CfP: Canada in The Making: 150 Years of Cultural And Linguistic Diversity

International Conference of the Italien Association for Canadian Studies, June 29 – July 1, 2017, University of Calabria, Italy

The Italian Association for Canadian Studies invites proposals for the international conference “Canada in the making: 150 years of cultural and linguistic diversity”. The conference aims at investigating the topic of cultural and linguistic diversity in Canada both diachronically and synchronically and welcomes theoretical papers and up-to-date case studies from the methodological perspectives of Language Studies, Literary Criticism, Cultural Studies, History, Geography, Law and Economics etc. The languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, which was officially created on the first of July, 1867, with the enactment of the British North America Act. Since then, the colonies of Canada (subsequently divided into Ontario and Québec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that were united under the Dominion of Canada have gained political independence and expanded territorially to form the immense country we know today. From the very beginning, one of the traits that distinguished Canada was the coexistence of several cultures and languages, which has shaped Canadian identity ever since. Over the last 150 years, the First Peoples and those of British and French descent, Canadians from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds have contributed to redefining a national identity rooted in the concepts of multiculturalism and multilingualism. Over the 20th century such diversity has been turned into one of the foregrounding elements of Canadianness also from a legislative point of view, especially with the promulgation of the Official Languages Act (1969) and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act (1988), and the creation of Nunavut (1999). After 150 years, pluralism is still at the core of what it means to be Canadian even though (but also because) in the last decades the Canadian multicultural policies have been questioned and re-discussed in view of the challenges posed by the new Millennium.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliographical note should be sent to this email address by 23 April 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 7 May 2017.

Scientific Committee:
Oriana Palusci, Presidente Associazione di Studi Canadesi
Mirko Casagranda, University of Calabria
Angela Buono, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’
Eleonora Ceccherini, University of Genova
Sabrina Francesconi, University of Trento
Dino Gavinelli, University of Milan
Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna
Luigi Bruti Liberati, University of Milan
Bianca Maria Rizzardi, University of Pisa

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CfP: The Americas in Canada

International Conference, October 20-21, 2017, Canadian Studies Centre, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)

At a time when Canada is celebrating its one hundred and fiftieth birthday, it is important to remember that, despite its historical roots in Europe, Canada is in fact a child of the New World – that it is an American country.

With its neighbours throughout the Americas, Canada has shared many concerns, among them the daunting task of coming to terms with the new American space, both physically and symbolically; the negotiation of its relationship to the Old World and the „Mother Country“; the need to invent its own historical narrative; the development of a new society and new social relations; the creation of a distinctive culture; the necessity of coming to terms with aboriginal peoples. At the same time, dealing with these and other similar challenges has been complicated by many factors that, in the American context, are perhaps unique to Canada – the sheer size and emptiness of the Canadian space; the lack of a revolutionary tradition; the extremity of the climate; the fundamental diversity of the country and the need to create unity while maintaining difference; the relationship to the dominant culture of the New World, that of the United States; the legal status of the aboriginal peoples as „allies of the Crown“. These and other influences have all contributed to making Canada a unique American country.

The conference aims to treat Canada’s „Americanness“ from as broad a perspective as possible, welcoming contributions from scholars in the fields of literary and cultural studies, historians, political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists and those in other relevant disciplines.

What does „America“ mean for Canada? What is its vision of „America“? What in it is distinct, what divergent from practice elsewhere in the Americas? What forms does the „Canadian Dream“ take?

Proposals (300 words) and a brief CV to be sent to the conference organizers, Don Sparling and Petr Kyloušek at this email address, by May 15, 2017. 
Conference fee – 50 EUR, students 30 EUR
CEACS members: 40 EUR, students 20 EUR

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Stipendium des Bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten zur Förderung von Québec-Studien 2017

Im Rahmen der Kooperationsvereinbarung zwischen Bayern und Québec bietet der Bayerische Ministerpräsident für 2017 wieder drei Stipendien à 2500,– Euro zur Förderung der Québec-Studien an.

Vergaberichtlinien:

  • Personenkreis: Studierende, die an einer bayerischen Universität oder Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften immatrikuliert sind und ihre Zulassungsarbeit, Magister-, Master-, Bachelor- oder Diplomarbeit über ein Thema schreiben, das inhaltlich oder methodisch einen wesentlichen Bezug zu Québec aufweist.
    Aufenthaltsdauer: 4 – 6 Wochen
  • Die Studierenden, die ein Stipendium erhalten, verpflichten sich, der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei als Nachweis ein Exemplar der abgeschlossenen Arbeit zur Verfügung zu stellen.
  • Die Auswahl unter den Bewerbungen trifft eine Kommission aus Vertretern des Instituts für Kanada-Studien an der Universität Augsburg, der Wissenschaftlichen Koordinierungsstelle Bayern-Québec und der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbungen bis zum 28.04.2017 an folgende Adresse:

Frau Prof. Dr. Sabine Schwarze
Lehrstuhl für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Augsburg
Universitätsstr. 10
86135 Augsburg
(Tel. 0821/598-2740)

Mit der Bewerbung einzureichende Unterlagen:

  • Tabellarischer Lebenslauf
  • Motivationsschreiben
  • Nachweis über gute französische und englische Sprachkenntnisse
  • Kurzbeschreibung des Projekts und Begründung der Notwendigkeit einer Vorortrecherche in Québec; Angabe von Kontaktpersonen bzw. -institutionen in Québec
  • Stellungnahme des Betreuers der Arbeit

http://www.philhist.uni-augsburg.de/de/lehrstuehle/romanistik/sprachwissenschaft/quebec-studien/foerdermoeglichkeiten/

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Job Opportunity: Director „Indigenous Research Institute“

Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON/Canada

McMaster University invites applications for the Director of the McMaster Institute of Indigenous Research (MIRI). The institute was officially launched on 1 July 2016. The Director will have an internationally distinguished program of research and teaching record in any area of Indigenous Research.  S/he will be appointed (tenure track or tenured) at the Associate Professor or Professor level to one or more of the six faculties at McMaster University (DeGroote School of Business, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences). The appointment as Director will be for a five year, renewable term.

Job Description

The Director is expected to raise awareness, attract substantial research support, educate and advance Indigenous research methodologies. S/he will emphasize and support community capacity building and research priorities, promote and foster innovation, collaboration and partnership, enhance existing research infrastructure at McMaster and build sustainable Indigenous research infrastructure. S/he will also be very active in the recruitment, mentorship and training of undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and work to build greater research capacity and strength in Indigenous research across all faculties at McMaster University. Details are available at  Terms of Reference.

McMaster has a geographic proximity to Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada, along with a quarter century of collaborative work developing Indigenous educational and research programs. President Patrick Deane’s principles and priorities articulated in his “Forward with Integrity” open letter to the University community  include: cultivating human potential; adopting a multi-disciplinary perspective; and engaging our local, national, and international community. Furthermore, he has given our researchers the mandate to “build on the work that has already begun to strengthen and support Indigenous learners and Indigenous scholarship”.

Additionally, McMaster University is ranked in the top 100 of both the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. A medium-sized university, it nonetheless has the sixth-largest research income in Canada. It has a large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, and is at the western end of Lake Ontario. The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton and the activities that a major city has to offer. Hamilton has been ranked among the top cities in Canada to do business and to invest.

McMaster University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff that reflects the multicultural makeup of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence and the search Committee is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Gender diversity is being addressed at McMaster University through our policies and actions. One recent action in this area was the completion of a gender pay equity study and a resultant base salary adjustment applied to all female faculty members in July 2015.

Faculty members at McMaster University enjoy a number of both personal and professional benefits. University employees are offered an excellent benefits package which includes, but is not limited to, extended health care benefits, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty men and women who become parents or are needed to care for family members.

How To Apply

Applications must consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research dossier that includes a statement of research interests and plans, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness.  Applicants should also arrange for four letters of reference to be submitted directly to Dr. Robert Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, including two letters that speak to academic and research performance, one that speaks to community engagement and one (in either written or oral form) from an Indigenous elder, community leader or Indigenous organization that you are affiliated with.  Mail reference letters to Dr. Robert Baker, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Gilmour Hall-208, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1; or e-mail to research@mcmaster.ca.

Complete applications must be made online at  www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Postings, Job #12404) to the attention of Dr. Robert Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Gilmour Hall-208, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1.

Complete applications that are received by 31 March 2017 will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable but 1 July 2017 is preferred. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Employment Equity Statement 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons.

McMaster recognizes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and In keeping with the spirit of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we welcome applications from Indigenous candidates from across Turtle Island.

If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 1-905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

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Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor „Indigenous Studies“

Department of Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON/Canada

Position Summary

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty at the University, the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus) invites applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit candidates to fill a tenure-track professional teaching appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies commencing July 1, 2017, subject to budgetary approval.

This position will be a tenure-track professional teaching position (with a teaching load of six courses). Candidates should have demonstrated competence in one or more of the following areas: land and language-based pedagogies and practices, Indigenous governance, community development, and Indigenous research methodologies.

Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD), or have completed a Master’s degree and have equivalent qualifications as an Indigenous knowledge keeper and/or teaching experience in academic and other relevant (e.g. community-based activities) settings. Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The main criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and teaching excellence.

The goal of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Studies courses require an examination of the ways in which both historical and ongoing acts of colonization galvanize Indigenous communities’ resistance, worldviews and ways of knowing. In addition to situating Indigenous knowledge within the Liberal Arts curriculum, the Indigenous Studies program at Laurier Brantford supports Indigenous students attending Wilfrid Laurier University and encourages non-Indigenous students to commit to reconciliation and decolonization.

Additional information about the Indigenous Studies program and about the WLU Office of Aboriginal Initiatives are available on the WLU website.

Applicants should submit evidence of teaching excellence (such as evaluations and a teaching dossier); a statement of teaching and research interests; full curriculum vitae; two recent publications; and the names and contact information for three referees.

Please send the application package to Dr. Vanessa Oliver, Acting Chair, Indigenous Studies, c/o Ms. Celine Taillefer-Travers, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University. Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2017.

Please Note
Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. To obtain a copy of this job posting (or links referenced) in an accessible format, please contact Jessica Ryde.

Although Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, all qualified candidates, including international candidates, are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the requirements of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Immigration Canada the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan prioritizes building capacity in Indigenous education and commits to the Indigenization of our campuses through Indigenous programming, which it seeks to expand under the leadership of Indigenous students, faculty and staff. Applicants should self-identify through the covering letter to their application including their familial and/or community connections which position them as First Nations, Inuit or Métis people. Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Heidi Northwood or to the Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Initiatives, Jean Becker.

Further information on the equity policy can be found on the WLU website.

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CfP: „Policy Towards Indigenous Peoples: Lessons to be Learned!

Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies (CEMiPoS), Sapporo/Japan, 4-6 December 2017

This conference is organized by the Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies, an independent research centre in Sapporo, in cooperation with the Ainu Women’s Association in Hokkaido (Ainu Moshir), the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University and the Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the historic adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the UN General Assembly with overwhelming favorable votes. The purpose of the Declaration is to remedy the historical denial of the right of self-determination and related human rights. Indigenous peoples are, however, still suffering from and fighting against wounds caused by historical injustices imposed on them as well as ongoing development projects at the cost of Indigenous rights. Furthermore, the linguistic and cultural survival of indigenous peoples are in many ways threatened by the sweeping policies adopted by governments. What progress has been made for Indigenous peoples since the UNDRIP? It is a perfect time to examine, from the standpoint of Indigenous peoples, the outcomes and effects of the UNDRIP on them.

This conference aims to assess the existing policies towards Indigenous peoples at local, regional, and global levels by focusing on four key areas:

  1. Redress for historical injustices imposed on Indigenous peoples and their struggle for indigenous rights
  2. Exploitation of natural resources by external powers in Indigenous communities and their resistance against them
  3. Linguistic and cultural revitalisation led by Indigenous peoples in the wake of cultural genocide under colonialism
  4. Indigenous women on the front line of sufferings and struggles.

The conference will feature the participation of Sami and Ainu activists as keynote speakers for the plenary and other sessions, and will include a panel discussion on Japan’s Ainu policy by Ainu women. In addition, invitation to the conference is extended to students and activists interested or involved in Indigenous affairs, policymakers, government officials, journalists, artists, citizens, as well as Indigenous peoples and researchers across the globe. In spite of the size of the conference, we hope that it will mark a watershed in the development of equitable and sustainable policies towards Indigenous peoples.

Hiroshi Maruyama, Principal Organiser
Director, Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies
Honorary Doctor and Guest Professor, The Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University
Professor Emeritus, Muroran Institute of Technology

Call for Papers deadline: 1 May 2017

Registration: Summer 2017 (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

Participants interested in presenting at the Conference are recommended to choose their preferred area from the above-mentioned four key areas and to submit written abstracts (maximum: 250 words) referring to one of the following suggested topics.

Suggested topics:

  • Manipulation of colonial history by colonial powers
  • The teaching of indigenous history in the face of majority discourse
  • Towards the establishment of a truth and reconciliation committee
  • Language loss and revitalisation of endangered indigenous languages
  • Acquisition of language for indigenous identity
  • Promoting multilingualism for the cultural well-being of indigenous peoples
  • Security threats imposed on indigenous communities
  • Indigenous peoples as actors in the decision making of development projects
  • Sustainable development and CBD 8(j) in indigenous communities
  • Impacts of the UNDRIP on indigenous communities
  • Incorporating international human rights law into domestic law
  • Indigenous perspectives on Gender Studies
  • Indigenous women’s history
  • Women and power in the (post)colonial situation
  • Empowering indigenous women
  • Prospects for Indigenising academia and education
  • Indigenous masculinities

Abstract submission:

  • title of the abstract,
  • your affiliation,
  • email address,
  • 4-5 key words,
  • specification to which key area the paper is submitted (e-mail title: „Policy towards Indigenous People – Abstract Proposal“)

Whom to submit to: To Prof. Hiroshi Maruyama at this contact email.

A draft programme and initial information regarding acceptance of abstracts will be released at the beginning of June 2017.

Practicalities:

  • No fee for participation will be charged.
  • Participants, excluding invited speakers, are responsible for the cost of their own travel, accommodation and other relevant expenses.
  • Bearing in mind that traffic paralysis caused by a snowstorm in Hokkaido may take place, participants are recommended to come to Sapporo two days before the conference or 2 December.
  • Sapporo has many options for lodging. Hotels.com, AirBnb, and Trivago can assist in finding suitable accommodation. Given the recent popularity of Sapporo as a tourist destination, participants are urged to book their rooms well in advance, preferably in the heart of the city, in the vicinity of Sapporo Station.

For updated information, please follow the organizers here.

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CfP: „The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege

4th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Oct 28-29, 2017, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (Canada)

The perceived orthodoxy of progressive politics has come under attack in recent years by individuals, groups, and institutions that believe their actions and speech are being policed. The term ‘social justice warrior’ (SJW) emerged in 2011. This has attempted to switch the term ‘social justice,’ which has since 1840 been primarily a positive concept, into a mainstream pejorative used mainly to dismiss individuals and groups who espoused views concerning social progressivism, civil rights, cultural inclusiveness, gay rights, or feminism. For those activists and researchers who have spent their lives attempting to change society for the better, this is a troubling turn.

The conference will examine the current and past state(s) of inequality and social justice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The conference takes place October 28th and 29th 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

The organizers invite proposals based on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Indigenous studies
  • Democracy vs. capitalism
  • Poverty and Economic inequality
  • Civil rights
  • Social movements
  • Anti-globalisation
  • Post-neoliberalism
  • Past and future of labour
  • Identity politics
  • Racial inequality
  • Retribalization
  • Rule of law
  • Neo-reactionary
  • Post-humanism and social activism
  • Decolonization
  • Racialization
  • Gender inequality, eco-feminism
  • Social construction of difference
  • Reparations/reconciliation
  • Social democracy
  • Social justice backlash
  • Pluralistic identities
  • Peace and justice
  • Health inequality
  • Ableism
  • Heterosexism
  • Access to education
  • Environmental activism
  • Abuse of state power

The organizers welcome proposals from researchers within all relevant academic disciplines.

If accepted, the presenter(s) should prepare a 20 minute presentation each, the oral equivalent of approximately 8 to 10 pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12pt font.

Deadline for Proposals: May 30, 2017

Please send in your submissions using the form provided on this website.

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CfP: „A Long Time Ago on a Reservation Far, Far Away:“ Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture Across the Globe

International Conference, June 1-3, 2017, Department of North American Literary and Cultural Studies of Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

Indigenous Popular Culture is arguably one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing fields of contemporary cultural production not only in the United States and Canada, but across the globe. Indigenous artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs of all walks of life proliferate increasingly on contemporary popular cultural landscape in all its various incarnations, from popular fiction to animation to the fashion world. While doing so, diverse Indigenous practitioners of the popular throughout the world not only intervene powerfully into the landscape of popular culture and representation—a cultural field which is notorious for its various appropriations and misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples—but also draw attention to the pressing social issues which Indigenous communities of today are faced with. Thus, Indigenous popular culture is not only a field of a dynamic creative expression, but often also in one way or another stands in dialogue with contemporary Indigenous activist groups and causes working towards the goal of decolonization and resurgence.

This conference is dedicated to a multifaceted, multifocal, and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary Indigenous popular culture in all its various facets and geographical locations. The organizers thus welcome papers from all disciplinary perspectives engaging with any aspect of Indigenous popular culture. Suggested thematic fields include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous Popular Culture and its role in the project of decolonization
  • Indigenous Feminism and Popular Culture
  • Comparative approaches to Indigenous Popular Culture
  • Indigenous geek cultures
  • Indigenous fandoms
  • Indigenous Popular Culture and Social Media
  • Indigenous film, TV, and animation
  • The role of marketing, publishing institutions, and distribution channels
  • Indigenous genre narratives of all kinds
  • Indigenous popular video and music cultures
  • Indigenous fashion

Invited Speakers:
Sonny Assu, visual artist
Taiaiake Alfred, University of Victoria
Sarah Henzi, SFU and Université de Montréal

Registration Fee: 30 €

Abstracts of ca. 250-300 words and a short biography should be submitted to amerikanistik[at]mx.uni-saarland.de by March 15, 2017. Please include subject line “Indigenous Popular Culture Conference Proposal.”

Contact:
Svetlana Seibel, M.A.
Universität des Saarlandes
North American Literatures and Cultures
Campus C5 3, Zimmer 116
66123 Saarbrücken
Mail.

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CfP: „Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and the Public Memory“

Conference, 18 – 20 May 2017, Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON/Canada

The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, coming as it does in the aftermath of the landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is an ideal moment to re-examine the stories told of Canada’s past. Restorying Canada will inspire bold challenges to historiographic conventions of how we remember, invite critique as well as celebration, and explore multiple media and genres for evoking and interrogating the past, privileging artistic creativity along with academic rigour.

Religion has played a crucial, if understudied role in Canadian history: serving as the engine of residential schools, forming the still-extant „two solitudes,“ inspiring collective visions of state responsibility for health care, and shaping a multicultural identity. In keeping with the urgency of the TRC’s „Calls for Action,“ the conference will also highlight contemporary explorations of the troubled relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, including the legacies of religious, cultural, and linguistic imposition and resistance. Restorying Canada asks a few fundamental questions: How does our understanding of our past impact our present? What aspects of our nation’s history have gone un-told, been forgotten, or been systematically repressed? How have the complex interrelationships among Canada’s religious communities changed? Perhaps more troublingly, how have they remained the same?

Conference keynote speakers include novelist Margaret Atwood, Poet Laureate of Canada George Elliott Clarke, and filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz. Each speaker’s ground-breaking work in their diverse fields of endeavor has encouraged creative and critical re-imagination of Canada’s collective past and its ambiguous legacy; they have participated in „restorying“ Canada.

The organizers invite proposals for individual papers and full panels from scholars, graduate students, artists, writers, filmmakers, educators, journalists, public policy professionals, community activists and others. The Conference will bring together people from multiple fields of expertise who are working on projects broadly related to the theme of religion and public memory in Canada that consider the multiple nations that brought this country into being. The organizers welcome proposals in areas such as the study of religion, history, anthropology, Indigenous studies, law, museum studies, political theory, literature, art, media studies, environmental studies, and archaeology. Since Restorying Canada is considered to include diverse modes of storytelling, the organizers encourage proposals for both traditional and innovative forms of presentation.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Creative and ritual practices of memorialization, reconciliation, and storytelling
  • Indigenous/settler relations, 1600 to the present
  • Religion as inspiration for utopian and dystopian visions
  • Museums, collectors, and material culture as agents of religion and public memory
  • “Secularism,” “multiculturalism” and “religion” as contested categories
  • Environmental, geographic, and ecological aspects of religious engagement
  • Religion, immigration, and the “values” of Canadians
  • Acculturation, appropriation, and the politics of “majority” and “minority” religions
  • Religion and changing economic practices/ideals

Deadline for submissions: 3 March 2017

For more information and to submit a proposal, please go to their website.

Organizing team:
Emma Anderson, University of Ottawa;
Hillary Kaell, Concordia University;
Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto

Contact Email.

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CfP: „The Life of Others: Narratives of Vulnerability“

Special Issue of Canada & Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies (Spring 2018 issue)

In her Levinasian discussion of the functioning of ethical obligations in the face of global and local forms of precarity, Judith Butler links the production of vulnerability with a situation of „up againstness“ or „unwilled adjacency,“ of one’s involvement in a relation of proximity that has not been chosen (134). Vulnerability in those cases arises from the realization that „one’s life is also the life of others,“ and that „the bounded and living appearance of the body is the condition of being exposed to the other, exposed to solicitation, seduction, passion, injury, exposed in ways that sustain us but also in ways that can destroy us“ (141). Itself the site of production of various forms of violence and vulnerability, this adjacency also triggers the affective and creative engagements necessary for action (134).

These seem crucial issues in Canada, where contemporary debates over citizenship and social justice often take place within complex transnational, transcultural, and (post)colonial contexts as well as beside the historical experiences of settlement and migration, with their contested forms of national or cultural belonging. Additionally, Canada’s humanitarian tradition, itself marked by convoluted narratives, is increasingly challenged by new conditions of global violence, environmental threats, social and political unrest. Canadian literatures do not merely reflect on these conditions but engage with them, exploring the aesthetic possibilities of what could be thought of as a reconnection between the text and the world. How does cultural production articulate and propose strategies of resistance to the massice production of vulnerability? Are the examples of resilience offered by Canadian literature, film, performance and visual arts able to reactivate ethical responsibility and political activism?

This special issue invites contributors to offer a critical examination of Canadian cultural production with an emphasis on the discursive modes that deconstruct the hegemonic structures that produce vulnerability. The editors also wish to invite research articles that interpret the present condition of (un)willed adjacency in its real and metaphoric possibilities as a site of production of violence and vulnerability, but also (potentially) of lucid creativity, exposing, soliciting, seducing „in ways that sustain us but also in ways that can destroy us.“

Possible areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • urban poverty
  • the medicalized body
  • indigenous activism
  • colonial violence
  • migration and war narratives
  • ecological vulnerability
  • the posthuman seduction
  • emotional precarity
  • sexuality and (trans)narrative desire
  • gender and agency
  • technological liquidity
  • queer creativities
  • precarious labour
  • (non)narratives of resistance
  • narrative ethics and the post truth-moment

Comparatist and interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome.

All submissions to Canada & Beyond must be original, unpublished work. Articles, between 6.000 and 7.500 words in length, including endnotes and works cited, should follow current MLA bibliographic format.

Submissions should be uploaded to Canada & Beyond’s online submissions system (OJS) by the deadline of June 1st, 2017. They will be peer-reviewed for the Spring 2018 issue.

Work Cited:
Butler, Judith. 2010. „Precarious Life, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Cohabitation.“ The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26.2: 134 – 151.

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