CFP Solidarités. Réseaux – Convivialités – Confrontations / Solidarities. Networks – Convivialities – Confrontations

44th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS)

March 3-5, 2023, in Grainau, Germany

Deadline: May 15, 2022 Deadline extended to June 5, 2022!

With the theme „Solidarities. Networks – Convivialities – Confrontations“, the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS) will be devoted to the forms and practices of solidarity in Canada and Quebec. It will examine not only the networks and forms of cohabitation that result from them, but also the inherent potential for conflict. The chosen perspective is interdisciplinary, from the angle of Francophone and Anglophone cultural, literary, and linguistic studies, historical sciences, political sciences and sociology, geography and economics, anthropology, and Indigenous studies, as well as women’s and gender studies.

Since the 1980s, following the acceleration of globalization and the establishment of the (neo)liberal paradigm, the question of solidarity no longer seemed to have a place on the political and social scene. However, in societies marked by interculturality and diversity, such as those of Canada and Quebec, this question has remained very relevant in the practices of cohabitation of different groups. It also arises in international solidarity networks, for example in the context of anti-/alter-globalization, ecological, LGBTQIA+, or anti-racist movements. Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis has also led to the emergence or updating in Canada and Quebec of discourses on intergenerational and interprofessional forms of solidarity and on solidarity mobilizations. However, the crisis has also shown their limits and the potential conflicts between the different social discourses related to them. Therefore, the theme of solidarities regarding the networks, confrontations, and forms of conviviality that it implies will be explored along three axes: solidarity and society, solidarity and space, and solidarity and artistic and cultural expressions.

Solidarity and society

This axis explores the political, social, economic, and historical dimensions of solidarity. At the societal level, solidarity can be seen primarily as a political concept aimed at organizing living together, but also as an ideological and controversial discourse; for example, when the originally left-leaning term „national solidarity“ is mobilized within the context of identity politics. In Canada, the concept of „national solidarity community“ is particularly complex and often conflicting. In addition to Canada, Quebec has also considered itself a „nation“ since the 19th century, and alongside it, the various First Nations have emerged in recent decades as new political actors with growing political claims.

From a political and historical perspective, the theme of solidarity continues to raise the question of the international role of Canada and Quebec, as well as the conceptions and objectives associated with it. Thus, the official image of Canada as a key soft power actor is opposed by critical voices, especially within Canadian society.

Thus, the following themes could be addressed, among others:

  • The role of Canada and Quebec in international networks
  • Discourses on international solidarity and their questioning
  • Forms of solidarity communities and the identity constructions linked to them
  • Practices of conviviality and solidarity as well as potential conflicts within and between different types of communities, e.g. migrants, women, First Nations, queer solidarities, disabled people
  • Forms of solidarity within and with First Nations
  • Protest movements and their national and international networking
  • Interactions or confrontations between social partners
  • The role of moments of crisis (e.g. Covid19) in the development of solidarities or confrontations (e.g. the truckers‘ demonstrations in Ottawa in January/February 2022)
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability in business contexts
  • Alternative models, life projects and practices of solidarity, for example in the sharing economy or in forms of urban and rural solidarities

Solidarity and space

Solidarities – and conflicts – take place and shape in a variety of spatial settings, and space is a factor in configuring either in specific forms. Urban settings in particular provide ample examples of special communities forming, of conflicts emerging, of needs and demands for solidarity being clearly voiced. Where poverty and exclusion, ethnic or racial discrimination become starkly visible, a variety of state as well as private actors and institutions become active, communities as well as intra- and inter-communal solidarities may emerge and evolve. In other spatial settings of dispersal and diaspora, different forms and processes of solidarity will get established – or not.

The following topics could thus be developed, also from a historical perspective:

  • Forms of conflict and solidarity in Canadian cities
  • Ethnic/linguistic/religious minorities in different spatial settings in Canada: forms of organization, identity-building, solidarities
  • Solidarity with the world beyond Canada
  • The impact of local / regional environments and settings on forms of solidarity, cooperation and cohabitation within and between different communities (e.g. the Arctic / Grand North, the Prairies, the coasts…)
  • Conviviality and convivialism, but also confrontations and tensions between humans and nature as well as human and non-human life forms

Solidarity and language/literature/media

Language, literature, and other media are important for the representation of different forms of solidarity. These range from the representation of national and regional conceptions of identity, to the representation of protest and resistance movements, to the fictionalization of transnational cultural spaces such as francophonie and americanité.

Possible contributions in this framework include, among others:

  • Literary and media representations (traditional and social media) of (practices of) solidarity and its/their negotiation
  • Historical and current representations of regional and cultural-linguistic forms of solidarity, for example in the context of the „Acadian Reunion“ or militant First Nations protest movements since the 1980s
  • The literature of care, which raises the question of responsibility towards the Other and intergenerational solidarity
  • The linguistic situation in Canada from a perspective of confrontation and/or solidarity: English or French as a lingua franca and the related forms of inclusion and exclusion/ vehicularity/vernacularity of the languages of migration
  • Networks of solidarity between different linguistic communities and their literatures

Contact and Abstract Submission

Paper proposals/abstracts of max. 500 words can be submitted in French or English and should outline:

  • methodology and theoretical approaches chosen
  • content/body of research
  • which of the three main axes 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 three main axes.

Abstracts should be submitted no later than June 5, 2022 to the GKS office:

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Online lecture: Anna Hudson: Qummut Qukiria! Art, Culture, and Sovereignty Across Inuit Nunaat and Sápmi: Mobilizing the Circumpolar North

When: May 6, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Robarts Centre 8th Annual Lecture in Canadian Studies
Qummut Qukiria! (Up like a bullet!) is the culminating publication of the SSHRC-supported partnership project, Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, and is the focus of the 8th annual Robart’s Lecture.


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NWF Workshop: Studying Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Turtle Island in Europe – Book of abstracts and programme online

The Emerging Scholars’ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS) is organizing an online workshop titled „Studying Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Turtle Island in Europe: Questions of Methodology, Positionality, Accountability, and Research Ethics,“ which will take place from May 5 to 6, 2022. During the two-day workshop, a small community of emerging scholars working on these topics will come together to discuss their ongoing research projects with peers and experts. With two introductory speakers (Dr Geneviève Susemihl and Prof Dr Astrid Fellner), two invited speakers (Dr Renae Watchman (Diné & Tsalagi) and Prof Dr Hartmut Lutz), twelve presenters, and a limited number of guests, we hope to create a safe space for scholars to learn with one another how to better engage with Indigenous literatures and cultures from a European perspective.

Because there are limited seats available, however, registration is unfortunately only open to participants and select guests.

Book of abstracts


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CFP Postgraduate Conference: Participation in Postcolonial Wor(l)ds

September 29 – October 1, 2022, Düsseldorf

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Participation both depends on and produces agency. Therefore, it is always embedded in power structures and power remains unequally distributed. Though empires are long gone, neo-colonial structures of domination continue to exploit the so-called Global South, to privilege Eurocentric knowledge traditions over non-Eurocentric knowledge, and to exclude racialized subjects or people and communities from erstwhile colonized countries from power positions. For decades, postcolonial subjects have worked against imperial forms of oppression. They continuously labor to create space for local and hitherto marginalized world views and experiences. Processes of (self-)translation produce spaces of articulation and enable participation. Particularly in migratory contexts, knowledge and experience travel and are translated (or not), allowing for self-assertive and dynamic participation. Through complex practices of translation as well as a multiplicity of other strategies, postcolonial subjects reclaim their right to participate in diverse fields of global exchange such as economy, politics or discourse.

Although postcolonial literatures facilitate discursive and social participation of marginalized groups, the very access to literature also is subject to regulative forces such as the publishing industry, raising far-reaching questions concerning the rights and possibilities of participation in the literary field. Not only do books have to be considered marketable to enter the global literary field, but authorship as a form of participation in the broader literary and public sphere is entangled in normative structures. In this regard, factors such as race, class, sex, gender, and sexuality are highly influential: Only recently, Bernardine Evaristo became the first black woman to win the renowned Booker Prize. As she shared the prize with Margaret Atwood, a white male BBC journalist referred to the winners as “Margaret Atwood and another author”. Evidently, participation in the global literary market is marked by central institutions of the field, such as media, editors and publishing houses, which are often located in the Global North. Digital cultures and alternative forms of publishing offer platforms for participation from postcolonial cultures.


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Webinar: The Reparation of Reconciliation. Financial Compensation to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Amerika-Institut LMU Munich & Bavarian American Academy, Munich/Germany

June 21, 2022 / 7 pm CEST (UTC +2)


This event will be streamed live on YouTube:

Since 1973, the Government of Canada has engaged with Indigenous Peoples in addressing unfulfilled legal obligations, resolving outstanding claims of financial and administrative mismanagement, and compensating First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for the horrors of Canada’s colonial legacy of assimilation and paternalistic policies.

The history of these reparations towards Indigenous Peoples in Canada has been in a constant state of evolution as governments come to grips with the ongoing impacts of systemic racism, as well as growing awareness amongst the Canadian public. As well as an historical overview of financial compensation to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, this presentation will discuss the three levels, or types, of reparations used in this context: public apologies and compensation, litigation and historic claims.


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43 rd American Indian Workshop „Northern Perspectives & Current Research“ – Program online!

June 01 – 04, 2022,University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City/Luxembourg

The program is online now:

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Dr Claire M. Massey: “Bridging the Abyss: Fronteriza Epistemologies of Resistance in the US Mexico Borderlands”

May 5, at 12:00 p.m. (CEST) via the MS Teams platform:

The Regionalism and Borderlands Research Group (RBRG) is pleased to invite you to the lecture “Bridging the Abyss: Fronteriza Epistemologies of Resistance in the US Mexico Borderlands” given by Dr Claire M. Massey.

The event continues the lecture series “Borders, Boundaries, Regions:  Literary and Cultural Perspectives on Spaces,“ which is organized by the Regionalism and Borderlands Research Group (RBRG) at the Institute of Literature and New Media (University of Szczecin). The main aim of the series is to gain new perspectives on the concepts of regionalism and borderlands in an interdisciplinary discussion between international scholars.

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No Trespassing? Property/Theory between the Disciplines. 8th International Osnabrueck Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law – extended deadline!

Please Note: Extended Deadline for Applications: May 15th 2022!
The International Osnabrueck Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law (OSI) will be held from July 16 to 24, 2022 at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. Since 2009, the OSI has successfully encouraged and promoted the interdisciplinary study and research of the interrelations between law and culture, based on the idea that the extended cultural study of the law will foster profitable scholarly exchange and dialogue between legal studies and the humanities. We are committed more than ever to build on and continue these efforts, especially in the face of the current challenges to democratic and open societies.


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Tentative Programme for the 2022 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (ACCSFF) now available

Tentative programme for the 2022 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (ACCSFF) is now available here. ACCSFF ’22 will take place from June 3-4, 2022.


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Symposium: Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures

Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz/Germany

July 6-9, 2022


Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

We are delighted to welcome you to Mainz in July this year for the “Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures” Symposium, co-organized by the Obama Institute at JGU and the Humanities Research Center at VCU. Please find the tentative program below or download it here:


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Appel à communications dans le cadre des ateliers Congrès de l’IdA 2023 (13, 14 et 15 juin 2023 à Lyons)

 1.       Présentation du Congrès de l’Institut des Amériques

Chaque année depuis 2002, l’Institut des Amériques (IdA) organise un colloque international sur une thématique phare.

Afin d’embrasser des thématiques plus variées et de promouvoir le dialogue le plus large possible dans les études interaméricaines ou comparatistes, l’IdA a choisi d’organiser un congrès biennal, ambitieux, sensible aux nouveaux paradigmes en sciences sociales ainsi qu’à la transformation des savoirs en politiques publiques, convivial et ouvert sur des manifestations culturelles.


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