Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians

Association #304
Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)
Conference dates: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CAPAL #304 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
CAPAL20: CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Meeting – June 2-4, 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 University of Western Ontario London, Ontario The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites you to participate in its annual conference, to be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 at the University of Western Ontario on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron (Neutral) people, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and with the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples who are recognized as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society” (Congress 2020). This conference offers librarians and allied professionals across all disciplines an alternative space to share research and scholarship, challenge current thinking about professional issues, and forge new relationships. Theme In keeping with the Congress 2020 theme, Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism, the theme of CAPAL20 is Colonialism in the Library. This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss the ways in which our profession is immersed in colonial narratives, both from a worker and a patron perspective. How deep are our colonialist roots? What strategies might we use to engage in mitigating the effects of colonialism for library employees, library patrons, our immediate environment, and beyond? Potential Topics: Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them): • What does it mean to have a colonised space? What does it mean to decolonise? Is decolonisation possible? How does librarianship, and especially academic librarianship -- a mostly homogeneous group -- hope to tackle these issues? • How do efforts to decolonise affect our relationship with our patrons? Our community? • What is the intersection between labour and decolonisation? How does the library school pipeline figure into it? • Intellectual and academic freedom: What is the intersection between decolonisation and academic freedom? Can they be reconciled? The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere. • Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information. • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 200 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 200 words for each presenter. Please identify and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer. • Proposals may be submitted in English or French Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment in your preferred format (open formats welcome!), using the following filename convention: • Lastname_Keywordoftopic.<extension> Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chair, John Fink, Deadline for Proposals is: January 6th, 2020
colonialism, academic libraries
Call-for-papers deadline: 
December 20, 2019
President's Reception: 
June 3, 2020
Program Chairs: 
John Fink, McMaster University
Local Arrangement Coordinators: 
Marni Harrington, Western University, Laura Koltutsky, University of Calgary

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