Conference and CfP: „In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture“

International Conference, University of Graz (Austria), June 2 – 4, 2016

Organizers: Stefan Brandt, Susanne Hamscha, Ulla Kriebernegg, Simon Daniel Whybrew

In Canadian Studies, the complex concept of ‘liminality’ has been used in a variety of ways. There is an abundance of scholarship and research dealing with the stage ‘betwixt and between,’ as Victor Turner most famously defined it (1964). This conference aims at re-mapping the field, focusing on liminality and the liminal within Canada.

The terms ‘liminal’ and ‘liminality’ refer to multiple levels of meaning. Originally developed by cultural anthropologist Arnold van Gennep in his seminal studies on rites of passage in 1909, and re-discovered by Victor Turner in the 1960s, the spatial metaphor of ‘liminality’ has particularly since the ‘Spatial Turn’ become a keyword in contemporary cultural theory to refer to processes of identity negotiation connected to experiences of transition. It has been used in connection with terms such as ‘border,’ ‘frontier,’ and ‘threshold,’ and in opposition to the equally metaphorical concept of ‘marginality.’ While marginality connotes ‘periphery,’ and thus mainly focuses on exclusion from and by dominant discourses, liminality is concerned with the space of the borderline itself, with feelings of ambiguity and ambivalence.

Liminality can be experienced as challenging, uncomfortable, threatening, and disruptive, but also as subversive and powerful, as a stage facilitating creativity and change. In the context of (Anglo-) Canadian Studies, liminality has been employed to discuss geographical frontiers such as the Niagara Falls, the St. Laurence River, the Rocky Mountains, the Canadian Prairies, British Columbia, Quebec, and the Arctic, as well as symbolic frontiers including migration, French-English relations, encounters between First Nations and settlers, and Northrop Frye’s ‘garrison mentality.’ Liminality has also been examined as an aesthetic concept in its relation to the sublime and the uncanny.

As a theoretical concept, liminality can be of help for an analysis of the constructedness of Canada’s collective identity/identities as well as of individual processes of identification and change. These observations lead us to the following questions: How has the Canadian cultural imaginary fashioned itself with regard to the ‘boundariness’ of its social and identificatory practices? Which role do symbolic ‘frontiers’ play in Canadian discourses of self-representation (with respect to inner-Canadian border areas, but also in comparison to the U.S. American frontier)? How do ethnic, sexual, and other minorities position themselves in this nexus of liminal identities?

This conference aims at bringing together scholars who wish to engage in a discussion of Canadian liminal spaces and places, of fragmented and contradictory social, cultural, and political practices, of real and imagined borders, contact zones, thresholds, and transitions in Anglo-Canadian literature and culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Geographical and imagined borders
  • Spatial and temporal liminalities
  • Canadian ‘frontiers’
  • The relationship between anglophone and francophone Canada
  • The Canadian North
  • Cultural theory and the limits of postmodernism (e.g. Derrida’s ‘limitrophy’)
  • The aesthetics and poetics of liminality
  • The liminal and the subliminal
  • Genre, media, and intertextuality
  • Cultural encounters and First Nations
  • Queer cultural spaces
  • Transgender and intersex identities
  • Embodiments and dis/abilities
  • Hybridity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism
  • The figure of the trickster
  • Aspects of intersectionality, transgression, and normativity
  • Old age as a liminal stage
  • Liminality and the end of life

Proposals of no more than 300 words, together with the name, institutional affiliation and a bio blurb (max. 150 words) should be sent to this e-mail address.. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, January 10, 2016.


Department of American Studies
University of Graz
Attemsgasse 25/II
8010 Graz
Tel. +43 (0)316 380 2465
Fax. +43 (0) 316 380 9768

Center of Inter-American Studies
Merangasse 18/II
8010 Graz
Tel. +43 (0)316 380 8213
Fax. +43 (0)316 380 9767



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Conference & CfP: Maladies of the Soul, Emotion, Affect: Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Writings in the Crossfire of a New Turn

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Maladies of the Soul, Emotion, Affect:
Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Writings in the Crossfire of a New Turn

Banff Centre, 22-25 September 2016

 A Conference Organized by the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta and the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Innsbruck

Organizing Committee: Marie Carriére (Director, Canadian Literature Center, University of Alberta), Kit Dobson (Associate Professor of English, Mount Royal University), Ursula Moser (Director, Canadian Studies Centre, University of Innsbruck)

Confirmed Keynotes

  1. Smaro Kamboureli, University of Toronto
  2. Daniel Laforest, University of Alberta
  3. TBA

Round-Table of Invited Authors

According to D. Bachmann-Medick, a scientific turn is not synonymous with the radical reorientation of a single discipline but basically provides a new pluri- and transdisciplinary perspective complementing and reinforcing already existing approaches. A new turn does not supplant another but becomes part of a dynamic process of competing forces, which eventually may give rise to new categories of analysis and concepts. Studying both the general implications and the positive effects and deficits of such a turn is particularly rewarding when it comes to comparing different academic traditions and – as is the case with this transatlantic and transdisciplinary conference – different literary productions written in different languages.

In the wake of the conference “Crisis and Beyond,” held at the University of Innsbruck in 2015, “Maladies of the Soul, Emotion, Affect” not only responds to recent attention to affect, or the “affective turn” dubbed by Patricia Clough, but also investigates the impact of previous forms of research both on emotions and cognition on the study of Indigenous, Canadian and Québécois writings in English and French. If empathy and agency have evolved as new guiding principles in some fields of literary analysis, their roots can be found in such classical disciplines as poetics, rhetoric, or hermeneutics (Th. Anz), and also in the focus on agency advocated by the Constance school of reception theory. While selecting contemporary Indigenous, Canadian and Québécois writings in English and French as a body of investigation, the participants are encouraged to explore the emotional and affective implications of the process of literary communication, including both conceptual and empirical research and covering the following aspects:

  • the emotional and affective habitus of the producer (the “real” author), her / his intentional or non-intentional use of techniques of emotionalisation, her / his definition of a specific poetics, and their possible impact on the text
  • the emotional and affective response of the “real” reader to these techniques
  • the text as a vehicle of emotions or affects which names, discusses or presents them as parts of the mental habitus of the protagonists (Th. Anz); the aesthetic question of how such processes are evoked (use of metaphors, inscription of the body, syntax of the unspeakable, etc.).

The focus on contemporary literature necessarily confronts us with S. Žižek’s assessment of the 21st century as the “apocalyptic zero point” and S. Ahmed’s, L. Berlant’s and others’ warnings of the West’s “cruel” attachments to neoliberal optimism. S. Ngai identifies “ugly feelings” while M.C. Nussbaum addresses the ethics of care as an affective, and alternative, form of knowledge, agency, and democracy (J. Tronto).

  • And so what are the affects and emotions that index the particularity of our literary moment or our moment of crisis?
  • How does intimacy or privacy respond to publicness?
  • What is today’s equivalent of Romantic ennui and melancholy?
  • Do situations of exile and migration enhance the new “maladies of the soul” (J. Kristeva)?
  • Do authors ask questions of liveliness and animacy (M.Y. Chen)?
  • Which lives today are considered worth living and are recognized as such (J. Butler)?
  • How might Indigenous literary and critical interventions undo the very categorizations and labels suggested by this call for papers and enable us to tell different stories (D.H. Justice)?

These and other lines of critical inquiry – on the basis of the above-mentioned emotional and affective implications of literary communication – are designed to allow participants to approach affect, emotion, and the new maladies of the soul of this 21st century, a task which will advance terminological, methodological, and theoretical knowledge both in the fields of affect and emotion and of text analysis.

In the treatment of this description, the organizers encourage comparative, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies. They invite proposals of traditional 20-minute papers as well as other forms of presentation such as short 10-minute position papers, round-tables, or pecha kucha presentations. Complete panel proposals (of 3 or 4 papers) are also highly encouraged.

Proposals (250 words per paper), in English or in French, with a short biographical note (50 words), should be submitted to this mail address by February 1, 2016.

This second conference will take place at the Banff Centre in Canada September 22-25, 2016. Situated in Banff National Park, surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Rockies, the Banff Centre is a unique place to promote the arts and all disciplines on a Canadian and on an international level. For further information concerning the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta, please visit

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Conference and CfP: „Imagi/Nation: Canada Past and Future“

Imagi/Nation: Canada Past and Future
Imagi/Nation: Le Canada, son passé et son avenir

18th Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland

Maynooth University, May 13-14, 2016

Organising Committee: Professor Michael Brophy (ACSI President), Professor Jane Koustas (ACSI and UCD Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies), Dr Julie Rodgers (ACSI Secretary)

As Ireland prepares to celebrate the centenary of the historic events of 1916, it is timely to recall that the ensuing Constitution of the Irish Free State owes much to the Canadian Constitution, referencing that nation as a model in a number of its articles.

This conference will explore the multiple facets − political, economic, historical, geographical, linguistic, literary and artistic – of Canada as a nation defined not only by its past, but by a future conceived through diverse and ever-evolving representations of that past.  Possible topics might include:

•    Nation and commemoration
•    Nation-building and legislation
•    Mapping the nation
•    National identity/ies
•    Trans-national relations
•    The eco-nation
•    The future of nationhood
•    (Re)imagining the nation

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short CV, to this email address.
Submissions in French or English are welcome.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 15 January 2016

For further details, please visit the Association’s website.

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Call for Contributions: Canadian Sites of Resistance: Solidarity—Struggle—Change (?)

Editors: Weronika Suchacka, Hartmut Lutz, and Anna Kricka

The editors of TransCanadiana: Polish Journal of Canadian Studies invite sumbissions for the journal’s 8th volume „Canadian Sites of Resistance: Solidarity – Struggle – Change (?)“. TransCanadiana is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Polish Association of Canadian Studies (PACS). Every issue comprises articles on a subject specified by the editors, as well as short reviews of recent publications in the field of Canadian Studies, and a newsletter presenting information and updates on the activities of the PACS and Canadian Studies Centers in Poland.

In Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward W. Said, David Barsamian opens his introduction to the volume with the following words by Said: „I have been unable … to live an uncommitted or suspended life: I have not hesitated to declare my affiliation with an extremely unpopular cause.“ We hear the meaning of Said’s words reverberating in those by Audre Lorde in her seminal essay „The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power“: „And this is a grave responsibility projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe.“ Each statement in reflecting upon different matters, yet both speak in the same voice – that of being ready to, as Lorde continues, „begin to give up, of necessity, being satisfied with suffering and self-negation, and with the numbness which so often seems like their only alternative in our society.“ This is the voice that speaks loud and clear about disagreement with any form of enforcement and about resistance „against oppression“ (Lorde).

The capacity to resist dehumanization and to act in solidarityx against any forms of oppression constitute defining and fundamental human qualities throughout the course of history. Faced with our contemporary world of global and local unrest – wars, military interventions, terrorist threats and attacks, economic crises, political and social oppression, as well as environmental destruction – „a grave responsibility“ of reacting and taking a stand falls on all of us. Yet, the possibility of any change to a given status quo hinges not only on a standpoint one takes but most importantly on the actions that one performs, and these, as history shows, are rarely successful without group solidarity and mutual commitment to the struggle for a common cause.

As the previous volume of TransCanadiana has shown, Canada occupies an influential position in the global arena, shaping its international renown of soft power, and so while working towards its internal political, economic, social and cultural stability and progress, it „has sought constructive global solutions to increasingly global problems.“ Yet as the editors of the previous volume have also rightly pointed out, „There is, however, a darker side of Canada’s international image.“ Indeed, Canada’s path to its positive profile worldwide has been quite winding, resting on the largely unacknowledged systemic dispossession of Indigenous populations, and being marked in its history by conflict and struggle against political enforcement, racial and ethnic prejudice, social injustice, economic inequality and the destruction of the ecosystem. Moreover, what many examples from Canadian history and present current affairs in Canada show is that disagreement with and opposition to political, social, cultural and/or economic inhibition has been taking place in Canada from the bottom up, so that grassroots movements have become a crucial dimension of resistance in this country. It is thus from this perspective that the editors would like to open up a discussion about Canadian sites of collective resistance, their past and present examples, their meanings for the future, but also their potential for or failure at effecting change. Consequently the editors would like to examine the reassons and consequences, as well as forms and substance of different instances of group protest and defiance that have taken place not only within Canada but also beyond its borders to see if, how, and to what extend Canada voices and enacts its solidarity „against oppression“ in local and global terms.

The editors would like to invite contributions from Canadianists and scholars of other sutides who want to address the issue of resistance in Canada’s internal and international context. In this way, we hope to create an interdisciplinary exploration of the topic that might include, but is not limited to the analysis of opposing and protesting against:

  • a hierarchical structuring of society and social existence;
  • class, race, ethnic, and gender prejudice and marginalization;
  • heteronormativity and all forms of sexist oppression;
  • controlling and restricting various means of empowerment, e.g. access to knowledge;
  • political oppression and disenfranchisement, e.g. censorship and silencing;
  • discrimination against people on grounds of age or physical and mental impairment;
  • the damage of ecology;
  • persistence of internal colonialist structures and other forms of (neo)colonialism;
  • linguistic and cultural assimilationist practices;
  • globalization and late capitalism;
  • strucutral and personal violence.

Brief article abstracts of c. 350 words as well as proposals for book reviews of c. 150 words (with complete bibliographical dertails) should be e-mailed to the editors by February 29, 2015. After the selection process is completed, and no later than March 31, 2015, the editors will invite authors to submit completed articles (max. 20 pages, double spaced, following MLA style) or reviews (max. 4 pages, double spaced,  following MLA style) by May 1, 2016. Abstracts, proposals for book reviews, articles, and reviews should be written in English or in French.

Submissions in English should be e-mailed to Weronica Suchacka (PhD) or Hartmut Lutz (Prof. dr hab.).

Submissions in French should be e-mailed to Anna Kricka (PhD).

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Conference and Call for Papers: „Inuit Traditions / Traditions Inuites“

20th Biennial Inuit Studies Conference

Oct 7-10, 2016, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (CA)

Inuit traditions are a repository of Inuit culture and a primary expression of Inuit identity. The theme for the 2016 Inuit Studies Conference invites Elders, knowledge-bearers, researchers, artists, policy-makers, students and others to engage in conversations about the many ways in which traditions shape understanding, while registering social and cultural change.

The institutional hosts of “Inuit Traditions,” Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Nunatsiavut Government, invite you to contribute to an exchange of knowledge to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 7-10, 2016. Presentations on all aspects of Inuit studies will be welcome. The host committee particularly welcomes presentations, discussions, workshops, performances and other opportunities for dialogue on Inuit traditions that may include:

  • community knowledge
  • expressions of identity
  • social, communal and political interaction
  • relationships with the land and the environment
  • language and cultural expression
  • intergenerational transmission
  • technology and change
  • community health and well-being

Finally, the organizers hope that the 2016 Inuit Studies Conference will rekindle the dialogue between traditional knowledge and scholarly ways of knowing – a dialogue that animated the Inuit Studies Conference twenty years ago, the last time it was held in St. John’s. With the perspective of a further two decades of collaborative work, the ambition is that the conference will provide a forum to encourage and examine the conversation between diverse knowledge traditions. Warmly welcome are ideas from all who are willing to help enrich this conversation.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website.

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CfP Young Scholars‘ Panel at the Annual Conference of the GKS

Grainau/Zugspitzdorf (Germany), 12. – 14. Feb 2016
Organizers: Young Scholars‘ Forum

The 37th Annual Conference of the GKS will again feature a panel for young scholars from all disciplines. Advanced BA/MA students, doctoral students, and post-docs who have never presented in Grainau are invited to present and discuss their research.

The framing topic of the 2016 conference is:

Soziale Gerechtigkeit / Social Justice / La Justice Sociale

The Young Scholars‘ Forum invites papers that position themselves within the general framework of the conference, but also contributions on any other topic in Canadian Studies, and from any discipline. They are looking forward to your proposals.

The deadline is december 15, 2015. Please send 200-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and a short biographical note (100 words) via email.


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Leitungsteam-Nachfolge für das Nachwuchsforum gesucht!

logo_nachwuchs_grossCall for Applications

Das Nachwuchsforum (NWF) der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien e.V. sucht junge, engagierte Kanadist_innen, die sich aktiv im NWF-Leitungsteam einbringen und die Förderung von Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen im Rahmen einer interdisziplinären Kanadistik unterstützen möchten.

Die Leitung des NWFs setzt sich aus zwei Teams zusammen, die jeweils versetzt für zwei Jahre amtieren. Turnusgemäß wird das Team Potsdam-Kanada auf der nächsten Jahrestagung der GKS (12. – 14. Feb 2016 in Grainau) sein Amt abgeben. Auf der Jahrestagung wird außerdem traditionell auch das zukünftige Team vorgestellt, das dann gemeinsam mit Team Wien die Leitung des Nachwuchsforums übernehmen wird. Ausführlichere Informationen zum Nachwuchsforum und Team Wien findet man auf der NWF-Homepage.

Das Leitungsteam ist für die Organisation des jährlichen Nachwuchspanels auf der GKS-Jahrestagung sowie für die Ausrichtung einer Graudiertentagung zuständig. In das Aufgabengebiet fällt außerdem die Vernetzung im deutschsprachigen Raum mit anderen Partnerorganisationen, akademischen Einrichtungen, Kanadazentren und den Vertretungen der Regierungen von Kanada und Québec. Dies geschieht u.a. durch die Aktualisierung der Webseite, das Erstellen eines monatlichen Newsletters mit Informationen zu Konferenzen, Stipendien, Jobangeboten und weiteren Neuigkeiten im Bereich der Kanada-Studien sowie die Repräsentanz des NWFs in Social Media Plattformen (Facebook und Twitter). Die Arbeit im NWF verschafft einen aktiven Einblick in die Organisation von wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen, die Drittmittelbeschaffung, den Umgang mit neuen  Medien und das Vernetzen der im deutschsprachigen Raum angesiedelten Kanadistik.

Besonders im Hinblick auf die Ausrichtung und Finanzierung der jährlichen Graduiertentagung hat sich die institutionelle Anbindung des Teams an eine akademische Einrichtung bewährt. Bewerber_innen sollten über gute Kenntnisse in mindestens einer der beiden offiziellen Amtssprachen Kanadas verfügen; es ist von Vorteil, wenn im Team sowohl die englische als auch französische Sprache repräsentiert werden. Bewerbungen von interdisziplinär besetzten Teams, die ein möglichst breites Spektrum der Sektionen der GKS vertreten, sind besonders willkommen; Einzelpersonen, die wir ausdrücklich zu einer Bewerbung ermutigen, werden jedoch gleichermaßen berücksichtigt.

Das Team Wien freut sich über zahlreiche Einsendungen! Bewerbungen sind bis zum 15. Dezember 2015 an die E-Mailadresse des NWFs möglich und bestehen aus einem Motivationsschreiben (max. 2 Seiten) und dem Lebenslauf der Interessierten. Alle Bewerber_innen werden bis Anfang Januar 2016 über die Entscheidung informiert.

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CfP: Canadian Culinary Imaginations: A Symposium of Literary and Visual Fare

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver B.C. Canada (Richmond Campus), February 19 – 20, 2016

Organizers: Shelley Boyd (English Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and Dorothy Barenscott (Fine Arts Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

In her 2014 book The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity, Sandra M. Gilbert observes that while the twenty-first century is “gastronomically obsessed,” the “lore and lure of food” have been present since antiquity and prehistory. Culinary imaginings are most certainly dynamic, Gilbert argues, with new modes of writing and visual representations evoking food’s ongoing cultural significance. Similar reflections on Canada’s early beginnings to the twenty- first century understandably lead to questions about the shifting contours of this nation’s “culinary imaginations.” How have innovations in form and content shaped this country’s food- related expressions?

The Canadian Culinary Imaginations symposium invites interdisciplinary examinations of how Canadian writers and/or visual artists use food to articulate larger historical and cultural contexts, as well as personal sensibilities. Who are the key or overlooked figures, and how have they broadened or challenged the meaning of food through their art? The symposium will coincide with the launch of the public art exhibition Artful Fare: Conversations about Food, featuring the collaborative art projects of KPU Fine Arts and English students as they engage in creative-critical dialogues about food in Canadian poetry. The symposium will take place on Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond campus, located near the Landsdowne Skytrain Station (on the Canada Line) with convenient access to Vancouver’s International Airport.

In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the symposium, the organizers invite paper proposals that may engage with a range of topics within a Canadian or comparative context, including (but not restricted to) the following:

  • Examinations of Canadian artists and/or writers who use food prominently in their works
  • The relationship between food and form (drama, fiction, foodoir, landscape painting, oral traditions, poetry, portraiture, performance art, sculpture, still-life, film, photography, digital media, etc.)
  • Food-related expressions in the context of literary or artistic movements (early Canadiana, modernism, feminism, post-colonialism, the avant-garde, etc.).
  • Representations of scarcity and hunger
  • Examinations of literary cookbooks and/or exhibition catalogues of visual fare
  • Recipes, menus, and/or food policies in literature and/or the visual arts
  • Representations of urban and rural foodways
  • Local, regional, national, and/or global food politics in Canadian literature and the arts
  • Expressions of First Nations foodways
  • Food in iconic works of Canadian art and literature; or Canadian food/brands in art and  literature
  • Comparisons of cross-cultural culinary imaginations that include Canada

Please email your proposal (as a Word attachment) with the subject line “Culinary Imaginations” to Shelley Boyd and Dorothy Barenscott by November 12, 2015.

Proposals should include the following:

  1. Your name, contact information, and institutional affiliation.
  2. The title of your paper, AND a proposal of 250 – 300 words, identifying the texts and/or visual works that will be your focus and outlining the argument to be presented in a paper of approximately 20 minutes in length.
  3. A 50-word biographical statement.
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10 Doctoral Research Positions at the IRTG „Diversity – Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces“

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) „Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces“ (Trier, Montréal, Saarbrücken), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is accepting applications for

10 doctoral research positions (TVL 13, 50%)
at the University of Trier and at Saarland University
for the period of 18 months, starting 1st April 2016,
with a possible contract renewal for 18 more months
pending the continuation of funding by the DFG

The IRTG „Diversity“ is a joint German-Canadian doctoral education program of the University of Trier, Saarland University, and the Université de Montréal. On the German side, it has its offices at the University of Trier. The IRTG „Diversity“ proposes an innovative research program in the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Montréal, Québec, Canada, North America) and Europe (Saar-Lor-Lux, Germany, France, Europe) since the 18th century. Focusing on dynamic processes that engender diversity, the IRTG Diversity’s analytical framework offers new perspectives for transnational and area studies as well as cross-cultural research. Through the transversal analytic lenses of politics, practices, and narratives, the IRTG investigates the mediation and translation of cultural differences in micro-, meso. and macro-level empirical constellations. Following the principle of herméneutique croisée, the researchers in Europe focus on the sliding-scaled spatial zones of Montréal – Québec – Canada – North America, while the researchers in Canada focus on the Saar-Lor-Lux region – Germany/France – Europe. The IRTG „Diversity“ thus is especially interested in PhD projects focusing empirically on Canada and/or Quebec. Projects with a comparative approach are also encouraged.

Research-oriented Curriculum

The IRTG „Diversity’s“ three-year research-oriented curriculum is based on regular meetings of the doctoral students and the IRTG’s researchers, including intensive summer and winter schools, a mid-term international conference, and a dissertation workshop in the third year of the program. PhD candidates will have access to the research facilities of all three participating universities. The IRTG offers financial support for research trips to the Canadian partner university, to Canadian archives, and to Canadian research institutions during the mobility phases. PhD candidates will be supervised by professors who are members of the Research Training Group (see website). The IRTG therefore requires that applicants enroll as doctoral students at the Universit of Trier or at Saarland University, depending on the location of the first supervisor, and to take residence in Trier or Saarbrücken. To ensure regular scholarly exchanges, the IRTG requires PhD candidates to work at the offices we provide at the University of Trier for three days a week.

For further information about the IRTG Diversity’s research and qualification program, please consult the IRTG’s website.


The IRTG „Diversity“ invites the application of highly qualified applicants from diverse fields, including history, political science, literature, linguistics, intercultural communication and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural anthropology, gender studies and human geography. Applicants are expected to be fluent in at least two of the IRTG „Diversity’s“ official languages (German, English, French).

Applications can be submitted in German, French, or English and are due January 6, 2016. They should include:

  • a statement of purpose (no longer than three pages)
  • an exposé outlining the dissertation project (max. 10 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • contact information for two referees
  • copies of earned degrees (including copy of higher education entrance qualification)
  • proof of language skills (English, French, German)
  • a writing sample (preferably the MA thesis)
  • the DFG-based date survey questionnaire (see website)

The IRTG „Diversity“ welcomes applications from researchers of all nationalities. The University of Trier and Saarland University strive to increase the share of women in research and strongly encourage women to apply. Both universities are certified family-friendly employers. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favoured.

Please include all application material in one pdf or zip-file and send your applications via e-mail (subject: IRTG „Diversity“) to:

Dr. Lutz Schowalter
Academic Coordinator, IRTG Diversity
DM 240
54286 Trier
e-mail: schowalter[at]

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CfP: L’enclave dans les mondes anglophones / The Enclave in the Anglophone World

Colloque international de jeunes chercheurs – Culture et Littérature des Mondes Anglophones (CLIMAS)

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, March 11-12, 2016

Organizers: Remy Arab-Fuentes, Isabelle Gras, James Perosi-Doughty

An enclave is a portion of territory within or surrounded by a larger territory belonging to someone else. Access to this territory is difficult due to moral or social laws being different from those of the territory which it is isolated from. “Enclave” comes from the Latin root “to lock with a key.” This etymology conveys the idea that access is possible, albeit extremely restricted. Thus, the enclave provides its totally hermetic condition while simultaneously allowing for possibilities to enter. By virtue of its isolation from the rest of the world, the enclave is thus the privileged venue for particular phenomena that may only exist in this confined territory.

When the hermetic character of the enclave is exacerbated, whether or not the surrounding world has any influence on it, it is still possible to consider it an absolute alternative to the outside world. Thus, the enclave becomes the place for all fantasies; for all exaggerations. Since it is separated, sealed off, the enclave can serve as a place for experimentation — the radiant city or the laboratory of horrors; a utopia or dystopia. In any case, thanks to its isolation, the enclave has been able to claim the possibility of providing a new start. However, finding refuge in a utopian enclave brings up the question of escape or resistance. Behind this question lies another profound problem specific to the enclave: is the enclave a place in its own right, a removed place or a non-place? What relation links the enclave and the surrounding territory? Making a case of the enclave, taking into consideration a minority which takes its strength from opposing the surrounding majority is to acknowledge a territory in which its integration to a larger whole is problematic. Thus, the Enclave questions the notions of integration and rejection, especially if we consider ethnic enclaves which, due not only to their geopolitical but their social nature as well, have fluid borders which articulate these contradictory notions in a complicated way.

We have seen that enclaves create a gap between interior and exterior, and thus the possibility of a contrast which allows for magnifying certain aspects by comparison. The Enclave thus could act as a magnifying mirror. A paradox thus appears: is the Enclave the space of absolute difference, or does it simply reproduce societal phenomena in a finer and clearer manner, exacerbating these phenomena by smoothing out the surface of an exterior reality which is far too complex to be represented? The enclave does not only just bring about territorial ruptures, but above all it brings about a network of complex relations with its surroundings. Is it a privileged tool for representation or, on the contrary, a difficult place to chart due to its hermetic nature? Is it a refuge or a prison? What does it actually tell us on the concept of borders and affiliations? How does it develop its status of exception and claim its status as a minor territory in a larger and more united world? These geopolitical, ontological, and esthetic motifs of the enclave are what will be explored and developed at this conference.

Fields of Study :

Civilization: ethnic enclaves, reservations and concentration camps, transcendentalist societies

Literature: enclaves in the adventure novel/lost worlds, esthetic experience as enclaves

Linguistics: morphological and syntactical specificities, morphological specificities of dialects, mental spaces

We will consider the proposals in French and English from doctoral students and young researchers from all disciplines of English studies. Talks will discuss enclaves in the Anglophone world. Certain proposals will be selected to be published in Leaves: A Journal, Climas’s online review.

Please send all propositions (around 3000 signs including punctuation marks) along with a short CV to:, and by November 1st, 2015.

Further information (in French and English) can be found on the CLIMAS Website.

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