The Comics Studies Society

CSS 2019 will be held at Ryerson University, in downtown Toronto, from the morning of Thursday, July 25th until the end of the day on Saturday, July 27th

Ryerson University Land Acknowledgment

Toronto is in the 'Dish With One Spoon Territory'. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

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Some visitors to Canada require either a visa or an eTA (electronic Travel authorization). Check what documentation you require to enter Canada well in advance of your trip:

Ryerson University is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, close to many hotels, restaurants, pubs, galleries, shops, and conveniences.

Campus map:

By Air

Toronto's Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a major international hub located about 40 minutes by public transport from downtown Toronto. The Union Pearson (UP) Express is a dedicated air-rail link that goes from Pearson to Union Station in downtown Toronto:

To get to Ryerson University from Union Station, it is either 3 stops on the TTC subway from Union Station to Dundas Station or a 25 minute walk up Yonge Street.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is located on Toronto Island, about 3kms from downtown Toronto by pedestrian tunnel, shuttle bus, or ferry. Air Canada and Porter fly in to YTZ from eastern Canadian and US hubs.

By Rail and Road

Further information, including travel by rail and road, is available through Tourism Toronto:


Campus Housing
Some residence (dorm) rooms will be available on a first-come basis. Check back later for the promo code.

There will be 3 types of rooms available (all rates are in Canadian dollars):

  • Private rooms with housekeeping and hot breakfast @ $94 + taxes (34 rooms blocked for CSS)
  • Private rooms with shared washrooms on the floor and no breakfast @ $62 + taxes (10 rooms blocked for CSS)
  • Apartment that sleeps 4, has fridge, kitchenette and shared living areas @ $78 per bed + tax (4 apartments blocked for CSS)

Moderately priced hotels are also available very close to the Ryerson campus:


At our annual conference, the CSS Executive wants to maintain a climate of collegiality, collaboration, and respectful interaction with each other's ideas. We are committed to providing an inclusive conference experience free of harassment for all attendees, including online interactions and conference social events.

We encourage intellectual debates and disagreements, and we trust that delegates will engage with each other's ideas without resorting to any inappropriate behavior, which might include:

  • Harassment based on race, ethnic background, national origin, language, status as a veteran or disabled individual, age, religion, gender, gender orientation, marital status, or sexual orientation;
  • Sexual harassment, including unwelcome attention or comments, stalking (physical or virtual), and physical contact;
  • Abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person's ability to enjoy or participate in the conference, including social events and social media related to the conference
  • Undue disruption of any conference event, speaker or session

Individuals who witness or experience inappropriate conduct should report such conduct immediately to a member of the conference organizing committee or the Executive.

Candida Rifkind (Co-Chair)
Andrew O'Malley (Co-Chair)
Blair Davis
Biz Nijdam (Graduate Student Caucus Representative)
Nhora Lucia Serrano
Matthew Smith
Carol Tilley