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Message from the President
CSA-SCS President 2014-2015
Dr. Linda Gerber
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you have had a restful break over the holidays and that you are taking on 2015 with renewed energy.
Preparations for Congress 2015 at the University of Ottawa are well on their way. Sherry and I attended the Federation meeting in late September and came away delighted with campus and the surrounding area. As always, our amazingly capable Sherry is on top of local arrangements, calls for session proposals and papers, and that all-important schedule of sessions and other events.
A record number of session proposals this year may provide the framework for our largest conference ever. Another contributing factor will be our research clusters: we now have 25 RCs and of the 18 reporting their membership numbers there are four with over 40 members. The largest RCs are Political Sociology and Social Movements (85), Sociology of Culture (58), Applied Sociology (new as of last August, with 49 members), and Sociology of Education (42). The other reporting RCs have 9 to 31 members. These research clusters, big and small, generate a great deal of energy and enthusiasm within our larger CSA family.
You are probably aware of the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Be sure to let us know about the papers you want to present in Ottawa – by Monday, February 2nd which is only two weeks away. And encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Once the deadline passes, our session organizers will review your abstracts for possible presentation at the Conference.
You might also give some thought to nominating someone for one of the CSA awards. The Outstanding Graduating Student Award – which goes to the top graduating Honours, MA, and PhD students – is the responsibility of individual departments. On the other hand, the Angus Reid Applied Sociology, Early Investigator, John Porter and Outstanding Contribution Awards rely on nominations by members (or non-members) at large. You will find detailed information under Awards on the CSA website. Note that the deadline for Early Investigator and John Porter nominations is January 31st.
I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people in Ottawa. If you haven’t done so already, please check out the CSA Congress site for information on our 50th annual conference.