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Jan
23
Wed
The CALA (2019) Inaugural Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology
Jan 23 – Jan 26 all-day

Following continuous requests for a Second Call, the CALA, The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, to be held in Siem Reap Cambodia, January 23-26, 2019, is now extremely pleased to announce its Second Call.

Despite that the call has been given a deadline, it may close early, should a ceiling be placed on the submission numbers, as we have already received an abundance of submissions, over 400 in the first call. Submissions have until now been high, so please excuse delays in responding to any queries.

Full Title: Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 1

Short Title: CALA 1 (2019)

Location:
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Start Date:
23-Jan-2019 – 26-Jan-2019

Contact: Professor Susan Hagadorn

Meeting Email: [email protected]

Meeting URL: http://cala2019.puc.edu.kh

Meeting Description: 

The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, The CALA 1 (2019), in Cambodia, symbolizes a significant movement forward for Linguistic Anthropology, and in problematizing current perspectives and praxis in the field of Asian Linguistic Anthropology.

The CALA seeks to respond to concerns by those within respective fields, Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Sociology, Cultural studies, and of course Linguistic Anthropology These concerns include the reduced (opportunity for) focus on Asian regions and work by Asian academics, largely contributable to issues of funding and expertise. These concerns also include that academics globally seek to both work on Asian regions and with Asian regions, but impeded by the absence of appropriate networks.

The CALA 1 thus aims to begin an era within which to opportune these academics to transfer knowledge, expertise, and valuable Linguistic and Anthropological Data across the world, through the interpersonal and inter-institutional networks the CALA conferences seek to build.

To ground these efforts, the Conference, at The Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia at the centre, seeks to network a growing number of Institutions globally, to support this much needed project.

The theme for the inaugural CALA is ‘Revitalization and Representation‘, a theme pertinent to the current state of many Asian regions and countries vis-a-vis their global analogues.

Emerging from a complex weaving for received and produced colonializations, the languages and ethnicities within Asia have experienced strong curtailment and denigration, to the point where many have reached near extinction, while others have passed the point of extinction. Here, these languages and ethnicities require urgent revitalization through an anthropological set of approaches, in collaboration with academic, and non-academic, networks globally. Revitalization can be engendered effectively through the complex channels associated with and effected through the extensive and vast work developed in Representation. Cambodia seems to be at the centre of this need for focus, with many ethnicities and their languages currently on the brink of extinction, and with several now having less than ten living speakers.

Though The Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia will host the Inaugural conference in 2019, in Siem Reap, the conference will be hosted by a different Institution globally, annually, while Paññāsāstra remains at the helm of the Conference, so to collaborate with all institutions wishing to involve themselves with and in the CALA network.

We thus welcome you to the CALA 1, in 2019, the Inaugural Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, and to the CALA in general.

Important dates:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Opens: Friday, October 13, 2017 at midnight (UTC Time)
Closes: Monday, February 9, 2018 at midnight (UTC Time)
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NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

By March 10, 2018, midnight (UTC)
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REGISTRATION

Early Bird
Opens: February 10, 2018, midnight (UTC)
Closes: May 14, 2018, midnight (UTC)

Normal Bird
Opens: May 15, 2018, midnight (UTC)
Closes: August 25, 2018, midnight (UTC)

Late Bird
Opens: August 26, 2018, midnight (UTC)
Closes: January 26, 2019, (Conference end)
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CONFERENCE DATES

Wednesday January 23rd, 2019
Thursday January 24th, 2019
Friday January 25th, 2019
Saturday January 26th, 2019
Subfields:

  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Applied sociolinguistics
  • Cognitive Anthropology and language
  • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
  • Post-structuralism and language
  • Semiotics and semiology
  • Language documentation
  • General sociolinguistics
  • Language socialization
  • Social psychology of language
  • Language revitalization
  • Ethnography of communication
  • Language, community, ethnicity
  • Language, dialect, sociolect, genre
  • Nonverbal semiotics
  • Multifunctionality
  • Language and embodiment
  • Documenting language
  • Ethnographical language work
  • Language, gender, sexuality
  • Language ideologies
  • Narrative and metanarrative
  • Language and spatial and temporal frames
  • Language minorities and majorities
  • Language in real and virtual spaces

Language contact and change

Jan
24
Thu
International Conference: Peoples and Cultures of the World  @ Palermo University
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day

Call for papers: Peoples and Cultures of the World 

International Conference
Palermo University, January 24-25, 2019
Building 19, Viale delle Scienze, Aula Seminari A and B

Deadline for submitting proposals: 30 November 2018

Abstract: 250 words (max)
Duration of each paper: 20 minutes
Official languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Registration to the Conference is free of cost. Travel, accommodation and food costs are to be covered by participants.

Scientific coordination:
Leonardo Mercatanti and Stefano Montes

Organizing committee:
Irene Majo Garigliano, Leonardo Mercatanti, Giovanni Messina, Stefano Montes, Alessandro Morello, Gaetano Sabato, Flavia Schiavo, Licia Taverna

Administration:
Department of Cultures and Societies, Palermo University
Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy

Please send your paper and short biodata to:
Leonardo Mercatanti ([email protected])
Stefano Montes ([email protected])
Gaetano Sabato ([email protected])

Information:
Leonardo Mercatanti ([email protected])
Stefano Montes ([email protected])
Gaetano Sabato ([email protected])

Jan
28
Mon
Call for Proposals: AES / ALLA / ABA Joint Spring 2019 Conference
Jan 28 all-day

Conference Theme: Ethnographic Futures
Hosts: AES / ALLA / ABA
Conference Dates: March 14 to 16, 2019
Location: Washington University in St. Louis
Website: https://americanethnologist.org/meetings/spring-conference/aes-2019
CfP deadline: January 28, 2019
Registration Prices: Students $40 / $45 (member / non-member); Professional $140 / $145 (member / non-member
Travel Diversity Grant deadline & information: January 28; [email protected]

 

Call for Paper Abstracts for Proposed Panels

View proposed panels seeking paper abstract submissions HERE.

Abstract Submissions for Panels, Individual Papers, and Roundtables

AES, ALLA, and ABA invite proposals for individual papers, organized paper panels, and roundtables for our joint Spring 2019 Conference. Word limit for abstracts: paper up to 250 words; Session/panel up to 500 words. Submit HERE.

When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to either (a) provide your own theme(s), or (b) select from the list of pre-determined themes provided by the program committee. These themes will be used during the review and scheduling processes to reduce content overlap. If your submission does not align within one of the themes, you may select “other” and provide your theme(s) as written responses.

Pre-determined Themes:
Theorizing the Future
Methodology: Innovations, Conundrums & Engagement
Violence, Trauma & Resistance
Citizenship & Belonging
Debt & Repayments
Queer & Other Intimate Imaginings
Sanctuary & Refuge
Migration, Mobility & Borders
The State, Surveillance & In/Exclusions
Race, Ethnicity & Class Formations
Gendered Spaces & Subversions
Embodiment & the Body
Emancipatory Politics & Solidarity
Urban Futures
Health, Healing, and Ethics
Environmental Justice
Labor & Work
Consumption & Desire
Others proposed by submitters

The submissions portal closes Monday, January 28, 2019 (3pm ET).

Jan
31
Thu
2020 Directors of the ASCSA Summer Sessions (Gertrude Smith Professors)
Jan 31 all-day
DIRECTORS OF THE ASCSA SUMMER SESSIONS (GERTRUDE SMITH PROFESSORS)

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Six-Week Traditional ASCSA Summer Session: One or Two Positions
ASCSA Field Seminars: Two Positions

SIX-WEEK ASCSA SUMMER SESSION 

Term: Summer 2020

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, epigraphy, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek, stamina, good health, and a sense of humor.

Description: See more information about the ASCSA Summer Sessions:  http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Summer

Duties: Plan the itinerary of the session/seminar, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend of $9,064, plus travel and expenses, housing for the Summer Session leader(s) for eight weeks in total as available June 1 to August 15. See the attached policy.

Application: A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of support should be sent to:

Committee on the Summer Sessions E-mail:  [email protected]

The appointments will be announced by March 29.

 

ASCSA FIELD SEMINARS

Term: Summer 2020

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, epigraphy, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek, stamina, good health, and a sense of humor.

Description: The theme of the18-day field seminars are open. Possible topics include: a “major sites” program (Athens, with short trips to Delphi, the Argolid, or other regions or sites); Mycenaean Greece; ancient athletics; pottery; sculpture; epigraphy; religious, public, and domestic architecture; ancient literature; numismatics; topography of myth; historical geography; the ancient economy; Roman Greece; Byzantine Greece; Ottoman Greece; the population exchange between Greece and Turkey; modern folklore; etc.

Residence in Loring Hall is available, though not required, for program participants during the first and third week of the seminar. The itinerary, therefore, must include at least one week of travel in the middle of the seminar. Two summer field seminars can be accommodated, one in June and one in July.

For more information about the ASCSA Summer Seminars:  http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/summer-seminars

Duties: Plan an 18-day seminar, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend of $5000, plus travel and expenses, housing for four weeks in total including the dates of the seminar. See the attached policy.

Application: Along with a letter of application that discusses your qualifications, and a curriculum vitae, please submit a description of the seminar, and a preliminary 18-day itinerary indicating which sites would be visited and how much time would ideally be spent in and out of Athens.

These materials and three letters of support should be sent to: Committee on the Summer Sessions

E-mail:  [email protected]

The appointments will be announced by March 29.

Feb
1
Fri
Call for Proposals: Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics
Feb 1 all-day

Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics (NSF 18-600) invites proposals which investigate heritable biological or chemical mechanisms that produce a phenotypic effect without alteration of the DNA sequence.  Projects must integrate education perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences) to understand epigenetic mechanisms associated with environmental change, the resultant phenotypic characteristics of organisms, and the resultant robustness and adaptability of organisms and populations. Studies that cross multiple levels of organizational complexity (molecular, cellular, physiological, organismal, population) and temporal (including evolutionary) scales, and taxa within the tree of life – both unicellular and multicellular organisms, including humans — are particularly encouraged.

Full proposals are due February 1, 2019, and can be submitted in one of two submission tracks:

(1) award duration of up to 3 years and a total budget of $500,000 or

(2) award duration of up to 5 years and a total budget of $3,000,000.

The specifics of the program priorities and areas of emphasis, as well as additional limitations and guidelines, can be found in the full solicitation.

Feb
8
Fri
2019 Visiting Professor Program
Feb 8 all-day

The ANA Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP). In 2019, the program will be held in June in New York in partnership with Fordham University, and will be extended to Chicago in partnership with Loyola University. Professors can apply to one of two programs: the four-day Immersion (in both NYC and Chicago) or the in-depth, nine-day Immersion + Fellowship (in NYC only).

Application deadline: February 8, 2019

I. The Immersion (NYC & Chicago)
A four-day Immersion into the latest innovations in current marketing and advertising practice. Participating companies will be agencies, marketers and media companies such as: R/GA, IBM, Ogilvy, Facebook, McCann and Wavemaker. Topic areas will include social media, global brand building, consumer insights, the future of media, data analytics and diversity. The Immersion is most suited to professors seeking an overview of the latest developments in the field in order to infuse his or her teaching with real-world cases and industry insights.

Fordham University in New York City will host a Welcome Session on Monday, June 3, and a research forum during the week. The Immersion will be limited to 30 professors and will be held from Tuesday, June 4 to Friday, June 7.

Loyola University in Chicago will host a Welcome Session on Monday, June 17, and a research forum during the week. The Immersion will be limited to 10-15 professors and will be held from Tuesday, June 18 – Thursday, June 20.

 

II. The Immersion + Fellowship (NYC only)

A nine-day program combining the Immersion with a week-long ‘deep dive’ Fellowship hosted by a marketer or agency whose interests align with a professor’s research interest. Given the one-on-one interaction through the Fellowship component, the program is best suited to faculty who have specific questions about the industry that are addressed through more in-depth study. Through this intensive program professors can gain ‘on-the-ground’ experience to inform their teaching with the goal of forming a longer term relationship with their host company. The Immersion + Fellowship will be limited to 10 professors and held from Tuesday, June 4 to Friday, June 14.

 

Housing and Expenses
Accommodations for the VPP in NYC have been made available through a collaboration with Fordham University’s Center for Positive Marketing and will be on campus. Housing will be at the Lincoln Center campus in the heart of the city and is provided at no cost to professors.

Accommodations for the VPP in Chicago have been made available through a collaboration with Loyola University and will be on campus. Housing will be at the Baumhart Overnight Lodging located just blocks west of the historic Water Tower and is provided at no cost to professors.

Professors will be provided with a stipend of $200 for the Immersion and $450 for the Immersion + Fellowship. All professors will cover the expense of their travel to and from the host city.

Application
2019 VPP Application

If you have problems with the link above, cut and paste the following address into your web browser to access the application.
https://fordham.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cYfISWs8zS2XLjn

Statement and supporting items
Please provide a statement (500 words maximum) explaining why you wish to participate in the program(s) selected. Professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship will be expected to provide a Lunchtime Talk about how your research and teaching relate to marketing and advertising. Please communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk in your statement.

Two-minute video
All professors are asked to provide a two-minute video shot with a cell phone or a computer webcam. We are not looking for professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video. Topic suggestions include:

  • Most interesting teaching moment or research finding in your career
  • Most interesting or surprising example of advertising that has caught your eye recently and why
  • Discuss something about you that is not on your application
  • Most striking thing you have noticed about student culture today on campus
  • A teaser about your Lunchtime Talk for professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship program

Notifications: April 1, 2019

Final notes

  • Please do not apply if you have participated in the program within the last ten years
  • The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the US

Contact Sharon Hudson, VP, Program Manager with any questions.
Direct: 646-708-8114
Email: [email protected]

Feb
11
Mon
Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics
Feb 11 all-day

Russell Sage Foundation – 2019 Summer Institutes

Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics

Dates:  June 9 – 21, 2019                                      

Application Deadline: February 11, 2019

The Russell Sage Foundation, in conjunction with the JPB Foundation, will sponsor the third Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics from June 9 – 21, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, political science, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include the interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences. Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D. Most participant costs, including housing, meals, and travel will be covered. Detailed information about the summer institute and applying can be found here:  https://www.russellsage.org/summer-institutes.

Questions should be directed to Dan Benjamin at [email protected].

Feb
14
Thu
Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network Reception
Feb 14 – Feb 17 all-day

NSF Funds Research Coordination Network for Household Water Insecurity

The National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Science Program) has funded the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN) to operate at the strategic intersection of social science discovery, policy, and practice. The project is under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Jepson (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University) and Co-PIs Dr. Justin Stoler (Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami), Dr. Amber Wutich (Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University), and Dr. Sera Young (Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University).

RCN Goals and Activities

The HWISE-RCN’s mission is to build a community of practice and collaboration that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. Our objectives are to promote cutting edge research about the experiences and assessment of household water insecurity, and to create a network that supports scientific discovery and professional development. Our goals are to (1) integrate geospatial methodologies into existing HWISE research (2) evaluate how HWISE methods and concepts can be translated to household water insecurity experiences in high- and middle-income regions, and (3) establish and cultivate key pathways to translate HWISE discoveries to NSF research priority efforts.

HWISE Collaborations now include over 40 scholars from 24 U.S. and international institutions across the career spectrum and disciplines including social sciences, public health, water-sector professionals, policy makers, and development practitioners. Please visit our website to learn more about the project or how you can join as a member.

Upcoming Activities

The network will launch and host a reception at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual meeting in Washington, DC from February 14-17, 2019. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about the network activities and will highlight our HWISE Scale and Development project

Feb
15
Fri
2019 German Studies Association Call for Proposals
Feb 15 all-day

2019 German Studies Association Call for Proposals

GSA 2019 German Studies Association

GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 43rd Annual Conference from 3 to 6 October 2019 at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon (USA).

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Proposals for entire sessions, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for series of panels are strongly encouraged (though we discourage thematic series of more than four panels).  Individual paper proposals are also welcome. The call for seminar proposals has been distributed separately.

Please see the GSA website for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on 5 January 2019. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2019.

Please note that all proposed presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website (www.thegsa.org).

In order to avoid complications later, the Program Committee would like to reiterate two extremely important guidelines here (the full list of guidelines is available on the GSA website):

 

  1. No individual at the GSA conference may give more than one paper or appear on the program in more than two separate roles. (Participating in a seminar counts as delivering a paper.)
  2. If a paper proposal requires high quality sound equipment, that justification must be made in detail at the time of submission.

 

For more information, visit the GSA website, where previous conference programs and a detailed list of submission guidelines may be found (www.thegsa.org), or contact members of the 2019 Program Committee:

https://www.thegsa.org/conference/program-committee-2019

25th Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Conference @ Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Feb 15 – Feb 17 all-day

 Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World

The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies- in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces.

Such radical changes in the Canadian multicultural state necessitate that we recast traditional Canadian ethnic studies beyond ethnic communities to encompass (im)migrant movements, “mobilities,” not only within Canada but also over and beyond Canada. Even if it has been a myth that historians have debunked that previous immigrants to Canada rarely moved again globally, contemporary (im)migrants have complex and diverse forms of mobilities which have surpassed those of any previous imagination and have called into question not just borders, sovereignty and national states but also citizenship, belonging and the very nature of our multicultural mosaic. Furthermore, although for some mobility is a privilege that they enjoy and a tool they utilize to improve their social locations, for many mobility is forced, unwanted, and even resisted. What are the forces behind the creation of transnational social spaces, the mechanisms, routes, and processes, as well as the consequences of these radical changes in Canada and globally? How exactly do they change the Canadian multicultural mosaic, citizenship, identities and belonging? What can we expect of the 21st century with respect to such phenomena? Within this larger problematic, CESA invites theoretical and empirically-based papers, fully formed panels or presentations in other formats, addressing, from a variety of disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, more specific topics such as:

  • The future of immigration, ethnic studies, and multiculturalism
  • Intersections of immigration and race, class and gender
  • Voluntary and forced mobilities: Refugees and the Canadian state
  • Youth, ethnicity, and identity in multicultural Canada
  • Ethnic communities, global diasporas and transnationalism in Canada
  • “Homelands”: Memories, reconstructions, returns and directions forward
  • Citizenship and belonging in transnational spaces
  • Gender, class, and ethnic intersections in transnationalism
  • The future of transnational and ethnic mobilities in an unsettled world

Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters and video presentations that address any of these and other related topics. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study. We will endeavour to make a decision shortly after the abstract is received in order to facilitate those who need verification of their acceptance for travel funding purposes at their own institutions.

Who should attend? In addition to members of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be relevant to a wide range of people interested in history, ethnicity, race, immigration and citizenship issues in Canada and internationally. University professors, graduate students, other researchers and teachers; policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services – all of these will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information, challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of academic disciplines and institutional perspectives. A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase selected papers from the conference. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted no later than four weeks after the conference. Papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.

All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and will be refereed by the CESA Program Committee. Individual conference presentations will normally be 20 minutes in length, and conference sessions will be 90 minutes. Abstracts should be directed electronically to [email protected].

CESA will provide a $600 subsidy for conference presenters who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel. This subsidy will be provided for the first 50 presenters who register for the conference.

Please visit our new website: http://www.cesa-scee.ca for more information.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is February 15th, 2018.