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Forty-Seventh Annual Conference, Oct. 5-8 2023, Montréal, Canada


General Information

Last update: January 27, 2023

Information for Submissions

Conference Hotel

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 Boulevard René-Lévesque West
Montréal, Québec, Canada  H3B 2L7
  • Conference and hotel registration
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  • Ground transportation from airports
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  • Room/meals/registration costs
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Conference Program

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Information for Presenters

  • All presenters must email advance copies of their completed papers to the commentator, and a brief paragraph on their research to the moderator, three weeks in advance of the conference at the latest.
  • Presenters in 3-person panels are expected to limit their presentations to twenty minutes. Should four presenters be scheduled, the time limit is fifteen minutes.
  • Commentators should speak for no more than ten minutes. Please note that any commentator who does not receive a completed paper by the deadline is under no obligation to offer a response on that paper at the conference.
  • Moderators are urged to let speakers know when they have only a minute or two left and then to intervene if they exceed their allotted time.
  • Withdrawals: Should changes in your situation necessitate your withdrawal, even last-minute, please inform Dr. Jennifer L. Jenkins (operations[at] as soon as possible before, or if necessary, after the conference so that we may keep accurate records. We also ask that you inform your fellow session participants. For more information, please see our submission guidelines.
  • Refunds:
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  • ​Accommodation requests related to a disability and accessibility should be directed to Dr. Jennifer L. Jenkins (operations[at] 

Moderators and Commentators

We encourage GSA members to volunteer as moderators and commentators in Montréal!

Moderators hold a crucial position in making the panel run smoothly. A session moderator's duties consist of 

  • ensuring the session starts on time
  • introducing the various speakers
  • making sure presenters limit their presentations to the amount of time allotted to them: 20 (3-person panels) or 15 (4-person panels) minutes for presenters; 10 minutes for commentator, e.g. by letting speakers know when they have only a minute or two left and then intervening if they exceed their allotted time
  • serving as m.c. for the discussion that follows
  • making sure the session concludes on time

Moderators contact the panelists in advance to 1) ensure that each panelist sends a c.v./biographical blurb to the moderator for introducing them, and 2) remind presenters to send their papers to the panel's commentator far enough in advance of the conference such that the commentator can adequately prepare the commentary (this should be done no later than ca. 3 weeks prior to the conference.)

Commentators: During a panel session, each paper presenter will present their paper (20 minutes each for 3-person panels; 15 minutes each for 4-person panels), followed by the commentator's prepared commentary (maximum 10 minutes). The floor will then be opened to discussion, moderated by the panel's moderator.  A commentator's duties include

  • preparing the commentary on the panel's papers, which aims above all to accentuate the common ground that the papers cover (i.e. the ways in which they intersect with each other; how they deal with common questions/issues/challenges and collectively raise common questions, etc.)
  • stimulating collective discussion

While commentators are free in their commentary to pose questions to individual paper authors, the overall emphasis should be more on bringing the papers into dialogue with one other rather than on discussing each of them in isolation. Presenters are responsible for sending their panel commentator copies of their papers no later than ca. 3 weeks prior to the conference so that commentators have sufficient time to prepare their comments. Please note that graduate students may not serve as commentators.

Certificate of Attendance

If you will need official confirmation of attendance (e.g. for travel reimbursement from your institution, for a tenure/promotion dossier, etc.), you must request it in person at the registration desk in Montréal.

Conference Travel Support

Please visit the following pages for information about available financial support for travel to the GSA conference:

Conference App

  • For reasons of sustainability, there will be no printed program. Please refer to the electronic versions of the schedule once they are posted above and download our conference app (TBA), which will be available in the Apple and GooglePlay (Android) App Stores.

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    Publisher and Exhibitor Information

    • Package shipping instructions and exhibitor registration TBA

    For Attendees from outside Canada

    While the GSA can not advise on visa matters, conference attendees not resident in Canada may find the following Government of Canada resources helpful:

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