56th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

2024 Call for Sessions

Welcome to the 56th Canadian Archaeological Association Conference! This year the conference will be hosted by the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Anthropology. This conference will have in person attendance and virtual attendance options. Our theme is “Bridging Time, Building Trust, Bringing Truth”.

Call for Session Proposals

Please consider organizing a session at the upcoming meeting. Sessions may be pre-recorded or in-person. Sessions may be of two types:

  1. Invited sessions: The session chair(s) invite specific people to address a specific topic or theme. These sessions may be held as a panel or as a traditional delivery of individual papers. Additional papers may be included as posters. Session chairs 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 chair(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 Chairs

Session formats:

  1. We are committed to an inclusive conference format where both online and in-person papers are welcome and accommodated.
  2. Time allocation for presented papers will be 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
  3. Minimum number of papers for a session is 6.
  4. Invited speakers may be presenters or co-authors on additional papers or posters in other sessions.
  5. Presentations can be in person or pre-recorded.
  6. Session chairs may present one paper in their own session.
  7. Session chairs may be presenters or co-authors in other sessions.
  8. Panel format sessions will require a minimum of 4 panelists and a maximum of 10.
  9. Panels can be organized for up to 3 hours, with time requirement stated in proposal.

Session proposals:

  1. Session proposals should consist of a plain language title and a 300-word (maximum) description of the session.
  2. Session chairs should include their name, affiliation, and email address in their proposal.
  3. Sessions may be organized by no more than 3 chairs.
  4. Session proposals may be submitted in English and French.
  5. Session chairs 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 chairs must register for the conference and are expected to chair their session.
  7. An individual may be a chair for up to two sessions.
  8. Chairs, please consider diversity as you prepare, especially in terms of career stage and background of the presenters.


  1. After the 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, chairs 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 February 29th.

Session organization:

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

Proposals must be received no later than midnight (CST) on February 15 29.