Call for Papers – 42. Jahrestagung der GKS, Grainau Februar 2021

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking countries (GKS) would like to invite you submit an abstract for the 42nd annual meeting of the GKS which will be held in Grainau, February 19-21, 2021. (A pdf-version of this CfP can be downloaded here.)

Ecologies – Environments – Ethics
February 19-21, 2021, Grainau, Germany
42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS)

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries is a multidisciplinary academic association which aims to increase and disseminate a scholarly understanding of Canada. The 42nd annual conference will focus on the themes of “Ecologies – Environments – Ethics” with an emphasis on Canadian and comparative ecological and environmental topics and narratives. It aims at studying the relationships between physical environments, questions of ecologies and environmental ethics as well as social, cultural, political, and economic concerns raised by environmental crises in public, scientific, academic, educational, literary, and media discourses.

Rising sea levels, a warming Arctic, more frequent and devastating hurricanes, droughts, and bush fires – multiple environmental crises facing the earth are becoming ever more inescapable at both transnational and local levels. Given that climate change is influenced and produced by complex and globally entangled conditions, the role not only of economics and STEM fields of knowledge but also of the humanities is thus increasingly recognized as crucial for the critical exploration of possible solutions. Representations of nature’s agency and relationships between humans, animals, plants, and earth have become significant to many studies, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The work of climatologists and other natural scientists is thus supported by work of eminent Canadian personalities as environmentalist David Suzuki or journalist Naomi Klein, by Indigenous philosophers such as Richard Atleo (Umeek) and Jeannette Armstrong, environmental humanists such as Robert Boschman, Mario Trono, and Byron Williston, or filmmakers such as Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro. Bruno Latour argues that all problems that await society are linked to climate change, claiming that mainstream environmental movements are doomed to fail as long as they envision political ecology as tied to the protection and management of nature through political methodologies and policies. Theoretical approaches and social movements from Fridays for Future to Indigenous protests against environmental damage and economic exploitation highlight the centrality of considering ecological questions in a broad and interrelated context of politics, economics, and knowledge production about the environment as well as questions of social justice, philosophy, and ethics – within and beyond a Canadian context.

For its 2021 conference, the Association is thus interested in theoretical, empirical, or analytical contributions from any discipline in the following areas:

  1. Environment and Climate Change: Policies and Technologies for Sustainability and Concepts of Conservation;
  2. The Role of the Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, and Economics in the Environmental Crisis: Communications, Narratives, Visions;
  3. Indigenous Environmental Ethics, Experiences and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Resource Management, Resilience, Sovereign Rights;
  4. Rethinking Nature, Culture, and Environment: Critical Discourses on Ecologies and Environmental Ethics and Environmental Activism.

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 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 no later than June 15, 2020 to the GKS administration:



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Tagung des Nachwuchsforums – Call for Papers

The Emerging Scholars Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS) invites abstract submissions for paper and poster presentations at their upcoming conference [a pdf version of this call is available here]:

Imagining Canada:

‚Discovering‘ and Navigating ‚All Our Relations‘ in an (Un)Common Country

It will take place September 3 – 5, 2020 at the Freiburg Research Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in Freiburg, Germany (depending on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, this event may need to be facilitated creatively with the help of teleconferencing technologies).

Please send your titles, abstracts (up to 300 words) and biographical notes (up to 100 words) to by May 30, 2020, indicating whether you would like to give a talk or present a poster. Applications will be accepted in the languages of the conference: English, French, and German – but we recognise the many Indigenous languages and multilingual research that exist in Canada and would welcome presentations and/or posters that speak to this linguistic plurality.

Situated in the interdisciplinary academic field of Canadian Studies, our conference theme addresses the terms “Discovering,” Navigating, and Imagining in order to trace differences, overlaps, misunderstandings, silences, and possible reconciliations between various ways of understanding what Canada is, could, or should be. Taking Canada as our shared point of departure, we plan to engage a concept expressed in many Indigenous languages, which can be roughly translated as “All My Relations”, for devising new approaches to imagining Canada, past, present, and future. Indigenous novelist Thomas King defines this expression as:

First a reminder of who we are and of our relationship with both our family and our relatives. It also reminds us of the extended relationship we share with all human beings. But the relationships… go further, the web of kinship to animals, to the birds, to the fish, to the plants, to all the animate and inanimate forms that can be seen or imagined. (1990, ix-1)

With this understanding, the question that leads us in this conference is: How do various ways of relating –between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, but also between different humans and non-humans– engender different imaginations of Canada?

This forum is intended as a space for emerging scholars to share their ongoing or finished work that relates to Canada, but also as a networking and learning opportunity for young scholars. The format, therefore, is slightly unconventional: we will be showcasing scholars’ work in familiar paper and poster presentations, but there will also be interactive workshops and optional excursions in the city of Freiburg. Our intention is to create an environment that fosters exchange, support with potential problems, and interactions with colleagues across disciplines and languages. The terms ‘Discovering’, Navigating, and Imagining help us approach our  multifaceted  question  and  provide a  thematic roadmap that guides us through the panels and workshops. Here are our initial approaches to the terms, but we welcome abstracts and posters that imagine beyond these (limited) interpretations!

‘Discovering:’ This term carries multiple meanings: it can critically refer to contact periods and an imagined terra nullius. It can also refer to the discovery of new partnerships or new homelands within Canadian borders, for instance for recent refugees or hopeful immigrants; or to scientific or technological discoveries made by Canadians or in Canada. Scholars from History, Native Studies, Diaspora Studies, Linguistics, Science and Technology Studies, or International Relations may find their research topics fit well here.

Navigating: We think of the routes of Indigenous and Settler movements through Canada, and the various institutions, discourses, and politics associated with  them. These include the Two Row Wampum as a key alternative to the European doctrine of discovery, depicting relations of mutual benefit between equal and independent Nations. Navigating also speaks to the historical and current spread of ideas, technologies, languages, diseases, and genes through the fur trade, river catchments, the internet, and other networks. Scholars from Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, Hydrology, or Religious Studies may find their research best suited to this area.

Imagining: Here, we focus on ways of thinking about Canada, what it is, how it came to be, and what it may become. In critically looking at terms like urbanization, decolonization, reconciliation, and sovereignty, we can interrogate everyday imaginative practices: imagining futures, identity, and a certain ‘Canada’, depending on one’s perspective and relations. Research in Literature Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, Economics, or many other disciplines could be well situated to help address these issues.

Our conference goals are:

  • To critically examine all types of relations and their approaches to Canada from a variety of
  • To create a welcoming and collaborative space (even if it has to be virtually!) to share, network, and aid each other in our emerging, ongoing, and concluding research projects concerning Canada!
  • In the German-speaking world, both public discourse and this academic field equate Canada too often with its majority, white Settler population, culture, and Therefore, our conference aims to dislocate this bias by exploring alternative tropes and new voices, particularly beyond literature and cultural studies, and thereby rethink the scope of Kanada-Studien (German Canadian Studies).

If   you   have   any   questions,   please   feel   free   to   contact   the   conference organisers  at

Your organizing team,
Léna Remy-Kovach, Freiburg; Michelle Thompson, Freiburg; Franz Krause, Köln


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European Summer School in Canadian Studies

Current Update:
The European Summer School in Canadian Studies has been postponed until 2021 due to the Corona pandemic.

The Canadian Studies Centres of the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna are organising the first European Summer School in Canadian Studies, which will take place in Vienna (first week) and in Innsbruck (second week) from 29 June to 10 July 2020 in the summer of 2021. In the current political constellation in North America, an interdisciplinary-oriented in-depth reflection on Canada, one of the European Union‘s key partners, seems indispensable.

  • The ESSCS is intended for Master (BA studies completed) and doctoral students. The teaching staff are highly renowned specialists from Canada, Germany, and Austria representing the following disciplines: literary (English and French) and cultural studies, indigenous studies, media studies, language policy, history, cultural geography, political science and economics, intersectional and gender studies, mountain studies.
  • The course fees of EUR 500 include a two weeks lecture program, an electronic reader, two reading sessions with a Canadian and a Quebec author, the train transfer from Vienna to Innsbruck, three guided city tours (Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck), the bus transfer and a two days stay (room and meals included) in the Obergurgl Research Center of the University of Innsbruck at an altitude of 1940°m (cf., an excursion and the farewell dinner.
  • Credits: 5 ECTS (6 ECTS possible when doing an additional task)
  • The number of participants is limited. The registration deadline is 29 February 2020.

For further information concerning the program, accommodation, possible scholarships and the teaching concept cf.

Contact address:


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Sechs Promotionsstipendien: „Europa und Amerika in der modernen Welt“

Regensburger Leipniz-WissenschaftsCampus

Der Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Europa und Amerika in der modernen Welt bietet bis zu sechs Promotionsstipendien mit einer Höchstdauer von dreieinhalb Jahren. Die Stipendien in einer Höhe von 1.500 Euro pro Monat beginnen zum 1. März 2020. Sie werden zunächst für 18 Monate gewährt und werden nach einer Zwischenbeurteilung zum Fortschritt der Promo­tion um zwei Jahre verlängert.

Wir freuen uns über Bewerbungen von Kandidat*innen, die ein Masterstudium (oder einen vergleichbaren Abschluss) mit sehr guten Noten in einem für die Forschung am Regensburger Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus relevanten Fach abgeschlossen haben oder kurz vor dem Ab­schluss stehen. Der LWC begrüßt Forschungsexposés, die die Friktionen, Spannungen und viel­schichtigen Transformationen der Globalisierung seit circa 1800 untersuchen. Promotionsvor­haben sollten entweder transatlantische Verknüpfungen und den Austausch zwischen den Kontinenten erforschen oder eine komparatistische Perspektive auf Phänomene, die (Teile von) Europa und Amerika betreffen, bieten. Sie sollten zudem für mindestens eines der folgen­den vier Interdisziplinären Forschungsmodule relevant sein, die den Kern des Forschungs­profils des LWC bilden.

Die Module sind:
1) Transatlantische politische Transformationen
2) Kulturen und Hierarchien der Übersetzung
3) Transatlantischer Handel und Institutionen

Wir begrüßen zudem Exposés, die die Wissensproduktion im Bereich der Area Studies erfor­schen. Zusätzliche Informationen zum Regensburger LWC und zu den Modulen finden Sie unter

Bewerbungsschluss ist der 17. November 2019. Bewerbungen müssen elektronisch über das IOS-Bewerbungsportal unter eingereicht wer­den. Bewerbungen per E-Mail können leider nicht berücksichtigt werden.

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Freie Universität Berlin, Graduate School of North American Studies

The Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for its threeyear doctoral program.
Applicants must have a completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) in one of the following or related fields:
American/Canadian Cultural Studies, American/Canadian Literature, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology.
Up to 6 doctoral grants of up to 1,350 € per month will be awarded by Freie Universität  Berlin and the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the DAAD for a period of three years.
In addition, doctoral memberships (Promotionsplätze) are available for candidates who already have obtained PhD funding.

Deadline for applications: November 30, 2019

Further information on the application process and our doctoral program can be obtained  at:

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Call for Papers

45th Annual Conference, British Association for Canadian Studies

Canada and International Orders

Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 23-25 April 2020

Co-sponsored by the Centre of Canadian Studies, BACS returns to Scotland for the first time in 20 years. Much has changed, not least the international order. ‚Canada and the International Order‘ will, therefore, be the orienting theme for BACS 2020, with papers addressing the relationship between Scotland and Canada especially welcome.
Canada has existed within international orders, whether during pre-colonization, under French and British rule or as a nation-state. In the twentieth century Canadian governments negotiated a distinct course during the cold war’s geopolitical stand off, and are doing so again in the twenty-first century’s unravelling of the previous order. BACS 2020 explores both the challenges posed by successive international orders to Canada, as well as the distinctive contributions that Canada has made in shaping these orders.

Contributions from all disciplines are most welcome. We especially invite papers that engage with the following themes:

  • The British Empire and the Commonwealth
  • La Francophonie and Quebec’s external relations
  • ‚Sleeping with an elephant‘: Canada and the United States
  • Human rights, LGBTQ2 rights and feminist international assistance
  • United Nations and Peacekeeping
  • lndigeneity and Arctic governance
  • Immigration and the Post/decolonial

Papers that address other themes in the study of Canada are also very welcome.

Deadline for proposals: 18 November 2019; details on how to submit individual and panel proposals:

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Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies – Preisverleihung an Prof. Dr. Ursula Mathis-Moser

Frau Prof. Dr. Ursula Mathis-Moser, langjähriges Mitglied der GKS, hat den diesjährigen ICCS Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies verliehen bekommen!

Wir gratulieren aufs Herzlichste!

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Nik Nanos Leads “Advancing Canada Coalition” to restore funding for Canadian Studies

Noted Canadian pollster and market researcher Nik Nanos has initiated a public effort to encourage the Government of Canada to restore funding for Canadian Studies around the world. These funds were abruptly terminated in May 2012 by the Government of Stephen Harper.

Nanos has enlisted a blue-ribbon Steering Committee to support this effort. Members include Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Jane Urquhart, Lawrence Hill, John English, Robert Bothwell, Margaret MacMillan, Laura Dawson, Alain-G. Gagnon, and Senator Peter Boehm.

For further information and to support the initiative, visit

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CfP: Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies: General Call for Submissions

The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies (JAAAS) is a peer-reviewed gold open access journal.

  • Are you looking for a peer-reviewed outlet to publish your cutting-edge research article in American Studies?
  • Would like to put the spotlight on your current project in the form of a short essay?
  • Do you want to write reviews about the latest or perhaps overlooked publications in American Studies and thus help bring them to the attention of your peers?
  • Would you like to expand your experience as a peer reviewer?

Consider the newly inaugurated JAAAS: Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies as your venue. JAAAS seeks to create an interdisciplinary space for debate on all aspects of American culture and functions as a forum for both Americanists in Austria and Europe as well as in the global academic community. Published twice a year (spring and fall), the journal welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics, aiming to broaden the multi- and interdisciplinary study of American cultures. The journal welcomes contributions in American cultural and literary studies from inter- and transnational as well as European perspectives that deal with all aspects of American culture and society including history, music, politics, sociology, geography, ecocriticism, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, class, law, technology, and (digital) media.

JAAAS invites the following types of contributions:

1) Research Articles (double-blind peer-reviewed) are essays that engage in theoretical, practical, pedagogical, and/or historical analysis. The article—including endnotes and citations—should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words.

2) Short Essays (double-blind peer-reviewed) discuss a novel and innovative topic, address new and emergent ideas, engage critically with scholarly controversies, and/or introduce emergent approaches in a concise manner. These pieces test new disciplinary trajectories. The word limit for these pieces is 3,000 words.

3) Reviews (editorial review) are critical essays that evaluate academic books and other sources/materials relevant for American Studies, and are 1,000 to 2,500 words, including endnotes and citations. If you would like to write a review, please contact our reviews editor, Joshua Parker.

JAAAS aims to publish open as well as thematic issues. While our thematic issues usually emerge from the annual meetings of the Austrian Association for American Studies, we also seek submissions to open issuesJAAAS is supported by the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) and hosted by the University of Graz, Austria.

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CfP/ Appel de textes : International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue international d’études canadiennes

The International Journal of Canadian Studies will publish a thematic section entitled New Generation, in its issue #59 in early 2020. Scholars in their early career are invited to submit a manuscript in English or French that they have presented at a conference, congress or workshop in 2018 or 2019, in any area of Canadian Studies. The Journal is particularly interested in interdisciplinary work.

For this issue, we define “early career” flexibly. This includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and pre-tenure faculty members. Other profiles may be considered on an individual basis.

For further information, contact the editors:

Claude Denis                                    David Staines                                    Nadine Fabbi              

To submit a manuscript, consult “guidelines” at

// La Revue international d’études canadiennes publiera une section thématique intitulée Nouvelle génération, dans son numéro 59 au début de 2020. Les auteur-e-s en début de carrière sont invité-e-s à soumettre un manuscrit en anglais ou français, qui aura été présenté lors d’un congrès, colloque ou atelier en 2018 ou 2019, dans tous les secteurs des Études canadiennes. La Revue est particulièrement intéressée à publier des travaux interdisciplinaires.

Pour ce numéro, nous définissons « début de carrière » de manière flexible. Sont inclus les étudiant-e-s de cycles supérieurs, les chercheurs postdoctorants et les professeurs avant la permanence. D’autres profils pourront être considérés sur une base individuelle.

Pour plus d’information, contacter les rédacteurs :

Claude Denis                                    David Staines                                    Nadine Fabbi              

Pour soumettre un manuscript, consultez les “guidelines” à l’adresse

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