CASCA’s annual conference on the theme of Engagements and Entanglements/Engagements et Enchevêtrements will be held (virtually) at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, from May 12-15, 2021.

We are pleased to be able to host Dr. Kamari Clarke (University of Toronto) as our Keynote Speaker this year.

The conference will also host talks from the Weaver-Tremblay winners (2020, 2021), the CASCA Annual General Meeting, a department chair meeting, and informal drop-in and networking spaces, using the online conference platform Hopin.

Closer to the start of the conference, participants will have access to information about how to use Hopin, including exclusive pre-conference online sessions to tour the platform.

Please see the full theme, the call for papers and the registration link for more information, and to propose a paper, session, or poster.

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2021

Proposal Submissions and Types

CASCA 2021 invites the submission of individual posters, papers, and sessions (panels, symposia, or roundtables). We encourage panels/sessions that bring together presenters engaging with the conference theme, and other emerging and critical issues.

If you are organizing a panel, symposium, or roundtable and wish to advertise the session/find presenters, you can request circulation of your announcement by emailing

Individual papers (15 minutes each)

Individual papers accepted by the program organizing committee will be grouped into thematic sessions. Submissions must include a title, abstract (100-150 words), keywords, and co-authors (if applicable).

If you are submitting a paper as part of an organized panel/symposium/roundtable, you must also provide the name of the organizer and title of the panel.

90-minute panels

These must be composed of 4-5 presentations (including if there is a formal discussant), followed by time for discussion. The panel organizer must provide a 100-150 word abstract describing the proposed panel, and include a list of the participants (including chair and discussant).

90-minute roundtables

The roundtable organizer must provide a 100-150 word abstract describing the proposed roundtable theme, and include a list of at least 3 confirmed participants (the roundtable organizer counts as one of the participants). Completion of the registration/submission form by the posted submission deadline is a requirement for all confirmed roundtable participants.


Symposia are two or more 90-minute panels, and will be scheduled back-to-back. The symposium organizer must provide a 100-150 word abstract describing the proposed panel, and include a list of the participants (including chair and discussant(s)).

Graduate students

Graduate students who have collected primary research materials are invited to apply to the conference. Papers should not consist of work done as part of a course-based project.

Student poster presentations

The conference will be hosting an online poster session. Undergraduate honours students and graduate students are encouraged to present posters of their research projects and findings. Abstracts should be 100 words.

If you have questions about proposal types, please contact

Practical information

All conference participants must have an active CASCA membership. Membership fees can be paid at the same time as registration fees, using a separate form. Please see the registration page.

Conference participants are limited to presenting one paper at the conference, but there is no limit on discussant, panel chair, organizer, and round-table participant roles.

The conference will be held using the virtual platform Hopin. Participants will be sent information about the platform, including invitations to optional training sessions, closer to the start of the conference.

Conference Fees

Faculty and Professionals: $65

Graduate students, Postdocs, Low Income, and Retired: $30

Undergraduate students: $15

Additional advanced registration (+ additional fees, if applicable) required

Department Chairs Breakfast (no additional fee)

Women’s Network event(s) – Details TBD

Cancellation Policy

Participants who wish to cancel their registration for CASCA 2021 should send an email to Reimbursements are available for conference registration only (CASCA membership fees are not reimbursed). Cancellation requests submitted by March 30, 2021 will receive 100% reimbursement. After that, reimbursements will not be issued.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first virtual CASCA conference!

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