Welcome to CAGONT


York University | October 24-25, 2014


The Department of Geography, York University is pleased to host the CAGONT Annual Meeting in 2014. The conference theme will highlight the importance of critical geographic inquiry in our response to serious social, economic and environmental challenges. Issues and topics that we hope to feature at the conference include:

Housing and Inequality Environmental Crisis
Immigration and the City Sustainability and Development
Advances in Remote Sensing Applied GIS and Spatial Change
Ecological Change Northern Environments
Climate Change Science Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Suburban/Urban Divides Geographies of Work, Employment and Social Economy
Gentrification and Displacement Critical Geographies of Health and Healthcare

Abstract Submission

CAGONT @ York University

Abstract Submission

Contribution Formats

The conference will feature paper and poster sessions and open spaces for more spontaneous workshops with no formal papers or panelists ("unconferencing" - see below).  Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for questions. All papers will be presented on Friday afternoon or Saturday, October 24-25, 2014.

All submissions must be made through the conference abstract submission form (closed). No email or other submissions will be accepted. The deadline for all submissions is September 26, 2014.

Panel and Abstract Submissions

There are two methods of submitting papers. Abstracts can be submitted by a panel organizer or as an individual participant.

Participants may organize a themed session and submit 3 (minimum) or 4 (maximum) abstracts with the title of the panel. Session organizers can submit the individual abstracts and indicate the session they are a part of, and submit a session placeholder also through the abstract submission tool.

Participants may also submit individual abstracts which the conference organizers will place into sessions. The submission will include:

  1. - the title of the paper
  2. - the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)
  3. - a 250 word (maximum) abstract
  4. - and up to four keywords.


CAGONT Student Paper Competition - Call for Submissions

The Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT) annually awards prizes for student papers in three categories: Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral. 

Up to two awards will be made at each of the three levels:

Undergraduate $100

Master's $150

Doctoral $200

Prizes are presented at the CAGONT Annual Meeting.

The following conditions apply for contest entry:

  • The contribution has to be a full paper (not an abstract, powerpoint file nor an undedited chapter from a thesis), not to exceed 5000 words, and must be double-spaced and fully referenced and formatted.
  • Entries must be received on or before 16 October 2014 via e-mail to: cagont@yorku.ca.  Please make sure that the subject line of the e-mail states "paper competition".
  • The paper must be presented at the CAGONT Annual Meeting as a paper or poster.  The award is for the written presentation, not for the delivery.
  • Papers can be single authored or joint submissions with other students.  If a joint submission receives an award, the award will be split between the authors. 



Please submit an abstract for your poster through the form (closed). Posters will be presented on Saturday, October 25 and can be setup in early Saturday morning.

Note: All panel, abstract, and poster submissions must be received on the website by September 26, 2014. Faxed, email or paper abstracts will not be accepted.

"Unconference" sessions

With these sessions, we would like to provide an open space for less formal workshops and open roundtables and discussions.  This format is often used for discussions of organizign and activism, but could potentially alos be useful for exchanges on methods, fieldwork, graduate student experiences and other topics.  Participants that intend to organize an "unconference" sessions are asked to publicize their planned session beforehand and think about facilitiating the discussion.  We ask "unconference" session organizers to register a topic using the form (closed), and we will make every effort to provide a room for the session.




Registration costs are outlined below. You can register for the conference via York University's registration system (closed). Included in the registration fees are: opening Friday evening reception (cash bar); two refreshment breaks and lunch Saturday.

  On or before Sept 26 After Sept 26
*Graduate Students, Retired Faculty $45$60
*Undergraduate Student, Unwaged $35 $50


CAGONT 2014 Student Financial Support

To help defray the cost of attending CAGONT 2014, a fund has been made available for students who present papers or posters at the Annual Meeting as first authors.  The maximum amount available per student is $50.00 and will depend on the total number of applicants.  In order to receive this support, students MUST be members of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) for 2014.  To become a student member of the CAG, click here and click on Membership.  Once you have registered for the Annual Meeting and submitted your abstract, please e-mail copies of both to: cagontSFS@geography.ryerson.ca (closed)



CAGONT will open with a keynote speaker and reception on the afternoon of Friday, 24 October. All participants are invited. All papers and posters will be presented on Saturday, 25 October.

View Program (pdf)

View Book of Abstracts (pdf)



The conference will take at York University's Keele Campus. There is a hotel on campus and several nearby hotels. Information can be found on the University's conference website.


For further information please contact the CAGONT 2014 Organizing Committee.