President: Monica Heller
Monica Heller is professor emerita at the University of Toronto. Her area of specialization is linguistic anthropology, with a focus on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, especially as tied to ideologies of the nation-state, and specifically to linguistic minority movements, principally in francophone Canada, but also in Europe. Her last two books are Language, Capitalism, Colonialism : Toward a Critical History (with Bonnie McElhinny; 2017, University of Toronto Press) and Critical Sociolinguistic Methods : How to Study Language Issues that Matter (with Sari Pietikäinen and Joan Pujolar; 2017, Routledge). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and chaired its Committee on Public Engagement from 2018-2021. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociolingiistics 2017-2021. She was President-Elect of the American Anthropological Association 2011-2103 and President 2013-2015. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, from Universität Bern (2017) and from l’Université de la Bretagne Orientale (2020).
President-Elect: Bernard Perley
Kwey psiw te wen. Liwiso Bernard Perley, Wolastokwi Nekwutkuk nik. Hello everyone. My name is Bernard Perley, I am from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. I serve as the Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous studies at the University of British Columbia. I teach courses on Indigenous representations and cultural politics as well as Indigenous language revitalization and social justice. I am completing my term as President of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and look forward to working with the CASCA leadership in coming years. My ongoing research explores the role humour and narrative play in mitigating and healing traumatic experiences. My research draws from linguistic and cognitive sciences to embodiments of emergent social worlds.
Past-President: Emma Varley
Emma Varley is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandon University, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Qualitative Research on Maternal and Newborn Health at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Global Public Health. As a medical anthropologist specializing in hospital ethnography, her research explores the contribution of medical mismanagement and malpractice to maternal injury and death, the impacts of conflict and natural disaster on obstetric services, and the use of medicine as a tactic of war. She has served as a technical expert and consultant on state and non-governmental interventions in South Asia in such areas as the Safe Motherhood and Global Polio Eradication Initiatives.
Secretary: Daniel Salas
Daniel Salas is currently a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the anthropology of money and value, rural studies, imaginaries of solidarity, and the phenomenology of the state in Latin America. His current research explores the relationship between the monetary regime and everyday politics of value in rural Cuba. He has published advances of his dissertation in Dialectical Anthropology. Daniel holds a BA in journalism (University of Havana) and a MA in cultural studies (University of the Arts, Havana). He worked and taught in communication before relocating to Canada to pursue a career in anthropology.
Francophone Member at Large: Emmanuelle Bouchard-Bastien
Emmanuelle Bouchard-Bastien is an environmental anthropologist. She holds a master’s degree in environment (Sherbrooke University, 2011) and a PhD in anthropology (Laval University, 2023). She works in environmental health in Québec. His main files focus on the social dimensions of environmental change, social representations of nature and toxicological risks, conflicts and social acceptability. His research interests fall into two main areas, namely development projects (extraction of natural resources, industrial complexes) and disasters (technological and “natural”).
Anglophone Member at Large: Rine Vieth
Rine Vieth (they/iel) is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. Their research interests lie in the intersections of law, society, and religion, with a particular attention to the sociohistorical processes surrounding encounters with legal regimes. Their doctoral project focuses on how asylum-seekers claiming status in the UK on the basis of religious belief are assessed by the UK Home Office and the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunals. An active member of their university community, they served on the committee to create McGill's first policy on sexual violence, created a campuswide campaign to advocate for mental health support, and coordinated numerous consultations involving both campus labour unions and student organizations. Away from anthropological work, they enjoy reading (and making!) comics, and growing as many plants as their apartment can fit.
Treasurer: Daniel Tubb
Daniel Tubb is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is author of the book Shifting Livelihoods Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó, Colombia, and has ongoing research on oil palm plantations, agrarian change, and the impacts of war on nature in Colombia, and on the impacts of resource projects in their early phase in Canada.
Incoming-Treasurer: Jason Ellsworth
(start November 2023)
Jason Ellsworth is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Dalhousie University where he recently worked as a Research Fellow on a project examining the local food movement and foreign temporary workers within Nova Scotia. His doctoral research examines global Buddhism and the concept of value at play in the social enterprises of a transnational Buddhist community in PEI, Canada. His broader research interests include the Anthropology & Sociology of Religion, Buddhism in North America, Food & Food Movements, Theories of Value, Political Economy, and Globalization.
Communication Officer and Webmaster: Sandrine Lambert
Sandrine Lambert is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at Université Laval. Her research questions the relationship between technology and democracy. Her thesis focuses on the socio-political potentialities of citizen participation in digital fabrication laboratories and in the maker culture in Barcelona. The themes of sociotechnical imaginaries, commons and techno-utopianism run through her doctoral research, which also addresses the links between craft, industrial and digital fabrication. Sandrine has given more than a dozen lectures in academic events but also for a wider audience. She has written two scientific articles based on her research, published book reviews and some popular pieces for the general public. She works as a research assistant on projects around the societal impacts and governance of artificial intelligence, from a social justice perspective. She has worked as a teaching assistant for various courses in anthropology at Laval University. Her master's degree in anthropology was completed at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and focused on the staging of politics in cultural events in Burkina Faso. Between her master's degree and her Ph.D., she worked in the cultural field as a project manager, event coordinator and then communications manager.