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UPDATE -- CASID Conference 2017 - Call for Panel Proposals

Reminder: The first deadline for consideration of panels for the CASID conference to be held in Toronto (Ryerson University) from May 31 - June 2nd, 2017 is November 1st. We are extending this deadline until December 1, 2016 and adding here the second call for individual papers. 

If you have an idea for a panel but don't have all the spots filled, please be in touch with a draft proposal and I can work with you to find other people to complete the panel. We also welcome individual paper/presentation proposals at this time. 

 For individual paper proposals as well as panel proposals, please complete the following information and send to Rebecca (see below) by December 1st at the latest (earlier submissions are encouraged).



Email Address


Institutional Affiliation


Proposed Paper Title


Check one: 

Student __    Scholar __   Practitioner __  Other __


Maximum 250 words.



Dear colleagues,

Congress will take place in late May and early June, 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto. CASID is pleased to announce that we will organize a conference in partnership with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC).

The theme for the CASID conference is Scholar/Practitioner Collaborations:  Next Generation Leadership for the New Development Paradigm

The CASID Conference Organizing team invites you to submit panel proposals at this time (individual paper proposals will be requested in a subsequent call for papers).

We are seeking panel proposals that:

CASID Annual Conference 2016

In addition to a wide variety of presentations at our Annual Conference this year in Calgary, we have two very interesting keynote speakers. Both events are open to the public.

is the author of the ground-breaking Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to do About It, and Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong. He will speak in Room ST-135 at 12:00, Wednesday, June 1.

, University of Surry, is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impact of the small-scale mining sector and Editor-in-Chief of The Extractive Industries and Society. He will speak on “Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Shifting Narratives in Sub-Saharan Africa” Room ST-147 at 12:00, Thursday, June 2.

In addition, the CASID Annual General Meeting will take place in ST-147 at 4:00 on Thursday, June 2. All CASID members are welcome.

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!

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.