CASID conference UPDATE 1 May 30th

Dear colleagues, (I will send brief updates and information each night over the next three nights to provide additional information you may need to help you navigate the Congress/CASID

Conference Update 1 of 3:

We look forward to greeting you tomorrow. The CASID conference begins at 8:45 am on May 31 in TRSM 3-167 (Ted Rogers School of Management) in the Harry Rosen Lecture Theatre.
This building is located at 55 Dundas Street West (which is near the Eaton's Centre and a bit removed from the main Ryerson campus). At the opening plenary I will provide some general information for the meeting days ahead. 

There will be volunteers around holding up bright blue signs that say CASID VOLUNTEER. These volunteers can help you find your room or give some help moving between rooms/buildings.
They will generally be located outside classrooms during the breaks. Feel free to approach our wonderful volunteers with your questions.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMS: I have about 100 copies of the quick reference program that you can pick-up at the opening plenary session on May 31st at 8:45 am. 

LAST MINUTE PANEL CHANGES: Please note Panel 1.3.3 Food Security and the Contested Vision of Agrarian Change in Africa is moved to Day 2 June 1st from 1:30 - 3 pm in room POD
368. Please note this last-minute change in the programs. 

There are also some last-minute changes to Day 3 with the cross-listed panels with CAAS. The two CAAS/CASID panels from 1:30 pm - 5 pm have been compressed
into one session from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. The new information for those two panels is here:

Day 3: June 2nd: 3:30-15:00 | 13h30-15h00 (Room / Salle: TRSM 3-147)


3-11 Joint CAAS/CASID Panel: The Future of Governance and Equality in Africa: The Impacts of Social Movements and Collective Action – Session 1: Emerging Research Findings

Chair | Animateur/ Discussant | Intervenant: Timothy Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston

Adelaja Odutola Odukoya, University of Lagos

The January 2012 Subsidy - Protest in Nigeria: New Social Movement, Creativity, Crisis, and Contradictions

Mariama Barry, University of Saskatchewan

Perception of the Levels of Corruption in Africa: A Case Study of the Republic of Guinea

Albert Gordon Omulo, University of the Western Cape

The contradictory consequences of social movements and collective action as agents for improved governance and equality in Africa: Lessons from the Kenyan case with special reference to its
Luo Community, 1966 – 2016

Leva Rouhani, University of Ottawa

Grassroots movements and structural barriers: Female education in Benin

Logan Cochrane, University of British Columbia (discussant)

ROOM ALLOCATIONS: The first day of our conference has us a bit spread out across buildings. The distances are not great. From TRSM to POD, JOR and SLC is just a 7 minute walk.
POD, JOR and SLC are buildings all located in the same vicinity as neighbouring buildings. We have 15 minutes between sessions to get to the next room so please stick quite strictly to the session times (Chairs are asked to ensure that all sessions start and
end on time).

FOOD: There is plenty of food both on campus and in the restaurants adjacent to the campus. Congress has sent out some info on this for your information. There is no food or
coffee offered throughout the day by CASID in order to keep our registration costs low. Of course, there is the food provided at the reception on May 31st so do come and enjoy this informal gathering - more below.

REGISTRATION: Registration is located in the old Maple Leafs Gardens arena - several blocks from the main campus so plan accordingly (probably a 15 minute walk from the main
campus) at 50 Carlton St. The book fair is also located in that building with registration and the registration booths are on the far side of the book fair. If you do not have time to collect your name tag and Congress booklet
before sessions begin, this is not a problem. You can go get your name badge at any time. The name badge comes with free drink tickets for the President's reception so it is good to collect it at some point before June 1st 5 pm (perhaps the only reason you
may want to collect your name badge).  There is no crucial information that comes with the Congress package so don't stress about getting this info. You can get a campus map from the many different info tables set up around the campus. 

RECEPTION: We will start and end our day in TRSM - Ted Rogers School of Management (located near the Eaton's centre close to Yonge and Dundas). The end of the day is our Reception
and Book Launch witch is in room 1-148 and 1-150 (combined rooms) from 5-7 pm. Please come for some snacks and a cash bar. We will have some books available for purchase (for those who wish to bring their own books to sell). We will also have the power point
presentation showing recent publications (more than 30 excellent books by CASID members in recent years). This is an informal and social opportunity to meet and greet. I look forward to seeing you there. 




Important Information:


Have you registered? It’s not too late. Go to : or

Need somewhere to stay? Information about accommodations can also be found here: or

Travel information and getting around: check
out the maps:

Finding CASID meeting rooms: space is tight at a smaller university like Ryerson and we are in different rooms/buildings on different days (sorry, I did my best but had no control over
space assignments). It is a small campus at least. Be sure to check the program carefully and use this quick reference guide (attached), print it and bring it along. If you need assistance, we will have volunteers who will be able to help you find your rooms.
Look for the CASID VOLUNTEER signs.


Presenting with powerpoint? This should not be a problem (but it is not required). All rooms for presentations are equipped with standard AV package:
computer with internet, projector and screen or a display, and DVD playback. Arrive early to upload your presentation and have it ready before the session begins.


CASID Banquet on June 1st is sold out. Location: Harvest Kitchen at 124 Harbord Street. An email confirmation of paid banquet tickets will be sent out in the next few days for your information.

There are many great events sponsored by Congress and Ryerson (speakers, events, book fair, etc). Be sure to have a look at the Congress activities you are welcome to take part in. Information is here: There is also a President’s Reception for our Association (CASID) on June 1st (before the banquet) from 5-7 pm. The President’s reception includes some light snacks and
Congress registration comes with free drink tickets.

Are you a student (undergrad or grad) and wish to find out more about student-specific activities through CASID, be in touch with our Student board members with questions by contacting



Are you listed as a Chair on any of the panels
(please check the program if you have volunteered to Chair a session to find out the time and location)? Your job as Chair includes the following:

welcome the audience

introduce the presenters on the panel by name (titles of papers often change so the presenters may wish to provide that info)

indicate if there is a change in the order of presentations (sometimes changes are made when people have to leave early, etc) so check with your panelists before the session begins to confirm the order of presentations
and notify the audience of any changes

keep the presenters to a strict time period (evening divided among the presenters). Each session is 90 minutes. We recommend leaving 30 minutes for questions and discussion with the audience. Divide the remaining 60 minutes
by the number of panelists (i.e., if 5 panelists, each should get 12 minutes to present)

If two authors are presenting the same paper, it is best to split the amount of time allocated for that presentation in half (i.e., each author presents for 6 minutes for a total of 12 minutes for this presentation)

The Chair’s job is to keep the presenters to the time limit. Offer two minute and/or one minute warnings to let the presenter know the time is nearly up.

The Chair might also consider a question to the presenters to get a conversation going. Sometimes the question can demonstrate linkages across the presentations and several panelists may respond to that initial question.

At the end of the 90 minutes, thank the presenters and the audience for their participation.

-   You may also wish to contact the panelists and request a copy of the papers to read in advance or as a panelist, you may wish to send the Chair a copy of your paper (this is not required). Email addresses are included in the full program
attached (for those who have successfully registered by now).

Rebecca Tiessen (CASID Conference Organizer)