The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association: Edmonton May 6–9, 2020

Call for Session Proposals

Please consider organizing a session at the upcoming meeting. Sessions may be of two types:

  1. Invited sessions: The session convenor(s) invite specific people to address a specific topic or a theme. Additional papers may be included as posters. Convenors do not need to have a full slate of presenters lined up when they submit their proposal.
  2. Themed sessions: The session consists of volunteered papers organized around a particular theme. Session convenor(s) will be asked to select and arrange papers from those volunteered for the session; additional papers may be included as posters.

Guidelines for session convenors

Session formats:

  1. Time allocation for presented papers will be 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
  2. Minimum number of papers for a session is 6.
  3. Sessions may include oral presentations and poster presentations.
  4. Invited speakers may be presenters or co-authors on additional papers or posters in other sessions.
  5. Session convenors may present one paper in their own session.
  6. Session convenors may be presenters or co-authors in other sessions.

Session proposals:

  1. Session proposals should consist of a plain language title and a 300 word (maximum) description of the session.
  2. Session convenors should include their name, professional affiliation, and e-mail address in their proposal.
  3. Sessions may be organized by no more than 3 convenors.
  4. Session proposals may be submitted in English or French.
  5. Session convenors must be members in good standing of the Canadian Archaeological Association at the time the proposal is submitted and at the time of the conference.
  6. Session convenors must register for the conference and are expected to chair their session.
  7. An individual may be a convenor for up to two sessions.
  8. Convenors, please consider diversity as you prepare, especially in terms of career stage and background of the presenters.


  1. After deadline, session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Chair and a subgroup from the organizing committee.
  2. If there are several session proposals on the same or very similar themes, convenors may be asked to combine sessions.
  3. Submission of a proposal is not a guarantee of acceptance.
  4. Session proposals will be listed on the conference website by December 15 2019.

Session organization:

  1. After the abstract deadline, session convenors will be asked to organize presentations into a logical order to fit the theme.
  2. After the abstract deadline, the Program Chair may direct additional volunteered papers to sessions if they are a clear fit with the theme. Convenors may accept these additional papers or not.
  3. Presenter conflicts between sessions will be resolved by the Program Chair.

Please submit session proposals through the website: Session Submission Form

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Proposals must be received no later than midnight (MDT) on December 2 2019.

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