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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CfP: Border Crossings and Revolutions

Two Panel Call For Papers at the Irish Association for American Studies/British Association of American Studies Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast, 7-9 April 2016

Scholarship on the Mexican-American border has dominated the field of border studies for the past forty years, from the publication of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera in 1987 to the present. Yet the forty-ninth parallel remains an under-examined yet critical divide, separating Indigenous tribes and cultivating distinct colonial and neo-colonial histories in both Canada and the United States. Richard Ford’s most recent novel, Canada, examines the complex relationship of America to its northern neighbour, focusing on how one young white boy remakes his identity once he has crossed the 49th parallel, albeit with relative ease. While the novel portrays the Prairies and later Central Canada, looking specifically at the Windsor-Detroit border, Ford offers a distinctly American vision of Canada. Using the theme of border-crossings and revolutions (and recalling that during the American Revolution, many British Loyalists fled northward to what was to become British North America), the organizers are interested in papers that consider the relevance of the Canada-US border from an American Studies perspective.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • border security and surveillance
  • innovative approaches to border theory and the concept of hemispheric studies   (typically dominated by the United States)
  • American exceptionalism and the border
  • space/place and the 49th parallel
  • que(e)rying the border
  • borders and regions
  • revolutionary borders
  • Indigenzing the border
  • border claims after the human rights revolution
  • trauma, testimony, and geopolitical reconciliation
  • cultural memory and the revolutionary moment
  • how the revolutionary spirit is maintained
  • mobilizing (counter)revolutionary affects across borders

Please send abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography by September 15th, 2015 to Jennifer Andrews and Richard Cole.


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Stellenausschreibung: Universitätsassistenz

Institut für Amerikanistik, Karl-Franzen-Universität Graz (A)

Bewerbungsschluss: 15. Juli 2015

Das Institut für Amerikanistik der Karl-Franzen-Universität Graz sucht eine/n Universitätsassitent/in ohne Doktoat (20 Stunden/Woche; befristet auf 4 Jahre; zu b esetzen ab 01. September 2015).


  • Eigenständige Forschungs- und Publikationstätigkeit sowie Mitarbeit bei Forschungsprojekten im Bereich „Amerikanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft“
  • Lehre im Bereich „Nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft“
  • Organisations- und Verwaltungstätigkeiten des Instituts und im Rahmen der Studierendenbetreuung

Fachliche Qualifikation:

  • Abgeschlossenes Diplom- oder Magister/ra- oder Masterstudium der Anglistik/Amerikanistik mit Schwerpunkt Amerikanistik
  • Hervorragende Kenntnisse in Nordamerikanischer Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
  • Kenntnisse in American Urban Studies und Anglophone Canadian Studies (wünschenswert)

Persönliche Anforderung:

  • Soziale Kompetenz und Freude am Umgang mit Studierenden
  • Hohe persönliche Motivation und wissenschaftliche Neugier
  • Kommunikations- und Organisationsfähigkeit
  • Teamfähigkeit

Folgen Sie diesem Link für weitere Informationen und Bewerbungskriterien.

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Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

Conference and Call for Papers:
Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts:
„Postcolonial Knowledges“
University of Bremen, March 15-18, 2016

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, Prof. Dr. Eeva Sippola

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars of different academic backgrounds to explore how knowledge systems, cultures, languages, and literary traditions have been affected by colonial and postcolonial conditions that are increasingly marked by contradictions, cultural heterogeneity, and transcultural processes. We are interested in the ways in which colonial and postcolonial constellations have been reflected, shaped, and negotiated by communication, symbolic practice, and knowledge practices.

We will look critically at ongoing knowledge production and Eurocentric ‘intellectual dominance’ (Emeagwali 2003) in knowledge centers and discourses around the world. We aim to crystallize decolonial strategies to challenge neocolonial tendencies in institutions of knowledge production and to probe the possibilities of integrating postcolonial knowledges into present knowledge discourses. Many collaborations and attempts to interlink Eurocentric and non-Eurocentric knowledge systems are already taking place, and scholars around the globe are producing alternative postcolonial visions of reality and the world that are embedded in non-European lives, ontologies, and philosophies (e.g. Armstrong 2009; Atleo 2009, 2011; Dogbe 2006; Garcés V 2012; Moctar Ba 2013).

To address these issues, this conference focuses on themes related to the marginalization and displacement of local knowledge systems and the endangerment of languages as well as on epistemological and language ideologies in colonial and postcolonial settings.

We welcome contributions from linguistics, cultural studies, literature and film studies, anthropology, history, political science, sociology, and other disciplines.

Further information on the Conference and the Call for Papers can be found here.


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Conference: Canada in a Changing World / Le Canada dans un monde en pleine mutation

„Canada in a Changing World: New Perspectives on the Canadian Story“ /
„Le Canada dans un monde en pleine mutation: Les nouvelles perspectives de la narration canadienne“

12. Konferenz des Nachwuchsforums der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien,
Universität Potsdam, 3.-5. Juli 2015

Organisatoren: Stefanie Land-Hilbert, Lydia Schöppner, John Woitkowitz

Das Nachwuchsforum der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien e.V. veranstaltet seine 12. Konferenz an der Universität Potsdam vom 3.-5. Juli 2015. Interessierte sind herzlich eingeladen, die Tagung zu besuchen. Wir bitten jedoch aus organisatorischen Gründen um eine Anmeldung per Email bis zum 30. Juni 2015 unter Die Eröffnungsveranstaltung der Tagung findet am 3. Juli 2015 ab 18 Uhr in den Räumlichkeiten der Botschaft Kanadas statt (Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin). Hierfür ist eine separate Online-Registrierung über diesen Link sowie das Mitführen eines gültigen Lichtbildausweises erforderlich.

Auf der Konferenz-Website finden Sie weitere Information zur Veranstaltung.



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CfP: Canadian Historical Review (Journal)

The Canadian Historical Review, the pre-eminent journal of Canadian history, is dedicated to publishing original scholarship of the highest scholarly standards in French and English. CHR articles are cited more than those published in any other Canadian history journal. In the last five years alone, articles were downloaded over 113,327 times. Both the CHR editors and editorial board welcome academics at any stage of their career, from Canada and beyond, to explore any aspect or period of Canadian history. They invite a broad range of topics, perspectives, and interpretive frameworks, and encourage imagination and innovation along with the more traditional approaches used in historical research and writing. Comparative and transnational approaches to understanding Canada’s past are also welcome.

Visit Canadian Historical Review’s website for further details and submission guidelines.

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ICCS Annual General Meeting and Banquet 2015

Jedes Jahr treffen sich die Vorsitzenden aller kanadistischen Gesellschaften aus 39 Ländern beim Annual General Meeting des ICCS (International Council for Canadian Studies), um sich fachlich auszutauschen und über die Aktivitäten ihrer Gesellschaften zu berichten.

Dieses Mal fand das AGM am 22. Mai an der University of Trent in Peterborough, ON, Canada statt. Beim dazugehörigen Bankett wurden zwei Mitglieder der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien mit Auszeichnungen für besondere Leistungen geehrt.

Die Präsidentin der GKS, Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal (links) mit der Gewinnerin des Best Doctoral Thesis Award Stefanie Fritzenkötter

Die Präsidentin der GKS, Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal (links) mit der Gewinnerin des Best Doctoral Thesis Award Stefanie Fritzenkötter (Foto: ICCS)

Stefanie Fritzenkötter erhielt den Award in der Kategorie Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies für ihre Arbeit „Aspekte des akadischen Französisch in Neuschottland (Kanada): Charakteristika der akadischen Jugendsprache an der Baie Sainte-Marie unter besonderer Berücksichtigung englisch-französischer Sprachkontaktphänomene“
(„Aspects fondamentaux du français acadien des adolescents de la
Baie Sainte-Marie, Nouvelle-Écosse (Canada)“).


ICCS-Präsidentin Susan Hodgett gratuliert Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klooß (Mitte) zum GGA. Rechts: Professor David Staines von der University of Ottawa.

ICCS-Präsidentin Susan Hodgett gratuliert Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klooß (Mitte) zum GGA. Rechts: Professor David Staines von der University of Ottawa. (Foto: ICCS)



Des Weiteren wurde der ehemalige Präsident der GKS Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klooß, tätig an der Universität Trier, mit dem diesjährigen Govenor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies ausgezeichnet.

Susan Hodgett (links), David Staines (Mitte) und Wolfgang Klooß (rechts) beim festlichen Bankett

Susan Hodgett (links), David Staines (Mitte) und Wolfgang Klooß (rechts) beim festlichen Bankett (Foto: ICCS)






Der GGA wird Wissenschaftlern verliehen, die einen herausragenden Beitrag zur internationalen Forschung und Entwicklung der Kanadistik geleistet haben.  Überreicht wurde ihm der Award von der Präsidentin des ICCS, Susan Hodgett.

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CfP: Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies

The 2015 Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, DGfA) calls for submissions to this year’s

This year’s PGF is jointly organized by PhD candidates from the University of Bamberg and the University of Bayreuth. The conference itself takes place at the University of Bamberg from November 6 to 8, 2015.

Please find the call for papers here. Deadline: July 31, 2015.

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CfP: „Making Sense of CanLit: Critical Pedagogies and Knowledge-Production in the Teaching of Canadian Literature Today“

BACS Literature Group Symposium, University of Leeds (GB)
7th September 2015

Extended Deadline: 30th June 2015

Amidst an ongoing public finance crisis, scholars of Canadian literature often find themselves confronted by the need to work within a new “research capitalism” paradigm (Coleman and Kamboureli 2011). While certainly not unique to the humanities, the current drive to refashion knowledge-production in view of the new socio-economic and political realities has affected the development of critical pedagogies which challenge canonised views while “initiating ethical acts that have social justice and equity as modes of desire” (Miki 2011: 259). Do the revised financial, institutional and disciplinary agendas inevitably doom Canadian literary scholarship to embracing the proverbial “strategy of survival” (Sojka 2013: 16)? Or, could this moment be an opportunity for rethinking the parameters of our pedagogic practice and exploring “the unpredictable resources of the imagination, and the plethora of non-rational tensions and uncertainties that are operative in everyday intellection” (Miki 2011: 254)?

This one-day symposium of the BACS Literature Group seeks to address the above questions by providing a forum for discussion, analysis and reflection on current practices of teaching Canadian literature in the UK and beyond. We are hoping that this event will give us the opportunity to share and reflect upon our teaching experiences, methodologies and approaches to curriculum design in a cross-institutional and trans-national setting, with a view of making an important contribution to pedagogic discussions taking place in Canada. Proposals for 15-minute position papers, case studies or reflective pieces on the above questions are invited. Although not limited to the following, these might address:


  • designing Canada-related modules and syllabi within a non-Canadian HE setting;
  • developing alternative models of Canadian literature knowledge-production and pedagogic practice in and outside the HE classroom;
  • making Canada matter outside Canada – comparative and trans-national approaches to teaching and learning;
  • assessing the impact of “rhizomatic learning” (Cormier 2010), interdisciplinarity and the  employability agenda on Canadian literary study;
  • examining the role of Canadian Studies networks for the development of critical pedagogic practices.

The symposium is open to BACS members and non-members alike, and participants from any country are welcome, academic or professional background. Postgraduates and those with teaching experience in a non-academic context (e.g. arts organisations, schools, community groups, life-long learning, etc.) are particularly welcome. There is some funding available to help with the travel expenses of postgraduate / unwaged presenters.

Outline proposals for papers, reflective pieces, reports or case studies (250 words) and a short bio note should be sent to Dr Simone Lomartire and Dr Milena Marinkova at Also welcome are alternative formats for presentation, such as workshops, roundtables or other dialogical arrangements (please note your suggested format on the proposal). Please submit your proposal no later than 30 June 2015. Extended versions of the papers will be uploaded on the BACS website in August.


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