The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)
The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), founded in 1954 at the University of Manitoba, is an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars and professionals whose interests focus on the social, economic, and political life of the Slavic peoples, as well as their languages, diverse cultures, and histories.
There are more than 300 million people for whom a Slavic language is their mother tongue. They inhabit almost one quarter of the globe, from Central and Eastern Europe to Russia. The dramatic breakup of the USSR in 1991 affected not only its constituent republics, but also their neighbours in Europe and Eurasia. The changes that continue to transpire in these countries today deserve the attention of Canadians.
With our world becoming much more interdependent than it was even fifty years ago, we need to take every opportunity to promote the intercultural skills necessary to understand the complexity of Slavic societies and engage them in mutually beneficial dialogue. The CAS contributes toward these goals by disseminating knowledge about the past and present of the Slavic world through the publication of Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes. Attracting an international readership, this refereed scholarly journal features articles and book reviews devoted to a broad spectrum of Slavic studies.
The CAS is one of over 80 learned societies that comprise the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). Members of the CAS present and discuss their research at an annual scholarly conference, which is held in late May, in conjunction with the Federation’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The CAS welcomes all Slavists to become members. Canadian learned societies devoted to the study of specific Slavic disciplines are encouraged to become affiliated with the association.