The Treasurer is the financial officer of the association and has ex-officio status on the editorial board of the journal Anthropologica. S/he is responsible for several vital financial tasks for CASCA that are accomplished in conjunction with a professional accountant. Working in close collaboration with the President, the Editor-in-Chief of Anthropologica and other members of the executive, the Treasurer is responsible for disbursing all funds on behalf of the Society. S/he prepares an Annual Report for distribution at the Annual General Meeting, and works within well established guidelines to maintain transparent and accurate accounting procedures on behalf of the Society.

The term of Treasurer is for three years, the first of which will be as Treasurer-Elect. The position of Treasurer-Elect has been established to afford a one-year overlap between the outgoing Treasurer and the incoming Treasurer (the Treasurer-Elect). The Treasurer-Elect will assume all the responsibilities of the Treasurer when the term of the current Treasurer expires, usually at the Annual General Meeting of the Society held during the Annual Conference in May.

Please send all nominations, by March 5th 2010, to:

Evie Plaice, CASCA Secretary
Department of Anthropology
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3
Tel: 506 452-6174

CASCA: A Brief History

In February 1974 at a meeting at Laval Université of a group of 120 anthropologists launched the CESCE, the Canadian Ethnology Society/société canadienne d’ethnologie (CESCE). Its founders included individuals such as Sally Weaver, Marc Adélard Tremblay, Michael Asch, Harvey Feit, Joan Ryan, Richard Preston and Adrian Tanner. They and their colleagues felt there was room for an association of anthropologists separate from the Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), then the dominant professional organization to which many Canadian anthropologists belonged, a group largely dominated by sociologists.

The original constitution defined the organization’s mandate to be: to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among ethnologists. Its aims were to encourage formal and informal dissemination of knowledge through an annual conference and publications; promote relations with other academic and professional associations, aboriginal groups, and governments; and publicize ethnological research and activities to further understanding of ethnological practices.

Key founding members included individuals committed to fostering a tradition of socially and politically relevant anthropological work in Canada. They supported the idea that their professional association must be willing to take a position on issues of political and social importance, particularly those that directly affected the people with whom many of these researchers worked, Canadian Aboriginal people. Additionally, they never assumed a complete separation of the anthropological domains of the museum and the academy, even though few of them had any direct connection to the world of museum anthropological research.

The proceedings of the society's first conference were published by the National Museum of Man in its Mercury Series of publications, and the society established a bilingual newsletter "Le Bricoleur", which changed name in 1976 to the "Bulletin". The society also founded a scholarly journal titled "Culture" whose first volume appeared in 1981. During the early years, the society often held joint meetings with the Society of Applied Anthropology in Canada. The society changed its name in 1988 to the Canadian Anthropology Society to clarify its identity and emphasize its role as an anthropology association.

In 1997 the society negotiated the merger of its journal "Culture" with the independent journal "Anthropologica". The new "Anthropologica" became its official journal in 1998. CASCA continues to hold annual meetings, with its first international meeting being held in 2005 in Merida, Yucatan in conjunction with the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. In 2007, CASCA reclaimed “Culture” as the name of its new bulletin series. Culture is now online since the Spring issue of 2016.


CASCA: Today

CASCA has more than 500 members from across the country and the world. 

We are proud of the past successes of CASCA. CASCA priorities are:

  1. to lobby funding agencies as necessary to ensure continuing financial support for anthropological research;
  2. to commit to excellence in Canadian anthropology graduate programmes and in the teaching of undergraduate anthropology; and
  3. to provide a platform to anthropologists practicing the discipline outside of academia.

One of the priorities that CASCA has identified is to engage more fully with SSHRC and CIHR in the unique positioning of anthropology in their bodies and to ensure anthropological study, methods and analysis are sufficiently represented in peer-review across the committees. As the association representing Canadian anthropologists, CASCA communicates to the federal government, to the provincial governments as well as the funding agencies the necessity of basic research in anthropology and the social sciences. We must strive to ensure that anthropology is not marginalized when funding is allocated and to do this we must explain clearly the contribution that anthropology makes to Canadian society.

Given the worldwide financial crisis and the looming government deficits, university funding is at risk and students will be asking themselves the age old question: "What job can I get as an anthropologist?" More than ever, CASCA must play a positive role in understanding where our graduates do end up working and how their anthropological training helps them in their careers. CASCA must represent the broad base of Canadian anthropologists across academies and practices, and the CASCA Executive is committed to working with all anthropologies to ensuring that our association meets the needs of the broadest spectrum of anthropologists working in Canada.

To do this, CASCA is working on developing new communication and networking tools to bring together anthropologists and to facilitate sharing of knowledge and communication. We will strive to ensure that our collective voice is heard.To do this, CASCA will continue to work closely with organizations such as the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

CASCA is and remains your association. We encourage you to become active in CASCA and to work with fellow members in promoting our discipline across the country and the world.


Fields and subfields of Anthropology:

Anthropology is the study of us, humans, both past and present. The word itself derived from the Greek “anthropos” (humans) and “logia” (study). Anthropologists study both our human species and our closest related species, the primates which include lemurs, monkeys and apes. Some of the fields and subfields of specialization within anthropology include:

  • Social and cultural anthropology: the study of culture and societies from around the world;
    • Ethnography and ethnology: the study and analysis of peoples from around the world, through fieldwork and participant-observation;
  • Archaeology: the study of human societies through their material remains;
  • Physical or biological anthropology: the study of human evolution and human biology;
    • Paleoanthropology: the study of human and primate evolution, through the study of fossilized remains;
    • Primatology: the study of primates including gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys and lemurs;
    • Forensic anthropology: applying anthropological expertise to the study of human remains in a legal setting (ranging from the study of local criminal cases to international cases of war crimes through the excavation of the graves of victims);
  • Linguistic: the study of human language with specialized methods developed to record and analyze languages worldwide and language use in everyday life;
  • Applied: the use of anthropology applied to a variety of tasks in the public and private sector. Though recognized as a separate sub-discipline, all of anthropology can be applied, and Canadian anthropologists have a long tradition of working in partnership with communities.

Though CASCA is comprised primarily of social and cultural anthropologists, our association welcomes all anthropologists, both academic and practicing. 

Some of the features of anthropology:

  • Holism: anthropologists study any component of humanity in relation to the larger cultural and social whole. This means that humans are seen as living in a web of culture and social relations whereby any belief or activity is tied inextricably to all others;
  • Comparative study: at the outset, anthropology distinguished itself from the other social sciences (sociology, political science, philosophy, etc…) in that it studied the “Other” or cultures and societies far from Europe or indigenous societies in North America. However, disciplinary boundaries have blurred with many anthropologists studying at home in their own societies and cultures. Nonetheless, even those anthropologists studying locally will call upon expertise acquired by the discipline globally to better understand their own culture.

Anthropology as a Career:

Anthropologists work in federal, provincial and local governments, international agencies, healthcare centers, nonprofit associations, research institutes and the private sector. Many anthropologists work as consultants applying their expertise to conduct archaeological excavations and cultural resource management, to conduct impact or needs studies or to help develop policy for governmental or non-governmental organizations. One of the goals that CASCA has set for itself in coming years is to play a greater role in helping anthropologists both academics and those practicing their discipline outside of academia to network and to share expertise gained both in terms of methods and theory.

Promo Video: What is CASCA?  By Éric Gagnon Poulin, Université Laval 

Most of my life, during my degree or even as graduate student, I had never heard of CASCA. Still, I did all my schooling in anthropology, one part at UMontréal and the other at ULaval. It was not until 2014 that my research director, Jean Michaud, talked about the Canadian Anthropology Society. Intrigued, I wanted to know more. Like many PhD students, I aim for an academic career. Many are called, few are chosen. Being part of a network like CASCA is unquestionably an asset. I became a member and soon enough, I got involved in the executive committee as the francophone member at large. With my experience in documentary films, one of my first proposals was to make video to promote our association to our colleagues and other anthropologists. Today we present to you the result. We invite you to share this short video in your classes, on the page of your department and to your networks.

Be part of the adventure! Click here



Salisbury Award Committee 2015

  • Lorne Holyoak (Chair)
  • Pauline McKenzie Aucoin
  • And a Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)

Weaver-Tremblay Prize 2015

  • Regna Darnell (Chair)
  • Christine Jourdan
  • And a Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)

Resolutions Committee

  • Bruce Miller
  • Heather Howard
  • Robert Hancock
  • Christine Jourdan (non-voting member)

Co-Chairs of the Women's Network

  • Pauline McKenzie Aucoin
  • Heather Howard


  • Rob Hancock


  • Nathalie Boucher

President: Donna Patrick

President-Elect: Martha Radice

Past-President: Michel Bouchard

Treasurer: Clint Westman

Secretary: Pauline McKenzie

Anglophone Member at Large: Eric Henry

Francophone Member at Large: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Communications Officer: Nathalie Boucher


List of (almost) all Executive Committee members since 1974 (PDF). Please let us know if you know the missing information! 




President: Donna Patrick

Donna Patrick studied linguistics and anthropology at McGill University, earning her B.A. and M.A. there, and at the University of Toronto, where she received her Ph.D. She taught at Brock University from 1996 to 2003 before moving to Carleton University in 2004, where she is currently Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Professor Patrick’s research in linguistic anthropology focuses on Indigenous and minority language politics, rights, and practices and has included work in language endangerment, language socialization, language education policy and practice, critical literacies, and social semiotics. Publications include the 2003 monograph Language, Politics, and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community and the co-edited 2004 volume, Language Rights and Language Survival, as well as articles critiquing language endangerment discourse, language policy, and conceptions of language removed from political economic contexts of language learning and use. Her most recent work involves participatory action research with Inuit in Ottawa and Montreal, and explores Inuit identities, literacies, and the construction of place in transnational contexts through the semiotics of objects, food, and language. 

Send Donna Patrick a message by clicking here.

President-Elect: Martha Radice

Martha Radice is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Dalhousie University, Halifax. She has investigated social relations, especially interethnic relations, and the production of space in multiethnic commercial streets in Montréal. Her ongoing areas of interest are urban anthropology, public space, public art and public culture, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, neighbourhoods, and ethnographic methods. She has also been involved in applied research, having evaluated social inclusion in high schools and police-community relations in the UK and looked at public libraries as public space in Canada. 

Send Martha a message by clicking here.


Past-president: Michel Bouchard

Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Dr. Bouchard received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. My main areas of expertise include the Russian-speaking Diaspora, the Russian Federation and its constituent populations, nationalism and ethnicity, identity and belonging and French North America. At the outset, the research I conducted took for granted the recent invention of nations. However, as new lines of inquiry emerge, I have proposed a new theoretical framework for understanding nationhood and other forms of community, proposing that nations are not invented or constructed in modernity, but rather continually curated and the origins of nationhood can be traced back to the Middle-Ages and earlier. Rather than accepting the easy premise that states create nations, I am proposing that other institutions are equally (if not more) important than states in the emergence of national communities. This would include the role of museums and the writing of history as well as popular culture as helping to shape and affirm ideas of nationhood. Currently, I am completing research on the history of Canadien (aka French-Canadian), Métis and Iroquois French-speakers in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. My interest centers on the forgotten peoples of history and how anthropologists can analyze history to better understand the present.

Send Michel Bouchard a message by clicking here.

Treasurer: Clint Westman

Clint Westman is an environmental anthropologist and is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his doctorate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology, in 2008 and completed postdoctoral research in Ethnologie at Université de Montréal, Département d’anthropologie, in 2008-9. His work among Cree and Métis communities of northern Alberta since 1996 has touched on politics, history, religion, and environment. His current community-engaged ethnographic research is focused on human-animal relations, impacts and benefits of the energy industry and its consultation processes, and on religious pluralism in contemporary communities.

Contact Clint Westman at the address written here


Secretary: Pauline McKenzie

Pauline McKenzie Aucoin is a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, and has a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her research has focussed on gender stratification, sound symbolism, the politics of knowledge, and the organization of space as a practice of power in Fijian society where spatial order reflects status differences for both gender and rank. Her current research examines the naturalist aesthetic of the Picturesque garden in Europe in order to investigate how this spatial order articulated with Rousseau's ideals, and through 18th C writing and landscape art came to formulate a political philosophy for place, politics and the social imaginary of nature. Pauline is also involved with a curriculum development project at the University of Ottawa that helps to design indigenous language and science teaching materials for an Algonquin language immersion program.

Send Pauline McKenzie a message by clicking here

Anglophone Member at Large: Eric Henry

Eric Henry is a linguistic anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds a Master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in anthropology from Cornell University. His research describes the emerging role of global languages, most notably English, in China. Since 2003 he has conducted fieldwork within the foreign language teaching industry in the northeastern city of Shenyang, and charts the ways that global languages, national languages and local vernaculars interact in the production of cosmopolitan identities. His teaching and research interests encompass the fields of sociolinguistics, semiotics, globalization, and language inequalities. He has also conducted archival research on missionary language educators in early 20th century Peking.

Contact Eric Henry by clicking here.

Francophone Member at Large: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Éric Gagnon Poulin is interested in poverty and exclusion, sustainable development, social movements and resistance in Quebec and Latin America. He completed his Masters degree on Mirabel exproprieted citizen’s political mobilisation. He also produced a documentary film on the same topic that will be premiered at the 2nd International Forum on Great Useless and Imposed Projects in France. Eric also holds a multidisciplinary certificate in contemporary Latin American Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He is currently completing a PhD at Laval University in economic anthropology and is particularly interested in discourse that addresses themes of poverty and social exclusion. 

Send Éric Gagnon Poulin a message by clicking here

Communications Officer: Nathalie Boucher

Nathalie Boucher holds a Master's in Anthropology from Laval University and a PhD in Urban Studies from the Institute of National Scientific Research in Montreal. Her research interests lie in the area of sociability, socialization and public spaces in cities of the Pacific Rim in the neoliberal era. After carrying out a study of social interactions in the public spaces of downtown Los Angeles, she went on to investigate the social life of beaches and pools of Australia at the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management of the University of Western Australia, and of the hot springs of Taipei at the Chair of Taiwan Studies of the University of Ottawa. Her current work is on interactions in public baths in Taïwan as a postdoctoral fellow of the National Taiwan University. Her teaching and publications deal with qualitative methodologies, urban sociology, and anthropology of communication. She served a term as Member at Large on the CASCA executive between 2011 and 2013.

Send Nathalie Boucher a message by clicking here

Call for Nominations for the following CASCA Executive positions:

1) President Elect (one year term, to be followed by one year terms as President, then Past President)
The President-Elect undertakes to learn the policies and procedures of the association, pursues nominees for incoming executive positions, liaises with the organizers of the upcoming conference and consults on other responsibilities with the current President.
2) Secretary (two year term)
The Secretary is the information officer of the association. This includes responsibilities such as:  managing communications among the executive; maintaining current contact information for members of the executive; arranging  September and January executive meetings by Skype, phone or similar means; taking minutes of executive meetings and at the Annual General Meeting; recording motions approved between formal meetings; archiving CASCA documents in Dropbox; managing elections for executive positions, including advertising calls for nominations in English and French on the CASCA website, through the membership e-list, and at the AGM, as appropriate, and issuing and tallying ballots as necessary; serving as a member of the Salisbury Committee; preparing documents for the AGM (agenda, minutes, etc.); submitting an annual report in English and French on her or his activities, including the results of elections; updating the Operations manual as necessary; filing annual reports with Corporations Canada; along with related responsibilities.
3) Anglophone Member at Large (two year term)
In consultation with the Executive and with the help of the CASCA webmaster, the Members-at-Large organize and edit Culture, CASCA's electronic newsletter, and prepare for it to be published and distributed at least twice per year. Individual Members-at-Large are assigned various tasks in consultation with the President. These tend to take the form of short-term, specific tasks that assist the Association, including sitting on the Weaver-Tremblay selection committee, the Salisbury Award committee and coordinating the student travel bursaries together with the Treasurer.

CASCA is an open, participatory association and all members are eligible to serve on the executive committee. Nominees are asked to submit a short biography and platform statement.

Nominees are asked to submit a short biography and platform statement.

Nominations should be emailed or mailed to:

Pauline McKenzie Aucoin - CASCA Secretary
CASCA Nominations
OR :
c/o Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia University
1455, de Maisonneuve W.
Montreal, H3G 1MB

** Please indicate « CASCA Nominations » in the subject

** Please note that emailed submissions cannot be guaranteed unless acknowledged.

For further information on the responsibilities of CASCA executive members, please contact either the Secretary or:

Dr. Michel Bouchard
President / Président
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC 3333 University Way)
Prince George (BC) V2N  4Z9
+ 1 250 960 5643


For further information on the responsibilities of CASCA executive members, please contact either the Secretary or the President.

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8