2017 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)


Conference Theme 2017

From Far and Wide: The Next 150

Date: 31 May – 2 June 2017
Location: The 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Contacts for Congress 2017:

Local Arrangement Coordinator: Joey Power, CAASACEA2017@arts.ryerson.ca

Program Chair: Sarah Katz-Lavigne


Greetings Fellow African Studies Scholars “Far and Wide”

In 2017 CAAS is convening in Toronto at Ryerson University under the banner “From Far and Wide: the Next 150”. CAAS, in an effort to build this year’s conference from the “bottom up”, asked you to set the agenda by first proposing full panels around themes of interest to you.  We have had a great response and are now sending out a call for individual papers.  Please see the attached list of panel streams/themes which might “fit” with your paper proposal. If so, please indicate this in your submission.  If your paper does not fit one of the posted themes that is fine.  Please send your abstract in and we will do our best to place you on a panel with papers of similar theme or interest as we have done in the past.

Paper Proposal Submission

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is January 15, 2017.  Send your paper proposals to CAASACEA2017@arts.ryerson.ca. Each proposal should include your name, a title and paper abstract (150-200 words), and, if relevant, the panel stream that best fits your paper. Please also provide your email address and institutional affiliation.

Important Notice

Please note that there has been a change to CAAS policy. CAAS Conference registration fees now include a mandatory annual membership fee.  For details on membership fees, please visit the CAAS website [link here].  All presenters at the conference must be members of CAAS or one of the other organisations involved in joint panels with CAAS.  All fees must be fully paid by April 15th or the Organizing Committee will remove non-member participants’ contributions from the program. Information on conference registration will be available on the Federation of the Social Sciences and Humanities website (http://congress2017.ca/register) from January 2017.

The organizing committee, the Board of Directors of the association, and all of its members look forward to welcoming you at Ryerson University in the spring of 2017! 

You may wish to begin booking your accommodations for the conference. Please see http://congress2017.ca/plan-your-trip/accommodations for more information.