Call for Presenters

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

57th Annual Conference

Halifax, Nova Scotia | 6-8 November 2019

Graduate Formation for the 21st Century

CAGS is very pleased to announce that our next annual conference, on November 6-8, 2019 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, will be focused on the theme, ‘Graduate Formation for the 21st Century.’

The critical problems and opportunities of the 21st century place great demands on our researchers, scholars, and professionals. We are in need more than ever for wisdom, critical thinking, adaptability, and commitment to the public good in our most highly educated citizens. Universities have profound opportunities and responsibilities to set the conditions where these holistic attributes can grow in the context of students’ deep learning and knowledge creation. What are these conditions, and how are we promoting the ‘formation’ of our future thinkers, change agents, and leaders?

We invite proposals for concurrent sessions at the conference on topics relevant to this theme, which may include:

  • Academic culture
  • Education in research ethics and integrity
  • Graduate supervision and mentorship
  • Identity formation
  • Indigenization of the academy and support for Indigenous students
  • Student-centric practices
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Broadened research and dissertations (see the CAGS Task Force Report on the Dissertation)
  • Career awareness and preparation
  • Expanding forms of graduate education (e.g., professional master’s, online degrees, micro-credentials)

The CAGS conference will provide the opportunity for authors to share research, practice and experiences through the following range of presentation types:

  • Individual Paper Presentations
  • Panel Presentations
  • Round-table Discussions
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Lightning talks – 5 minutes each on topics or initiatives of interest
  • Poster Displays

We welcome student participation in these sessions.

Proposals for concurrent sessions should include a working title, a brief description of its aims and goals, and the name(s) and affiliations of proposed speaker(s). Note that speakers are responsible for the costs of their travel and accommodation. CAGS will make necessary arrangements for audio-visual requirements.

Proposals are being accepted until May 30, 2019.

To submit a proposal, please fill in the form located below, and email it to Brigitte Lawson at using “Concurrent session 2019” as the subject line.