Practical Information

The conference will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center. You can browse the interactive online program here (you can create a personal schedule using your email address and the password sent to you upon registration). Find out how to register for the conference here.

CASCA Special Events

Information about regular CASCA special events such as the Weaver-Tremblay Address, the CASCA Banquet, the General Meeting, and the Women’s Network Reception is now available here.

Student Poster Competition

We are happy to hold our annual CASCA Student Poster Competition again. Find out more here.

Guided Tours

The Vancouver-based local organizing committee has organized four guided tours, open to all conference participants. Find out more here.

Workshops and field trips

As well as scholarly sessions and special events, the conference features 29 workshops and three field trips. The workshops cover topics like communicating your research to the public, learning about new research methods, getting published, and investigating alternative career trajectories. The field trips provide opportunities to explore Vancouver and engage with the local community. The workshops and field trips require advance registration and, in most cases, additional fees.

To register, follow the instructions given with each workshop/field trip listing, which will take you through the AAA log-in page. Registration is open until the events fill up. You will need the password provided by Karli when you registered for the conference. You will have the option to convert payment to $CAD in the AAA website. If you need to obtain the password again or have any questions, please contact Karli Whitmore at


We strongly recommend booking your accommodation through the AAA-CASCA block booking system. Why? Find out here.

The hotel room block is now open. In order to make your housing reservation, you must first be registered to attend the meeting through either CASCA or the AAA. To secure your housing accommodations follow the easy steps below.

  1. Confirm you have already registered for the Annual Meeting (through either CASCA or AAA). If you are newly registering through CASCA, allow one business day for us to upload your info to the joint registration database.
  2. Visit the housing portal here and log in with the same email address you used to register.
  3. Make your hotel selection and follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will receive a confirmation email once your reservation has been made.

The hotel reservation deadline is Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and you must use the AAA housing portal to obtain discounted rates, as contacting hotels directly will not provide access to our discounted rates.

For information about the accessibility of these hotels, go to this page.


If you are looking for a roommate to reduce costs, you can advertise through the CASCA Conference Classifieds. Email for circulation and posting on the Conference Classifieds page. You can also use the AAA’s online portal for attendees to share information with anyone wishing to share a hotel room within the housing block. Join the list of people searching for roommates or view the current list of people who have joined the roommate search.

Disclaimer: Please note that the AAA/CASCA will not be matching you up or assigning roommates. This space is designated as a meeting place for you to get in contact with potential roommates; however, it is your responsibility to set up arrangements. The AAA/CASCA are not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made via this space.

About Vancouver

Local organizing committee members Pamela Stern and Jaime Yard introduce Vancouver here in the AAA’s Anthropology News. Current and former students from Simon Fraser University suggest things to do in Vancouver, also in Anthropology News.


The official Canadian Airline for the 2019 CASCA-AAA Annual Meeting is Air Canada. Through this partnership, annual meeting attendees may access a discount of up to 12% on flights to Vancouver. To book a flight using the discount, go to and enter the following promotion code in the search panel: FZZBVGA1

  • The booking is to be made to Vancouver, YVR (BC).
  • The travel period begins Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and ends Sunday, December 01, 2019.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • A discount of 5% will apply to standard fares for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), a 10% discount will apply to standard and higher fares.

The AAA has compiled some useful information about travel within Vancouver, including a discount code for the airport shuttle, on this page.

Visa Preparation

To request a formal letter of invitation for your visa application, visit the AAA’s web page on visa preparation.


Childcare can be arranged for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Find out more here.

Student volunteers

The call for student volunteers is now open. Find out more here.


The AAA has a strong accessibility policy and can make arrangements for sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other disability-related access needs and services for meeting registrants. They cannot anticipate all needs, as everyone is different; therefore, they rely on direct communication with those who require accessibility assistance to be as appropriate and as efficient as possible. To find out more and request assistance, visit the AAA’s web pages on accessibility and accommodations.

They include guidelines for making accessible presentations. Read the guidelines here.

CASCA Student Travel Grants

The deadline for applications was April 15. Information is available here.

Conference Fee Waivers

CASCA members were able to apply for a limited number of fee waivers for (i) academics, researchers, and research collaborators from under-resourced countries in the global south; (ii) Indigenous researchers who are not currently employed in a post-secondary educational institution or Government agency in Canada, the United States, or Europe; and (iii) Indigenous research collaborators working in partnership with one or more anthropologists in Canada. Thank you for taking us up on this offer!

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