Top CATR 2019 Tips

Greetings CATR 2019 Conference Participants! 

We look forward to welcoming you to CATR 2019 at the University of British Columbia from June 3 – 6 — just a few short weeks away!  Both CATR and Congress have many exciting events planned so we hope you will find lots to engage you academically, socially, and artistically.

Below are our TOP TIPS to consider as you plan your time: 

 1. MUSQUEAM and UBC Memorandum of Affiliation We give thanks to the Musqueam people for welcoming us on their territory. We will be working diligently to live up to our collective responsibility to honour and respect their protocols and homeland, to build relationships, and to engage meaningfully with their knowledge in this Congress and beyond. Our gratitude extends to the Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish) and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, for hosting Congress attendees on their unceded territories that we now know to be the city of Vancouver. We strongly encourage all conference participants to visit the Aboriginal Portal UBC Vancouver site and watch the videos on the link below:

2. SCHED In lieu of a paper program, we are once again using the app SCHED for all programming following its successful introduction at Queen’s last year. You can check SCHED for event dates, times, descriptions as well as presenter and sponsor details. If you haven’t already, you will shortly receive an invitation to SCHED CATR 2019 (please let us know if you have not!). All presenters are encouraged to review and update their bios themselves. Please review the app each day for any last-minute scheduling updates. For those who would prefer a paper copy of the schedule, it is available for download and printing on our website at

3. DOROTHY SOMERSET THEATRE HUB Apart from a few key events noted in SCHED, the Dorothy Somerset Theatre (DSOM on the Congress map) will act as our main hub. Playwrights Canada Press, Talonbooks, University of Toronto Press, CATR, the SSHRC Research Project “Gatherings,” as well as our local organizing team will each have tables and materials there. We will also have materials celebrating our generous sponsors. It is also where you will find coffee and snacks. 

 4. ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS UBC has committed to providing accessibility and accommodation services during Congress (these are managed and financed independently of CATR/ARTC). You may have already informed Congress organizers of your accessibility and/or accommodation needs but if you have not done so yet and would like to do so, please email the Congress Accessibility Coordinator asap. Please note that disclosing your needs to the coordinator is confidential and CATR organizers will not receive your name unless you give her permission to let us know you have requested accommodation(s). The coordinator will be contacting each individual who has requested accommodations to ensure UBC is doing its best to provide what people need. Please know that your CATR Local Arrangements Coordinators (Kelsey Blair, Julia Henderson and Kirsty Johnston) are also eager to support CATR members in these regards and can be reached at:

5. THERE WILL BE PC COMPUTERS IN EACH PRESENTATION ROOM Congress has provided a PC laptop equipped with Microsoft Suite and internet access in each presentation room. Please bring your presentation on a data stick for a PC.

 6. BANQUET and DANCE TICKETS We are looking forward to hosting CATR Members at the beautiful Cecil Green Park House for the annual banquet and dance on June 5 from 6:30-midnight. Here we will celebrate our CATR Award Winners and newest Honorary Member. Before dinner, we will also enjoy a short performance by Members of The Git Hayetsk Dancers. Lead in partnership by Mike and Mique’l Dangeli, Git Hayetsk is an internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group located in Vancouver, British Columbia. ( After dinner, there will be a DJ/Dance Hall cleared for us. Our local DJs have some music ideas but would welcome further requests; please e-mail any song requests to Please title the e-mail: SONG REQUEST. There are a limited number of banquet tickets and we strongly encourage you to book as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment!

 7. UBC DEPT. OF THEATRE AND FILM 60thANNIVERSARY RECEPTION Please join the department in its 60thanniversary celebrations! As both CATR and the Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) are meeting concurrently at Congress, our department is hosting a celebratory reception at Cecil Green Park House for both associations:  Tuesday June 4th, 17:00-19:00 @ Cecil Green House – Main Entrance

 8.  NAVIGATING THE LARGE UBC CAMPUS Although we have tried to keep most of our sessions and events in sites adjacent to our Dorothy Somerset Theatre Hub, our keynotes, aquatic workshop, Galatea performance and Big Thinking Series conversation are all necessarily further away. Please bring comfortable shoes and/or other easy ambling gear as well as (dare we say it?) umbrellasA map made specifically for Congress will be in your package upon arrival but you can look here for map info before then:  Please note also that Congress has arranged for two kinds of shuttles to assist with getting around campus. The first kind are shuttles on a loop between Congress locations that you can hop-on/hop-off throughout the day while the second kind are accessible shuttles that individuals can book to get from one location to another. Please find out about how to book the accessibility shuttle here: You are strongly encouraged to book these individual shuttles as quickly as possible.

 9. PERFORMANCES/SCREENINGS (on campus and off!) There are many performance opportunities to take advantage of at Congress and in Vancouver from June 2-6.

  • As noted on SCHED, Congress will feature three free theatre productions: 
  1.  Hosanna:
  2. Galatea
  3. Unload: Theatre with Veterans 
  • Congress and the Film Studies Association of Canada will also be featuring a multi-event screening of Nettie Wild’s Konelīne: Our Land Beautiful (2016): 

  • Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, part of CATR’s Scenography Working Group, is offering all CATR members discount tickets for his company’s show, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! …with sing-a-long! CATR members or attendees can get a 20% discount to any show by entering the code “CATR.”
  • Check out the Book Launch for CATR Member Selena Couture & her family’s book On This Patch of Grass, happening at Congress:  
  • There are also student tickets available:  Please also see for more options. 

10. CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS for CATR As noted on the Congress welcome page, “This year’s Congress will place an emphasis on innovative engagements with today’s key issues and on art as an important form of engaged scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The Big Thinking lecture series, for example, will feature an all-artist lineup, with speakers from literature, the visual arts and the performing arts. Much of the UBC and Federation programming will also promote creative formats of engaging with different perspectives and knowledges.”  The arts focus at Congress this year means that much of the broader Congress programming will be relevant and stimulating for CATR members.

For links to and explanations of these many Congress events and opportunities, please see the following page: 

Be sure to explore the BIG THINKING SERIES and the CAREER CORNER events for emerging, mid, and senior scholars. For example, a new and exciting venture for this year’s Congress is the Pedagogy Hub.  Please also explore the following featured and sponsored events: 

We have already heard from many of you who plan to participate in the Congress child care and family programming and hope this proves fun for all involved! (further information here:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions or concerns about any of the above:  

On behalf of our whole CATR Programming and Local Arrangements Committee teams, we are looking forward to gathering in person soon and hope that you will find much to engage you at CATR 2019!

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