Call for Papers & Special Sessions / Appel aux communications et aux séances spéciales

Call for Papers

If you would like to present a paper (oral presentation or poster) at CAGONT 2018, the deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. 

Paper and Poster Abstracts are to be submitted through this Google Form.

Please prepare the following before submission:

  1. The title of the paper
  2. The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)
  3. A 250-word (maximum) abstract
  4. Up to 4 keywords to help conference organizers place presentations into sessions

If you have any questions about the process, please email

We encourage you to submit abstracts as soon as possible. Abstract submission will close on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. sharp and late abstracts will not be accepted. Only presentations by financially registered participants will be included in the program. Please proofread abstracts carefully as they will not be edited before appearing in the program.


Title: Exploring the Spectrum of Social Protection Arrangements in the Context of Extreme Weather Events—The Case of Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

Author: Esther Lambert (University of Toronto)

Abstract: text text text

Keywords: Social protection, Climate change, Caribbean, Resilience

Special Sessions

This year’s conference will feature special sessions covering a range of topics and showcase a variety of geographical perspectives and approaches to a complex world. If you are interested in organizing one or more special sessions, please email with a session title and a brief (250 words max.) summary of the session, by Friday, September 21. We will post special session information below, as proposed sessions arrive.

If you are interested in presenting in a special session listed below, please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to the session organizer(s) by September 26. If your abstract is accepted by the session organizer(s), submit it through the same Google Form link and complete the relevant Special Session-related fields by the extended deadline of Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Unbound and Abound: Exploring Socio-Spatial Processes, Representation, and Futurities in the Black Geographies Subfield

Summary: The black geographies subfield has been a dynamic disciplinary catalyst for troubling conventional paradigms of how spaces of domination and transformation are re/produced. At the junction of multiple epistemic nodes, black geographies has invited geographers to consider socio-spatial processes through counter-concepts, counter-narratives, and counter-topographies. This has importantly interrupted the prevailing emphasis on deficit, disadvantage, and exploitation in research on marginalized communities and their varied place-making practices. This session will bring together researchers whose work engages with black geographies in a multitude of ways. We invite papers that investigate black geographies’ intersections with other disciplines and subfields. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Black art, history and cultural studies
  • Urban geography
  • Education
  • Political and economic geography
  • Health geography
  • Carceral geographies
  • Latinx geographies
  • Digital geographies
  • Activism and social movements

Please forward a title, abstract (max 250 words), and author information directly to Symon James-Wilson ( by September 26.

Understanding our Food Environments as Physical, Social and Cultural Spaces

Summary: The procurement and sourcing of food seems to be a straightforward business. This ranges from produce grown on farms around the world to products manufactured in our home towns. Eventually, these food products make their way into grocery stores, fast food outlets, and restaurants, and become options for our daily choices. Our daily food choices have significant consequences on our long-term health and wellbeing. Although this seems like a simple process, our behaviours around food choices are complex and driven by a myriad of psychosocial, economic and physical factors. The options for food change across our diverse urban neighbourhoods and rural towns, but also between individuals, who are further limited by religion, dietary restrictions, finances, mobility, taste preferences, and time. Join us as we discuss the complexities of measuring and understanding in what way different populations experience food environments and the implications of food behaviours on health and well-being.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Michael Widener by September 26.

Agroecology: the science, practice, and social movements across farming landscapes

Summary: Widespread adoption of intensified agriculture, particularly within the last century, has had startling repercussions on earth system processes, farmer autonomy and food sovereignty. In response, farmers, social movement organizations, and institutions are exploring diverse pathways to more sustainable agri-food systems. This session will explore how agroecology, which broadly encompasses a multitude of tools, movements and mindsets within alternative agricultural systems, strives to simultaneously support local economies, biodiversity, ecological resilience and social justice. This session will bring together physical and social science researchers who are commonly motivated towards understanding and supporting agroecology; appreciating interdisciplinary theory and methodology required to study the soil, plants and the human communities intertwined in these alternative agricultural systems across different scales, regions and landscapes.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information to Kira Borden ( or Sarah Archibald ( by September 26.

Vélomobilities: Current Issues, Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
Summary: Cycling is an international and interdisciplinary research topic increasingly studied in different academic disciplines including geography, planning, public policy, and engineering. Cycling cannot be understood in isolation from society. It is integrated with issues such as  health, social equity, urban mobility, access to the city and urban environmental outcomes. While much current cycling research focuses on infrastructure provision, increased ridership, and road safety, we are interested in broadening the discussion in this session. We invite papers that have cycling at the centre and make use of a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We welcome papers that explore related topics including, but not limited to:
-Social, spatial, or temporal dimension of cycling
-Cycling and the production of place
-Cycling policies
-Cycling research in different international contexts
-Cycling and identity
-New directions in cycling research and advocacy
-Global and local economies of cycling
Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information to Léa Ravensbergen   by September 26.
Health Geography: Creation of Healthy Productive Workplaces in the Caregiving Landscape
Summary: There are currently more than 5.6 million employees in Canada with adult/elder care responsibilities. These caregiver-employees are tasked with the dual burden of maintaining employment responsibilities and providing care to a friend or relative for age, disability, or health related reasons. Lack of workplace support can result in: caregiver-employees leaving the workforce, and/or; missed work days, early retirements, reduced productivity and avoidable costs to employers. This issue highlights the need for the integration of economics, health, social and political sciences in the development of workplace management and policies to appropriately accommodate and support their caregiver-employees. This session will bring together health geographers, who are similarly aligned in solving current and near-future consequences related to population aging, the realm of caregiving, and health inequalities. Diverse methods, such as GIS, quantitative, qualitative, and development (ie. Shiny app) are encouraged. 
Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information to  Regina Ding   by September 26.
Thesis Proposals

Abstract: As launched at the 2017 conference, CAGONT will offer a special session for students to share their proposed research. We invite students at all stages (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) to present their proposed thesis work. The format of the session will be slightly different from others, in that presentations will be shorter (7 minutes instead of 10 minutes) allowing more time for presenters to gather feedback from the audience. This is a terrific opportunity for students in the early stages of research to speaking on a research topic and receive feedback.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to by September 26.

Appel aux communications

Si vous souhaitez présenter une communication (présentation orale ou poster) au CAGONT 2018, la date limite pour soumettre un résumé est le vendredi 28 septembre 2018.

Les résumés de communications et d’affiches doivent être soumis par le biais de ce formulaire Google.

Veuillez préparer les éléments suivants avant de les soumettre :
1. Le titre de la communication
2. Le(s) nom(s) et affiliation(s) de l’auteur(s)
3. Un résumé de 250 mots (maximum)
4. Jusqu’à 4 mots-clés pour aider les organisateurs de la conférence à placer les présentations dans les sessions.
Si vous avez des questions au sujet du processus, veuillez envoyer un courriel à
Nous vous encourageons à soumettre vos résumés dès que possible. La date limite de soumission des résumés est le vendredi 28 septembre à 16 h, et les résumés tardifs ne seront pas acceptés. Seules les présentations des participants financièrement inscrits seront incluses dans le programme. Veuillez relire attentivement les résumés, car ils ne seront pas révisés avant d’apparaître dans le programme.
Titre : Exploration de l’éventail des mesures de protection sociale dans le contexte d’événements météorologiques extrêmes – le cas de la tempête tropicale Erika en Dominique.
Auteur : Esther Lambert (Université de Toronto)
Résumé : texte texte texte texte texte texte
Mots-clés : Protection sociale, Changement climatique, Caraïbes, Résilience

Sessions spéciales

La conférence de cette année comportera des sessions spéciales couvrant un large éventail de sujets et présentera une variété de perspectives géographiques et d’approches dans un monde complexe. Si vous êtes intéressé à organiser une ou plusieurs sessions spéciales, veuillez envoyer un courriel à avec le titre de la session et un bref résumé (250 mots maximum) de la session, d’ici le vendredi 21 septembre. Nous afficherons l’information sur les séances spéciales ci-dessous, au fur et à mesure que les séances proposées arriveront.
Si vous êtes intéressé à présenter dans une séance spéciale mentionnée ci-dessous, veuillez faire parvenir un titre, un résumé (250 mots maximum) et l’information de l’auteur directement à l’organisateur de la séance avant le 26 septembre. Si votre résumé est accepté par le(s) organisateur(s) de la session, soumettez-le par [le même lien du formulaire Google] et remplissez les champs pertinents liés à la session spéciale avant la date limite standard du vendredi 28 septembre.

Propositions de thèse

Résumé : Comme lancé lors de la conférence de 2017, CAGONT offrira une session spéciale pour permettre aux étudiants de partager leur projet de recherche. Nous invitons les étudiants de toutes les niveaux (premier cycle, maîtrise, doctorat) à présenter leur proposition de thèse. Le format de la séance sera un peu différent des autres, puisque les présentations seront plus courtes (7 minutes au lieu de 10 minutes), ce qui laissera plus de temps aux présentateurs pour obtenir les commentaires de l’auditoire. Il s’agit d’une excellente occasion pour les étudiants qui en sont aux premières étapes de la recherche de parler de leur sujet de recherche et de recevoir des commentaires.

Veuillez faire parvenir un titre, un résumé (250 mots maximum) et l’information sur l’auteur directement à d’ici le 26 septembre.