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Maintenant disponible : la traduction française du rapport final du Groupe de travail sur le droit d’auteur et l’accès aux médias (DAAM) de l’Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques (ACÉC): « Comment le droit d’auteur entrave à la créativité et à l’apprentissage et comment les communautés canadiennes d’études sur les médias peuvent agir »

Rapport Final DAAM

juin 2022/novembre 2022

Now available : the French translation of the Final Report of the Media Access and Copyright (MAC) Working Group of the Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC): How Copyright Impedes Creativity and Learning, and How Canadian Media Studies Communities Can Take Action

Final MAC Report (French)

June 2022/November 2022


Call for applications – Graduate Research Assistantship:

PRC Fellow in Trans-Pacific Digital Platform Studies (2023-24) at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus in Kelowna).

Dr. Kyong Yoon at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) is looking to recruit a new MA or PhD student in Digital Arts & Humanities Graduate Program who will contribute to trans-Pacific digital platform studies as a PRC Fellow, which is a graduate research assistant position. The PRC Fellow, funded through the University of British Columbia Okanagan Principal’s Research Chair (PRC) program, will pursue their own research project under the supervision of Professor Kyong Yoon while working as a team member to develop research infrastructure for studies of trans-Pacific digital media and culture.
Eligibility: a highly motivated applicant who is interested in critical media studies and wishes to pursue research on (a) trans-Pacific digital media culture with particular reference to East Asian digital media and (b) analysis of digital cultural phenomena and content through digital humanities and/or cultural studies methods.


  • A solid academic record of (a) critical media studies and (b) East Asian culture and language
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team

Period: September 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

NOTE: While the position is initially for one academic year, the 2023 awardee may be eligible to apply for the following academic year’s PRC Fellow position depending on the budgetary circumstances of the PRC program.

Value: $15,000 (to be paid in monthly instalments; expected hours are approximately 12 hours per week). The applicant is also encouraged to apply for additional funding available via the university and the graduate program.

Inquiries & How to apply

  • Please submit a letter of intent (250-500 words only) that describes how you are qualified for the position based on the eligibility and criteria indicated above to Professor Kyong Yoon ( by December 15, 2022. Please include “PRC Fellow Intent” in your email subject line.
  • For this PRC Fellow position, the applicant should be admitted to UBC Okanagan’s Digital Arts & Humanities Graduate Program. Applications are open until January 15. For more information about the DAHU program,

Critical Remediations: SpokenWeb Postdoctoral Fellowship (UBC Okanagan campus)

We invite applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in critical approaches to literary audio, creative and critical remediations, performance, media archaeology, book history and print culture, digital humanities, and/or the archive informed by feminism, queer theory, etc. The successful postdoctoral fellow will join the AMP Lab at UBC Okanagan, where the SpokenWeb SoundBox collection is housed, and will work under the co-supervision of Dr. Karis Shearer and Dr. Emily Christina Murphy, with support from the SpokenWeb UBCO research team. Within the AMP Lab, the postdoc fellow will have access to such equipment and resources as: an Atiz book scanner, a lino-press, a lightbox display, video conferencing screen, legacy media technology (reel-to-reel decks, cassette players), computing hardware and software, and collaborative meeting space. 

In addition, the fellow will have the option to access collaborating Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies research spaces and infrastructure such as the (Re)Media Research Infrastructure or the Spark Print Lab. An option to pursue a short-term research exchange with Simon Fraser University, to work with their literary audio and other archival collections, is also available. This additional resourcing will be established based on the needs and contributions proposed by the successful candidate. The postdoc will join the broader SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership network, which aims to develop coordinated and collaborative approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of literary sound recordings from across Canada and beyond. 

This postdoctoral fellowship aims to engage an emerging scholar at the intersection of such fields as Sound Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Digital Humanities, Public Humanities, Book History, Digital Media, Gender Studies, Archival Studies, and/or Library and Information Studies. 

The position comprises 70% collaborative research, supervision, and research administration work toward the SpokenWeb project at UBCO. These responsibilities will include activities such as:

  • Supervising research assistants in documenting and archiving records of the SoundBox Collection at UBCO.
  • Developing workshops and training modules for creative and critical remediation of literary audio from the SoundBox collection.
  • Co-producing public humanities research and events.
  • Co-creation of chapbook series and exhibits comprised of remediated literary audio from the SoundBox collection.
  • Supporting the SpokenWeb symposium and sound institute at UBC Okanagan as well as Pedagogy Task Force workshops.
  • Developing 2-3 collaborative research articles with UBCO PI based on the above.

30% of the position comprises the fellow’s individual literary audio research project outlined in their letter of intent. 

The ability to develop collaborative relationships with units across campus, including History and Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Computer Science, and the Library will be considered an asset.

The primary research site for this position is UBC’s Okanagan campus, Syilx Territory, Kelowna B.C.

Value: $50,000 / yr (benefits included) + $2500 / yr travel funds
Duration: Renewable up to 2 years.
Start Date: May 1, 2023 or September 1, 2023 (negotiable)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have completed their PhD in the past 5 years (no earlier than April 30, 2018) or have their PhD completed no later than April 30, 2023.
  • Must not have completed their PhD at the host institution, UBC’s Okanagan campus (Vancouver campus applicants are eligible).

Qualifications: The postdoctoral fellow will hold a PhD in one of the fields above or a cognate field relevant to the research program description and a record of publication demonstrating an active engagement with research and/or research-creation. The fellow will have an interest in the exploration and development of durational media research relevant to study of literature and literary performance. The fellow will have knowledge of the digital tools relevant to the production and processing of audio data within digital environments. 

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit the following to

  • CV
  • Letter of Intent (1-3 pages)
  • Should describe the applicant’s individual research project, professional goals, relevant experience, and contributions they foresee making to the collaborative SpokenWeb project at UBC Okanagan.
  • 2 reference letters sent to the attention of Karis Shearer and Emily Murphy with subject line “REFERENCE SpokenWeb Postdoc Fellowship” care of:
    Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies.
    Lacia Vogel 

Deadline: January 10, 2023. Review of applications will begin shortly thereafter and the position will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.


CFP: Panel at the Annual Conference of the Film and Media Studies Association of Canada (FMSAC)

May 27-29, 2023
York University, Toronto

The World of BL: Cringe, Hype, or Activism?

This panel addresses the increasingly global phenomenon of Boys’ Love (BL) shows that come out of Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. They are available to Western audiences through platforms such as Youtube, Viki, Bilibili, or GagaOOLala. Recently, the genre was mentioned in articles both in The Times and The Guardian who emphasize their positive impact on the national economy and tourism industry, particularly in Thailand. Since its beginnings in 1960s Japan print culture, BL has expanded to other geographical areas and forms of media, including TV shows and web series. Despite its growing success, scholars and fans alike have identified BL’s many problematic aspects including dubious consent, binary heterosexual dynamics imposed on gay relationships (seme/uke), colorism, use of transgender characters for comic relief, marginalized female characters and misrepresentation of gay men. However, with more and more shows hitting the airwaves, especially in Thailand, viewers seem to notice a shift in the way BL shows deal with gay romance. Does BL start to (slowly) move away from the too familiar tropes repeated over and over again since the release of Sotus? Do shows such as Not me, Bad Buddy, I Told Sunset About You, Gaya Sa Pelikula, or A Man Who Defies the World of BL renew the genre with their focus on more complex coming-of-age stories, exploration of political issues, gay cast, and ironic self-awareness? Have more recent BL shows been able to diversify their audiences to include members of the LGBTQ+ community? Can BL shows actually be considered LGBTQ+ media, considering that they are often based on novels written by (straight) women for (straight) women? Is it meaningful to compare BL shows to examples of queer cinema from a scholarly perspective? Are there conclusions to be drawn from analyzing, for instance, Xavier Dolan’s Matthias & Maxime, Marco Berger’s Plan B, or Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name (2017) with I Told Sunset About You, Where Your Eyes Linger, or 2gether?

We invite papers of 15 minutes from scholars across disciplines who engage with these or other relevant questions about BL. Please send your abstract of 200 words to and The deadline for proposals is December 20, 2022. Accepted panelists will be notified by email in early January. All presenters have to be members of FMSAC at the time of Congress registration.

Please note that FMSAC is working with Congress to offer a limited number of virtual presentations on hybrid panels through its Zoom platform. The Conference Committee asks that, when you submit your proposal, to indicate whether you intend to attend Congress 2023 in person or wish to present virtually. While virtual presentation will be possible, please note that full Congress fees will be in effect for both in-person and virtual presenters given the costs involved in hosting participants both on campus and via virtual platforms. Please see more information here:


The application deadline is: November 28, 2022

The Department of Communication, Media & Film invites applications for sessional instructors to teach the following courses in Winter 2023 (Tuesday, January 3, 2023-Friday, April 28, 2023):

– CMLC 307, LEC 01 – Contours of Contemporary Culture: Lec Tuesdays and Thursdays 14:00 – 14:50, included labs below
– CMLC 307 LAB B01 Fridays 13:00 – 13:50 and LAB B01 Fridays 14:00 – 14:50 (Open Modality)
* open modality – may be in person or online, synchronous

Position Requirements:
– PhD
– Applicants who have completed their candidacy requirements or who have equivalent professional experience may be considered
– Experience teaching undergraduate courses at a university level

For course descriptions, please refer to the University Calendar.

Please note that the courses are tentative, pending sufficient enrollments.

For salary information, please refer to TUCFA’s Collective Agreement, Schedule B. As per the Collective Agreement, the Faculty of Arts adheres to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

Application Process:

All applicants must provide a letter specifying the course(s) and session(s) of interest (in order of preference), outlining their qualifications to teach each course. Applicants who have taught in the Department within the past two years need not provide anything further, although more information may be requested later in the selection process.

New applicants must submit:

• A current CV containing relevant teaching experience (e.g., courses taught, textbooks used, where and when taught).
• Names and contact information for 3 potential referees; and
• Teaching evaluations (if available)

Doctoral students must have successfully completed their candidacy exams prior to the beginning of the term in question for their applications to be given consideration. They should also have discussed their application with their supervisor and include a letter of support from their supervisors with their application. Those who have completed the Instructional Skills Workshop at the Teaching and Learning Centre will also be given special consideration.

Please submit your letter and any required application documents online(in pdf form) using the ‘Apply Now’ link. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


A call for papers for the University of British Columbia’s peer-reviewed cinema and media studies journal Cinephile, published with the continued support of the Centre for Cinema Studies. Previous issues have featured original essays by such noted scholars as Lee Edelman, Slavoj Žižek, Paul Wells, Murray Pomerance, Ivone Marguiles, Matt Hills, Barry Keith Grant, K.J. Donnelly, and Sarah Kozloff. Since 2009, the journal has adopted a blind review process and has moved to annual publication. It is available both online and in print via subscription and selected retailers. This year, the incoming editor is Tamar Hanstke.

Submissions are due by January 16th, 2023.

Cinephile 17.1: New Lenses on Old Hollywood

No matter how many years have passed since the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood, this era never seems to leave the popular imagination. James Dean and Judy Garland remain household names; modern celebrities still seek to emulate the glamour of this bygone time; and audiences still go to see contemporary biopics and television shows about stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. There is something about this moment in American moviemaking that grabbed the public’s attention and has never let go, even as the larger cinematic landscape continues to change dramatically.

Two of the many complex and interlinked ways to conceive of this phenomenon are as follows: One, more positive, approach is that the stars and films of this era spoke to their audiences in a specific way, one that resonates today because entertainment has become so much more polarized since the Golden Age. Star studies scholar Richard Dyer argues that the most successful stars of this past era were able to balance socially acceptable qualities with taboo ones, and larger film narratives acted similarly, confronting pressing social issues while simultaneously reassuring viewers with endings that restored the accepted social order. In our contemporary era, where there are increasingly uncrossable political lines dividing many of our societies across the globe, the idea that great social strife can end in reunification is comforting. This is, perhaps, one reason why these stars and films act as a kind of comfort food for many viewers today.

This leads directly into another, less positive, way of viewing the fascination with Hollywood’s Golden Era. This was a time of overwhelming racism, sexism, homophobia, and worker exploitation, all issues that were felt even by Hollywood’s biggest stars. It is fair to argue that looking back on this era with rose-tinted glasses only serves to veil the era’s social problems. Yet, as we look at the news headlines today in 2022, how much has really changed? Much of the social progress attained during this ‘golden’ era and directly after it is being slowly chipped away, so perhaps these old films have more to tell us than we might first suspect.

This issue of Cinephile seeks to answer the question of why the films and stars of the early 1930s through the mid-1960s continue to matter so much to us, and to find new ways to contextualize them in our contemporary moment. In this, it will attempt to find balance between overly positive and overly negative perceptions of Hollywood’s Golden Era, placing new lenses—be these social, political, theoretical, or otherwise—onto these classic films.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Golden Age films and/or stars as sources of comforting nostalgia
  • The enduring legacies, either positive or negative, of specific films and/or stars from this era
  • Applications of contemporary theoretical models to Golden Age films
  • The parallels and/or divergences between the entertainment culture of the Golden Age and the one existing today
  • Viewership during the Golden Age as compared to contemporary viewership
  • Contemporary Hollywood’s efforts to increase positive feelings toward the Golden Age (e.g., production of biopics about and homages to this era, remakes of classic films, theatrical re-releases of classic films, etc.)
  • Social and/or technological developments in Hollywood during this era that remain relevant today
  • Issues of censorship and/or copyright in contemporary distribution of this era’s films
  • Parallels between the Motion Picture Production Code and modern-day film censorship, national ratings boards, etc.
  • The use of Golden Age iconography in unexpected modern contexts (e.g., online memes featuring classic stars, household items bearing the faces of Monroe or Dean, etc.
  • New pedagogical approaches to teaching Golden Age films

We encourage submissions from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and established scholars. Papers should be between 2,000-3,500 words, follow MLA guidelines, and include a detailed works cited page, as well as a short biography of the author. Submissions should be directed toward SUBMISSIONS@CINEPHILE.CA and general inquiries toward INFO@CINEPHILE.CA.


MITACs Postdoctoral Fellowship in Non-Profit Art Publishing

Public Journal is pleased to announce a competition for a two-year MITACs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship position hosted by Public Journal of interdisciplinary art and York University.

PUBLIC is an interdisciplinary journal with a core focus on visual and media art practices and new approaches to online curation. It strives to be a beautiful journal about art with the timeliness and visual interest of a magazine, but the longevity of a book. PUBLIC maintains an enduring and esteemed profile in the periodicals market with its demonstrated commitment to publishing works, both written and visual, that are innovative and challenging, forward-thinking and critical, and engage both internationally and locally inflected perspectives. The journal devotes each 180+ – page, perfect-bound semi-color issue to a contemporary problem or theme and features content that combines critical writing, rich illustration throughout, and artist portfolios. PUBLIC stands apart from other publications by being conceived as a hybrid intellectual and creative forum that investigates how theoretical and critical issues intersect with art and public culture.

MITACs is a national, not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships between academia and industry. MITACs Postdoctoral Fellowships bring academic expertise into a partner organization, working on a specific project related to your area of research.

About the Research

The successful candidate is expected to focus on research into several of the following areas: diverse forms of book and journal publishing, nonprofits research and management studies, emerging social media platforms and digital curation. Research outcomes will directly inform the future publishing practices of Public as the journal evolves with online readership, accessible platforms, engagement with critical disability practices and digital curation.

We invite applications from interdisciplinary scholars who have earned a doctorate in one or more of these areas: communications, media studies, arts management, media industry studies, digital media, or art history, and have expertise in such fields such as creative publishing, online outreach/engagement, nonprofit organizations and fundraising, art book publishing and cross platform curation. The position requires strong skills and experience in research creation, knowledge translation, community arts engagement, and familiarity with social media publications. An understanding of open-source web content management systems is an asset. Required soft skills include outstanding writing and communication skills, a strong collaborative working style, good time management, and adaptability.

This postdoc position will include opportunities to produce publications, participate in conference presentations and directly contribute to content design for the journal and the creative projects of the Public Access Collective. It is expected that the candidate will divide their time between York University and Public Journal, also housed at York University’s campus.


The MITACs Postdoc will receive an annual salary of $45,000.00, office space at York University, and full access to York University Libraries. They will be supervised by Professor Janine Marchessault in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts and will work closely with Public’s Editorial Board.

Duration: Two years with a possible 1-year renewal.

Candidates must have defended their dissertation by January 30th 2023. (This is a firm deadline)

Applications are due Monday December 15th, 2022 at 5:00PM EST.

The position will begin February 1st, 2023.

How to apply

Applicants should forward a cover letter, a brief research statement (maximum 1 page), curriculum vitae, as well as the names of three references in one PDF document to

Christine Davis c/o Public Editorial Collective
Public Journal
303 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

York University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. York University is committed to employment equity and diversity, and a positive and supportive environment.


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS! – Toronto Queer Film Festival Symposium 2023

TQFF is seeking proposals for its annual Symposium around the theme of Queer Wonderlands! Queer Wonderlands invokes realms full of transitions, joy, and love, inspired by imagination with the anticipation of what is to come.

Calling on the Queer imagining that occurs through the uncanny, monstrous, whimsical, and fantastical. We invite participants to step into a world of collective visioning where all 2Spirit/Queer/Trans people and communities thrive in an environment of wellness, protection, connection, and sustainability of this existence.

⁠⁠Submissions to Queer Wonderlands symposium may consider the questions: ⁠⁠

How can we, as 2Spirit/Queer/Trans people, shape our worlds and possibilities for the future through imagined existences that defy reality? What is the potentiality of 2Spirit/Queer/Trans creatives invoking hope and joy through their portrayal of 2Spirit/Queer/Trans characters thriving in environments visioned to sustain them? How is 2Spirit/Queer/Trans world building in cinema and new media an act of resistance by rejecting the violence of colonialism, heteropatriarchy, and cisnormativity?

⁠⁠This symposium will be held online.

We are particularly interested in submissions that take full advantage of the capabilities of online platforms. Individual papers and presentations should be no more than 15 minutes. Roundtables, workshops, panels, etc., should be no more than 1 hour, including an opportunity for Q&A.

We will also accept submission for proposals with shorter durations (i.e. lightning talks, microsessions, Pecha Kucha, etc).⁠⁠

Everyone is welcome to apply!

Only selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by December 1st, 2022.⁠⁠

This is a paid opportunity for all involved. ⁠⁠

Proposal Deadline: Monday November 21, 2022, @ 5PM EST.⁠

Click here to submit


An in-person academic conference hosted by The Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies, Bangor University, UK

Early September 2023

Paul Verhoeven (b. 1938) has left an indelible mark on popular culture. His films marry a European arthouse sensibility with the US blockbuster but in a wickedly satirical way. But this does not mean his films are not open to criticism.

His American dystopic trilogy – RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997) – provided dark visions of futuristic metropoles that continues to resonate to this day, touching on capitalism, robotics, biopolitics, posthumanism, urban planning, artificial intelligence, transhumanism and climate change, while female-led dramas, such as Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Black Book (2006), Elle (2016) and Benedetta (2021), remain controversial for their overt eroticism, sexual violence and representation of lesbianism.

To critically explore the origins and legacies of Verhoeven’s body of work, this conference proposes to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore Paul Verhoeven’s output, debate its legacy and consider its position within visual culture including specialists from fields as diverse as literary and cinematographic studies; the history of art, design, fashion and architecture; musicology; philosophy; political sciences; computer science and robotics; urban and ecological studies; and feminist, queer and sexuality studies.

We welcome contributions from any perspective such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Paul Verhoeven as auteur: origins, influences, production, aesthetics, publicity, reception, afterlife, sequels and director’s cuts
  • Paul Verhoeven and biopolitics, posthumanism, urban planning and climate change
  • Paul Verhoeven and capitalism, neoliberalism, post-industrialism and the rise of multinational corporations
  • Paul Verhoeven and gender
  • Paul Verhoeven and memory
  • Paul Verhoeven and psychoanalysis
  • Paul Verhoeven and race, ethnicity and Otherness
  • Paul Verhoeven and reception: audiences, fandom and ‘cult’
  • Paul Verhoeven and robotics, artificial intelligence, cybernetic organisms, the transhuman and the post-human
  • Paul Verhoeven and science fiction
  • Paul Verhoeven and sexuality
  • Paul Verhoeven and stardom
  • Paul Verhoeven and tech noir, retrofuturism, future noir, and cyberpunk.

We are applying for funding to facilitate postgraduate and unwaged participation.

Please complete the following link by 1 April 2023.

For further information, please contact the organisers Nathan Abrams and Elizabeth Miller (


The CFP for the 2023 FMSAC/ACÉCM Annual Conference is now available here: