2015 Biennial Conference

SHCY Eighth Biennial Conference

Date: June 24-26, 2015

Location: University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Download the SHCY 2015 Conference Program (PDF)

We are very pleased to welcome you to the 2015 SHCY conference, which will be held on UBC’s Vancouver campus from June 24-26. UBC, which is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation, is nestled in a gorgeous natural setting: a peninsula on the west side of Vancouver, about 30 minute bus ride from downtown Vancouver. Conference sessions will take place a short walk from the on-campus accommodations. The UBC campus includes the renowned Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Botanical Gardens and the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a variety of restaurants and cafes, trails through the woods, and even a clothing-optional beach!

The conference will commence on Wednesday, June 24, at 12:00 p.m. Lunches will be provided for the three days of the conference. Professor Karen Dubinsky of Queen’s University will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a welcome reception. On Thursday, June 25, the awards banquet will take place at Sage Bistro, followed by a dance, also on campus. The conference will conclude at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

**Online conference registration is now closed – please contact mona.gleason@ubc.ca if you have questions.**

Registration will begin in early February. All participants appearing on the conference program must register by March 1. We encourage all other participants to register early for significant discounts; early registration ends March 31. SHCY members receive a 20% discount, while graduate students, post-docs, and independent scholars receive a 50% discount.

All amounts are in Canadian dollars (equivalent to $0.80 US)

Early Registration concludes March 31. 

Full Registration (3 Days: includes daily lunches, tea/coffee, Wednesday night reception):
Non member $280
SHCY member $225
Graduate Students, Post-doctoral fellows, and independent scholars: $125

After March 31
Full Registration (3 Days: includes daily lunches, tea/coffee, Wednesday night reception):
Non member $350
SHCY member $280
Graduate Students, Post-doctoral fellows, and independent scholars $175

Awards Banquet at Sage Bistro, Thursday June 25
Sage offers a fabulous west coast menu in a stunning location, overlooking the ocean and the North Shore mountain range. $40 per person includes a glass of wine.

Accommodations: We strongly encourage you to stay on campus, as UBC is both beautiful and convenient to the conference. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Walter Gage Residence and the West Coast Suites for SHCY delegates at reduced rates from Tuesday through Friday nights. These accommodations range from an undergraduate quad to fairly luxurious single rooms. These rooms are in close proximity to each other, the conference sessions, and the center of campus (where you will find the Student Union Building, the Aquatic Centre, etc.).

The following room rates include breakfast. A 13% room tax will be added.

  • Gage Standard Single, $46/night
    Private bedroom with single bed in a 6 bedroom shared apartment. Guests share a washroom, lounge with TV and breakfast bar.
  • Gage Premium Single, $57/night
    Private bedroom with single bed and telephone in 4 bedroom shared apartment. Guests share a washroom, lounge with tv.
  • Gage Studio Suite, $139/night
    Studio apartment with double bed, private washroom, sitting area with telephone and TV, fully equipped kitchen; 2 person maximum
  • Gage One Bedroom Suite, $159/night
    Suite with queen bed in bedroom, queen sofa bed in living room and private washroom. Telephone, TV, fully equipped kitchen. Rate based on double occupancy; $25 charge for additional guest; maximum 4 guests.
  • West Coast Suites, $189/night
    King bed in bedroom and double sofa bed in living room. Luxury linens and amenities, fully equipped kitchen with microwave, TV.

General Information
Below you will find lots of information to help you get ready for the conference. Please note: if you are arriving from outside Canada, you will need a passport to travel to Vancouver; the currency is Canadian dollars; the Northwest Coast can be chilly and rainy, so pack an umbrella, but in June we can also have long warm days of sunshine!

Registration and Travel Information

Register for the Conference (link to external registration site)
Book Accommodations (link to external accommodations site)
Plan Your Travel: Getting to Vancouver and UBC (downloadable .docx)
Travel QuickTips (downloadable .docx)
Explore the UBC Campus (including the remarkable Pacific Spirit Park and the Museum of Anthropology) (downloadable .docx)

Mailing Address for payment by check:

Conferences and Accommodation at UBC
Attn: Jennifer Campbell / Alysha Hassanali
5961 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC
V6T 2C9


Access the 2015 CFP: 2015 CFP
Access the 2013 CFP and conference schedule: 2013 CFP and Schedule