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CSA Conference delegates benefit from the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, scholars and practitioners working within the discipline of sociology.

57th Annual Canadian Sociological Association 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, Antisemitism, 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).

Conference Format

The Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) will be held in two sections.

1. Virtual sessions scheduled from Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7, 2024.
2. In-person sessions scheduled from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2024 as part of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress in partnership with McGill University.

We are hoping that this new Conference format will improve accessibility for our members and the wider community.

Session Formats

CSA Sessions are organized in the following categories:

Keynote Lectures

• 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

Panel Sessions

• May include up to 5 panelists panelists and a moderator for a group discussion on a particular subject

Roundtable Sessions

• 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

Workshop Sessions

• May include facilitators and participants

• Pre-registration through the Canadian Sociological Association is possible – contact us for details

Session Scheduling

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.

The scheduling below is based on Eastern Daylight Time.

Virtual sessions – Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7, 2024:
11:00am – 12:30pm
1:00pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm

In-person sessions at McGill University – Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, 2024:
9:00am – 10:30am
11:00am – 12:30pm
1:30pm – 3:00pm
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Research Cluster meetings and special events will be scheduled after 5:00pm

Research Cluster and Subcommittee Affiliation

Sessions have the option of being affiliated with one or more of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Research Clusters (RCs) and/or Subcommittees.

Learn more about the CSA’s Research Clusters

Learn more about the CSA’s Subcommittees

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:

Cross-listed 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

Joint Sessions

• 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.

Open Congress Programming

The CSA designates several sessions each year as Open Congress Events.  All Congress delegates are welcome to attend.

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Presentation Formats and Policies

All Conference Paper Presentation Sessions are 90-minutes in length and must include at least 15 minutes at the end for audience engagement. The session organizer will contact participants to confirm the length of their presentation. The time will range from 12- 20 minutes depending on the number of presentations in the session.

In-person participants typically present orally with slides (using a projector and screen as well as a computer set up in the room) or handouts to illustrate their findings.

Virtual participants will be utilizing Zoom to share their screen and slides while presenting orally.

Presentations may also take a more creative approach such as a film showing or performance art.

A participant may be the sole or primary presenter in up to two (2) different paper presentation sessions. The participant may participate in a third session as a panelist. Assuming the role of session chair, discussant, or co-presenter does not count in this three (3) session limit.

The CSA must be notified immediately by the author if there are changes to a presentation title or abstract and or if the presentation has been withdrawn from the session to ensure accuracy of the Conference Program.

Session organizers may request a copy of the paper and/or presentation prior to the Conference for an opportunity to review and provide feedback. This material will be sent directly to the session organizers and may be distributed amongst the presenters in the session.

The CSA recognizes that there may be situations in which there are pedagogical and professional benefits to presenting the same research at multiple associations at Congress. The Association encourages its members, as a matter of good practice, to inform both associations of their plans to present the research in multiple association conferences.

Failure to maintain communication with, or provide information requested by, the session organizer or the CSA may result in the removal of the presentation from the Conference program.

Full papers will not be posted on the CSA Conference website nor within the Conference Program. Virtual sessions and presentations will be recorded if all participants approve and may then be posted on the CSA YouTube Channel.