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.

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Salisbury Award Committee

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

 Weaver-Tremblay Prize

  • Previous Prize Recipient (Chair)
  • President
  • Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)
  • Secretary

Committee for Teaching Awards

  • The CATE Committee will be constituted by the President-Elect, President, the last recipient of the CATE (course instructor), the last recipient of the CATE (permanent faculty), and one CASCA member (preferably a member of the Critical Pedagogy Network) appointed by the CASCA Executive.

Resolutions Committee (More...)

  • Bruce Miller
  • Brian Noble
  • Heather Howard

Co-Chairs of the Women's Network

  • Pauline McKenzie Aucoin
  • Heather Howard


  • Ian Puppe


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



President-Elect: 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).



Past-President: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Éric Gagnon Poulin is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his PhD in anthropology at Laval University, and specializes in economic anthropology. He is interested in poverty, social exclusion, the labor market, sustainable development and resistance in Quebec and Latin America. His research interests include analysis of the State’s discourse on poverty, neoliberalism, and the transformations of the welfare state. His current project focuses on the links between employability measures, the proliferation of precarious jobs and systemic poverty.



Secretary: Deidre Rose

Deidre Rose is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Guelph. She earned her doctorate in Social Anthropology at the University of Toronto (2005). Her doctoral research focussed on popular theatre and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in Dominica. Articles based on that research have been published in The Journal of American Folklore and New Proposals. More recently, her research focus has shifted to the corporatization of the university, neoliberalism, and the plight of precarious workers, especially those in academic settings.



Francophone Member at Large: Olivia Roy-Malo

Olivia Roy-Malo is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Université Laval and in education science at Université de Paris. Her research, located at the crossroads of educational anthropology, political anthropology and rural studies, focuses on the circumstances of elementary schools in rural Quebec. The recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC), Olivia has examined the implementation of various educational projects in order to document the diverse forms of engagement and social mobilization within and surrounding schools from a political economy perspective. Her master’s degree explored these issues in relation to questions of environmental conservation. Olivia has published academic articles and several book chapters. She was also closely involved in drafting a collective work (D’espoir et d’environnement? Nouvelles ruralités et mise en valeur de la nature au Bas-Saint-Laurent [Ed. S. Doyon]) and has participated in conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition to her academic pursuits, she creates artistic and theatre productions.



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.



Incoming-Treasurer: Daniel Tubb (start November 1, 2021)

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.



Past-Treasurer: Thomas (Tad) McIlwraith

I am a cultural anthropologist at the University of Guelph. In British Columbia, I work with Indigenous communities and individuals to document territory, understand food and resource harvesting practices, and to help Elders and families prepare life histories. My work also includes an effort to understand the attitudes and biases that underpin consulting anthropology projects such as traditional land use and occupancy studies. Recently, I have partnered with the Canadian Camping Association to address issues related to cultural appropriation at children's summer camps.




Communication Officer and Webmaster: Alex Oeher

Alex Oehler is assistant professor at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and specializes in environmental anthropology. He is interested in human-landscape and human-animal relations in the Circumpolar North, particularly the Russian Far East, Siberia, and Arctic Canada. His research focuses on non-western approaches to domestication, Indigenous forestry, and sentient ecology. His current work focuses on multispecies ethnography in Inner Asia, with new work emerging on the theme of human-tree relations.


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