Förderpreise der GKS – Bewerbungsphase beginnt!

Die Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien vergibt jährlich auf ihrer Tagung in Grainau eine Reihe von Förderpreisen für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs. Die Bewerbungsfrist für jeden der Preise endet am 1. November 2017. Hier eine Auflistung aller Förderpreise, die auch im kommenden Jahr wieder würdige Preisträger_innen suchen:

Prix d’Excellence du Gouvernement du Québec

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt die GKS in Kooperation mit der Association internationale des études québécoises (AIÉQ) wieder den Prix d’Excellence du Gouvernement du Québec. Der von der Regierung von Québec gestiftete und von ihrer Vertretung in München im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der GKS in Grainau überreichte Preis ist mit 3.000 kanadischen Dollar dotiert. Der Preis richtet sich an NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, die an einer deutschen, österreichischen oder schweizerischen Universität eine hervorragende Abschlussarbeit im Bereich der Québec-Studien eingereicht oder eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit (Monographie, Sammlung, Nachschlagewerk o.ä.) in derselben Disziplin publiziert haben. Alle akademischen Abschlussarbeiten für Master, Magister, Diplom, Staatsexamen oder Promotion aus dem Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften sind zur Bewerbung zugelassen, solange der Schwerpunkt auf einem für Québec interessanten Bereich liegt (z.B. Kultur-, Literatur-, Sprach-, Politik-, Gesellschafts- oder Geschichtswissenschaften, etc.).

Reisestipendien der GKS

Pro Jahr werden zwei GKS-Reisestipendien von jeweils 1000,- Euro an Studierende aller Fachrichtungen vergeben, deren Diplom-, Staatsexamens- oder Masterarbeiten ein kanadaspezifisches Thema behandeln und daher einen Studien- bzw. Forschungsaufenthalt in Kanada erforderlich machen. Die Förderung soll die Durchführung der Arbeit vor Ort erleichtern, z. B. Geländestudien, Bibliotheksarbeiten, Interviews etc. zur Vorbereitung oder zum Abschluss des jeweiligen Vorhabens.

Jürgen-Saße-Preis

Der Jürgen Saße-Förderpreis wird jährlich an Studierende aller Fachrichtungen vergeben, deren Diplom-, Staatsexamens-, Master- oder Doktorarbeit die Aboriginal People Kanadas behandelt. Der Preis in Höhe von 1000,- Euro ist als finanzieller Zuschuss für projektbezogene akademische Studien in Kanada gedacht. Bewerben können sich Studierende und AbsolventInnen aller Fachrichtungen (z.B. auf den Gebieten Kunst, Linguistik, Geologie, Geographie, Ethnologie), deren Abschlussarbeit einen Studien- oder Forschungsaufenthalt in Kanada erforderlich macht.

Informationen zur Teilnahme und den nötigen Bewerbungsunterlagen finden Sie auf unserer hier.

 

Außerdem beginnt auch die Bewerbungsphase für den

ICCS Graduate Students Scholarships/CIEC Bourses de rédaction de thèse

Der International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS/CIEC) mit Sitz in Ottawa ist der Dachverband aller Gesellschaften für Kanada-Studien weltweit. Das Stipendium ermöglicht einen Forschungsaufenthalt in Kanada, der im Rahmen einer Abschlussarbeit (Diplom, Magister, etc.) oder Promotion auf dem Gebiet der Kanada-Studien erforderlich ist. Bewerbungen sind bis zum 1. November (Ausschlussfrist) an die GKS zu richten. Die GKS trifft eine Vorauswahl und leitet die Bewerbungen an den ICCS/CIEC weiter, der über die endgültige Vergabe entscheidet.

Informationen sowie die Antragsformulare zu diesem Programm finden Sie hier.

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Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge: Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

Call for Conference Papers for the 48th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, April 4-7, 2018, Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel, Toronto, CN

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

The conference site, Toronto, has become an international model of alternative approaches to urban policies, particularly in the areas of housing, immigration/diversity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The city anchors the largest metropolitan area in Canada, a region that has emerged as a global leader in innovation. But significant tensions underlie this impressive image. Rising socio-spatial inequality, escalating housing costs, racialized patterns of growth, and inadequate transportation infrastructure, all threaten the region’s future prospects. Furthermore, social, economic, environmental and political cleavages between municipalities comprising the Toronto region continue to emerge. Yet, there are also examples of collaboration in planning and policy at the local and regional levels that have created opportunities for community engagement, grassroots place-making and larger scale city-building. The conference provides an opportunity to both extend our understanding of the Toronto metropolitan experience, and importantly, to examine the broader topic of contestation and promise of collaboration in regions globally. Ultimately, the conference will allow us to examine a fundamentally critical question: how can policies and actions within a regional context promote the development of communities that are both just and sustainable?

Further information: www.urbanaffairsassociation.org

Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017

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Native American Narratives in a Global Context: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Call for Article Proposals for a Special Issue to Appear in Transmotion

In the contemporary moment, the world has seen an increase in transnational and decolonial activist movements around indigenous rights. Idle No More, Rhodes Must Fall, the BDS movement for a Free Palestine and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have all garnered international attention and trans-indigenous calls of solidarity. These politics have found their ways to literary productions, and many have dubbed the increase in Native American writings and the rapid growth in Indigenous Studies a cultural, literary, and academic renaissance.

In recent years, there has been an increase in Native American scholarship that attempts to consider separate and distinct histories, cultures and literatures in a comparative frame. In 2011, Daniel Heath Justice observed the number of Indigenous Studies scholars globally, “reaching out, learning about themselves and one another, looking for points of connection that reflect and respect both specificity and shared concern.” Jodi A Byrd, in The Transit of Empire (2011), employs the concept “transit” to describe the interconnectedness and continuum of colonial violence that implicated multiple peoples and spaces. In 2012, Chadwick Allen established the concept ‘Trans-Indigenous’ to develop a methodology for a global Native literary studies and, elsewhere, scholars have explored the potential for comparing Native American socio-historic perspectives with those of other colonized and oppressed people. In his latest book (2016), Steven Salaita adopts “inter/nationalism” as a term that embodies decolonial thought and expression, literary and otherwise, that surface in the intersectional moments between American Indian and Palestinian struggles. Similarly, there is a long tradition of Native American Indigenous authors exploring the transnational politics of oppression and the multidirectional movement of memory (Rothberg, 2008) in fiction, poetry and on stage: from Leslie Marmon Silko’s transcontinental decolonial revolution in Almanac of the Dead (1991) to Sherman Alexie’s reflections on Indigenous and Jewish experiences of genocide in ‘Inside Dachau’ (2011). These academic and creative projects cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries of indigenous, postcolonial, and settler colonial studies, bringing together histories and cultures that have rarely been considered alongside one another. But what, if any, is the relationship between these cultures? What is to be gained from studying, ostensibly at least, disparate literatures and societies in the same frame?

This special issue seeks to explore this new direction of Indigenous Studies, focusing on the significance of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous American narratives in a global arena. We invite work that engages with historical or cultural narratives, spanning literature, art, film, or other modes of cultural production. Bringing together scholars researching Native American narratives in relation to diverse geographical and historical contexts, we hope to interrogate questions surrounding what comparative indigenous studies might look like and what potential it holds for transnational exchange on a global scale. A comparative focus foregrounds the distinct but interconnected experiences of (post-) colonial and disenfranchised communities across the world. A lens of this kind can expand and ask global questions on what it means to be native in specific colonial spaces and the ways through which one can analyze literary expressions that work towards decolonization in these contexts.

Further details: http://bit.ly/2vBgd6J

Deadline for Abstracts: Oct. 1, 2017

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Appel à communication: Le Québec et ses autrui significatifs

Symposium du Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie (CRIDAQ) avec l’appui de l’Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ), 24 et 25 mai 2018, Université du Québec à Montréal

Il est va du Québec comme des autres sociétés, il aime à se comparer. Qu’on en juge par la popularité des classements en tous genres. Publics savants ou profanes, décideurs politiques ou économiques, médias d’information ou de variété, tous affectionnent ces mesures qui miroitent la place du Québec dans le monde. Le Québec progresse-t-il ou décline-t-il? Doit-il être heureux ou triste de son sort? Son niveau de vie, de bien-être, de pouvoir d’achat, d’éducation, de santé ou de loisir est-il enviable? Ses villes, ses universités, ses festivals sont-ils appréciés? La polysémie des objets de comparaison évoque la polyphonie des questions posées, mais aussi la cacophonie des interprétations proposées. Car, de ces comparaisons en débat sont dégagées des avenues d’action: des spécialités sont valorisées, des trajectoires sont corrigées; des fonds sont débloqués, des politiques sont implantées. L’enjeu de la comparaison se déplace ainsi vers l’amont et vers l’aval, vers l’intention, l’objet, l’interprétation : comment mesurer – et définir – le cours d’une société? Comment mesurer – et prioriser – la valence d’un indicateur par rapport à un autre? En bref, quel modèle privilégier? De ces comparaisons en débat font jour des débats de sociétés.

En cela, observées sur la moyenne et la longue durée, les comparaisons dessinent le contour de priorités et de préoccupations collectives, de choix et de questions de sociétés, d’horizons de sens. Au siècle des nationalités, le Québec se comparait à l’Irlande, à la Grèce, à la Pologne. Le nationalisme de Bourassa se lovait à l’aune de la guerre des Boers. La décolonisation et le socialisme rapprochaient le Québec de Cuba, de l’Amérique du Sud. La France et l’Amérique ont toujours fait rêver. Aujourd’hui, le Québec est comparé à l’Ontario, aux pays scandinaves, aux pays latins, aux pays catholiques, aux nations sans État, aux sociétés neuves, aux petites nations… Qu’y cherche-t-on? Qu’espère-t-on y trouver? Il en va en quelque sorte de la construction du soi individuel comme du soi collectif: la société se dit en se comparant, se fait en se distinguant.

Les autrui comparatifs du Québec ne sont donc pas choisis au hasard. Ce sont des autrui significatifs (Mead, 1963), avec qui le Québec entre en relation dans l’espoir de mieux se dire, de mieux se faire. S’il s’agit certes de sociétés, il s’agit aussi de personnes, d’époques, d’œuvres : que dire de grands livres, de grands intellectuels, dont l’exemple édifie, dont le jugement est attendu? Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Durham, Rameau de Saint-Père, André Siegfried, Jacques Maritain ont porté des jugements sur le Canada français. Lamartine, Chateaubriand nous racontaient. Dans les enjeux sur la diversité, le Québec est aujourd’hui une référence – A. Finkielkraut, J. Habermas, F. Fukuyama, R. Hollinger. Modèles ou contremodèles, enquêtes ou quêtes, ce sont des autrui avec qui le Québec entre en dialogue significatif.

Appel à communication en détail: http://bit.ly/2vBz6Xa

Date butoir: 1er octobre 2017

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Call for Article Submissions: WSQ: Protest

One way of telling the story of feminism is to tell it as a story of protest: protest against, protest for, protest within. In this issue, we invite contributors to reflect on the histories, presents, and futures of protest through a feminist lens.

The current moment is often hailed as „the age of protest,“ one in which the recent women’s marches, originating in the US but soon spreading globally, were seen to be a culmination. Such declarations, however, depend on a very particular notion of what counts as protest, and indeed feminist protest, often reifying the global North as an originary site of feminist protest; or disregarding movements that do not explicitly foreground gender or women as their primary agenda.

We contend that popular „age of protest“ narratives risk obscuring other key moments and sites of long standing protest, particularly when led by racialized or otherwise minoritized populations. The rich histories of centuries of protest by working class and poor women, immigrant women, women of color, and anticolonial, indigenous and transnational feminists still remain understudied. And yet, it is difficult to deny that globally, protest has been revitalized by mass participation on a larger scope than has been seen in the almost two decades since massive protests spawned global networks that came to be known as the alterglobalization movement. Such protests have been diverse in issues and tactics – from the revolutions of the Arab Spring, to the ceaseless protests in Kashmir against Indian occupation, to the anti-rape protests in India, to the #niunamas and anti-femicide movements in Latin America, to the Women’s Marches, BlackLivesMatter movement, Dalit women’s self-respect marches, Idle No More and the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the US and Canada, to name only a select few of a plethora of protests globally that have thrown up key questions for feminism. Beyond the streets, the digital domain has been a lively site of protest and organizing, particularly in zones where the presence of protesting bodies on the streets may be met with deadly violence. We invite our contributors to think broadly and critically about the relationship between feminism and protest as one that emerges from multiple and overlapping locations and communities, on and beyond space of „the streets.“

See the full CfP here.

Deadline for submission of full articles: Sept. 15, 2017.

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New Publication: The Same but Different: Hockey in Quebec

edited by Jason Blake and Andrew C. Holman

From coast to coast, hockey is played, watched, loved, and detested, but it means something different in Quebec. Although much of English Canada believes that hockey is a fanatically followed social unifier in the French-speaking province, in reality it has always been politicized, divided, and troubled by religion, class, gender, and language. In The Same but Different, writers from inside and outside Quebec assess the game’s history and culture in the province from the nineteenth century to the present. This volume surveys the past and present uses of hockey and how it has been represented in literature, drama, television, and autobiography. While the legendary Montreal Canadiens loom throughout the book’s chapters, the collection also discusses Quebecers’ favourite sport beyond the team’s shadow. Employing a broad range of approaches including study of gender, memory, and culture, the authors examine how hockey has become a lightning rod for discussions about Québécois identity. Hockey reveals much about Quebec and its relationship with the rest of Canada. The Same but Different brings new insights into the celebrated game as a site for community engagement, social conflict, and national expression.

For further details, see here.

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New Publication: TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics

 by Libe García Zarranz

In this contradictory era of uneven globalization, borders multiply yet fantasies of borderlessness prevail. Particularly since September 11th, this paradox has shaped deeply the lives of border-crossing subjects such as the queer, the refugee, and the activist within and beyond Canadian frontiers. In search of creative ways to engage with the conundrums related to how borders mould social and bodily space, Libe García Zarranz formulates a new cross-border ethic through post-9/11 feminist and queer transnational writing in Canada. Drawing on material feminism, critical race studies, non-humanist philosophy, and affect theory, she proposes a renewed understanding of relationality beyond the lethal binaries that saturate everyday life. TransCanadian Feminist Fictions considers the corporeal, biopolitical, and affective dimensions of border crossing in the works of Dionne Brand, Emma Donoghue, Hiromi Goto, and Larissa Lai. Intersecting the genres of memoir, fiction, poetry, and young adult literature, García Zarranz shows how these texts address the permeability of boundaries and consider the ethical implications for minoritized populations. Urging readers to question the proclaimed glamours of globality, TransCanadian Feminist Fictions responds to a time of increasing inequality, mounting racism, and feminist backlash.

For further details, see here and here.

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New Publication: Canada’s Constitutional Democracy: The 150th Anniversary Celebration

edited by Errol Mendes

A landmark constitutional law and history text as evidenced by the words of the Chief Justice of Canada and the Governor General in the forewords to the text which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation through a range of perspectives from Canada’s leading legal minds on constitutional law. The editor will be on sabbatical at the European University Institute in Florence in the first half of 2018 and would be happy to visit Canadian Studies research centers to speak about the book.

Preorder information: http://bit.ly/2hFyGcr

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CfP: KANADA KONCRETE: Verbi-Voco-Visual Poetries in the Multimedia Age

The Canadian Literature Symposium, Department of English, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018

Arguably, there have never been more opportunities for poetry to live ‘off the page.’ Over the last 20 years, the radical proliferation and expansion of online social media, media-sharing sites, web-based archives, blogs, vlogs, institutional web-pages and the like have made archiving, accessing, and distributing poetry easier than ever before. The multi-media possibilities of the web, the optic flexibility of digital books, the ability to record image and sound cheaply and share that material quickly and widely over a variety of platforms, have drastically undermined poets’ dependence on the page and print-based forms of distribution. One needn’t be a technological determinist to acknowledge that something has changed in the manner we encounter ‘poetry.’ To what extent, though, have these technological changes transformed the forms and functions of poetry as such? Have they, for instance, finally produced the necessary conditions for truly ‘verbi-voco-visual’ work, a one-time dream of the modernist avant-garde?  Have multimedia forms of poetry displaced more traditional forms and formats, or do they operate alongside print journals and books—mere addenda to an essentially unchanged institutionalized discourse? How has Canadian poetry, in particular, exploited (or perhaps ignored) the available material supports for innovations in form, format, and dissemination?  Kanada Koncrete will explore these questions over three days, May 4-6, 2018.

For the full CfP: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/canlit-symposium/en/callforpapers/

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sept. 25, 2017

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2018-2019 Fellowship Competition, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is accepting applications for their 9-month residential fellowships offered for the 2018-2019 year.

Applicants from any country are welcome to apply (applicants from outside the United States must be able to obtain a J-1 visa). Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2017. The Wilson Center consists of over 20 programs, each focusing on a specific region or topic that is critical to United States and/or international policy. These programs include among others the Canada Institute, Cold War International History Project, Digital Futures Project, Environmental Change and Security Program, Global Europe Program, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, History and Public Policy Program, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Polar Initiative, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Women in Public Service Project.

For further information on Fellowship opportunities at the Wilson Center, please visit their Fellowship page.

Deadline for Applications: Oct. 1, 2017

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