54th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

Call for Abstracts


Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 54th Annual Meeting “Where Communities Meet” Edmonton,

Alberta, April 27-30, 2022

Welcome to the 54th Canadian Archaeological Association Conference! This year the conference will be jointly hosted by the Archaeological Society of Alberta and will be a hybrid conference with in-person and virtual options. Our theme is “Where Communities Meet/Un lieu de rencontre”, reflecting the changing practice of archaeology in Canada, the archaeological interest in how groups have interacted in the past, and the deep history of Edmonton. In Cree, Edmonton is known as amiskwacîwâskahikan and is situated on Treaty 6 territory, as well as the Métis homeland, and has been a place where Indigenous communities have gathered since time immemorial.


Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts 

Please consider submitting a paper or poster abstract for the upcoming meeting. Papers and posters may be presented in-person or online. We will provide options for session chairs of online and in-person sessions to accommodate both online and in-person presentations in their session, if needed. Abstract submission will open on February 7, 2022. All abstracts should be submitted by February 28, 2022.


General format of the conference: 

1. The conference will include oral sessions and poster sessions. Session outlines can be found on the conference website and questions about specific sessions should be directed to the session chair(s).

2. Time allocation for oral presentations will be 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions. 

3. Posters will be set up in a conference room for two hour blocks; however, poster presenters may choose when they would like to be present at the postersession during that two hour block.


Guidelines for presenters: 

1. The conference will consist of oral and poster presentations. 

2. At the time of submission, contributors may choose if they would like to present a paper or poster. If sessions are over-subscribed, some presenters may be asked to change to poster format. 

3. At the time of submission, contributors may choose to participate in-person or online. For in-person sessions, you can submit in an online or in-person format. We will provide options to in-person session chairs to accommodate online contributors. For online sessions, only online formats will be accepted. We can help session chairs accommodate all contributors.

4. Contributors do not have to specify a session when they submit; if contributors do not specify a session, the program committee will assign them to a pre existing session (with the approval of the session organizers) or to a general session.

5. Each contributor may be a lead author on two presentations, and co-author on up to two additional presentations. 

6. When there are multiple authors on an abstract, the presenter must be clearly identified. 

7. Abstracts should consist of a plain language title, and a 200 word (maximum) description of the presentation. 

8. All abstract authors and co-authors should include their name, professional affiliation, and e-mail address when abstracts are submitted.

9. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. 

10. Presenters must be members in good standing of the Canadian Archaeological Association at the time the abstract is submitted and at the time of the conference. 

11. Presenters will be expected to register for the conference at the time the abstract is submitted.

12. Co-authors who will not be presenting or attending the conference do not have to be members of the Canadian Archaeological Association or register for or attend the conference.

13. Abstracts need to be submitted through the CAA website portal and will be reproduced as submitted. Contributors are responsible for proof-reading their abstract. 

14. Poster dimensions should be 4 feet (122 cm) wide by 3 feet (91.5 cm) tall (i.e., landscape mode).



1. After the deadline, all abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee. 

2. After the abstract deadline, the program committee may direct unassigned papers to sessions if they are a clear fit with the theme. Session convenors may accept these additional papers or not. 

3. Submission of an abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance. 

4. Presenter conflicts between sessions will be resolved by the Program Chair.