58th Annual CAGS Conference
Learning from the Present:
Transforming Graduate Education Post-Pandemic

1-5 February 2021

For nearly sixty years deans, associate deans, administrators, faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students have gathered at our annual conference to learn and share ideas about the future of graduate education in Canada. Despite the immense difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, CAGS is committed to continuing this longstanding tradition.

The 58th Annual CAGS Conference will include all of the elements typically featured at our in-person conference, as well as some new opportunities to share, learn, and connect with colleagues and friends. We are excited to leverage a sophisticated virtual platform to offer an expanded slate of workshops, panel presentations, and keynote addresses, as well as award ceremonies, special guest speakers, and interactive social events. The conference will bring together a diverse community of stakeholders from across Canada who share an interest in graduate education. The conference will be offered in both French and English, and each event will feature integrated remote simultaneous interpretation.

CAGS is currently accepting proposals for speakers and panel sessions to be presented at the 58th Annual Conference. We invite the submission of proposals in English and in French from researchers, administrators, faculty members, deans, and associate deans from CAGS member institutions, and are especially welcoming of proposals submitted by graduate students. Proposals for individual presentations as well as pre-formed panels of 3-5 speakers will be accepted for consideration.

Topics of discussion should relate to the conference themes of learning and transforming, and may include:

  • Adaptation, resiliency, and perseverance
  • Reimagining graduate education
  • Transforming academic culture
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Inclusion, diversity, and equity
  • Anti-black racism and racial equality
  • Indigenization of the academy and support for Indigenous students
  • Graduate supervision and mentorship
  • Broadening perspectives on dissertations and the PhD
  • Career awareness and professional development

Proposals from individual speakers and pre-formed panel sessions should include a working title, a brief description of the aims and goals of the presentation, and the name(s) and affiliations of the proposed speaker(s). To submit a proposal, please write to CAGS Administrator, Dinuka Gunaratne, at info@cags.ca using “CAGS 58th Annual Conference” as the subject line. The deadline for submitting applications is 18 December 2020.