Conference theme: “Changing Climates”

Dates: Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, November 24, 2019

We will be convening in Vancouver, on unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The deadline for the General Call for Papers has passed.

However, you can still register to attend the conference or participate by submitting a Special Event or a Late-Breaking Session (see below, Other types of sessions and events).

To attend the joint conference through CASCA, you must:

  1. pay for your CASCA membership (click here)
  2. pay for your conference registration through CASCA (click here)

Membership and registration

Your membership status must be up to date and your conference registration fee must be paid to attend the conference. You can pay for membership and the conference at the same time.

CASCA membership rates and benefits are listed here. CASCA conference rates are listed here.

Questions? Contact Karli Whitmore,

Program integration

We are using the AAA’s submission portal in order to ensure a truly integrated program. No proposals can be accepted through the CASCA website.

  • CASCA is one of the ‘sections’ to which all conference participants – whether they are AAA or CASCA members – can submit their proposals for review. All participants are also free to submit their proposals for review by other sections of the AAA.
  • Any proposal for any section can be submitted and reviewed in French. AAA and CASCA will support sections with resources to review proposals in French.
  • We created a joint CASCA-AAA Collaboration Zone where you can advertise sessions or find a session for your paper. Submit a posting here. View postings here.
  • Organizers of sessions can also advertise to find presenters through the CASCA listserv. Email for circulation and posting on the Conference Classifieds page.

Due to the complexity of scheduling the program at a conference this size, we are following the AAA’s limits on the numbers of session roles each registrant can hold. An individual is allowed to present one major role (oral presentation/installation/flash, roundtable, or gallery/poster presenter) PLUS one secondary role (oral presentation or roundtable discussant) per meeting; OR two secondary roles throughout the conference. There are no limits on holding additional minor roles (session organizer, chair/roundtable introducer, or co-author). Find out more here.

Questions? You might find an answer in the AAA’s Annual Meeting FAQs. Or contact Karli Whitmore,

Other types of sessions and events

Special Events

Special Events can be proposed from April 17 to May 15 (notifications sent the week of July 29).

  • Board Meetings
  • Business Meetings
  • Committee/Organizing Meetings
  • Receptions

Most Special Events are limited to timeslots of 75 minutes. 

Priority in the assignment of time and space will be given to CASCA, AAA and Section business, board, interest groups, and committee meetings. Other special events will be accommodated to the degree possible.

The Special Events Program will not accommodate panels, papers or professional presentations that belong on the scholarly program. Special Events not sponsored by CASCA, the AAA or any of the AAA’s affiliated sections will be charged a $500 administrative fee to be included in the conference program.

Submission deadline: 3:00 p.m. EST (8:00 p.m. GMT) May 15

Late Breaking Sessions

Late Breaking Sessions can be proposed from August 14 to September 11 (notifications sent the week of October 7).

  • Oral Presentation Sessions
  • Roundtable
  • Individual Galleries

Submission deadline: 3:00 p.m. EST (8:00 p.m. GMT) September 11

Questions? Contact Karli Whitmore,

Past Deadlines

Executive Sessions

The deadline for proposing Executive Sessions passed on February 7. Notifications were sent out in March.

General Call for Papers

The deadline for the General Call for Papers passed on April 10. Notifications will be sent in the week of July 22.

Access your submission through the AAA’s submission portal here.

In the General Call for Papers, you can submit several types of proposals:

  • Oral Presentation Sessions
  • Roundtables
  • Individually Volunteered Papers
  • Group Gallery Sessions
  • Individual Galleries
  • Installations
  • Workshops
  • Mentoring Events

Find out more about each proposal type here.

Note that each full session is 105 minutes long, divided into 15-minute timeslots for papers and/or discussants (except for workshops, which are offered in 2-, 4-, or 8-hour timeslots). Find out more about the number of presenters and timing of Oral Presentation Sessions here (scroll down).

To propose a double or triple session, submit two or three separate session proposals, marking them clearly as ‘part 1’, ‘part 2’, ‘part 3’. While the CASCA review committee will view these favourably, each proposal will be reviewed individually and ranked by its merit. For instance, Part II may be accepted while Part I may not, or vice versa. We will make every effort to schedule accepted series of sessions in the proper order, but cannot guarantee it.

Film Festival

CASCA members can submit films to the juried Film Festival for the joint CASCA-AAA conference, organized by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Find out more at the SVA page here. The deadline was April 15 (student deadline was May 5). A discount code was available to CASCA members to submit their film with the ‘regular deadline’ fee. Write to Karli Whitmore at to obtain the code. Please note that you are a CASCA member in your submission details, so we can ensure CASCA representation in the program.