CAPAL Student Bursary


CAPAL 20: Student Bursary
CAPAL20: CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Meeting – June 2-4, 2020
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

To support student involvement in CAPAL20, we are pleased to offer two student awards, each consisting of one free conference registration and $500. To apply for the awards, students should submit a proposal by February 10th, 2020 (see CFP copied below), and indicate their student status in their bio. Masters and PhD student proposals welcome. Students who have already submitted proposals are also considered and eligible to win.

Call for Proposals:

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, “situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron (Neutral) peoples, 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.


In keeping with the Congress 2020 theme, Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism, the theme of CAPAL20 is Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism 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 and anti-Black narratives, both from a worker and a patron perspective. How deep are these roots? What strategies might we use to engage in mitigating the effects of colonialism and anti-Black racism for library employees and library patrons in our immediate environment and beyond?  Can we counteract the endemic dehumanisation of Indigenous and Black people in the library and our communities?

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?
  • Where is the intersection between labour and decolonisation? How does the library school pipeline figure into it?
  • Intellectual and academic freedom: What is at 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: February 10th, 2020

Further information about the conference, as well as Congress 2020 more broadly, will be available soon.


Also see CAPAL20’s Diversity and Equity Student Bursary.