Pjila'si Welcome Bienvenue CAA/ACA 2023 Membertou, NS/NE 3–6 May/mai

55th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

2023 Call for Abstracts

Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 55th Annual Meeting “Gathering Perspectives”
Membertou, Nova Scotia, May 3–6, 2023

Welcome to the 55th Canadian Archaeological Association Conference! This year the conference will be jointly hosted with the Maw-lukutijitk Saqmaq / Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and will be a hybrid conference, in-person with virtual options. Our theme is “Gathering Perspectives”, a strength of archaeological practice, the character of this discipline as it has grown, as well as its current state of practice. This historic gathering, this historic mawiomi, is a welcoming of archaeologists by Mi’kmaq to a Mi’kmaw community in Mi’kma’ki, hoping for the outcome of this shared and historic experience to change us all for the better as we gather our perspectives closer to each other with respect, appreciation, and commitment to a fresh path forward to travel along together. 

Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

Please consider submitting a paper or poster abstract for the upcoming meeting. Papers and posters may be presented in-person or online. Abstract submission will open on February 25, 2023. All abstracts should be submitted by March 24, 2023 March 31, 2023.
General format of the conference:

  1. The conference will include oral sessions and poster sessions. Session outlines can be found on the conference website and questions about specific sessions should be directed to the session chair(s).
  2. Time allocation for oral presentations will be 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
  3. Posters will be set up in a conference room for two-hour blocks; however, poster presenters may choose when they would like to be present at the poster session during that two-hour block.

Guidelines for presenters:

  1. The conference will consist of oral and poster presentations.
  2. At the time of submission, contributors may choose if they would like to present a paper or poster. If sessions are over-subscribed, some presenters may be asked to change to poster format.
  3. At the time of submission, contributors may choose to participate in-person or online. For in-person sessions, you can submit to in-person format sessions. There will be a separate online room for online sessions and presentations. For online sessions, only online formats will be accepted.
  4. Contributors do not have to specify a session when they submit; if contributors do not specify a session, the program committee will assign them to a pre-existing session (with the approval of the session organizers) or to a general session.
  5. Each contributor may be a lead author on two presentations, and co-author on up to two additional presentations.
  6. When there are multiple authors on an abstract, the presenter must be clearly identified.
  7. Abstracts should consist of a plain language title, and a 200-word (maximum) description of the presentation.
  8. All abstract authors and co-authors should include their name, affiliation, and e-mail address when abstracts are submitted.
  9. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French.
  10. Presenters must be members in good standing of the Canadian Archaeological Association at the time the abstract is submitted and at the time of the conference.
  11. Presenters will be expected to register for the conference at the time the abstract is submitted.
  12. Co-authors who will not be presenting or attending the conference do not have to be members of the Canadian Archaeological Association or register for or attend the conference.
  13. Abstracts need to be submitted through the CAA website portal and will be reproduced as submitted. Contributors are responsible for proof-reading their abstract.
  14. Poster dimensions should be 4 feet (122 cm) wide by 3 feet (91.5 cm) tall (i.e., landscape mode).


  1. After the deadline, all abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee.
  2. After the abstract deadline, the program committee may direct unassigned papers to sessions if they are a clear fit with the theme. Session convenors may accept these additional papers or not.
  3. Submission of an abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance.
  4. Presenter conflicts between sessions will be resolved by the Program Chair.