CASC 2020 Call for Papers!

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) will be happening at Western University, London, Ontario,
on June 3, 4, and 5, 2020.

This year’s call for papers focuses on the theme of:
Bridging Divides: Promoting Economic, Social, and Cultural Democracy

Coming together through open membership has been a hallmark of the co-operative movement since its inception. The 2020 CASC conference seeks to bring members of the co-operative movement together to stimulate and facilitate the discussion on the strength of our diversity. 

For the English PDF version of this call for papers, please click on this link.
For the French PDF version of this call for papers, please click on this link.

Conference theme

Co-operative enterprises have brought together diverse groups of individuals to meet their economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations. Diversity in the co-operative movement continues to be one of its key strengths. The ability of co-operatives to “Bridge the Divide” between diverse social and cultural groups is what this conference seeks to explore. Specifically, this conference will discuss racialized and marginalized communities and their relationship with the co-operative movement. As a response to anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, communities have turned to the co-operative movement to overcome challenges and “reclaim community” in a collaborative manner. Co-operatives can be spaces where racialized people from various socio-economic backgrounds come together for a common purpose, bridging their divides and advancing racial cohesion and reconciliation. As a movement we must be self-reflective and critical ensuring that marginalized and racialized populations (specifically Black and Indigenous communities) are meaningfully engaged in all aspects of co-operative development

Conference Topics

We invite proposals on any of the following broad themes of the conference:

● Building a co-operative movement through inclusion: Local and global
● “Bridging the Divide” between the global North and South
● Co-operatives and Social Inclusion/Justice
● Reconciliation: Addressing colonialism and White supremacy
● Co-operatives and Marginalized Communities
● Co-operatives and Indigenous Communities
● Sustainable Development Goals
● Quadruple bottom-line reporting
● Opportunity in the post-growth era
● Co-operative governance and member engagement
● Co-operatives as sites of democratic education
● Collective entrepreneurship as democratic practice
● Co-operative development for community and economic development

Please note that proposals on other topics involving co-operatives and co-operation are also welcome.

Submission Guidelines
We invite researchers, students, and practitioners to submit any of three types of proposals:

(1) The Individual Paper provides the presenter with the opportunity to present on a topic for approximately 20 minutes. They will join 1-2 other presenters of a similar theme. Proposals for both empirical (including case studies) and theoretical papers are invited.

(2) The Panel Proposal creates a space for a group (3) of presenters who have a common theme in their presentations to self-select to present together. Panels can be proposed to showcase and discuss recent ground-breaking research. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes each to present.

(3) The Roundtable is an opportunity for moderated discussion. A panel of discussants will be posed ideas or questions on a topic by a moderator and the audience. Discussants are not expected to and should not deliver formal papers.

All abstracts and proposals are due on Friday, January 17th, 2020. Proposals may be submitted either in English or French. No more than two presentations per person will be permitted. All proposals are subject to peer review. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by Friday, February 21st, 2020. Please submit your abstract using the following link:

Conference Information

  • This year’s CASC conference will be held from June 3rd to June 5th, 2020
  • The CASC conference will be held in conjunction with Annual Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2020 at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.


  • Participants in the CASC Conference should register through the Congress website:
  • Registration, which includes the early bird prices, begins in January 2020. 
  • Participants must register for Congress as well as paying for the CASC conference.
  • CASC conference fees include a one-year membership in CASC. 
  • There is an additional fee for those wishing to attend the Annual CASC Banquet. 


The Congress website ( includes information on accommodations, discounts for travel, and local information.

Travel Bursaries

Travel bursaries may be available for students and emerging scholars. Further details will be available after the conference submission process. For more information on CASC and the conference, please consult the CASC website (


Email us at 

Follow us on Twitter (

2020 CASC Program Committee

Derya Tarhan
Esther Awotwe
Fiona Duguid
Isobel Findlay
Simon Berge
Vesta Sahatçiu

We look forward to your submissions!

Leave a Reply