Call for Sessions


The 51st Annual Conference of the CSA-SCS will be held from Monday, May 30 through to Friday, June 3, 2016 as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress this year taking place at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

The CSA-SCS Call for Sessions will be open from September 14th through November 2nd, 2015. We invite English, French, and bilingual session proposals to be submitted through our online system.

2016 Congress Theme: Energizing communities

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Calgary, the Congress 2016 theme “Energizing communities” reflects the university’s commitment to community engagement at local, regional, national and transnational levels. This commitment is rooted in the belief that knowledge and understanding are created through associations of shared values, grounded in respect for difference and diversity among all peoples, from First Nations to new Canadians.

Universities serve not only their educational communities, but also those that support and drive fundamental questions beyond academia. As part of the host university’s leadership in connectivity, Congress 2016 will be a stimulating forum for scholarly engagement and will energize relationships across communities, leading to new connections, engagements and ultimately new ways of thinking.

Ranked the fifth most livable city in the world by The Economist in 2014, Calgary is the centre of Canada’s energy economy. A city dedicated to sustainability, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America, as well as its second busiest light rail system. Calgarians enjoy easy access to vast areas of protected nature reserves—local, provincial and federal—and to world-class art, architecture and cultural events.

Session Categories and Research Clusters

Session topics often fall into the broad categories listed below. Interdisciplinary sessions and those with a focus on the Congress theme would also be of interest.

  • Applied Sociology
  • Canadian Sociology
  • Children and Youth
  • Communities
  • Criminology & Law
  • Culture
  • Development and Globalization
  • Disabilities Studies
  • Education
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Feminist Studies
  • Food Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health and Care
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Inequality
  • Media Studies
  • Migration
  • Organizations
  • Parenting and Families
  • Policy and Society
  • Politics and Social Movements
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Research Methods
  • Rural and Urban Sociology
  • Science and Technology
  • Teaching Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Visual Sociology
  • Work and Professions
  • Other – Please Specify

Research Clusters:
Several clusters have formed within the association. Session proposals may be submitted on behalf of a cluster or independently. Learn more about the CSA research clusters.