The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is excited to announce that it will host its 60th Annual Conference at the Sheraton Hotel (Le Centre) in Montréal from 1-3 November 2022. The conference will take place in a hybrid format integrating both in-person and virtual components.

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.

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.

The 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:

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)

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 that 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.

For more information about the 60th Annual CAGS Conference, please visit our website.

To submit a proposal for consideration, please visit our submission portal located below.

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