Security Fund for British Columbia: Building Resilience and Advancing Reconciliation 

This position paper describes a genuine opportunity for the provincial government to create an enduring legacy for freshwater in B.C. It was produced through collaboration between the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, Frist Nations Fisheries Council, BC Wildlife Federation, and BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.

Read the full report here! 

Whose Border? Contested Geographies and Columbia River Treaty Modernization by Jesse Baltutis and Michele-Lee Moore

This paper explores the links between contemporary bordering processes, Indigenous nations traditional territories, and transboundary water governance processes, using the case of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) modernization process. We posit the Columbia River is shared not just by two nations, but also by multiple Indigenous nations with various inter-nation borders. To-date, the implications of this in practice do not appear to mean a re-imagination of borders, changes in legal authority for CRT renegotiation and implementation, or rethinking the state-centric institutions in which governance of the Columbia River is based. Three primary themes emerged from the empirical data that illustrate: (1) a reaffirmation of state-centric discourse on borders and bordering processes in CRT modernization, while (2) at the same time we see changes in the legal landscape in Canada and the U.S. that inform the obligations of colonial governments to move towards collaboration and shared governance with Indigenous nations on a government-to-government basis on issues impacting Indigenous interests. And, (3) emerging are the seeds of governance structures that seek to engage Indigenous nations within CRT renegotiation and implementation, including potentially providing a seat at the renegotiation table and including Indigenous nations within implementation structures for a modernized CRT.

Read the full paper here! 

For a detailed list of all POLIS research reports, policy papers, case studies, and academic articles visit their website here.