CfP: Constituting Canada. Interdisciplinary Approaches to an Idea

A conference hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ)

13th – 14th July, 2017, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Keynote Speakers: Associate Professor Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

2017 marks the 150 years since the inception of the Canadian state with the British North America Act, 1867, and 35 years since 1982’s constitutional patriation, including the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While legal acts serve as focal points for the creation (and re-creation) of the Canadian state, the connotations of Canada’s constitutive documents operate across law, politics, history, geography, society, and culture, with consequences for the past, present, and future. To engage with the manifold cultural-legal meanings that constitutions and their anniversaries evoke and contest, the ACSANZ invites abstracts for papers that address the idea of constitutions and Canada.

The conference will ask how nations, states, and peoples in Canada have been constituted, and investigate the significance of constitutive moments in the Canadian context. Participants are invited to reflect on questions that include, but are not limited by:

  • How do constitutive documents represent, legitimate, or deny indigenous, multicultural, gendered, and federal histories and claims?
  • How has Canada’s constitutional model and history shaped Canada, and how have these changes resonated internationally?
  • How do the arts constitute Canada and its communities? How are constitutive texts and histories reflected upon in the arts, and how are the arts shaping Canada’s legal consciousness?
  • How has the Canadian Constitution addressed its imposition upon pre-contact societies with their own legal and political orders?
  • What does the presence (or absence) of rights language in foundational documents like constitutions mean for their legal and affective power?
  • How are the discontents of Canadian statehood and nationhood?
  • How do we remember and represent the creation of states and nations, and what does it mean to celebrate such a contested moment in time?
  • What attributes of Canada’s Constitution and its experience that have special resonance for Australia and New Zealand?
  • What possibilities does constitutional change offer for imagining and re-imagining the Canada?

Contributions from across disciplines that deal with all aspects of Canada and Canadian Studies, including from a comparative perspective, are welcomed. Please email an abstract and brief bio to Dr. Robyn Morris and Dr. Benjamin Authers by December 1st, 2016.

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CfP: Canada 150

A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation
Une célébration du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération Canadienne

42nd Annual Conference of the British Association of Canadian Studies, Canada House, London, April 20 – 22, 2017

On this historic anniversary, papers on themes of enduring interest to Canadianists will be welcomed. Space, however, is limited and priority will be given to paper sessions and round-table panels on the following themes:

  • Citizenship, Diversity, Migration, Identity, Indigeneity, Social Policy
  • Contemporary Canadian Culture, Art, Literature, Media, Dance, Film
  • Geography, Environent, Energy, The North, The Arctic
  • International Relations, Canada-UK Relations
  • Post-secondary Education, especially Canada-UK University Links
  • Trade, Politics, Business, Law

Abstracts of 400 words, together with short bio(s) of 100 worlds should be submitted by November 30, 2016 to the Conference Adminsitrator, Sue Scott-Martin.

Keynote Speaker/Panellists invited include: The hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada; Patrick Holditch (FCO) and former British and Canadian High Commissioners. Professors Jocelyn Letourneau, Coral Ann Howells, Colin Coates, Will Kymlicka, Klaus Dodds and Guy LaForest.

Updates will be posted on:

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CfP: „Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field“

Inaugural Conference on Concepts of Contradiction in the Humanities, University of Bremen, 9 – 11 Feb, 2017

This international and interdisciplinary conference seeks to outline the new field of „Contradiction Studies“ in the Humanities, focusing on the interactions between seemingly contradictory socio-cultural phenomena and practices. This will allow an understanding of distinct, yet related categories such as antagonism, paradox, antinomy, and their uses within and beyond disciplinary boundaries. Participants will explore material instances and aspects of contradiction, as well as its theories and practice(s). The interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives of this conference will center on three key areas in the conference sessions:

a) Fields of Contradiction, i.e. contradictory topics, semantic aspects, and social or cultural phenomena linked to contradictions

b) Structures of Contradiction, i.e. (semiotic) forms of marking and negotiating contradictions

c) Practices of Contradiction, i.e. contradictory agency and institutional strategies.

Discussion will fathom the potential of Contradiction Studies as a central paradigm in the Humanities, and to this end the organizers invite scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including art history, cultural and social anthropology, educational science and curriculum studies, geography, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, performance studies, philosophy, political science, postcolonial studies, religious studies, and sociology.

The organizers are happy to announce that the following distinguished scholars are invited to address the conference as keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga (EHESS, Paris, France – invited, to be confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Jane Burbank (New York University, USA – invited, to be confirmed)

Dr. Stefan Müller (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo, Canada – confirmed)

Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • In what ways are contradictions genuine elements and objects of knowledge production in the Humanities and beyond?
  • Why and to what extent can practices and institutions of knowledge sustain contradictions?
  • How are contradictions negotiated in institutions, and what is the role of the Humanities in these practices?
  • How do contradictory aspects of power influence the paradigmatic developments in the Humanities?
  • What are significant contradictions in power relations among social, historical, and/or cultural agents?

Accepted paper proposals will be arranged with respect to the above-mentioned aspects in three sessions: Fields of Contradiction, Structures of Contradiction, and Practices of Contradiction.

The organizers invite presentations of no longer than 20 minutes. Please submit your abstracts and proposals (max. 1,500 characters including spaces) here, or send an e-mail, along with your contact information, to this mail address.

The submission deadline is August 31, 2016.

There will be a poster session for young researchers, and for presentation of work in progress. Poser proposals (max. 1 page) should be submitted as PDF files, no later than October 31, 2016.

Conference registration will be open on the conference website from July 1, 2016, until December 15, 2016. The website will also carry information concerning the conference venue, accomodation, travel, and conference dinner.

Attendance fees are set daily, at 40 € per conference day. A reduced fee for students, independent scholars, and the underemployed is set at 20 € per conference day.

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CfP: Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination

International conference, Nov 23-24, 2017, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Subject fields: Australian and New Zealand History/Studies, British History/Studies, Canadian History/Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History/Studies, Ethnic History/Studies

(Colonial and Postcolonial English-speaking World, 18th – 21st Century)

The research group ILCEA4 is pleased to announce the organisation of an international conference on „Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination“ to be held at Grenoble Alpes University. It proposes to examine the notion of hybridity or cross-fertilization in the highly controversial field of national identity – namely the spaces, figures and historical events that best symbolize it, as exemplified in the cultural productions originating from a nation or an ethnic or community group. The concept of „third space“ as developed by Homi Bhabha in his seminal book The Location of Culture, is particularly productive in that it suggests a vision of space based not on confrontation, binary oppositions or antagonistic relationships of lordship and bpondage, but on interactions involving exchange, transfer and mediation.

The conference shall examine the foundations of any „imagined community“ (Benedict Anderson) and the ways in which artistic productions cause this set of images, values and references to evolve. These both reflect a history and a heritage but also expose their inherent limitations and underlying ideology, thus paving the waay for the progressive transformation of such national figures, values and spatial representations.

All the elements pertaining to culture in a general sense and commonly considered as representative of national identity are within the scope of the symposium:

  • Iconography: flags, posters (nationalistic or otherwise), emblematic figures (specimens from the local flora and faune for example), the representation of the national landscape in painting or photography, allegorical figures of the nation
  • The short form as a medium for the national sentiment: national anthems, songs, poems.
  • Literature in a  general sense: fiction, chidren’s and youn adult literature, textbooks, political speeches, philosophical essays, history books
  • Places, types of geographical spaces but also historical events crystallizing what the nation is supposed to represent (map making, memorial ceremonies, official events)
  • Cultural productions: film, dance, street art.

Every nation perceives itself as articulated around the concept of origin: a choice then emerges between a founding myth specific to it (a sort of self-generation devoid of any hybridity), and an impure, problematic genesis, born out of the contact with another cultural, historical and geogprahical sphere. Thus, within the British world itself, Scotland for example can be said to have been defined, both historically and culturally, in close relation to its rival and double, England. Similar considerations are relevant for Ireland and Wales.

More generally, former colonies of the British Crown have founded themselves in an ambiguous relationship to the „motherland“ while trying to free themselves from its influence. After the colonial period, the goal was for the settler colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) to found their identity antagonistically to that of the motherland, especially by focusing on their new land and the type of relationship they had with it so as to invest both with distrinctive national characteristics.

An interesting and contentious point of study is the undeniably hybrid character of such early identity formations devoid of any cultural heritage or history except for those bequeathed by the motherland. Another essential and no less challenging issue is that of the relationship to the Indigenous populations of the colony whose culture and values, whose very existence sometimes, were voluntarily erased. The question of a possible hybridization between the culture of the colonizer and that of the colonized could be seen as a form of defilement, corruption or degeneration. Conversely, the appropriation and even the instrumentalization of symbols, places and values specific to Indeigenous peoples in national mythologies is a highly controversial issue deserving careful scrutiny.

In what is commonly referred to as the „postcolonial“ period, the discussion often centres on the denunciation or re-definition of national figures, symbols and places as well as the great texts and events constitutive of the core of a nation’s identity. Examining those shows how much they have evolved, acress generations, through an underlying hybridization allowing greater representativeness, not only of the first inhabitants but also of new migrant communities or minority groups.

Space and place are not to be apprehended as strictly geographical or referential but also as textual, thus enabling new hybrid subject positions within national mythologies. The rewriting or new adaptation of famous works in other forms (with generic, gender or modal variations) characterstic of the postmodern approach also allows the reevaluation of what constitutes the core of a nation’s identity, changing it into a field of experimentation and cross-fertilization.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) either in French or in English, and a short biographical note (max. 150 words) to both Christine Vandamme and Cyril Besson by January 6, 2017. The notification of acceptance will be sent by February 10, 2017, at the latest.

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Job Offer: TESOL Teacher at private school in Fulda

The innovative bilingual private school Private Realschule Fulda, Bildungsunternehmen Dr. Jordan is located in the heart of Germany, in the beautiful Baroque city of Fulda. The school is looking for energetic native speakers of English, who have a Master’s degree in TESOL or a related field (second language pedagogy, etc.) to teach English language and content-based English classes for the student’s grades 5 – 10.

The classes are small, with no more than 24 students and the school offers their teachers a collegial work atmosphere. Preferred are candidates who have teaching experience or experience living abroad and basic proficiency or higher in German.

The position is a full-time position beginning in late August 2016 with a duration of one year, which can be prolonged to a permanent position. Interest applicants should send a full application to Dr. Anja Schäfer, Headmistress of the bilingual sector.

For questions on the job and further information, please contact Barbara Falk.

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CfP: Organizing Equality

International Conference, Western University, London, Ontario/Canada, March 24-26 2017

Organizers and advocates for local and global social justice are the lifeblood of solidarity movements worldwide that disrupt historic projects of exploitation, violent dispossession and social fragmentation. Social and economic inequality is a global challenge of the 21st century. The Global North’s Occupy and anti-austerity movement spoke back to the 2008 financial crisis. They now confront the urgent, mass scale migrations of peoples from the Global South to the North, fleeing a colonial legacy deprivations, militarization, wars and land grabs. Settler societies are also experiencing Indigenous re-centerings, from #IdleNoMore to the Truth and Reconciliation process, and the #BlackLivesMatter cry to enfranchise African diasporas.

Feature speakers will be (with more to be announced):

  • Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia)
  • Panagiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Greece)
  • Concerned Student 1950 (University of Missouri)
  • Miriam Miranda (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras)

It is now increasingly recognized that rising levels of inequality are linked to poverty, discrimination, illness, environmental degradation, and social unrest. It is further recognized that inequality, in turn, is conditioned by and contingent on a range of other factors, including citizenship rights, gender, race, ethnicity, age, location, and education.

But despite this recognition, social movements contesting inequality face serious problems of organization, strategy and tactics. Recent years have shown the limits of traditional trade unionism, occupy and assembly movements, vanguards and new electoral parties alike. They have also shown that anti-racism, anti-violence, LGBTQ and migrant rights movements, to name a few, face major challenges organizing in the face of violence, xenophobia, marginality, impoverishment and under threat of criminalization. Across the board, movements have to reckon with the unprecedented levels of surveillance of the digital networks which have become an important part of their organizing practices.

This conference therefore asks what forms of organization might, in today’s conditions, be most useful to movements for equality. It especially seeks contributions willing to explore new possibilities for the organization of equality struggles.

Organizitng Equality is an international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Initiative for the Study of Social and Economic Inequality at the University of Western Ontario. Its goal is to bring organizers, scholars, public educators, artists, media producers and advocates together from around the globe to build local and global capacity, share theories, strategies, experiences, and insights about efforts to address inequality and develop new kinds of theory/practice to guide and build future struggles. Our goal is to strengthen connections regionally, nationally and internationally, and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together between and across politics, sectors and communities of interest. To this end, we solicit scholarly presentations, organizing and dialogue sessions, workshop proposals, art performances/installations, radical media teach-ins and more, addressing a wide variety of themes related to the worldwide struggle for equality.

These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • indigenous reconciliation and reclamation
  • opposing violent policing and the carceral state
  • worker organizing, in and beyong unions
  • social media, digital technologies and global resistance networks
  • intersectional decolonial community and scholarly praxis
  • migrant justice and networks of support
  • decolonial/liberatory cultural production and praxis
  • gender, sexuality, anti-violence and community solidarity
  • struggles for access and equality in education
  • environmental and climate justice and sustainability
  • anti-austerity mobilization and cooperativism
  • health and food security organizing
  • social and community housing movements
  • strategies for digital protections and privacy from surveillance

Proposals for papers and sessions should be limited to 400 words. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 1 August 2016. Please include with your paper or session proposal, your name, email address, institutional or group affiliation, and a short CV or biography. Abstracts should be e-mailed to the organizing committee (email). For further information and conference updates, please visit the conference website.

Travel bursaries are available for participants from the global south. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered for financial assistance.

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CfP: Second-Wave Feminism and the History of Emotions in Canada

Second-Wave Feminism and the History of Emotions

Editors: Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

In 1967 female member of SUPA denounced their comrades‘ sexism, arguing that it made the organization „like a civil rights organization with a leadership of southern racists.“ In 1970 members of the Vancouver Women’s Caucus led an Abortion Caravan across Canada to protest the criminalitaion of abortion, drawing on powerful props such as coat hangers and coffins to symbolize the danger and death associated with illegal abortion. As part of the postwar women’s peace movement, women campaigned against war toys and went on hunger strikes. And at the Indochineser Conference to End the War, held in Vancouver in spring 1971, feminists engaged in fist-fights over the deree to which partiarchy, imperialism, race, and sexuality should be assessed in relation to war.

All of these activities involved emotions. Sometimes women acted out of pain and anger while other times, they were driven by hope or the possibility of liberation and freedom. They experienced excitement, exhilaration, desire, rage, and deep ersonal connection with other women. The editor’s collection aims to explore the intersection of the history of emotions and second-wave feminism.

Articles might include, but are not limited to, asking the following questions:

  • How do emotuonal bonds politicize feminist activists?
  • How do these bonds shape activist politics and priorities?
  • How have individual emotions shaped feminist activities?
  • How have women resisted and broken down older emotional patterns and frameworks and created new ones?

While the height of the movement runs from approximately the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, the collection will embrace the perspective of a ‚long second wave‘, with interest in articles that reach back to the post-suffrage era and a legacy that extends to the present day. Articles might cover new histories of second-wave feminism, or re-examine previous work through the lens of emotional histories.

The collection aims to capture and convey a sense of the deep passion that runs through the movement and how thinking about this period through the lens of emiotional history might tell us new stories about the history of Canadian second-wave feminism.

Please send a one-page proposal and c.v. to this email address. Deadline: 15 August, 2016. Full papers would be due by 15 May 2017. The aim is to submit the collection to a press by winter 2018.

Contact Email.

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CfP: „Humor and Satire in Francophone Literature: Constructing and Deconstructing Identity“

48th Annual NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention, March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, MD (United States)

48th Annual NeMLA Convention – Baltimore, Maryland | March 23 – 26th, 2017

Resolved: In Francophone literature of the last three centuries, Humor has constructed identity while Satire was used to deconstruct it.

Participants are invited to argue either side of this normative statement.

The French word “Humour” is not French at all. It was imported from the English in the 18th century; until that time, in France one spoke of Wit (“l’Esprit”) not Humor. The first written mention of humor in its modern definition in a French text is in Abbé LeBlanc’s 1745 Lettres d’un François: “De notre mot d’humeur, les Anglais ont fait celui d’humour” (114). From the age of Enlightenment on, two literary traditions evolve in French and Francophone literatures: the Anglo-influenced Humor and the Gallic-influenced caustic wit which becomes Satire.

This session proposes to debate whether Humor is a component, a constructor, of identity while Satire is its deconstructor. If true, what role does Humor play in the literary construction of characters’ identities? Conversely, Satire must represent an “othering” which seeks to deny or negate identity.

Using examples from French or Francophone Literatures from the 18th to the 21st centuries, in any number of critical lenses, participants are invited to present arguments for or against the above premises. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, presentations dealing with the relationship between humor and/or satire and Socialization, Postcolonial identities, Race and Ethnicity, National and Regional identities, Gender, LGBT, etc.

NeMLA formatting standards: Paper Title: 100 characters (including spaces) Paper Abstract: 300 words

Starting June 15th, please submit abstracts for this panel here.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2016

Decision e-mails will be sent by October 15th.

NEMLA asks that accepted and confirmed panelists pay their membership/registration fees no later than December 1, 2016 in order to present at the 2017 convention.

Contact Email.

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„Kleine Fächer – Große Potentiale“: Richtlinie zur Förderung von wissenschaftlichem Nachwuchs in den geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Kleinen Fächern

Ausschreibung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung

Deutschland verfügt traditionell über eine starke Forschung in den Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, die hohe internationale Anerkennung erfährt. Einen besonderen Beitrag leisten in diesem Bereich die sogenannten „Kleinen Fächer“ (darunter auch die Kanadistik; eine vollständige Liste der „Kleinen Fächer“ finden Sie hier). Kleine Fächer sind in sich wertvoll. Sie sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil des vielfältigen universitären Fächerspektrums und prägen die Wahrnehmung und Wertschätzung deutscher Universitäten im Ausland. Gerade Kleine Fächer können in einem hohen Maße zur Profil- und Strukturbildung einer Universität beitragen. Sie besitzen besondere Kompetenzen in der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit und fördern mit ihren weltweiten Partnerschaften die internationale Vernetzung der deutschen Universitäten.

Kleine Fächer gewährleisten durch ihre Vielfalt die Fähigkeit des wissenschaftlichen Systems, auf wechselnde geopolitische, gesellschaftliche und technologische Herausforderungen und auf neue politisch und wirtschaftlich relevante Entwicklungen zu reagieren. Sie liefern eine Fülle an Wissen über kulturelle, wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung und schaffen so wichtige Grundlagen für Entscheidungen zu aktuellen Herausforderungen.

Wissenschaftler_innen aus Kleinen Fächern arbeiten an Forschungsprojekten zur Erschließung, Sicherung, Vergegenwärtigung und Aufarbeitung unseres kulturellen Erbes, operieren dabei auf modernen Grundlagen und bilden zeitliche und gesellschaftliche Wissensbrücken aus. Ihre Forschung sichert die Kenntnis der Vergangenheit und bildet einen wichtigen Grundstein für die Forschung zu globalen Herausforderungen der Moderne.

Kleine Fächer können Großes leisten! Deshalb trägt das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) – aufsetzend auf den Leistungen der Universitäten und der Länder – durch seine Förderprogramme bereits in erheblichem Maße zur Stärkung der Kleinen Fächer bei.

Damit die Vielfalt und Diversität dieser wichtigen Gruppe der Fächer weiterhin gestärkt wird und ihre Besonderheiten eine adäquate Beachtung und Sichtbarkeit finden, möchte das BMBF die Zukunftsträger_innen der Kleinen Fächer, Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen mit ihren innovativen Forschungsideen unterstützen und dabei die Forschungsrahmenbedingungen der Kleinen Fächer stärken.

Gegenstand der Förderung sind Forschungsvorhaben (Einzelvorhaben) an Universitäten und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen, die relevante Fragestellungen der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Kleinen Fächer gegebenenfalls in einem interdisziplinären Rahmen adressieren, zur weiteren Qualifizierung sowie Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Selbständigkeit der Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen geeignet sind, Kooperationen und Vernetzungen fördern und das jeweilige Fach stärken.

Die Förderung ermöglicht die Durchführung eines selbst gewählten Forschungsvorhabens an einer deutschen Universität oder außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtung. Die Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen entscheiden frei, wo ihnen in Deutschland die besten Rahmenbedingungen für ihre Arbeit geboten werden. In den Jahren 2016, 2017 und 2018 werden jeweils bis zu zehn Forschungsvorhaben von Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen zur Förderung ausgewählt. Die Förderung beträgt pro Vorhaben bis zu 100 000 € jährlich (somit maximal 300 000 € für drei Jahre).

Erwartet wird eine nachhaltige Nutzung der wissenschaftlichen Ergebnisse, die für die Wissenschaftscommunity und die breite Öffentlichkeit sichtbar und zugänglich gemacht werden sollten. Neben Publikationen umfasst dies auch geeignete Maßnahmen zum Wissenstransfer wie Seminare, Konferenzen und Kolloquien. Zur Sicherstellung einer späteren wissenschaftlichen Nutzung der Forschungsergebnisse ist ein frühzeitiger nationaler und internationaler Austausch auch transdisziplinär explizit gewünscht.

Nicht gefördert werden Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten, die keine innovativen Ansätze erkennen lassen, reine Machbarkeitsstudien oder Literaturüberblicke sowie Ansätze, die nicht über den aktuellen Forschungsstand hinausgehen.

Detaillierte Informationen zu Bewerbungsvoraussetzungen, Zuwendungsbestimmungen, Auswahlverfahren etc. finden Sie auf der Webseite des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.

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CfP: Cartographies of Difference: A Critical Assessment of Keywords

Call for Papers, IRTG Diversity

Ostracized or celebrated, suppressed or embraced, difference is undeniably an object of both intensified and constant scrutiny in the contemporary world. To perceive, name and recognize it are all major issues replete with ambiguities manifested through the numerous social debates about it. Whether perceived as a problem or a solution, the various manners of addressing its manifold processes layer themselves, not without contradiction, in the fine weaving of the social fabric.

Academia is certainly caught within the same phenomenon as the multiplication of concepts called upon to capture such moving targets are the object of constant revision (most of the time, precisely in the name of a mishandled difference). While some are simply shunned and others amended, new concepts appear in order to highlight some of downplayed or devalued facets of the processes of differentiation.

This proposed volume thus envisions a critical incursion in the complex and multidimensional contemporary situation of the apprehension of difference. We will do so by assessing some of the key concepts directly linked to such efforts in order to: highlight current debates, render explicit some of what remains implicit within them and get a better grasp on the aporias and potentialities bared and expressed by the contemporary mobilization of such concepts.

The goal of such an interdisciplinary collection is to focus on both traditional or emergent ways of thinking and conceptualizing difference as they tend to deploy themselves today. We call upon critical and original reflections on the use (and abuses) of some the following concepts: alterity, authenticity, biodiversity, borders, culture, diversity, exoticism, forms of life, gender, heterotopia, hybridity, interculturalism, liminality, majority/minority, multiculturalism, ontologies, orientalism, pluralism, race and racism, religion, species, spirituality, stranger, translation, etc.

Such a variety of concepts will allow us to follow the numerous traces and historicities specific to the complex landscape of the conceptualization of difference. Some of the underlying questions of our inquiry can be formulated in this way: how, why and when is a chosen concept mobilized and debated? What are the conditions of its (re)emergence? What relations to difference tend to deploy themselves through the chosen conceptual mobilization? We invite authors to delve into current interrogations regarding the concepts of difference in order to question, on a more general level, how we think difference today and, what to think of our contemporary compulsion to think difference.

Propositions (400 words maximum) should be addressed, before July 30th 2016, to Phillip Rousseau – postdoctoral researcher IRTG Diversity, Université de Montréal. Authors will be advised if their propositions are selected on the 15th of August 2016. The length of the contributions should be between 6000 and 8000 words and will need to be sent by December the 15th 2016.

Papers in English, French or German will be peer-reviewed and the selected contributions published as part of the ongoing Waxmann (Münster / New York) publishing series entitled Diversity – Diversité – Diversität.

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