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2016 CASID Annual Conference Program Now Available!!

Attention all CASID members, non-members, conference participants and people who are just generally interested - the 2016 CASID Annual Conference program is now available! 

As is typically the case with such documents, the details are likely to change over the course of the next couple weeks or so, so please consider this a 'DRAFT' program.  

If you have any questions or comments about the program, please direct them to the Conference Coordinator, Olga Navarro-Flores (see the page for contact info). 

Please note that if you are scheduled to present a paper at the Conference, you must possess a valid membership at the time of the conference.   Looking forward to seeing you in Calgary!

The 2016 CASID Institutional Membership Prize

The CASID Institutional Membership Prize is open to any student, graduate or undergraduate, of a university holding institutional membership in CASID (See list of Institutional Members .).

The CASID Institutional Membership Prize is awarded annually to the best original essay by a student in the area of international development studies. The Prize includes $1000 cash and consideration of the essay in the regular editorial process of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS).

To assist in assessing the essays submitted, the following guidelines have been adapted from those used by the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

CASID Annual Conference 2016 – Student Travel Subsidies

A limited number of travel subsidies will be available for students who are members of CASID and who are registered for attendance at the 2016 Annual Conference in Calgary.

Students travelling from:
B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba    $200
Ontario and Quebec                         $400
Maritime Provinces                          $600

Applications should be submitted online at:

Deadline: March 8, 2016

Subsidies will be granted on a first-come, first serve basis and will be announced on March 11. Subsidies will be paid at the Annual Conference on presentation of proof of CASID membership and Conference registration.

CASID Annual Conference 2016 - Call for Papers / Panel Proposals

Conference theme: Energizing communities


University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
June 1-3, 2016

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) is delighted to invite your participation to its 2016 meeting, as part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

The theme for the 2016 Congress is ‘Energizing communities” which reflects, in part, our objective within CASID. Indeed, we are aiming at re-energizing the CASID community and in doing so, we will welcome engaging and motivated scholars, practitioners, students, the policy making community, NGOs and community groups to attend our 2016 conference and participate actively.

Looking back on 2015, and forward to 2016

The 2015 CASID Annual Conference, held at the University of Ottawa, June 3 - 5, is now over.    This year was, by all accounts, a smashing success!  Turnout was great, our slate of panels and presentations were excellent, and the weather in the nation's capital was perfect.   We were proud to welcome two keynote speakers, Maristella Svampa and David Jefferesse, both of whom's presentations were timely and thought-provoking. 

This year was an important one for associational business, and we were glad to see that the AGM was well attended and that the people there were engaged and willing to discuss some challenging issues facing CASID.  Overall, the meeting was very productive and a lot of interesting, sometimes dissenting, opinions and ideas were heard.  We would like to thank everybody for their feedback and continued interest in CASID during this difficult time in the organization's history.  

After announcing the Executive Committee and concluding the official business, the members re-convened at the great, student-run restaurant on campus, the Café Nostalgia.  The banquet dinner was great (as was the company!).  As always, we would like to thank our Conference Coordinator, Ron Harpelle, for all his hard work and for putting together what turned out the be a superb annual conference.   We would also like to thank the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for funding the Conference.  

Looking forward to the 2016 Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of Calgary (dates to be determined), we must note that some changes may be in order.  Namely, the cost of attending the conference may need to rise next year to a level at which the event will be self-financing.  We are busy exploring all avenues of seeing that this situation does not come to pass.  In the meantime, start thinking about ideas for papers or presentations, since the call for abstracts will be coming out sometime in the fall. Keep an eye here, our , or are for more information.