to the website of the Canadian Association of Slavists /
Bienvenue sur le site de l'Association
Canadienne des Slavistes!
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 transpiring
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 69 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.