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

  • Past President (Chair)
  • Secretary 
  • Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)

 Weaver-Tremblay Prize 2015

  • Previous Prize Recipient (Chair)
  • President
  • 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


President: Pamela Downe

President-Elect: Sabrina Doyon

Past-President: Martha Radice

Treasurer: Udo Krautwurst

Secretary: Charles Menzies

Anglophone Member at Large: Marieka Sax

Francophone Member at Large: Van Troi Tran

Communications Officer: Éric Gagnon Poulin

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

President: Pamela Downe

Pamela Downe is a medical anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her ongoing areas of research are the anthropology of infectious disease, reproduction and maternal care, and gendered violence.  She has worked in six countries across North and Central America as well as the eastern Caribbean: Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Barbados.  She has recently completed two projects.  The first is an ethnographic study of motherhood in the context of the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS epidemic; the second is an interdisciplinary exploration of pain in the lives of men living with hemophilia.  She is a past recipient of CASCA’s Richard F. Salisbury Award as well as the Weaver-Tremblay award.



President-Elect: Sabrina Doyon

Sabrina Doyon is a full professor in the department of anthropology at Université Laval. She completed her PhD in anthropology at McGill University, and specializes in environmental anthropology. Her research and teaching explore how both socio-environmental relationships and nature itself are undergoing transformations. More specifically, she works on environmental conservation and alternative environmental projects in the fields of agriculture and fishery. Her analyses are guided by political ecology and environmental history frameworks. She takes a comparative approach to her research, which leads her to do fieldwork in Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Québec.



Past-President: 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. 



Treasurer: Udo Krautwurst

Udo Krautwurst received his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Currently he is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. His graduate degrees focused on historical anthropology/anthropology of colonialism, particularly of settler colonies in Africa. For about the last decade his research has concentrated on the anthropology of bioscience/biomedicine, especially as it develops on Prince Edward Island. His current research considers the effects of federal and provincial science and economic policies as they affect work at the lab bench among small bioscience companies. 



Secretary: Charles Menzies

Charles Menzies, a member of Gitxaała Nation, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. His primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management, political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology, and indigenous archaeology. He is also special advisor on  cultural and heritage research for Gitxaała Nation and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. 




Anglophone Member at Large: Marieka Sax

Marieka Sax is a sociocultural anthropologist, and a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the University of Northern British Columbia. She holds an MA and PhD from Carleton University. In northern BC, she employs collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to explore resource extraction, indigenous-settler relations, and rural livelihoods. This builds on her earlier work on peasant production, traditional medicine, gender, and indigeneity in the Peruvian Andes. What connects these projects in Latin America and Canada is her interest in socially reproduced cultural understandings of wellbeing and the good life.



Francophone Member at Large: Van Troi Tran

Van Troi Tran is Lecturer in Ethnology at Laval University and Research Assistant at the Centre de recherches Cultures.Arts.Sociétés (CELAT). His research has focused on food and globalization in the context of international events, the implementation of international food hygiene standards, the politics of crowd management, and the social life of brands. He has published two books: Manger et boire aux expositions universelles (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012) and Patrimoines sensibles : mots, espaces, pratiques, coedited with Vincent Auzas (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2010).He is currently working on an anthropology of historians in the Francophone world and examines the effects of the globalization and neoliberalization of academia on historians practicing their “craft” in a non-hegemonic language. 



Communications Officer: 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 expropriated 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.