Call for Sessions
The 58th Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) will be held Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2024 as part of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress in partnership with McGill University.
CSA Conference delegates benefit from the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, scholars and practitioners working within the discipline of sociology.
Our Conference will be in-person at McGill University. We are currently working to develop a virtual component to facilitate remote presentations and will update our members once details are confirmed.
2024 Conference Theme
Challenging Hate: Sustaining shared futures
While alarming images of a warming planet infuse the concept with a critical sense of urgency, ‘sustainability’ transcends even the immense challenges posed by climate change, urging recognition of the interconnectedness of human existence and global action on the overlapping social, economic, environmental, and technological issues that threaten our future.
As members of the global community, we share the responsibility to take on this multi-faceted challenge of a lifetime by way of concerted action across disciplines, bringing into focus its unequal impact, the bounds of our planet, and in turn, our solutions.
For this 2024 edition, enmeshing the knowledges of diverse contexts, and amplifying Black and Indigenous perspectives, Congress invites scholars, students, policymakers and community members to reflect on what remains collectively attainable – and what must be done – in the face of this vast and complex imperative in order to bring forth solutions for today, and sustain systems of tomorrow.
The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) is particularly interested in the mobilization, trajectories, and social implications of social movements, countermovements and solidarities in relation to Islamophobia and intersecting racism(s), gender fluidity and rising anti-2SLGBTQ+ coalitions, the school curriculum, vaccination requirements and the coalescence of seemingly ideologically disparate groups (e.g. the far-right and religious groups).
Call for Sessions: October 2 – November 1, 2023
We invite you to submit a session proposal for inclusion in the Conference Program. The session may be centered on the Conference theme or relate to other sociological areas of research. Session proposals are reviewed by the Conference Program Committee who will ensure a variety of session topics are included reflecting all areas of sociology-related fields. Notification regarding the results of the review process will be communicated on or about December 4, 2023.
Please review the information below before submitting your proposal. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
2024 Conference Planning Committee
Temitope Oriola, University of Alberta
Nadiya Ali, Trent Univesity
Kristen Hardy, University of Winnipeg and Brandon University
Johanne Jean-Pierre, York University
Michelle Landry, Université de Moncton
Matthew Lange, McGill University
J Overholser, University of Calgary
Paul Pritchard, University of Toronto
Liam Swiss, Acadia University
- Conference Participation Policy
Membership in the Canadian Sociological Association is not required when submitting a session proposal. However, all participants in a session (chair, moderator, discussant, presenters, panelists, and keynote speaker) must be both a member of the Canadian Sociological Association and register as a Congress delegate with the Canadian Sociological Association Conference by April 15, 2024.
Canadian Sociological Association Membership is independent of Congress registration.
The first step is to ensure that your membership is in good standing throughout June 21, 2024. This may require that you enrol as a new member of the Canadian Sociological Association or renew your membership if it is set to expire prior to the Conference. Membership renewal will be possible 45 days prior to the expiration date. Learn More
Contact us if you are unsure about the current standing of your membership.
CSA Conference Registration through Congress Delegate Registration
The Canadian Sociological Association Conference is held as part of the larger Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences therefore those wishing to attend our Conference must register through Congress. Registration opens in January 2024.
- About CSA Conference Sessions
The CSA Conference Program is scheduled in four 90-minute time-slots each day with breaks in between. There are up to twelve concurrent sessions in each time-slot.
Sessions will feature paper presentations or a panel discussion centered on a specific topic. They may also take the form of a keynote lecture, workshop, or roundtable.
Sessions may be organized by CSA members, Research Clusters, or CSA Subcommittees. We also host interdisciplinary sessions in collaboration with other Associations participating in Congress.
• Sessions may be held in English and/or French
• Paper presentation sessions may be open to the Call for Abstracts (December 6, 2023 – January 29, 2024)
• Session organizers are responsible for reviewing abstracts between January 30 through February 16, 2024
• Sessions receiving less then 3 suitable abstracts may be merged or cancelled
• Sessions receiving 6 or more suitable abstracts may be sub-divided into multiple sessions
• Panel, Keynote, Workshop, and Paper Presentation (not open to the Call for Abstracts) session organizers must confirm their participants by February 16, 2024
• Session organizers typically chair the sessions they propose
• Session Chairs must have a co-chair in attendance if they are presenting in their session
- Session Formats
All sessions are allotted 90 minutes (with the exception of Keynote Lectures which are allotted 60 minutes) and must include at least 15 minutes at the end for audience questions.
• 1 speaker and 1 moderator
Paper Presentation sessions
• May be open to the Call for Abstracts or include pre-arranged presenters
• Between 3 and 5 paper presentations on a particular subject will be included in the session
• Speakers will be allotted between 12 and 20 minutes depending on the number of presentations in the session
• Papers must be presented in the order listed in the program
• A discussant may only be included in sessions with 3 presentations
• May include up to 5 panelists panelists and a moderator for a group discussion on a particular subject
• May include up to 8 participants discussing research proposals, work in progress, or literature reviews
• Multiple roundtable sessions will be held in one large room
• May include facilitators and participants
• Pre-registration through the Canadian Sociological Association is possible – contact us for details
- Research Cluster Affiliation
Sessions have the option of being affiliated with one or more of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Research Clusters (RCs).
The RCs may advise members to submit proposals directly to the CSA or send proposals to them for initial vetting. Contact the RCs for further information.
Note that official affiliation in the Conference Program requires approval from the RC(s).
- Interdisciplinary Sessions
The Canadian Sociological Association welcomes session collaboration with other associations, research groups, or organizations participating in Congress.
There are two categories of interdisciplinary sessions:
• Sponsored by one primary association with promotion among other associations
• Abstract submissions processed by the primary association
• Session will be listed in the programs of cross-listed associations
• Session will be hosted and scheduled by the primary association with details communicated to the cross listed associations
• Participants must be members and registered congress delegates of the primary association
• Congress delegates from all associations are welcome to attend as observers
• Partnership between multiple associations or organizations participating in Congress
• Session will be listed in the programs of co-sponsors
• Session will be hosted and scheduled by one of the associations as mutually agreed upon
• At least one session organizer and one additional participant in a session hosted by the Canadian Sociological Association must be members and registered delegates of our association
• Other participants must be members and registered congress delegates of at least one of the partner associations
• Administrators will consult organizers to validate memberships
• Abstract submissions accepted by partner associations
• Any applications for Congress funding with the Canadian Sociological Association listed as co-organizers are required to be pre-approved by our association. The allocation of funds must also be mutually agreed upon by the partner associations.
- Submitting a Session Proposal
All proposals must be submitted through our online form by 11:59pm PST on November 1, 2023. Please contact us if you require assistance.
Submit your session proposal
The online submission form will request session organizer details as well as session information:
• Description (300 word maximum or 600 words if including both English and French)
• Format (paper presentation, panel, keynote, roundtable, or workshop)
• Access (in-person only or open to holding a virtual session as hybrid sessions may not be possible)
• Open to the call for abstracts or presenters have been pre-arranged
• Research Cluster affiliation (subject to approval by the research cluster)
• Relation to the Conference theme
Research area and keywords
Highlighting specific research areas, themes or keywords will assist the Program Committee in reviewing your proposal and subsequently the membership when seeking appropriate sessions during the abstract submission process.
The list of common research areas, themes, or keywords include:
Children and Youth
Development and Globalization
Equality / Inequality
Health and Care
Home and Housing
Migration / Immigration
Parenting and Families
Race and Ethnicity
Rural and Urban Society
Work and Professions
Other - indicate another area/keyword not listed here
Call for Abstracts: December 6, 2023 – January 29, 2024
Those wishing to present their research at the Conference may submit an abstract of their paper to one of the sessions that have been approved for the Conference program. Full information will be posted on December 6.