CfP: From Far and Wide: The Next 150

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 29 – 31, 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON/Canada

The 150th anniversary of Confederation provides an opportunity to revisit the nation-building negotiations and agreements that shaped the Dominion of Canada, but more fundamentally it should cause us to reflect upon and reconsider the collective and the individual Canadian experience across time and place. “From Far and Wide: The Next 150” – the theme for Congress 2017 – not only recognizes the sesquicentennial moment, the theme’s first part issues a call to consider the diversity of experience, both nationally and internationally, while its second challenges us to consider where Canada and Canadian society is headed in the future. With this in mind, “From Far and Wide: The Next 150” can be adapted to historical purposes, encouraging us to explore the following broad issues:

From Far and Wide: National anniversaries often focus on a shared national experience, but what of the diverse Canadian experiences across the vast geographic expanse of Canada before, during, and after Confederation? What of the indigenous experiences, and how might we better recognize and include them in our understanding of Canadian society? What of experiences shaped by gender and sexual identity? How have they furthered and broadened our understanding of what it means to be Canadian? What of the immigrant experiences? How have those “from far and wide” challenged and augmented Canadian society and national identity? What is the place of counter-narratives within the national experience, such as those raised by protests, separation movements, or the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission? What of the international sphere? How has Canada, and how have Canadians, exerted influence in “far and wide” locations across the globe? How have issues surrounding national naissance and development – belonging, citizenship, identity – been framed and contested beyond our borders?

The Next 150: What new insights can historians bring to the vision upon which the Dominion of Canada was founded? What new assessments can we provide about Canada’s territorial expansion to fulfill the vision of “From Sea to Sea”? What future did Canadians foresee for the nation in “the next 150” at the time of Confederation and at subsequent anniversary commemorations? How might we assess the merits of such forecasts? How have Canadians commemorated previous anniversaries of Confederation? And, at these celebratory moments, how did Canadians reflect on the nation’s present and its past? What roles have historians played in shaping the commemorative experience and the idea of the nation in general? What role should they play? How have other nations or peoples elsewhere in the Commonwealth or beyond crafted their commemorative experiences? How do these compare to the Canadian variants?

The Programme Committee for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association invites proposals in English and in French from scholars working in any discipline, in any field, and in any era that address the conference theme. We also welcome proposals that do not specifically address the theme.

The Programme Committee invites individual paper and roundtable submissions, but strongly encourages the organization of panels aimed at generating engaging debate, submitted in one of the following two formats:

  1. A panel submission of three papers for which the Programme Committee will appoint a commentator. For these panels, papers must be submitted to the commentator in advance of the conference in order that the commentator may provide substantive remarks as a part of the panel session.
  2. A panel submission of four papers, for which the Programme Committee will appoint a facilitator.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words and a one-page CV to this email address.

Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016

Please note:
– The Programme Committee will accept only one paper proposal per individual.
– Presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association and must be able to attend the conference to present their paper in person.

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CfP: Mennonite/s Writing VIII: Personal Narratives of Place and Displacement

Hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies and the Journal of Mennonite Studies, October 2017 (exact dates TBA)

This international, interdisciplinary conference will focus on personal narratives in the context of Mennonite writing in Canada, the United States, Russia and around the world. Participants are encouraged to explore the historical and literary significance of personal narratives – including biography, autobiography, diary and memoir – in relation to the conference’s theme of „place and displacement“.

In particular, the conference focuses on texts arising from: 1) dislocation resulting from war-driven and violent forced migration; 2) dislocation from familiar local space resulting from social and cultural upheaval in peacetime. Other ideas regarding dislocation are welcomed.

Questions to be considered:

  • How have writers of Mennonite descent recorded their experiences of war and forced migration, or, alternatively, of resisting the assimilatory pressures of modern society?
  • How have they imaginatively grappled with their local community’s place in „the world“?
  • What role have personal narratives played in connecting, sustaining, or challenging Mennonite communities and institutions?
  • What future spaces are opened by attending more closely to personal narratives within the context of Mennonite writing?

Please submit a 100 word proposal, complete with a short CV to either Royden Loewen or Robert Zacharias by November 1, 2016.

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CfP: The Great Plains: An Environmental History

Workshop, May 22-25, 2017, various Oklahoma locations, USA

The organizers solicit papers for a National-Science-Foundation-funded, interdisciplinary workshop that explores the environmental history of the North American Great Plains from western Texas to southern Canada. Qualified papers from the workshop will be included in a volume edited by Kathleen A. Brosnan (University of Oklahoma) and Brian Frehner (University of Missouri, Kansas City) and published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

The organizers seek papers that collectively contribute to a redefinition of the region and its environmental history by exploring how technological adaptations, rather than disasters such as the Dust Bowl, have shaped the history of this environment and the people who inhabited it. Submissions should ideally move beyond decline and exploitation as defining ecological narratives of the region and examine the Great Plains by emphasizing one or more of the interrelated themes of water, grasses, animals, and energy. Moreover, technological adaptations can be defined in the broadest sense. Proposals that emphasize the longstanding role of native people in shaping environments throughout the regions are particularly encouraged.

Travel and lodging expenses, as well as most meals, will be provided for workshop participants. The workshop will take place at various Oklahoma locations from May 22 – 25, 2017. In addition to the papers sessions, the workshop tentatively included introductions to archival and museum resources at the University of Oklahoma in Norman; travel to Stillwater to observe grasslands management strategies such as prescribed burning; a visit to the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska; and travel to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserver to witness the effects of patch burning and to see bison ini their native habitat.

The selected participants will join a group of scholars who have already committed to this project including Clint Carroll, Michael Lansing, Mark Palmer, Jonatahn Peyton, Molly P. Rozum, Natale „Nat“ Zappia, and Maria Nieves Zedeño.

Penultimate drafts of the papers will be due one month in advance of the workshop. The organizers also plan to podcast the workshop live to high school students and will ask participants to share, in advance of the workshop, sample primary documents for a website for those students.

Please submit a 300 – 500-word paper proposal no later than September 30, 2016 to Kathleen Brosnan and Brian Frehner.

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Stellenausschreibung: Universitätsprofessor_in für British Studies

Im Fachbereich 06 – Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft, Campus Germersheim, ist zum 01.04.2017 die Stelle

einer Universitätsprofessorin oder eines Universtitätsprofessors
für British Studies
(Bes.Gr. W 3 LBesG)

zunächst befristet auf 6 Jahre, mit Tenure Track

zu besetzen.

Gesucht wird eine exzellent ausgewiesene, international vernetzte Persönlichkeit, die das Fachgebiet in Forschung und Lehre (im BA-Studiengang Sprache, Kultur, Translation und in den MA-Studiengängen Translation und Konferenzdolmetschen) in seiner ganzen Breite vertritt. Erwartet wird eine Profilierung im Bereich der Forschungsschwerpunkte der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz sowie des Fachbereichs 06 – Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft, vorzugsweise Medienwissenschaft. Eine Bereitschaft zur Schwerpunktbildung in der translationswissenschaftlichen Forschung und Lehre ist nachzuweisen. Vertrautheit mit dem Berufsfeld Übersetzen und Dolmetschen ist erwünscht. Die Bereitschaft zur aktiven Mitarbeit in interdisziplinären Verbundprojekten (u.a. in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich 05 – Philosophie und Philologie) sowie die erfolgreiche Einwerbung von Drittmitteln werden vorausgesetzt. Zu den Aufgaben der Stelleninhaber_in gehört die Leitung des Scottish Studies Centre am Fachbereich.

Die Bewerber_innen müssen neben den allgemeinen dienstrechtlichen Voraussetzungen die in $ 49 Hochschulgesetz Rheinland-Pfalz geforderten Einstellungsvoraussetzungen erfüllen.

Neben der Promotion sind hervorragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen nachzuweisen.

Das Land Rheinland-Pfalz und die Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz vertreten ein Konzept der intensiven Betreuung der Studierenden und erwarten deshalb eine hohe Präsenz der Lehrenden an der Universität.

Die Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz ist bestrebt, den Anteil der Frauen im wissenschaftlichen Bereich zu erhöhen, und bittet daher Wissenschaftlerinnen, sich zu bewerben.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei entsprechender Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtig.

Schriftliche Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (tabellarischer Lebenslauf, wissenschaftlicher Werdegang, Kopien der Zeugnisse und Urkunden, Schriftenverzeichnis, Übersicht über die bisherige Lehrtätigkeit, ein zwei- bis dreiseitiges Lehr- und Forschungskonzept) sind bis zum 20.10.2016 zu richten an den

Dekan des Fachbereichs 06 – Translations-, Sorach- und Kulturwissenschaft
Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Schreiber
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
An der Hochschule 2
76726 Germersheim

sowie zusätzlich als PDF-Datei an diese E-Mail-Adresse.

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CfP: Britain, Canada, and the Arts: Cultural Exchange as Post-War Renewal

International conference, 15 – 17 June 2017, Senate House, University of London, London/UK

Papers are invited for a major international, interdisciplinary conference to be held at Senate House, London, in collaboration with ENCAP (Cardiff University) and the University of Westminster. Coinciding with and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, this conference will focus on the strong culture of artistic exchange, influence, and dialogue between Canada and Britain, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on the decades after World War II.

The immediate post-war decades saw both countries look to the arts and cultural institutions as a means to address and redress contemporary post-war realities. Central to the concerns of the moment was the increasing emergence of the United States as a dominant cultural as well as political power. In 1951, the Massey Commission gave formal voice in Canada to a growing instinct, amongst both artists and politicians, simultaneously to recognize a national tradition of cultural excellence and to encourage its development and perpetuation through national institutions. This moment complemented a similar post-war engagement with social and cultural renewal in Britain that was in many respects formalized through the establishment of the Arts Council of Great Britain. It was further developed in the founding of such cultural institutions as the Royal Opera, Sadler’s Wells Ballet, the Design Council and later the National Theatre, and in the diversity and expansion of television and film.

While these various initiatives were often instigated by a strong national if not nationalist instinct, they were also informed by an established dynamic of social, political, and cultural dialogue. In the years before the war, that dynamic had been marked primarily by the prominent, indisputably anglophile voices of such influential Canadians in Britain as Beverly Baxter and Lord Beaverbrook. In English-speaking Canada, an established recognition of Britain as a dominant, if not originating, influence on definitions of cultural excellence continued to predominate. In the years following the war, however, that dynamic was to change, and an increased movement of artists, intellectuals, and artistic policy-makers between the two countries saw the reciprocal development of an emphatically modern, confident, and progressive definition of contemporary cultural activity.

This conference aims to expose and explore the breadth of this exchange of social and cultural ideals, artistic talent, intellectual traditions, and aesthetic formulations. The organizers invite papers from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives – and particularly encourage contributions from scholars and practitioners working in theatre, history, literature, politics, music, film and television, cultural studies, desgin, and visual art.

Some indicative post-war cultural figures and areas of influence:

  • Henry Moore and the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • John Gierson at the Naitonal Film Board
  • Leonard Brockington and the CBC
  • Sydney Newman, Alvin Rakoff and British and Canadian television drama
  • Tyrone Guthrie, Barry Morse, Tanya Moiseiwitch, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, John Neville, Christopher Newton, Robin Phillips, Brian Bedford, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, and others: developments in staging, acting, repertoire, and theatre-design at the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, the Old Vic, the Chichester Festival Theatre, the National Theatre
  • Powys Thomas at the CBC, the Stratford Festival, and the National Theatre School of Canada
  • Celia France, Gweneth Lloyd, and national ballet
  • Robertson Davies as novelist, actor, cultural critic in Britain and Canada, at the Stratford Festival; at the UNiversity of Toronto’s Massey College
  • Yousuf Karsh and the iconography of the mid-twentieth century
  • Intellectual exchange and influence: Northrop Frye, Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Elizabeth Smart and the London literary scene
  • Ronald Bryden and theatre criticism in London
  • Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett: Canadian tours and compositions
  • Glenn ould as musical interpreter, recording artist, celebrity personality, documentarian
  • Mordecai Richler, the cultural scene in London, and the dramatization of Anglophone Quebec
  • Mazo de la Roche and Lucy Maud Montgomery: literare influence and adaptations
  • Ben Wicks as cartoonist, journalist, and post-war memoirist

Other areas of exploration include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Quebec and ‚French Canada‘ in the British artistic scene
  • The cultural presence and infulence of the Governor General
  • Publishers and publishing networks
  • Newspapers, media magnates, and editorialists from Beaverbrook to Black
  • Universities and the ‚modernisation‘ of higher education
  • Popular culture and popular music
  • Cultural policy-making
  • Traditions of humour and satire
  • ‚Distinct cultures‘ within a larger nation
  • Constructions of indigeneity and native culture
  • National culture as anti-Americanism
  • Definitions of diversity, audience, and national identity
  • Architecture and urban development
  • More recent and contemporary exchanges in literature, art, politics, theatre, film, design, television, and the media

Proposal (max. 250 words) for papers of 20 minutes can be sent to the organizers Irene Morra (Cardiff University) and Hohn Wyver (University of Westminster) by 1 November 2016.

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Call for Papers of the Young Scholars‘ Forum for Grainau 2017

Young Scholars‘ Forum at the Annual Conference of the GKS, Grainau, 17 – 19th February 2017

logo_nachwuchs_gksThe Young Scholars‘ Forum would like to invite Canadianists and young scholars from all disciplines to contribute papers to their panel at the 38th Annual Conference of the GKS with the framing topic:

Revisiting Suburbia
Revisiter les espaces périurbaines

Advanced BA/MA students, doctoral students and post-docs who have not yet presented in Grainau are invited to present and discuss their research siturated in the general framework of the conference, but also from other fields of Canadian Studies and different disciplines.

The deadline is December 15, 2016. Please sent a 200-word abstract (for 20-minute papers) and a short biographical note via email to the Young Scholars‘ Forum.

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Job Offer: Assistant/Associate Professor in the History of First Nations and Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices

Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC/Canada

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the field of historical and contemporary First Nations and Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices. Scholars with any research specialization in First Nations / Indigenous North American studies are welcome to apply. The successful candidate will be an active scholar in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field.

Applicants must have a PhD (or have sucessfully defended their dissertation) in art history or a related discipline by the position start date. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research, and to demonstrate a record of, or potential for, high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be required to teach the history of Indigenous arts from the Pacific Northwest and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.

UBC, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers a diploma, BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and partners with departmental programs in Visual Art and in Critical and Curatorial Studies. This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, the Museum of Anthropology, the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. In addition there is an active community of Indigenous artists working in Vancouver.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website and be prepared to upload the folloing in the order listed:

  • a letter of application
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of research and teaching philosophies
  • a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper
  • evidence of teaching potential and effectiveness
  • a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body

Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email to this email address or by mail to:

Professor Scott Watson
Art History Search Committee
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
University of British Columbia
400 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z2

The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2017.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by September 30, 2016. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Abriginal persons, persons with disabilites, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will  be given priority.

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CfP: (Un)Settling British Columbia

Conference, May 4 – 6, 2017, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

In the prize-winning book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel strikes a hopeful note by suggesting that „the flood waters of colonialism are, at long last, receding“ (223). Nonetheless, the arrival and settlement of non-Indigenous peoples and species in North America utterly transformed relationships and environments, and the legacies of colonialism remain profound. Unsettling British Columbia means acknowledging and confronting these legacies, disturbing traditional perspectives of the province, and reexamining its economic, social and political systems.

As unsettling as this may be for some, it is necessary if Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians are to build a better future for all. For BC Studies 2017, the organizers seek papers that explore relationships and tensions between the settled and the unsettled in British Columbia’s past, present, and future.

Themes and ideas that this conference addresses include (but are not limited to):

  • Colonialism and resistance
  • Treaties and treaty-making
  • Land – its uses and meanings
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Energy past, present, and/or futures
  • Gender roles, identities, and expressions
  • Immigration and identities
  • British Columbia in Confederation
  • Indigenizing the Academy in BC

The organizers welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters from scholars and researchers across all disciplines, and encourage multi-disciplinary or thematic panels on any toic related to British Columbia (including comparative/transnational studies). Student proposals are encouraged, as are proposals for interactive workshops or roundtables.

Panels, roundtables, workshops: A short description (1oo words) of the theme for the session, as well as abstracts (~250 words) for each paper or presentation, and a one-page CV for each presenter. Please indicate who will be the main contact for the proposal.

Individual papers: abstract (~250 words) and a one-page CV.

Posters: a brief description (~ 50 – 100 words) of the theme and a one-page CV.

Deadline for submission: Monday, October 31, 2016.

Please send all proposals electronically to Timothy Lewis or Katharine Rollwagen at this mail address.

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Panel CfP: Writers Without Borders: US and Canadian Women Authors

In her study of L. M. Montgomery (1874 – 1942) in the „Extraordinary Canadians“ series, Canadian author Jane Urquhart invokes comparisons of L. M. Montgomery’s lfie and work to that of her near-contemporary American peers, Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937), Willa Cather (1873 – 1947), and Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930), among others. While the transatlantic connection among women writers is receiving increasing critical attention, the ltierary relationships among American and Canadian women writers offer a relatively recent area for scholarly explorations of the influences and alignments crossing North America.

This panel seeks comparative studies of American and Canadian women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that address a range of topics such as the handling of young and/or older female protagonists, representations of nature, depictions of regions, and other relevant subjects. In addition to Montgomery and the authros mentioned above, other possible authors to consider might include Montgomery and other American regionalists, such as Sarah Orne Jewett; Cather and Margaret Laurence, Alcott and her Canadian counterparts.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Please include a brief biography.

Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Please submit your abstracts via this website.

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CfP: Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home

Conference, 6 – 10 April 2017, National Museum of Immigration, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organizers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham, UK), Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP, University of Illinois)

In partnership with: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF, Argentina), UNESCO CHair in Cultural Tourism (Argentina), Museums of Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (National Museum of Immigration, Argentina)

The early colonization of the Americas represented the layering of cultures and new inscriptions of place. Today we see conceptions of the stability of ‚old world‘ that have been challenged by centuries of two-way flows of people and objects, each engendering new meanings, allowing for new interpretations of landscape, the production of identities and generating millions of stories. The emergenge of the ’new world‘ in opposition to the old – in real, imaginary and symbolic terms – problematizes sense of place and induces consideration of a ‚placelessness‘ as a location for ideas of home, memory and belonging. This conference looks at the actors and processes that produce and reconfigure the old world in the new, and the new world in the old across the Atlantic – north and south – through constructions of heritage in material and immaterial form. Its focus is upon the widely conceived Trans-Atlantic but the organizers also welcome contributions that focus on the heritages of migration from around the world.

Held at the National Museum of Immigration, Buenos Aires, Argentina – a country that itself has seen mass immigration – this conference asks:

  • What objects and practices do migrants value and carry with them in their movements between old and new worlds?
  • How do people negotiate and renegotiate their „being in the world“ in the framework of migration?
  • How is memory enacted through material culture and heritage into new active domains?
  • What stories are told and how are they transmitted within and between migrant communities and generations?
  • How is the concept of home made meaningful in a mobile world?
  • Where do performances of identity „take place“ so as to generate new landscapes of collective memory?
  • How do the meanings of place and placelessness change over generations from an initial migration?

The conference is designed to encourage provocative dialogue across the fullest range of disciplines. Thus the organizers welcome papers from academic colleagues in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, business, communication, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, literary studies, media studies, museum studies, popular culture, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, and urban studies. Indicative topics of itnerest to the conference include:

  • The heritage of trans-Atlantic encoutners – ways and means of corssing distances
  • Performing place and new inscriptions of placelessness
  • Migration and urban territories – settlement processes and practices
  • Travelling intangible heritages – the rituals, practices, festivals of home away
  • Diasporic heritage communities
  • Migrating memories
  • Representations of migration/immigration in popular culture

How to submit an abstract:

Abstracts of 300 words submitted in the conference format should be sent as soon as possible but no later than October 14, 2016. Please click on this link to submit your abstract via the online form.

If you have any difficulty with the online submission form, or any other queries, please email Hannah Stretton.

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