60th Annual CAGS Conference

The Future of Graduate Education:

Toward Local and Global Relevance

Save the date

1-3 November 2022

Montreal, Quebec

Hybrid Format (In-Person & Virtual)

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is excited to invite you to Save the Date for our 60th Annual CAGS Conference, to be held in a hybrid format from 1-3 November 2022, at the Sheraton Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. This conference will mark our return to in-person events at CAGS, while at the same time offering an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our sixty-year history. We are planning for a very special event that will integrate both our in-person and virtual audiences – we hope to see you there!

The title of this year’s conference – The Future of Graduate Studies: Toward Local and Global Relevance – highlights both the opportunities and immense challenges of our times. Now, perhaps more than ever, the world needs wisdom, critical thinking, adaptability, and commitment to the public good in our most highly educated citizens. At the same time, we recognize that the pressures and demands that are placed on researchers, scholars, and professionals in graduate studies have grown in recent years, and that new understandings about work, education, and life are fundamentally disrupting the way our society is ordered. As we begin to build this post-normal world, graduate studies will have a profound role to play.

For sixty years deans, associate deans, graduate administrators, faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and many others have gathered at our annual conference to learn and share ideas about the future of graduate education in Canada. Despite the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, CAGS is committed to continuing this longstanding tradition for our members. At the same time, we acknowledge the challenges and uncertainties that inter-provincial travel still poses to many in our community, and thus the 60th Annual CAGS Conference will also feature a wide range of virtual content and events optimized for remote participation.

The 60th Annual CAGS Conference will include all of the elements traditionally featured at our in-person conference, as well as some new opportunities to share, learn, and connect with colleagues and friends. In-person participants will have the chance to listen to thought-provoking keynotes and plenaries, and to interact with a variety of panels, roundtables, and lightning talks dedicated to all aspects of graduate education. For our remote participants, we are excited to leverage a sophisticated virtual platform to offer a wide range of synchronous and pre-recorded content, including panels and roundtables, workshops, and special guest speakers. Opportunities for networking and reconnecting with colleagues will be a feature of both the in-person and virtual conference experience.

The conference will be conducted in both French and English, and each event will feature integrated remote simultaneous interpretation. The conference hotel and event spaces are fully accessible and CAGS staff will be on site to assist with any accessibility requests.

Details related to conference schedule, pricing, and registration will be available in June.

For more information about the CAGS Annual Conference, please write to Info@cags.ca or to CAGS Executive Director, Ian Wereley.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS

The Future of Graduate Education:

Toward Local and Global Relevance

The CAGS Conference Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals to present, either in-person or virtually, at the 60th Annual CAGS Conference in Montreal (1-3 November 2022). We invite the submission of proposals in English or French from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty members, deans, and associate deans from CAGS member institutions. Topics of discussion should relate to the conference title – The Future of Graduate Studies: Toward Local and Global Relevance.

Proposals will be considered for the following formats:

I – In-Person

  • Individual lightning presentation (10-15 minutes)
  • Pre-formed panel/roundtable presentations of 3-5 speakers, including one chair/moderator responsible for the application (60-90 minutes)
  • Poster presentation (graduate students and postdocs)

II – Virtual

  • Individual lightning presentation (10-15 minutes)
  • Pre-formed panel/roundtable presentations of 3-5 speakers, including one chair/moderator responsible for the application (60-90 minutes)

Note: In-person presenters will be responsible for the costs of their travel and accommodation if selected by the Conference Planning Committee. Both in-person and virtual presenters will be granted a 15% discount on their conference registration fees if selected by the committee. In-person conference registration includes access to all events, presentations, and activities, as well as meals and coffee breaks throughout the conference.

To submit a proposal for consideration, please visit our submission portal here, or by clicking on the button below.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 4:00 PM (ET) on Monday, 4 July 2022. The review committee will make its final decision by 15 July and will notify all applicants by email.