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Terms & Conditions:

The CASCA offers a free service of employment opportunities by outside third-party organizations and/or individuals, and tools for efficient job search. These services are subject to the following: 

  • All submissions of postings are subject to review by CASCA prior to their posting online.
  • CASCA reserves the right to reject, or decline any posting, or remove any posting, at any time, for any reason. CASCA further reserves the right to review and edit, at its discretion, any posting, as CASCA may deem necessary from time to time, for length, clarity, legal, technical or any other reason.
  • CASCA accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions or other technical issues related to any posting which result from the original content or information submitted. CASCA accepts no responsibility or liability for the information or content displayed online in any posting.
  • While CASCA will make every reasonable, good-faith effort to deliver posting services as outlined to users, CASCA accepts no responsibility for delays, technical failures, or other disruptions which may occur from time to time due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of CASCA.
  • CASCA respects the privacy of posting service users, and will make all reasonable, good-faith efforts to protect private or personal information provided to CASCA. CASCA does not sell, share, or otherwise disclose private or personal information provided to CASCA through the Job Bank.



Should you have any questions, or require any assistance regarding CASCA posting services, please e-mail Karli Whitmore, the membership manager.

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Modalités et conditions

La CASCA offre un service gratuit d’offres d'emploi d’organismes externes et de particuliers, ainsi que des outils efficaces de recherche d'emploi. Ces services sont soumis aux règlements et conditions suivants :

  • Toutes les soumissions d’offres d’emploi sont révisées par la CASCA avant leur mise en ligne;
  • La CASCA se réserve le droit de rejeter ou de refuser toute annonce, ou de supprimer toute annonce, à tout moment, pour diverses raisons. La CASCA se réserve en outre le droit de réviser et de modifier, à sa discrétion, toute annonce, que ce soit pour des questions de longueur, de clarté, juridiques, techniques, ou pour toute autre raison;
  • La CASCA n’accepte aucune responsabilité pour les erreurs, les omissions ou les autres questions techniques liées à toute annonce qui résultent du contenu original ou des informations présentées;
  • La CASCA n’accepte aucune responsabilité pour les informations ou le contenu affiché en ligne dans toute annonce;
  • Alors que la CASCA fera tout en ses moyens pour fournir des services d'affichage telles que décrits pour les utilisateurs, la CASCA n’accepte aucune responsabilité pour les retards, les défaillances techniques, ou d'autres perturbations qui peuvent survenir de temps à autre en raison de circonstances indépendantes de la volonté raisonnable de la CASCA;
  • La CASCA respecte la vie privée des utilisateurs de services, et fera tous les efforts raisonnables pour protéger les renseignements personnels et privés fournis à la CASCA. La CASCA ne vend, ne partage, ne aucune information privée ou personnelle fournie à la CASCA à travers le Guichet d’emplois.



Si vous avez des questions, ou besoin d'aide concernant les services d'affichage de la CASCA, écrivez à Karli Whitmore, la gestionnaire des adhésions.

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The first meeting of the CASCA Women’s Network was organized in 1984, with Elvi Whittaker as its first coordinator. In 2008, she recalled the network’s beginnings: “It was certainly time to start one. It was late. Other people had had one for fifteen or twenty years.”

The first items of business were:

  • selecting a member for the Social Science Federation of Canada Task Force on the elimination of sexism in the social sciences;
  • surveying women’s studies programs, courses, and research in Canada;
  • discussing women’s issues in academic politics.

Forty-one women attended that first meeting, which must have represented a significant proportion of all Canadian anthropologists.

In 1986, Joan Ryan (1932-2005) took up leadership of the Women’s Network. She sent a questionnaire out to all 35 anthropology departments in Canada. While the response rate was low, representing mainly middle-range anglophone universities, the results were revealing:

  • the respondents’ departments had more female than male graduate students (161 : 115), but equal numbers of men and women held teaching assistantships;
  • only 15 of their 37 full professors were women;
  • only 11.5 of their 71 associate professors were women.

Equity increased down the ranks, however:

  • 12 out of 15 assistant professors were women;
  • 10 women and 10 men were reported as sessional instructors.


Nearly thirty years after the first survey in 1986, it is time to re-assess the status of women in Canadian anthropology. Members of the Women’s Network presented preliminary research at the CASCA meetings in 2009 which suggests that:

  • there are still significantly lower numbers of women in higher ranks or getting jobs at all in relation to the number of female graduates in the discipline;
  • pay equity has still not been achieved.

Women carry the burden of a disproportionate workload which reflects the feminization of a growing labour pool of second-class citizens within academia more broadly: those who occupy the ever-increasing ranks of limited-term appointments or work as research and lab assistants.

Members of the CASCA Women’s Network have made significant scholarly contributions to the discipline. They have increased the visibility of women’s and feminist research in sessions at our annual meetings and in internationally recognized publications (see Further Reading).



The CASCA Women’s Network serves to bring together women in Canadian anthropology, conducting research on the status of women in anthropology and in academia more broadly, and reporting to the general assembly on our work.
The Women’s Network fosters mentorship, recognition and support through a lifetime achievement award and best graduate student paper award, which includes a cash prize and publication in Anthropologica.

The coordinators of the Women’s Network are Heather Howard and Pauline McKenzie Aucoin. Please contact Heather Howard howardh@msu.edu for further information.



  • Ethnographic Feminisms: Essays in Anthropology (Carleton U Press, 1995), edited by Lynne Phillips (Memorial University Newfoundland) and Sally Cole (Concordia).
  • Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights (Broadview Press, 1999), edited by Rae Bridgman (University of Manitoba), Sally Cole (Concordia) and Heather Howard-Bobiwash (Michigan State University/University of Toronto).
  • Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Pluto Press, 2013), edited by Lynne Phillips (Memorial University Newfoundland) and Sally Cole (Concordia).

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Journal issues

  • Anthropology in Action 18(1), 2011. Special Issue on Feminism and Anthropology, edited by Robin Whitaker and Pamela J. Downe. All contributors are at Canadian universities and some of the papers came out of CASCA meeting panels.
  • Anthropologica 43(2), 2001. Anthropology, Feminism and Childhood Studies / Anthropologie, féminisme et les études de l’enfance
  • Anthropologica 42(1), 2000. Articulated Meanings: Studies in Gender and the Politics of Culture / Sens et cohérence : études sur le vécu social des sexes et la politique de la culture.
  • Anthropologica 41(2), 1999. Ethnographic Explorations of Gender and Power in Rural Northwestern Iberia / Explorations ethnographiques du pouvoir relié à la position des sexes dans le nord-ouest rural de la péninsule ibérique.


Women's Network graduate student prize articles

  • Lockerbie, Stacy (2014) 'Infertility, Adoption and Metaphorical Pregnancies.' Anthropologica 56(2): 463-471.
  • Bryan, Catherine (2012) 'Gendered Returns, Ambivalent Transnationals: Situating Transnationalism in Local Asymetry.' Anthropologica 54(1): 133-42.
  • Oleschuk, Merin (2012) 'Engendering Transnational Foodways: A Case Study of Southern Sudanese Women in Brooks, Alberta.' Anthropologica 54(1): 119-31.

2021 - Dr. Marie Françoise Guédon

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2020 - Dr. Regna Darnell

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2017 - Dr. Homa Hoodfar

Homa Hoodfar

Born in Iran in 1951, Homa did her B.A. in Economics at the University of Tehran and moved to Britain in the 1970s to do an interdisciplinary M.A. in Development Studies at the University ofManchester and her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent.  She came to Montreal in the late 1980s teaching first at McGill University and then settling in at Concordia University in 1991 where she was a much loved teacher for more than 20 years.  She retired from Concordia in June 2015.  At Concordia, Homa designed and taught the popular courses: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights; Development Debates; and Popular Culture in the Middle East.  Mentoring students, both men and women, was very important to Homa.  She was always available to students and often lost track of time in enjoyable after-class conversations with them. Read more...

2015 - Dr. Carmen LambertCarmen and Heather

The recipient of the 2014-2015 CASCA Women's Network Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Carmen Lambert (McGill University). Dr. Lambert has had a distinguished career studying social inequality, and has been dedicated to its eradication. She was among the founding forty members of the Women’s Network at its original meeting in 1984. During her career, she was Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee as a Vice-President for the Social Science Federation of Canada, and in 1990 she published Toward a New Equality: the Status of Women in Canadian Universities. She was instrumental in convincing SSHRC to foster a strategic research program entitled ‘Women and Work.’ As well, Carmen has been committed to the advocacy of change in First Nations’ communities. She was one of the founding members and co-editors of Feminist Stratégies Féministes, a bilingual scholarly electronic journal. The Award was presented to Dr. Lambert by Dr. Heather Howard (right and left in the photo, respectively) at the Women's Network Luncheon during the CASCA Conference at Université Laval, May 2015.


2013 - Dr. Penny Van Esterik Penny

The 2013 CASCA Women's Network Lifetime Achievement Award for Feminist Anthropology in Canada is awarded to Dr. Penny Van Esterik (York University). Dr. Van Esterik was one of the first to argue that breastfeeding is fundamentally a feminist issue, and has continued to write extensively on this subject. She is a preeminent scholar who has worked tirelessly to advance women’s causes and rights in the national and international arenas for over three decades. She has been and continues to be a force of academic rigour, excellence and sustained feminist advocacy.


2011 - Dr. Elvi Whittaker

The first CASCA Women's Network Lifetime Achievement Award for Feminist Anthropology in Canada was awarded to Dr. Elvi Whittaker.  Dr. Whittaker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She was recognized as one of the founders and first coordinators of the CASCA Women's network, as well as a past president of CASCA, and past president of the Canadian Social Science Federation.

Call for Nominations - CASCA Women's Network's Lifetime Achievement
Award for Contributions to Feminist Anthropology in Canada.

The CASCA Women's Network invites nominations for the CASCA Women's Network's Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Feminist Anthropology in Canada, 2018-2019.

This achievement award was established as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Canadian Anthropology Society's Women's Network. Its goal is to recognize and pay tribute to feminist scholars who, through their work in the field of Social/Cultural Anthropology in Canada, have made a significant contribution to the field of feminist anthropology as scholars, mentors and activists. Recognition through nomination is made every 2-3 years.

The first CASCA Women's Network Lifetime Achievement Award for Feminist Anthropology in Canada was awarded in 2011 to Dr. Elvi Whittaker. Dr. Whittaker is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She was recognized as one of the founders and first coordinators of the CASCA Women's Network, as well as a past-president of CASCA, and past-president of the Canadian Social Science Federation.

Nominations (in French or English) in the form of a letter detailing a candidate's academic, mentoring and activist contributions to feminist anthropology in Canada should be submitted to Dr. Heather Howard at howardh@msu.edu 

The deadline for nominations for consideration is 1 September, 2019


2021 CASCA Meeting, University of Guelph

Miriam Hird-Younger, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

“Making Gender Legible: The Politics of Gender Audits in the Time of #AidToo,” 

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2020 CASCA Meeting (cancelled), Western University

Deanna Neri, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

Neri, D. J. (2022). Interdependence: The Pathway to the Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities and Immigrant Disability Support Workers. Anthropologica, 64(1). https://doi.org/10.18357/anthropologica6412022757

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2019 CASCA Meeting, joint with AAA, Vancouver

Alexandria Petit-Thorne, Department of Anthropology, York University
“Is there anything else you want to tell me?”: The medicalization of workplace sexual violence in the #MeToo era”

retitled for publication:
Petit-Thorne, A. (2020). The Medicalization of Workplace Sexual Violence on Canadian University Campuses in the #MeToo Era. Anthropologica, 62(2), 325–336. https://doi.org/10.3138/anth-2020-0007 Petit-Thorne, A. (2020). The Medicalization of Workplace Sexual Violence on Canadian University Campuses in the #MeToo Era. Anthropologica, 62(2), 325–336. https://doi.org/10.3138/anth-2020-0007


2018 CASCA Meeting, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba

Dafna Rachok, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Indiana University Bloomington

“Nothing about Us without Us”: Sex Workers’ Informal Political Practices in Ukraine, Anthropologica 61(2019): 261-269.


2017 CASCA-IUAES Meeting, University of Ottawa

Kaitlin Vleming, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

“You Think You’re the Only One”: Comparing Descriptions and Lived Experiences of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,” Anthropologica 60 (2018) 507–522.


2015 CASCA Meeting, Université LavalMegan Lowthers

Megan Lowthers, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Migration and Ethnic Relations, University of Western Ontario (Pictured, centre, in the field in Kenya.)

'Mapping Uncertain Mobility: Migrant Female Sex Workers, Gender, and Mobile Phone Use in Kenya.'


2013 CASCA Meeting, University of Victoria

Stacy Lockerbie, McMaster University

Lockerbie, Stacy (2014) 'Infertility, Adoption and Metaphorical Pregnancies.' Anthropologica 56(2): 463-471.


Catherine Bryan and Merin Oleschuk

2011 CASCA Meeting, Fredericton

Merin Oleschuk, University of Alberta (right in the photo)

Oleschuk, Merin (2012) 'Engendering Transnational Foodways: A Case Study of Southern Sudanese Women in Brooks, Alberta.' Anthropologica 54(1): 119-31.

2010 CASCA Meeting, Concordia University

Catherine Bryan, Dalhousie University (left in the photo)

Bryan, Catherine (2012) 'Gendered Returns, Ambivalent Transnationals: Situating Transnationalism in Local Asymetry.' Anthropologica 54(1): 133-42.

Catherine Bryan & Merin Oleschuk in Fredericton, 2011

CASCA Women's Network 2021 Award for Student Paper in Feminist Anthropology ($250)

Are you a graduate student in Canada (or are you supervising graduate students with whom you can share this notice), whose work takes a feminist perspective and engages with gender issues?

Then please consider submitting your CASCA paper to be considered for the Women's Network Graduate Student Prize for this year's conference.

Graduate students in Anthropology who will be presenting a paper at the 2021 CASCA conference are invited to submit their papers for consideration for the CASCA Women's Network Award for Student Paper in Feminist Anthropology ($250).

This award was set up in 2009 as part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CASCA Women's Network. Its goal is to encourage research into gender and gender issues from a feminist perspective by emerging scholars in social/cultural anthropology in Canada.


- Candidates must be registered full-time in a graduate program in Anthropology at a Canadian university, or have graduated from such a program less than one year ago.

- Candidates must be presenting at CASCA 2021 (papers stemming from a presented poster can also be submitted)

Judging criteria

The adjudicating committee look for papers that:

- Explicitly engage with gender, and clearly demonstrate that engagement in their treatment of the topic

- Take a feminist perspective, with reference to relevant feminist literature

- Are not merely descriptive and show evidence of original critical analysis.

The paper

- Should be sent to the CASCA Women's Network Committee member Dr. Heather Howard (howardh@msu.edu) for consideration by our award panel

- Must be received by March 1, 2021.

- Must not exceed 10 pages in length

- Can be submitted in either English or French

- Must include an abstract

- Must indicate the university at which the candidate is registered and their current year in the program

The prize-winning paper will be published (following peer review) in the Canadian anthropology journal, Anthropologica.

The CASCA Women’s Network has a moderated mailing list, managed through a listserv, to send announcements of interest to the CASCA Women’s Network by e-mail. If you would like to keep in touch with Women’s Network news and events, please subscribe! We expect the message traffic to be relatively low, so your inbox is safe from flooding (by us at least).

To subscribe to the list

  • Send an email to LISTSERV@KIL-LSV-1.UCIS.DAL.CA
  • Leave the subject line of your message blank
  • Write the following command in the message body:
    • “subscribe casca-women firstname lastname”
    • E.g. “subscribe casca-women Michelle Dupont”

To post a notice to the list

For other queries about this list, contact Stephanie Hobbis, steph.hobbis@gmail.com, communications coordinator for the Women’s Network.

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