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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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 October 31, 2015. After the selection process is completed, and no later than Novermber 30, 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 December 31, 2015. 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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CfP: Disrespected Neighbo(u)rs – Cultural Stereotypes in Literature and Film

Conference, 21.-23.4. 2016, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Organizers: Caroline Rosenthal, Laurenz Volkmann, Uwe Zagratzki

Neighbourly relations frequently position a self against an Other. This is the case between individuals, nations or within various cultural groups of a nation. Our racial, ethnic, social, or gender identities are created in demarcating ourselves from others who differ from us in culturally significant ways. These processes of identity formation are often spurred by stereotyping the Other. Sometimes these stereotypes take the form of humorous teasing or satirizing critique. Often, however, stereotypes turn into petrified value judgements of others and lead to discriminatory acts, violence, and sometimes culminate in warfare and genocide.

Disrespect of the immediate neighbour based on stereotypical pre-conceptions and cultural bias may lie dormant for a long time and then, activated by changes in the economic and political macrocosm, surfaces instantly and fuels economic exploitation, political suppression, destructive propaganda and, ultimately, pogroms. What had up to this point been recognised as a familiar neighbour, who was defined through linguistic, cultural, and religious distinctions, now not only transmutes into the unfamiliar, but the disrespected and, finally, hateful, Other.

A more detailed look at the rhetoric of recent conflicts around the globe related to religious fanaticism, economic crises, racism, or sexism reveals deeply entrenched pre-conceptions of the gendered, ethnic, or social Other. Such stereotypical representations of the Other are shaped and disseminated through fictional and non-fictional texts, television, films, and the internet as well as in everyday cultural practices. As a result, media products feature prominently in producing, propagating, and maintaining cultural difference in ideologically effective ways. Degrees of covert or overt forms of disrespect range from conventional hetero-stereotypes (e.g. Southern laziness, African inertia, Polish cunning, Greek economy, Scottish meanness, Irish drunkenness) in everyday encounters to open de-humanisation (axis of the evil, unbelievers, terrorists) in times of heightened ideological or military tensions.

The conference aims to probe the liminal spaces of construction and perception in literary and media representations. It aims to lay open the interplay of textual and media representations and other ways of producing stereotypes; and it intends to shed light on the issue of how such representations both react to as well as impinge on the spheres of cultural, political, and economic practice.

The focus of this conference will be on discourses in four geographical areas: (1) North America, (2) Europe, (3) UK/Ireland/Scotland/Wales (4) the Commonwealth. We are interested in, e.g.:

  • nation states and their “neighbourly relations” (e.g. Poland and Germany, Europe and Russia; Europe and Greece, the US and Canada; England and Scotland; India and Pakistan)
  • tensions between regions, cities, neighbourhoods, and cultural groups within a nation as represented in literary and media discourses (e.g. TV series and shows, pop culture, fiction).
  • linguistic and cultural encounters/clashes between main- and non-mainstreams/regions and nation states (e.g. Sorbians in Germany, Turkish suburbia in Berlin, Bretons in France, Catalans in Spain; Irish in Glasgow, Scottish Highlands in the UK, Atlantic and Central Canada) as created/reflected by media and literature parameters of gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, etc. that contribute to processes of stereotyping beyond and in connection with national and regional strategies of creating cultural meaning.

We invite abstracts of app. 300 words by December 1st, 2015. Please send them to Laura Burger, Universiät Jena.

The language of the conference will be English. This is the third conference under the heading “Us and Them – Them and Us. Constructions of the Other in Cultural Stereotypes” and the first one co-organised by the English Departments of the universities of Jena, Germany and Szczecin, Poland.

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Colloque des jeunes chercheurs 2016 – Le Québec dans les Amériques


Colloque « Le Québec dans les Amériques »

(Washington, 15 et 16 janvier 2016)

L’Association internationale des études québécoises organise son premier colloque de jeunes chercheurs en études québécoises et comparatives dans les Amériques sur le thème « Le Québec dans les Amériques. » Le colloque se tiendra les 15 et 16 janvier 2016 à Washington, DC. Cet événement se déroulera en partie dans les locaux du prestigieux Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars et en partie à Georgetown University, nos institutions partenaires pour cette initiative.

À l’instar du colloque organisé par l’Association des jeunes chercheurs européens en études québécoises (AJCELQ) en Europe, cet événement offrira aux jeunes chercheurs une occasion unique de partager, toutes disciplines confondues, leurs travaux récents sur le Québec autant comme société distincte que dans ses rapports aux Amériques. Les perspectives comparatives seront évidemment bien accueillies.  Les communications pourront se faire en français ou en anglais.

De 20 à 30 participants seront retenus par un jury composé de professeurs et spécialistes sur la base d’un résumé de 200 mots et d’un curriculum vitae abrégé comprenant adresse, numéro de téléphone et adresse de courrier électronique. Les candidatures doivent être soumises avant le 14 septembre 2015. La ou les meilleures communications seront admissible à une publication éventuelle dans la Revue internationale d’études canadiennes (RIEC), à la suite d’un travail de révision et de soumission, encadré par des spécialistes du jury. Le transport et les repas du midi seront pris en charge. Un hébergement à coût modique sera proposé aux participants.

Les chercheuses ou chercheurs de 3e cycle, de niveau postdoc, ou en emploi dans le milieu universitaire depuis moins de 3 ans, sont cordialement invités à soumettre leur communication avant le 14 septembre 2015, à Madame Miléna Santoro, présidente de l’AIEQ et professeure à Georgetown University, à l’adresse électronique.

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Stellenausschreibung: Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in

Universität Marburg, Fachbereich Fremdsprachliche Philologien, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Am Fachbereich Fremdsprachliche Philologien, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, AG Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester, ist zum 1.10.2015 befristet auf 3 Jahre, mit der Möglichkeit der Verlängerung, die Teilzeitstelle (50% der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit) einer/eines wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiters zu besetzen.

Es handelt sich um eine befristet zu besetzende Stelle, die – im Rahmen der zugewiesenen Aufgaben – auch die Möglichkeit zur wissenschaftlichen Weiterqualifizierung bietet.

Zu den Aufgaben gehören wissenschaftliche Dienstleistungen in Forschung und Lehre (BA, Master und Lehramts-Studiengänge) sowie die Organisation im Bereich englischer und kanadischer Literaturwissenschaft. Das Aufgabengebiet umfasst weiterhin die Mitarbeit und Organisation im Rahmen des Marburger Zentrums für Kanada-Studien und im Bereich des Lehrangebots des Studiengangs Europäische Literaturen.

Informationen zu Voraussetzungen, Bewerbungsfrist etc. finden Sie hier.

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68e congrès de l’HAF: „Urbanités“

15. – 17. Octobre 2015, Montréal (Canada)

Organisateur: Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française

Au cours de l’histoire, les villes de l’Amérique française ont revêtu de multiples significations. Certaines ont été valorisées pour leur fonction gouvernementale ou économique, d’autres ont acquis un statut culturel ou religieux. Il existe également une panoplie de récits sur la ville qui laisse transparaître des émotions intenses et parfois contradictoires à leur sujet. Elles peuvent être synonymes de liberté et de fières réussites collectives et en même temps, ou à d’autres moments, décrites et décriées comme lieux de criminalité, de ruine morale, de matérialisme exacerbé — de tout ce qui menace l’intégrité de la nation. En 2015, le Congrès de l’Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française portera sur le thème « Urbanités ». Exprimé au singulier, le mot « urbanité » dénote la qualité urbaine d’un lieu. Nous employons la forme plurielle du mot afin d’insister sur les diverses perceptions que les citadins construisent de leur ville, le caractère unique d’une ville par rapport à une autre et l’évolution historique des urbanités. Le Congrès se tiendra dans le centre-ville de Montréal (à l’Université McGill et à l’Hôtel Delta). Il sera l’occasion de réfléchir à la pluralité des expériences et des identités urbaines, à la multiplicité des récits urbains et à leurs conséquences pour l’histoire de l’Amérique française.

Plusieurs d’information, programme préliminaire etc. ici.

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Neuerscheinung: „Das akadische Französisch an der Baie Sainte-Marie/Neuschottland/Kanada“

Das akadische Französisch an der Baie Sainte-Marie/Neuschottland/Kanada. Ausgewählte soziolinguistische, morphosyntaktische und lexikalische Aspekte in einem jugendsprachlichen Korpus
Stefanie Fritzenkötter

Publikation FritzenkötterAcadien-Français-Franglais? Was spricht man heute an der Baie Sainte-Marie? Die vorliegende Arbeit liefert eine synchrone Beschreibung des akadischen Französisch dieser mehrheitlich frankophonen Region in Neuschottland/Kanada. Hier konnte bis heute eine Vielzahl archaischer und dialektaler Züge bewahrt werden, die in anderen – auch neuschottischen – Varietäten verdrängt wurden. Trotz dieser zweifelsohne konservativen Ausprägung steht die an der Baie Sainte-Marie gesprochene Varietät mehr als je zuvor in Kontakt mit dem Englischen einerseits und dem Standardfranzösischen andererseits. Das Werk beleuchtet diese Triglossiesituation. Der Fokus liegt auf der soziolinguistischen, morphosyntaktischen und lexikalischen Beschreibung der Varietät unter besonderer Berücksichtigung englisch-französischer Sprachkontaktphänomene. Mit Hilfe zahlreicher Beispiele aus einem 2011 in der Region von der Autorin aufgenommenen jugendsprachlichen Gesprächskorpus werden die umfangreichen Analysen illustriert. Es handelt sich um die erste Monographie, die sich mit englisch-französischen Sprachkontaktphänomenen in einem jugendsprachlichen Korpus in einer akadischen Varietät Neuschottlands beschäftigt.

Erschienen im Erich Schmidt Verlag Berlin.

  • 318 Seiten, Hardcover
  • 978-3-503-15569-9
  • 59,80 €

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New Publication: „Diasporic Generationality“

 Diasporic Generationality. Identity, Generation Relationships and Diaspora in Selected Novels from Britain and Canada
Sylvia Langwald

Publikation Langwald

Diasporic Generationality examines the intersections between identity formation and intergenerational relationships in the diaspora. Based on the analysis of six novels from Britain and Canada, this study challenges static thinking about ‘the immigrant family’ and second-generation diasporic identities in current critical discourse and proposes a theory of diasporic generationality that acknowledges the complex dynamics of identity and generation relationships in the contexts of migration and multiculturalism.“

Erschienen im Wißner-Verlag Augsburg.

  • 534 pages, paperback
  • ISBN: 978-3-95786-027-9
  • 32,80 €

Weitere Informationen und Bestellmöglichkeiten hier.

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Conference: „Crisis and Beyond – The Literatures of Canada and Quebec“

Part 1: 30 September – 3 October 2015, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Part 2: September 2016, The Banff Centre, Canada

Organizers: Ursula Moser and Marie Carrière

In the midst of global violence, unrest, and environmental disaster, a sense of crisis encapsulates us. According to Slavoj Žižek in Living in the End Times (2010), “the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero point,” comprised of “the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property; forthcoming struggles over raw materials, food and water), and the explosive growth of social divisions and exclusions.” On the other hand, recent theorizations in the field of affect studies, such as Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism (2011), prompt us not only to rethink our attachments to previously held notions of the good life – attachments that have led to our contemporary crises – but to articulate new modes of being or becoming. Writers in turn intervene in ways of thinking about and relating to a time of crisis. In the post-9/11 backdrop of the critical essays of L’horizon du fragment (2004) Nicole Brossard articulates her “desire to take up again the senseless quest for meaning and beauty”while other writers rely on derision, humor, and irony to show ways and means of “how to succeed in one’s hypermodernity and save the rest of one’s life” (see Nicolas Langelier, 2010; Nicolas Dickner, 2009).

Organized by the Canadian Studies Centre (CSC) at the University of Innsbruck and the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) at the University of Alberta, this two-part bilingual (English-French) conference seeks to explore how crisis directs or transforms First Nations, Québécois, and Canadian writings in English and French, and how authors and intellectuals endeavour to counterbalance the social, economic, and ideological insecurities we live in. Are there identifiable thematic or stylistic characteristics that mark a literature of crisis, in crisis, and leading beyond it? We seek to understand how writing deals – on either an aesthetic, a thematic, a political, or a personal plane – with global disorder and which strategies it employs to stand up against the hauntings of planetary death, ideological and epistemological collapse, financial breakdown, the contemporary legacies of history, environmental disaster, or the electronic age. How can crisis merge, through writing, with deliberate mobilization, political resistance, radical transgression, and agency towards social change and transformation? Can irony – or even humor – counterbalance disaster and give humanity new hope?


In order to register for the conference please follow this link and fill in the registration form on the homepage. Please send the registration form to Katharina Pöllmann or Janine Köppen The registration fee is 60 € (30 € for students)

Please visit the homepage for further information.


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CfP: Canadian Identity/Identities and Global Change

International Annual Conference of the French Association for Canadian Studies, 8-11 June 2016, Grenoble (FR)

Canada has been playing an active role in the acceleration and increase in exchanges caused by globalization. However, the country also has to face the consequences of events that concern the whole planet, otherwise known as “Global Change”.

If this notion of global change is widely accepted today in the field of environmental science and technology, other fields of expertise have just begun to analyze its effects, and this approach has opened up new perspectives on how to articulate events at different scales.

A conference devoted to this notion of global change could serve to link these fields and raise important questions on how Canada defines or redefines its position in a context of global change, and more particularly in the light of former representations of the country’s identity/identities.

Global change can refer to climate change, global economic recession, new energy debates, terrorism, the immediacy of information, and to their consequences, ranging from recent political standpoints and migration waves to the latest language and identity practices – including the fields of literature, photography and cinema.

For guidelines for proposals, further details and deadlines, visit the conference website.

Deadline for abstracts is October 30th, 2015. However, the AFEC needs to submit a pre-programme of this conference to apply for funding, so please tell them whether you intend to submit an abstract and give them the intended title (which you will be able to change later) before August 24.

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