Congress 2013 of the Humanities and Social Sciences: @ The Edge
June 1-8, 2013
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
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Conference Program (FINAL – May 30, 2013 version) — Click to download PDF file
Conference Program Abstracts — Click to download PDF file
CCSR Combined Programme 2013

Please note that programs will not be printed and distributed at the conference. Remember to download the program as a PDF to read on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or print out a hard copy and bring it with you to Victoria this June.

Important News about Travel Funding for Annual Meeting 2013
CSSR/SCÉR Claim for Travel Subsidy to the 2013 Annual Meeting

The Federation is best known to our members for the annual Congress that it organizes, in which we hold our CSSR meetings. This year all CSSR conference sessions will be held at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, from Saturday June 1st to Tuesday June 4th, 2013.

Annual Conference 2013 Information: University of Victoria
Call for Papers — Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Conference

The Program Committee invites submissions for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the CSSR, to be held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and the Social Sciences on the campuses of University of University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, from Saturday June 1 to Tuesday June 4, 2013.

Theme: “@ the edge.” From Congress: “This year’s theme focuses on the key social challenges of inequality, the need for inclusivity, and the acceptance of diversity; those are challenges that demand intentional solutions that will address the marginalization of those at the edges of society through the tools provided by creative interdisciplinary research activities in the humanities and social sciences.”

The Board of the Federation encourages associations to adopt this theme and to develop sessions related to the topic within their own programs and to engage in intellectual debates that characterize these annual meetings.
As always, the CSSR welcomes papers and proposals on all aspects of religion, from various academic perspectives.

The deadline for all submissions (special papers and abstracts of regular papers, panels and roundtables) is January 18, 2013.

Submission guidelines: We accept individual, panel and roundtable proposals from paid members. Please state your proposal in an abstract that is no longer than 150 words. Individuals may only present one paper in a panel, and be a discussant in one roundtable. Panelists must be from different institutions.

Chaired sessions are an integral part of an effective program. Please indicate if you would be willing to chair a session at the annual meeting.

Completed special papers, abstracts of regular papers, panels and roundtables, are to be sent electronically to the Program Chair:

Alison Marshall
Department of Religion, Brandon University,

** Please include the following information with your electronic submission: last name, first name, institutional affiliation, title of paper, abstract, mailing address, phone numbers(s), fax number, e-mail address, and paid membership status.
Submissions for the CSSR Annual Meeting may be of four types.

a. Special Papers
In order to effect a more full discussion of complete studies by Society members, blocks of time may be set aside for the presentation of, responses to, and discussion of “special” or “major” papers. A special paper may be grounded in a special field, but it should address matters important to all students of religion. In order to be considered, a complete version of the paper together with an abstract is to be submitted by January 11, 2013.
b. Regular Papers
The Committee invites proposals for presentations of works in progress and shorter scholarly papers for presentation. Normally, the time for actual delivery is twenty minutes, with ten minutes for questions and discussion. A 150 word abstract (please do not exceed this limit) should be submitted by January 11, 2013. Abstracts should include some background to the topic you are proposing, a statement of methodology and an indication of your argument. If possible, please try to relate it to this year’s theme.
c. Panels
The Committee encourages proposals for panels, workshops and seminars. The organizer is responsible for setting the topic and involving the participants in a maximum three hour block of time (two sessions of an hour and a half each). An abstract(s) as above, together with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, audio-visual needs, and the name of a Chair (who should not be making a presentation) is to be submitted by January 11, 2013. Panel organizers should submit both the panel abstract and the individual paper abstracts as one package. Panel organizers are expected to coordinate communication between members of the panel(s) and the Program Chair.
d. Roundtables
The Roundtable format usually focuses on a particular issue, book, or the body of work of an individual. It consists of four (or more) short presentations followed by discussion, both with the roundtable members and audience members. As with the panel, the organizer is responsible for submitting an abstract for the Roundtable which includes the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, equipment needs, and the name of the Chair (who may also be a participant).

1. The CSSR strongly discourages panel presentations of more than three papers as it inhibits discussion. Presentations of more than 3 papers should use the Roundtable format.
2. Requests to present on specific dates MUST accompany the initial proposal. Date changes cannot be made to the program once it has been circulated.
3. Joint proposals (two societies combining their efforts) should be submitted to both societies for approval.
4. Acceptance of proposals will be done via e-mail, and Panel/Roundtable organizers will be responsible for informing their presenters. Members who require a ‘hard copy’ acceptance of their proposal for funding purposes may request one from the Program Chair.
5. Multiple presentations are not permitted. However, a participant is permitted to present one regular paper/panel presentation and one roundtable presentation.

Click here to download CFP document

Also, the Federation has announced that Doug Saunders will deliver an address on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:45 am as part of the Big Thinking speaker series at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We imagine that his lecture, which will focus on his new book The Myth of the Muslim Tide, will appeal to CSSR members. We are hoping that each of you will help publicize this event to your colleagues. All Big Thinking events are free and open to all delegates. A full list of events can be found here – We are excited about this lecture and look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues. Breakfast is provided by the Federation!
Doug Saunders
Date and time: Tuesday, June 4, 7:45–8:55

In his latest book, The Myth of the Muslim Tide, Doug Saunders debunks the myth that immigrants from Muslim countries are wildly different and pose a threat to the West. Using demographic, statistical, and historical data, he examines the real lives and circumstances of Muslim immigrants in the West—their politics, their beliefs, their observances and their degrees of assimilation—and makes a timely argument against the continued, and increasingly mainstream, vilification of Muslim immigrants.

Doug Saunders is an award-winning author and the European Bureau Chief of the Globe and Mail.He has done extensive reporting on Islamic extremism and moderation in the Middle East, South East Asia, and in Europe and North America.

We invite you to book your on-campus accommodations now and we encourage you to share the following information with your association members. Detailed information is available on the Congress website at