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.

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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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CfP: 48th Algonquian Conference

Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 13-16, 2016

This conference is an international meeting for researchers to share papers on Algonquian peoples. Fields of interest include anthropology, archaeology, art, biography, education, ethnography, ethnobotany, folklore, geography, history, language education, linguistics, literature, music, native studies, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

The conference will open on the evening of Thursday, October 13 with a welcome reception. Regular conference sessions will take place from Friday morning to Sunday noon.

If you are interested in making a presentation, please send a title and abstract of a maximum of one page to this e-mail address.

The subject line of your e-mail must read „Algonquian Conference“ and the text of your e-mail message must include your name, postal address, institutional affiliation and telephone number as well as the e-mail address of each speaker.

Please indicate your requirements for audio-visual equipment. The d eadline for submission of abstracts is September 1, 2016.

The following facilities will be made available to all participants through the Electa Quinney Institute: photocopier, computer, printer and telephone,

Registration information can be found here.

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CfP: Defining Canada, 1867 – 2017: values, practices and representations

International Conference/Congress of the French Association of Canadian Studies (AFEC), 14-16 June 2017, Canadian Cultural Center, Paris (France)

On July 1 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On this historic occasion, the FrenchAssociation of Canadian Studies, in conjunction with the Research Center on Anglophone Cultures (LARCA) of the Université Paris Dideor and the Canadian Embassy in Paris, will hold a conference to explore the evolution of Canada and what defines it. This conference intents to favor the historical perspective of the longue durée, by examining not only what defines Canada in 2017, but by comparing this with the way it was defined in 1867, at the time of Conferedation, as well as in 1967, at the time of the centennial. To do so, the conference will be organized around three guiding lines that correspond to the values, the practices and the representations through which Canada is defined.

 

1) Canadian Values and Principles

The 2015 federal election was marked by a fierce debate over Canadian values, with two opposed views of Canada. The Conservative view of Canada promoted by Stephen Harper was based on a defense of moral certainty and material values and the desire to make uncompromising choices. The Liberal view of Canada, defended by Justrin Trudeau, emphasized the values of kindness and respect for diversity, and the desire to promote inclusiveness through collaboration and compromise. Both views were inspired, to a certain extent, by Canada’s past: the Conservative vision was associated with a return to the monarchist and British atmosphere of Sir John A. Macdonald’s Canada, while the Liberal view recalled the golden age of Lester Pearson’s and Pierre Trudeau’s Canada. The conference will therefore invite exploration of the values of contemporary Canada, but also of past Canada, so as to assess their permanence and evolution. To this reflection on values, which often possess an emotional dimension, could be added a study of the theoretical principles that serve and have served as foundations of the Canadian identity. The conference will welcome proposals for papers that address one of these topics, among others:

  • What is the current state of research on the values and principles that persided to the invention of the Canadian nation, its difficult beginnings, its links with the British Empire?
  • What is the place of conservatism in Canada today, and how did conservatism in Canada evolve since the foundation of the nation in 1867, and its centennial in 1967?
  • What are the libearl values of Canada? How far did they shape the Canadian identity in the 20th century? Is Justin Trudeau’s victory a sign that they form the permanent core of Canada?
  • In the past, were Canadian values and principles a crucial element to differentiate Canada from the United States, and is it still true today? Is the trend today towards a great resemblance or a greater divergence of Canadian and American values?
  • To what extent have new values that were disregarded in the past become central in the early 21st century (such as concern from the environment, equal representation of men and women…)?
  • How are Canadian values (re)defined, (re)presented or challenged by various artistic or literary forms?
  • Could it be said that the indigenous question is at the heart of Canadiaan values today? To what extent does the evolution of Canadian values lead to the construction of an inclusive identity (First Nations, founding peoples, immigrants)?

 

2) Canadian Practices

Canadian values are expressed and translated into reality through political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural practices which have greatly evolved since 1867 or even 1967.The conference invites proposals that explore the evolution of Canadian practices in all fields, among others:

  • Politics, Institutions, National Unity: the evolution of Canada federalism (decentralization, asymmetrical federalism); the place of Quebec in the post-referendum era; the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and the judicialization of politics bwetween 1967 and 2017; the evolution of the Canadian democracy, from British-style parliamentary system to participative democracy; reform of the electoral system…
  • International Relations: does multilateralism remain the cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy? From Pearson to Axworthy, does Canada remain a key agent for peace in the world?
    Economy: evolution of the trade practices of Canada, from the National Policy to NAFTA; permanence of staple model, from the fur trade to the mining sector…
  • Environment and the Economy: from the Hudson’s Bay Company to the XL Pipeline, ahve Canadian priorities changed?
    Indigenous peoples and society: a key challenge of contemporary Canada is to enable the integration of the First Nations on an equal basis, as well as their reconciliation with non-indigenous peoples. We will encourage presentations of the practices that make this evolution possible, such as the judicial use of land claims; the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the creation of the territory of Nunavut; the legal obligation to consult indigenous peoples on development projects; the national inquiry into the murder or disappearance of indigenous women…
  • Language and Society: evolution of language policies and language practices. While Article 133 of the Constitution of 1867 did not officially establish bilingualism in Canada, it represented an almost revolutionary progress at a time when the institutional coexistence of two languages was at odds with received ideas of the link between language and the national identity. How has the relaitonship between the two official languages evolved since 1867? Do the language practices of speakers reflect this evolution? Is bilingualism a still valid concept in a society defined by multiculturalism?
  • Religions and Society: evolution of religious practices in Canada. Since 1867, the country has moved from religious practices that reproduced the European tradition of Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Judaism to an impressive pluralism that matched that of the United States. This was due to immigration but also tot he specific workings of religion in Canada.
  • Literature and the Arts: as early as the 1880s, the „Poets of Confederation“ started to build a Canadian poetic tradition and to contribute to the definition of the national identity. However, it is only since the 1960s that Canadian literature has moved apart from British and American literature. Where does it stand today? What relationship between literary practices in French and in English? Do they reflect similar evolutions?

 

3) Canadian Representations

Canada is also defined by the way it is represented, especially in the current era when branding has brcomse such an important concept. The conference will particularly encourage reflection on the representation of diversities in contemporary Canada, in comparison with the past. At the time of Confederation, Canada was often perceived as described as a binational state made up of two founding peoples, the French Canadians and the English Canadians. At the time of the centennial, the concept of a bicultural state was being replaced by the representation of Canada as a multicultural nation. Fifty years later, the representations of Canada seem to relfect a desire to encompass an ever-widening range of types of diversities, such as gender, religion, eexual orientation, physical handicap… Among these, the process of indigenization of Canadian identity that is barely beginning today may prove to be one of the most important changes in the future representation of Canada. The conference encourages proposals on the following topics, among others:

  • Does multiculturalism remain a central element in the representation of Canada today?
  • Is gender a key element of the representation of Canada today, in the fields of politics (gender equality in the Trudeau government), institutions (call to introduce gender-neural lyrics in the national anthem), arts (gender and sexual orientation as central themes in Xavier Nolan’s movies), literature….?
  • How the indigenous heritage of Canada is slowly being included in the national representtion through various processes of indigenization: greater visibility and consideration for indigenous languages; enhancement of indigenous artistic production; nomination of indigenous peoples at keyCabinet positions; showcasing the indigenous heritage as the official theme of the Vancouver Olympic Games; introduction of mandatory courses on indigenous cultures in Canadian universities…

Abstracts can be submitted individually or as a panel (group of 4 proposals around the same topic), in French or in English.

Deadline to sumbit abstracts (400 words) along with a short bio (100 words), preferably in Word format: August 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2016.

Contact:
Dr. Laurence CROS
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies
Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)
Mail

Selected papers from this conference will be published in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies.

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Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Canada in the 21st Century

13th Graduate Student Conference of the Young Scholars‘ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries, University of Vienna (A), June 24-26, 2016

Nachwuchsforum-Tagung 2016In May 2014, Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest and set in motion a wave of responses resonating beyond the borders of the country. In only one year, Conchita – by now the so-called “Queen of Austria” (ORF) and the “queer star on the European horizon” (The Guardian) – has transformed into an icon, not only of pop culture, but first and foremost of tolerance, diversity, respect, and freedom as she continues to promote the 2015 contest’s motto “Building Bridges.” Her anti-discrimination campaign has increased awareness of the necessity for change on social, cultural, and political levels, and has encouraged new debates about human rights, not only in Europe, but on a global scale. As such, CTV’s Canada AM has argued that just as Eurovision is about more than songs, Conchita’s message concerns more than Austria. Her message transcends the borders of Europe and continues to impact even Canadians, who are struggling with current affairs such as the refugee and asylum seeker debates, which have dominated even Canada’s federal election campaigns this fall. Mirroring the increasingly difficult situation Europe has been facing, this reflects Canada’s ongoing status as a space of encounters and multiculturalism, but also of separatism and (neo)colonial policies.

The 13th graduate student conference of the Young Scholars’ Forum taking place in Vienna in 2016 is thus titled “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Canada in the 21st Century.” It aims at exploring Canada’s cross-cultural and transnational dimensions; the realities of its histories, geographies, cultures, politics, and, above all, its people and identities, that have shaped and transformed it into its current state as a multicultural dominion a mari usque ad mare (“from sea to sea”).

Topics and disciplines to be addressed (in English and French) will include:

  • (Im)Migration, Integration, Refugee & Asylum-Seeker Debates
  • Anglo- and Francophone Canadian Literatures & Cultures
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Multiculturalism
  • Gender & Queer Studies
  • Media & Film Studies, Visual Culture
  • Anthropology, (Ethno)History, Geography, Politics & Economics
  • Language, Linguistics & Translation
  • Canada/Québec and the World 

Please find further information on the conference program, registration, location etc. on the conference website.

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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 June 30, 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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Canadian Studies Day 2016: Teaching Canada – Enseigner le Canada

marburger zentrum

 

 

 

14. Juni 2016, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6D

Das Marburger Zentrum für Kanada-Studien veranstaltet am 14.6.2016 in Marburg eine interdisziplinäre Tagung/Lehrerfortbildung zum Thema „Teaching Canada – Enseigner le Canada“. Die Besonderheit dieses Jahres ist, dass hierbei an die Thematik der aktuellen Ringvorlesung „Canadian Ecologies – Écologies canadiennes – Kanadische Ökologien“ angeknüpft wird. Hierbei wird der Frage nachgegangen: Wie kann man das Thema Ökologie und Umwelt in Kanada in den Englisch- und Französischunterricht bringen?
Wissenschaftlerinnen, LehrerInnen, Studierende und SchülerInnen eröffnen auf dem Canadian Studies Day ein breites Feld an Themen, Methoden und Ideen für den Unterricht an Schulen und Universitäten.

Für Rückfragen und Anmeldung für den Canadian Studies Day (bis zum 7.6.2016) wenden Sie sich bitte an Frau Vonderschmidt oder Herrn Kuester.
Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt!

Das vorläufige Programm können Sie hier einsehen.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for Papers: Revisiting Suburbia – Revisiter les espaces périurbains

February 17-19, 2017, Grainau, Germany
38th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries

Canada, over the last several decades, has become not only a highly urbanized country but, in fact, “an overwhelmingly suburban nation” (Bourne 1991: 25, emphasis added). There is little doubt that Canada’s urban experience in the early part of the 21st century is actually, in large parts, a suburban experience. And while suburbia as such is not a new topic for academia, suburban Canada has undergone massive changes over the last few decades. As the Canadian space economy has been restructured through processes of global economic change, the spatial structure of Canadian metropolises and the relations between centre and suburbs have been modified accordingly. Changing immigration and internal migration trends have had a notable impact not just on the traditional immigrant reception areas of the inner cities, but on the outer city as well, with an increase in ethnic diversity as well as the emergence of ethnoburbs. Socioeconomic polarization and poverty have taken root in the suburbs, just as new lifestyles and family arrangements have found spaces in suburbia, which today appears more diverse, more vibrant and less homogeneous than ever before. “We’re a long way from Levittown, Dorothy”, as Drummond & Labbé (2013: 46) succinctly put it. So…

  • How to make sense of the changing spatial structures and patterns of Canadian sub-/urbanisms?
  • What historical and current factors can explain the emergence of new suburban landscapes?
  • What drives economic restructuring, socioeconomic segregation, cultural and social innovation in present-day Canadian suburbia?
  • How do demographic and sociocultural values change impact on the politics of suburbia and city?
  • How is all of this reflected in cultural constructions of city and suburbia? And how do these cultural constructions influence value systems, moral codes, and political decision-making?
  • If suburbia becomes more elusive than ever – as space, as place, as utopia or dystopia – do we need new concepts and approaches to comprehend contemporary sub-/urban life in Canada?

Call for papers

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries aims to increase and disseminate a scholarly understanding of Canada. Its work is facilitated primarily through seven disciplinary sections, but it is decidedly multidisciplinary in outlook and seeks to explore avenues and topics of, and through transdisciplinary exchange. For its 2017 annual conference, the Association thus invites papers from any discipline that speak to the conference theme of “revisiting suburbia” with a Canadian or comparative focus. (Papers can be presented in English, French or German.) We are particularly – but not exclusively – interested in the following four main aspects:

1) Cultural production in and of suburbia
à investigating both the production of (changing?) cultural representations of Canadian suburbia, e.g. in literature, film, music, architecture or fine art, as well as the changing conditions of suburban cultural production themselves; addressing the overreaching question of how Canadian culture has been changed from and by the suburbs and their residents

2) Diversity, discrimination and inclusion in suburbia
à analyzing the processes of socioeconomic change in Canadian suburbia, their causes and rationales as well as their implications for social cohesion and political life; shedding some light onto the transformations of the social and their connections to other spheres of Canadian life

3) Post-suburban restructuring? Economics, governance, and sustainability
à exploring the intersections and connections between space, nature and the ecological, the political, the economic and the social, as they are configured within a wider, “post-suburban” landscape

4) Contesting (conceptual) boundaries: between city, (post-)suburbia and the rural
à focusing on the changing meanings and conceptual understandings of suburbia and the urban (and the rural) in general; charting possible new avenues for research on Canadian cities and suburban spaces in their various guises

Contact and abstract submission

Paper proposals/abstracts of max 500 words should outline:
– methodology and theoretical approaches chosen,
– content/body of research
– which of the four main aspects outlined above the paper speaks to (if any).
In addition, some short biographical information (max. 250 words) should be provided, specifying current institutional affiliation and position as well as research background with regard to the conference topic and/or four main aspects.

Abstracts should be submitted to the GKS no later than June 5, 2016 to the GKS Administration Office – which also acts as a general inquiry contact point.

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École d’été 2016: Réciprocité et décolonisation: rapports à l’oeuvre dans les processus de création autochtones

Du 4 au 9 juillet 2016, Université de Montréal, Québec

La sortie de L’empreinte de Carole Poliquin et Yvan Dubuc en 2015, puis du documentaire controversé de Dominique Gagnon Of the North en 2016,ont suscité de nombreuses réactions autour de la question autochtone au Québec, qu’il s’agisse de l’appropriation ou de l’utilité de cette „empreinte“ identitaire dans la création de l’identité québécoise, ou encore d’éthique et de politique des représentations. Des voix cependant que nous avons moins entendues autour de cette question au sein des colonies de peuplement sont celles des peuples autochtones, notamment celles des écrivains, des cinéastes et des militants.

De nombreuses réflexions s’élaborent actuellement sur les façons dont s’articulent les rapports de réciprocité et les processus de décolonisation au Québec, au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. L’école d’été de 2016 examinera comment se conçoivent, se façonnent et se vivent les rapports à l’autre dans les processus de création autochtones. À partir d’œuvres littéraires et cinématographiques, de discours politiques, historiques médiatiques, ainsi que de prises de parole publiques, nous analyserons les formes prennent les relations d’affinité et d’appartenance (communautaires, nationales, linguistiques, culturelles, institutionnelles).

 Dans le cadre de ce cours, nous aurons l’occasion de réfléchir à des thèmes tels : les usages contemporains des récits oraux comme la Grande loi de la Paix et la cérémonie de condoléance; la responsabilité de l’auteur et du public face aux représentations (littéraires, cinématographiques, médiatiques); les rapports à l’œuvre dans les pratiques de création collective et autres projets collaboratifs; les questions éthiques de respect, de reconnaissance et d’engagement; les liens entre territoire et récits; les tensions entre réconciliation et souveraineté(s).

Plus d’informations, le programme et l’inscription ici.

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