Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2024
Oregon State University

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Call for papers

The Cascadia Seminar is an experiment in creating a dedicated intellectual space for medical anthropology. The Cascadia Seminar is a small, intimate, high-interest, low-cost weekend conference organized collaboratively by medical anthropologists on faculty at a number of different universities and colleges in the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia (the Cascadia region). Oregon State had been planning to host the sixth seminar in 2021, when the Covid pandemic delayed these plans. Three years later, with Covid still among us, we will at last gather a small group of medical anthropologists at Oregon State to discuss our research projects and revitalize our community.

Keynote discussion on ‘Research & Reproductive Equity’ led by Dr. Missy Cheyney & the Uplift Laboratory.


Abstract submission

We welcome a range of proposed formats and imagine a conference program that includes the following:

  • The presentation of polished research with ample time for discussion
  • Flash talks with lightning Q&A
  • Author meets critic session with recently published books
  • Self-organized roundtables
  • Creative format workshops
  • Guided walking seminar
  • Mentoring opportunities for graduate students and other opportunities for intergenerational connection


Please send a 250-word abstract or proposal to Please also note your preferred presentation format. All abstracts and proposals will be peer-reviewed.

Deadline for submission: Feb 1
Decisions announced: Feb 16


Registration and Fees

All attendees must register to keep numbers manageable. Registration to the conference will be free to those who have no institutional support. If you have professional development funding and wish to make a sustaining or rebalancing contribution, we will provide a link for this contribution at the time of registration.



We’re committed to hosting an accessible seminar, with an emphasis on regional networking. Please reach out to us to learn about the access supports and disability services that we offer.


Land Acknowledgement

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, is located within the traditional homelands of the Marys River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon ( and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians ( For more on Land Acknowledgements, see here.


The 2024 Cascadia Committee includes Betsey Brada (Reed College), Susan Erikson (Simon Fraser),
Vinay Kamat (UBC), Laura Meek (UBC), & Emily Yates-Doerr (Oregon State)

Graduate representatives are Ana Carolina de Assis Nunes (Oregon State), Christopher Cosby (Oregon State),
Rinku Ashok Kumar (University of Arizona), and Olivia Brophy (University of British Columbia).

Sponsored by Oregon State’s School of Language Culture & Society, Anthropology Program,
and the OSU Center for the Humanities, with support from Simon Fraser University.