ACCUTE – Welcome

The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) promotes the study of English language, literatures, and other cultural material in a global context in Canadian colleges and universities. ACCUTE was founded in 1957 and held the first annual conference in 1958.

ACCUTE Membership includes access to the annual conference, travel support for students, contract faculty and underwaged scholars, and a subscription to the scholarly journal ESC: English Studies in Canada.

ACCUTE continues to seek ways to support member communication and engagement. In January of 2021, we established a webinar series focused on research, creative writing, and professional concerns such as mental health and equity, diversity, and decolonization. Our quarterly newsletter, The Angle, is a member-driven publication that stimulates discussion and showcases creative work from both established and emerging writers. Our latest Annual General Meeting, held virtually at Congress 2021, saw the passing of the ACCUTE Equity Statement and the establishment of the Creative Writing Collective.

The ACCUTE Office is hosted at Brock University for 2020-2022.

Brock University acknowledges the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.


ACCUTE is now calling for panels (Member-Organized and Joint-Sponsored) for our 2022 ACCUTE conference. The deadline for all panel proposals is Wednesday, 1 September, 2021. For more information on submitting a panel proposal, click here.

New this year! The Creative Writing Collective (CWC) is calling for Creative Writing panels for the 2022 ACCUTE conference. The deadline for all panel proposals is Wednesday, 1 September, 2021. For more information on submitting a proposal to the CWC, please click here.

ACCUTE’s annual conference features nationally and internationally recognized scholars, and papers from across the range of periods, topics, and methodologies of English studies.  Our programs also include sessions on professional and pedagogical concerns, as well as joint sessions with a number of other scholarly associations. This conference takes place at the annual meeting of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including close to 100 scholarly and professional associations.

Past Conferences

  • 2021: University of Alberta (virtual conference), May 29-June 1, 2021: program.
  • 2020: Western University, virtual events.
  • 2019: University of British Columbia, June 1-4: program.
  • 2018: University of Regina, May 26-29: program.
  • 2017: Ryerson University, May 27-30: program
  • 2016: University of Calgary, May 28 -31: program
  • 2015: University of Ottawa, May  30 May – 2 June 2015: program
  • 2014: Brock University,  May 24 – 27: program
  • 2013: University of Victoria, June 1- 4: program
  • 2012: University of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University, May 26 – 29: program
  • 2011: University of New Brunswick & St. Thomas University, May 28 – 31: program
  • 2010: Concordia University, May 28-31: program

Programs before 2010 were published in the March issues of our newsletter, and can be found on our newsletter page.