CAAS Conference


“On Bothering” is an interdisciplinary American Studies conference, hosted by Concordia University and the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS). It will take place at Concordia University in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke from October 4th-6th, 2024 From its earliest forms, “bother” etymologically suggests a conflation of “both” and “other”—at once kinship and distinctness. “Bother” still contains some of its early contradictions: it refers… Read more →

CAAS 2020 (Virtual) Conference

The Canadian Association for American Studies will be holding a virtual conference on October 16th and 23rd via Zoom. Please see page (1) for Conference Schedule and page (2) Conference Program. Those interested in participating can contact Dr. Peter Robert Brown. Conference Schedule October 16, 2020  10:50-11:00: Greetings and Opening Remarks: Ross Bullen (CAAS President)  Session One: 11:00-12:15: Poetics, Politics,… Read more →

CAAS 2018 CFP: “Alternative/Mainstream”

Alternative/Mainstream: A U.S. Studies Conference Sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies and St. Mary’s University (Calgary). 12-14 October, 2018, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Political commentary may only be the most habitual context in which the merging of fringe and mainstream—a new prevalence of the “Alternative”—has been characterized as a defining, symptomatic feature of the cultural moment… Read more →

Call For Papers for Special Issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies, “Uncertain Futures”

“Uncertain Futures”: A Special Issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies ***Note: This CFP is only open to presenters who attended “Uncertain Futures,” the 2017 conference of the Canadian Association for American Studies, held at OCAD University in Toronto.*** In her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin proposes that “the future, in fiction, is a metaphor”… Read more →

Attention, Artists: Call for Symposium Presentations

CAAS 2017 Meeting: “Uncertain Futures” OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Oct. 27-29, 2017 Call for Symposium Presentations We invite proposals from people working in all areas of design, visual art, performance art, conceptual art, media art, craft, writing, film, comix, music and sound art to present and discuss their work as part of a symposium to be held October 28th, 2017… Read more →

CAAS 2017 CFP: “Uncertain Futures”

Uncertain Futures is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by OCAD University and the Canadian Association for American Studies. It will take place at OCAD University, in downtown Toronto, from October 27th to 29th, 2017. In her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin writes that “the future, in fiction, is a metaphor.” In uncertain times, we look… Read more →

CAAS 2016 CFP Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for submissions to the CAAS 2016 conference, “Homeland Insecurities,” has been extended. The new deadline is March 31, 2016. Please submit proposals to Stephen Schryer ( or Jennifer Andrews ( The conference will take place October 21-23 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For further details, please visit the conference website:

American Circuits, American Secrets: Deadline Extended!

Organized panels and individual submissions are invited for the “American Circuits, American Secrets” Conference, to be held in spectacular Banff, Alberta, September 18-21, 2014. The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 14, 2014. Please consult the attached CFP, and see our submission guidelines at We welcome approaches to this timely discussion from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods,… Read more →