Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2017 – Now Closed

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The 52nd Annual Conference of the CSA will be held from Monday, May 29 through to Thursday, June 1, 2017 as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

NOTE: CSA membership is not required when submitting an abstract.  However, once the abstract has been approved for presentation at the Conference then the  CSA-SCS membership requirement and Congress CSA-SCS delegate registration policies will apply.   Paper co-authors neither presenting nor attending the Conference are exempt from these policies.

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Conference Guidelines

2017 CSA Conference Sessions

The list of sessions open to abstract submissions will be available beginning November 18, 2016. Abstracts must be submitted to a specific session through our online conference system. Several of the sessions are associated with research clusters within the Association however you are not required to be a part of the cluster to submit or present a paper. Learn more about the Association’s research clusters.

Utilize the searchbox in the top right corner of this page to search the session list by keyword or session organizer.

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Download the preliminary list of Conference Sessions (pdf)

Abstract submission and review status instructions

Abstracts Submission Requirements

  • An abstract may be submitted to only one specific CSA-SCS conference session
    If declined, it may then be considered for another session or omnibus session upon the author or session organizer’s request
  • The association recognizes that there may be situations in which there are pedagogical and professional benefits to presenting at multiple associations at Congress. The CSA-SCS encourages its members, as a matter of good practice to inform both associations of their submission in order to facilitate and foster future collaborative efforts.
  • An abstract submitted by a session organizer to his or her own session must be reviewed by a co-organizer, a session organizer within the Research Cluster, or the Conference Program Committee
    Our office must be informed that this process has been completed before February 15, 2017
  • Abstracts must be submitted online between November 18, 2016 and January 27, 2017 (11:59 PM – PST)
  • Abstracts may be in English and/or French but the session organizer may request a translation for review purposes
  • Abstracts should be between 100-200 words (or up to 400 words if both English and French versions are submitted simultaneously)
  • Ensure all co-authors (including email and affiliation) are included in the applicable online submission form fields
  • The general CSA-SCS policy allows participants up to two different paper presentations and up to three presentations including panels and plenary (participation as session chair or discussant does not count in these limits)
  • The association must be notified immediately if there are changes to the abstract or if it has been withdrawn from consideration
  • CSA-SCS membership is not required in order to submit an abstract however, association membership as well as congress delegate registration is mandatory once the paper has been approved for presentation (deadline: April 15, 2017)
    Paper co-authors neither presenting nor attending the Conference are exempt from these policies
    Exceptions may apply in the case of joint or co-sponsored sessions (contact us for further information)


Authors who submit abstracts to this conference agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished abstract under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the abstract, with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.
  • Authors are able to waive the terms of the CC license and enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution and subsequent publication of this work (e.g., publish a revised version in a journal, post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial presentation at this conference.
  • In addition, authors are encouraged to post and share their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) at any point before and after the conference.

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