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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CFP Toronto Chic Symposium

Toronto Chic Symposium
Friday, September 30th, 2022
Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto

Deadline: June 15, 2022

In recent years, Toronto has steadily positioned itself as a fashionable city. References to “Hogtown” and “Toronto the Good” have long been replaced with the upbeat “T. Dot” and the slick moniker “the 6ix” — made famous by the celebrated Toronto-born rap artist, Drake. In Who’s Your City? (2008), Richard Florida praised Toronto’s “messy urbanism,” and finding his adopted city a hotbed of diversity, culture and intellectualism, he characterized Toronto as a creative city. In the last decade, Toronto’s global profile has continued to rise. In 2014, Vogue declared Queen West the second coolest neighbourhood in the world, and after the celebrations of the 2019 NBA season, the city was awash in spectacle and grandeur. Nevertheless, Toronto has also been the subject of mayoral scandal and ridicule, and, in the latest decade, a site of much violence and protest. Additionally, the city has seen the loss of major cultural institutions such as concert halls, theatres, fashion weeks and brick-and-mortar stores. In the wake of COVID, Toronto creatives have been prompted and forced to venture into online and remote modes of work and presentation. Indeed, the new millennium has offered an opportunity to investigate how Toronto artists, designers, writers, filmmakers and thinkers have fashioned their city to reflect a more contemporary vision for Toronto’s urban imaginary.

In “Chic Theory” (1997), Joanne Finkelstein acknowledged that “The emphasis that city life gives to appearances concentrates attention on the fashionable.” In this regard, this symposium reflects larger discourses as they relate to urban change in Toronto. In particular, this symposium is in dialogue with the locational histories of fashion that have been investigated in Berliner Chic (Ingram and Sark, 2011), Wiener Chic (Ingram and Reisenleitner, 2014), Montreal Chic (Sark and Bélanger-Michaud, 2016) and L.A. Chic (Ingram and Reisenleitner, 2018). These texts demonstrate how fashion, understood broadly as both a signifier of clothing and style and as a barometer of social, technological and political change, is an integral component of the city.


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Appel à communications : L’imprimé à l’université : l’université à l’imprimé Archives, histoire, historiographie et représentations de l’université au Canada

62e journée d’échanges scientifiques de l’AQÉI
Université de Sherbrooke, Campus de Longueuil

14 octobre 2022

Date limite :  1er juillet 2022

Pour cette journée d’étude de l’AQÉI, nous invitons les chercheuses et les chercheurs à réfléchir aux rapports entre l’université et l’imprimé au Canada. Les communications peuvent concerner à la fois les imprimés produits par (ou pour) l’université, les acteurs de l’imprimé qui œuvrent dans le cadre des institutions universitaires, et les représentations de l’université dans différents types de textes imprimés. L’objectif est de saisir l’université en tant que médiation éditoriale et comme objet de représentation.
Liberté créatrice et expertise scientifique soustendent l’université et sa mission. L’édition savante bénéficie de cette logique : sans l’université en effet, comment justifier la production des ouvrages spécialisés, qui apparaîtraient à la limite telles des anomalies du systèmelivre (inaptes à rejoindre un lectorat suffisant ou à générer des profits)? Certaines autres formes d’imprimés émanant de l’université répondent à des impératifs institutionnels (voire strictement administratifs). On peut penser au statut particulier des archives universitaires, qui échappent aux canaux habituels d’édition et de circulation. La diversité et l’hybridité de la littérature grise lui confèrent un intérêt particulier. C’est sans compter leur importance pour l’historiographie des campus ou lhistoire des départements
et institutions : il ne s’agit pas que des archives de l’université, mais de ce qui s’en est dit à différents moments et de ce qu’elles révèlent sur différents moments de l’histoire de l’éducation. D’autres documents encore, complètement étrangers à l’institution, sont ultérieurement repris par elle ou lui sont confiés : elle agit alors à titre de spécialiste du patrimoine et assure un service à l’ensemble de la société. Mais l’université a d’autres manières de s’inscrire dans le social. Elle a, de tout temps, fait l’objet de représentations littéraires ou médiatiques. On ne compte plus les essais qui annoncent la faillite de l’université ni les romans qui s’appliquent, diraiton, à éventer les excentricités des membres de cette communauté. Non seulement l’ensemble de ces représentations nous informent quant aux mythes, aux croyances, aux pratiques de l’université; elles contribuent en partie à façonner ceuxci. Si les empreintes textuelles du monde universitaire relèvent avant tout du domaine symbolique, elles participent néanmoins à instituer l’université, induisant certaines « lectures » sociales de l’université.


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CFP for edited collection: Dave Sim: Comics Iconoclast

Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2022

Co-Editors Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman (Dave Sim: Conversations, Chester Brown: Conversations, Seth: Conversations, Jim Shooter: Conversations, Steve Gerber: Conversations, Approaching Twin Peaks: Essays on the Original Series, and The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels) seek original, previously unpublished essays on the work of Dave Sim for a book of critical approaches on Sim, tentatively titled Dave Sim: Comics Iconoclast, to be published by McFarland.

Recommended themes: formal, historical, and thematic considerations, including Sim’s role as ground level self-publisher and how this position as comics industry outsider impacts his work; Sim as specifically Canadian artist; his advances and innovations in the graphic narrative form; intertextual or meta elements of his work, specifically in his magnum opus, Cerebus, including satire and parody; Sim’s innovative use of the episodic, periodical format in long-form storytelling; Sim’s testing of the limits of what constitutes a ‘comic’; realism vs. fantasy; caricature and photo-realism; generic transgressions; world-building; issues of gender, religion, and politics. Essays on all of Sim’s work (Cerebus, Judenhass, Glamourpuss, Cerebus in Hell, The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, early short works, essays, electronic media) are encouraged.

Please submit proposals of 200-300 words. Proposal due date: July 31, 2022.

Send proposals to

Final essay due date: November 30, 2022. Recommended length: 5,000-7,500 words although longer essays will be considered.

Planned publication date: fall 2023.

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Stipendien der Stiftung für Kanada-Studien: Sondereinreichfrist 2022

Die Stiftung für Kanada-Studien hat wegen der Corona-Pandemie auch in diesem Jahr eine Sondereinreichfrist für Projekte im laufenden und im Folgejahr eingerichtet. Der Termin hierfür ist der 01.07.2022.

Vergeben werden:

(1) Reisestipendien für Promovierende für Forschungsaufenthalte in Kanada

(2) Reisestipendien für bereits promovierte Wissenschaftler_innen
für Forschungsaufenthalte in Kanada

(3) Reisestipendien für die Vorbereitung von Projektanträgen:
Entwicklung von Forschungsvorhaben vor der Projektantragsreife oder „Sondierungsprojekt“

Die Stiftung für Kanada-Studien ist darüber hinaus offen für weitere innovative Projektideen im Sinne der deklarierten Stiftungsziele. Formlose Projektskizzen können der Stiftung jederzeit vorgelegt werden.

Anträge können von deutschen, österreichischen und Schweizer Staatsbürger_innen gestellt werden oder jenen, die an einer deutschen, österreichischen oder Schweizer Hochschule arbeiten oder studieren. Bewerbungen sind jederzeit möglich. Bewerbungsschluss für die Stipendienvergabe im Folgejahr ist jeweils der 1. November des laufenden Jahres, bzw. 2022 zusätzlich der 1. Juli.

Weitere Informationen und Bewerbungsformulare finden Sie auf der Homepage der Stiftung für Kanada-Studien unter der Rubrik Förderprogramme.

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Anmeldefrist verlängert/ Lehrer*innenfortbildung: Kanada und Québec im Fremdsprachenunterricht

Das Bremer Institut für Kanada- und Quebec-Studien (BIKQS) führt am 15. Juni 2022 mit Expert*innen u.a. der Universitäten Bremen, Köln und Groningen im Haus der Wissenschaft eine Lehrer*innenfortbildung zum Thema Kanada und Québec im Fremdsprachenunterricht durch. In einzelnen Vorträgen und Workshops werden materialbasierte Einführungen zu Kanada, Diskussionen zu Literatur, Film, Sprachen und Politik sowie zu speziellen Themen wie den indigenen Kulturen Kanadas und dem berühmten Cirque du Soleil aus Quebéc stattfinden. Eine Buchausstellung rundet das Programm ab.



Die Anmeldefrist wurde bis zum 5. Juni 2022 verlängert.

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Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer: “Sovereignty on Thinning Ice”? Characterizing Arctic Sovereignty and Security – Past, Present and Future (online)

June 2, 2022, 1:30pm (ET), Zoom

Wilfrid Laurier University

Registration is required for this online event. – Register Now:

Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer is one of Canada’s leading experts on Arctic security, history and contemporary policy. He is Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North and a Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University. He is also the network lead for the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network and previously served as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

In this fascinating lecture, Dr. Lackenbauer will discuss his research and his involvement with the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, whose records are held by the Laurier Archives and Special Collections

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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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