CALACS Congress

2021 CALACS Congress will be held virtually


The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies together with the local Program Committee at the University of Toronto regretfully announce that due to public health concerns, the 2021 CALACS Congress will be held virtually. We expect to gather in-person at the University of Toronto for our 2022 Congress.

Given that the 2021 conference will be held entirely online, no registration fees will be assessed, but all participants must be members of CALACS to appear in the program. The proposal deadline of January 22, 2021 remains unchanged, and we particularly welcome completed panel proposals addressing the theme “Security and Insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean,” as well as proposals on any subject regarding Latin America and the Caribbean.

Code of Professional Conduct at Officially Sanctioned Activities of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)

Approved by CALACS Board of Directors 23 July, 2021.

 For Virtual Congress 2021:

CALACS convenes an annual congress and other officially sanctioned events for the purposes of professional development, scholarly and educational interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, and the expansion of information on and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Harassment of colleagues, students, fellow participants, or staff at these events undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional forums. They are also inconsistent with principles of free inquiry and free expression and detrimental to the maintenance of an inclusive, vibrant, and engaged intellectual community. Discriminatory behaviours including racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist actions have no place in CALACS events and are considered to be serious forms of professional misconduct. As in all things, CALACS relies upon the respect, good will, and flexibility of members and participants. Principles of fairness, equity, and solidarity are keys to the success of our annual conference and will continue to guide our organization in the present and future. 

We encourage you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or complaints via the following link:







In order to visit Canada, you must have a valid passport, while citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). To find out if you need a visa or an ETA, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Depending on your citizenship, you should allow approximately between 30 to 85 days for a visa delivery. Participants who need an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa will be able to request it through the abstract submission page. It is important to note that the letter does not constitute any financial commitment on behalf of the Organizing Committee or CALACS.

Conference Funding

Virtual Participation Grants:

CALACS is pleased to offer Virtual Participation Grants for student members and members residing in Latin America and the Caribbean to cover the cost of conference registration to participate virtually in the 2021 CALACS Conference. The conference registration fee will be waived for the selected grant recipients.

Student Travel Funding:

All participants are strongly encouraged to apply to their home and other institutions (e.g. government) for travel funds as early as possible.

Since it is expected that travel funding to attend the Conference will be very limited, only registered graduate students presenting papers at the Conference may apply. Participants are more likely to be offered partial rather than full funding to participate.

Before completing the form, applicants that wish to apply for such funding should be ready to include a budget for their airfare and accommodation costs (these are the only costs that will be covered or partially covered).

The deadline to apply for funding is January 22, 2021.