CAA Meetings, London, ON, May 14–18

For those interested in archaeology, the Canadian Archaeological Association is a conference that you will want to attend.
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The CAA executive and the 2014 Organizing Committee are happy to announce that the 2014 annual meeting will be held in London, Ontario, from May 14-18, 2014.

Located near the heart of downtown London, the Hilton London Ontario will host all sessions, professional meetings and the banquet on May 17. The conference provides a lively, intellectually stimulating space for scholars and members of the archaeological community to discuss, learn, and share ideas, observations, and the results of archaeological research with their peers. The conference is for anyone with an interest in, and concern for, archaeology in their local community or on a national or transnational level.

Registration will start in the late afternoon of May 14 in the hotel’s upper lobby. Sessions and workshops will start on the morning of Thursday, May 15 and will finish on the afternoon of Sunday, May 18th. The banquet will be held on Saturday evening, May 17th. A guest speaker has not been chosen yet and field trips are being finalized; however expect tours of the Lawson Site and the Ontario Museum of Archaeology and Sustainable Archaeology.

The intersection of settler and Aboriginal nations past and present, a hub of academic and commercial archaeology, and site of exciting new archaeological initiatives, London and Southwestern Ontario welcome the 2014 Canadian Archaeological Association’s Annual Meeting. Looking forward to seeing you here!

Session and Forum proposals will be accepted until January 17th, 2014. Individual paper and poster submissions will be accepted until February 14th, 2014.

Conference Contacts:
Joshua Dent / Matt Beaudoin –

CASCA 2014 Conference – York University

For those wanting to actively engage in the discipline, consider attending the 2014 CASCA meeting at York University.  CASCA is the Canadian Anthropology Society.

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CASCA 2014 will be held at York University, April 30th-May 3rd, 2014, with the theme:

“Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain”

For information and updates please visit the CASCA 2014 website at:

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next May.
Karli (Whitmore)
CASCA administrator

More info:
What can uncertainty promise? Documenting indeterminacy, diversity, disunity and contingency is both a political commitment as well an empirical claim.  The 2014 CASCA conference theme seeks to draw out a range of questions including but not limited to: what forms of social and cultural engagements are possible when ambiguity rather than certainty is the central concern of anthropological enquiry and/or ethnographic practice? In what manner and to what extent does uncertainty unsettle neo-liberal processes of classification, transparency and accountability? Does a revolutionizing capitalism’s search for new markets foster promise and ambiguity? How does the measurement and management of uncertainty under the monikers of ‘risk’, ‘choice’ and ‘rights’ affect political, social and ethical debates about domains as diverse as immigration, identity politics, technology, art, media, security, health, environment, and the economy? What are the paradoxes that underpin or might emerge out of an anthropological engagement with uncertainty? What might be the intended and unintended outcomes of drawing on this paradigm for anthropology’s interlocutors? What forms of ethnographic practice might uncertainty give rise to and/or destabilise?

While CASCA 2014 aims to stimulate discussions and critical reflections on the theme of uncertainty, presentations that fall outside of the proposed theme will also be considered.

Keynote Speaker
The Keynote speaker is Dr. Didier Fassin, the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Originally trained as a physician, his early research in medical anthropology focused on the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. More recently, his research has focused on critical moral anthropology which explores the influence of moral forms on everyday judgment and action, and on international humanitarianism or asylum granting. He is the author of several books including When Bodies Remember: Experiences of AIDS in South Africa (UC Press, 2007) and Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011). More recently his work has focused on the police, the prison, and the National Court of Asylum in France. His most recent book is Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, 2013).

Saturday Speaker: Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson is a renown forensic entomologist whose work attracts the attention of the public, as well as professionals.  As part of VIU’s ElderCollege Saturday Speaker series, Dr. Anderson will be speaking October 26, 2013, 10am-12pm, in Parksville.

Murders and Maggots
Gail Anderson

Forensic entomology is the study of insects associated with a dead body in order to estimate the elapsed time since death. This talk will explain how insects can be used to estimate time of death, as well as other factors such as position and presence of wounds, and analysis of poaching cases. True case histories will be used to illustrate the science.

Murders & Maggots flyer

The Forum, main floor
Parksville Civic & Technology Centre
100 Jensen Avenue, Parksville
$5 for members
$10 for non-members.
Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Traditional Pitcook, North Saanich, Sep 21

Hopefully a number of you can attend, this pitcook looks like it will be an amazing opportunity.

Please come out to what we hope will be the First Annual Traditional Foods Pitcook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  We’re very proud of our little market and for the first time we will be showcasing local traditional foods and traditional food cooking methods.  We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Tseycum First Nation where the market and this event are being held, and look forward to spending time with Chief Vern Jacks and others during this exciting initiative.


Here’s a little more detail on the activities:
Friday, Sept. 20: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  Pit #1 is assembled with venison (yes, local) and camas bulbs (courtesy of Swan Lake Native Plant Garden).  This will be a 16 hour pitcook.
Saturday, Sept. 21: 7:00 – 8:30 am
  Pit #2 is assembled with a selection of root veggies.  This will be a 4 hour pitcook.
Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (approx.), during the Farm Market
  Cordage-making Workshop (with Brenda Beckwith) and Storytelling (with John Bradley Williams, Tsawout).
  Also, over an open fire we will making bannock and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will be cooking salmon, clams, and venison.
  And (yes, there’s more), during the Farm Market, Ken Josephson and others will host an interactive Community Mapping display and table.
Saturday: 12:00 am – 12:30 pm
  Opening the pits!  Farm Market ends.
Saturday: 12:30 am – 1:30 pm (approx.)
  Sampling foods and sharing in wild-crafted tea, all by donation. YUM!
We hope you can make it up to the tippy-top of the Peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 21 It’s really not that far!
Brenda Beckwith & Penny Gibbs

SHA Québec 2014 – Student Volunteers Needed!

For those interested in archaeology, here’s an excuse to go to Québec and volunteer at the annual SHA meetings.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted according to organizational needs on a first-come/first-served basis until December 6, 2013. Although priority will be given to bilingual speakers (English and French), all are welcome.

From William Moss, SHA Conference Chair:

The SHA Québec 2014 organizing committee is looking for student volunteers willing to offer time at next January’s conference in Québec City. More information is available on the conference web page: Have a look at travel support programs for students while you’re on the web page!

William Moss
Conference Chair    /   47th  Conference on Historic and Underwater Archaeology
Président du Comité organisateur   /   47e Colloque sur l’archéologie historique et subaquatique