CfP: „Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field“

Inaugural Conference on Concepts of Contradiction in the Humanities, University of Bremen, 9 – 11 Feb, 2017

This international and interdisciplinary conference seeks to outline the new field of „Contradiction Studies“ in the Humanities, focusing on the interactions between seemingly contradictory socio-cultural phenomena and practices. This will allow an understanding of distinct, yet related categories such as antagonism, paradox, antinomy, and their uses within and beyond disciplinary boundaries. Participants will explore material instances and aspects of contradiction, as well as its theories and practice(s). The interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives of this conference will center on three key areas in the conference sessions:

a) Fields of Contradiction, i.e. contradictory topics, semantic aspects, and social or cultural phenomena linked to contradictions

b) Structures of Contradiction, i.e. (semiotic) forms of marking and negotiating contradictions

c) Practices of Contradiction, i.e. contradictory agency and institutional strategies.

Discussion will fathom the potential of Contradiction Studies as a central paradigm in the Humanities, and to this end the organizers invite scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including art history, cultural and social anthropology, educational science and curriculum studies, geography, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, performance studies, philosophy, political science, postcolonial studies, religious studies, and sociology.

The organizers are happy to announce that the following distinguished scholars are invited to address the conference as keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga (EHESS, Paris, France – invited, to be confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Jane Burbank (New York University, USA – invited, to be confirmed)

Dr. Stefan Müller (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo, Canada – confirmed)

Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • In what ways are contradictions genuine elements and objects of knowledge production in the Humanities and beyond?
  • Why and to what extent can practices and institutions of knowledge sustain contradictions?
  • How are contradictions negotiated in institutions, and what is the role of the Humanities in these practices?
  • How do contradictory aspects of power influence the paradigmatic developments in the Humanities?
  • What are significant contradictions in power relations among social, historical, and/or cultural agents?

Accepted paper proposals will be arranged with respect to the above-mentioned aspects in three sessions: Fields of Contradiction, Structures of Contradiction, and Practices of Contradiction.

The organizers invite presentations of no longer than 20 minutes. Please submit your abstracts and proposals (max. 1,500 characters including spaces) here, or send an e-mail, along with your contact information, to this mail address.

The submission deadline is August 31, 2016.

There will be a poster session for young researchers, and for presentation of work in progress. Poser proposals (max. 1 page) should be submitted as PDF files, no later than October 31, 2016.

Conference registration will be open on the conference website from July 1, 2016, until December 15, 2016. The website will also carry information concerning the conference venue, accomodation, travel, and conference dinner.

Attendance fees are set daily, at 40 € per conference day. A reduced fee for students, independent scholars, and the underemployed is set at 20 € per conference day.

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CfP: Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination

International conference, Nov 23-24, 2017, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Subject fields: Australian and New Zealand History/Studies, British History/Studies, Canadian History/Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History/Studies, Ethnic History/Studies

(Colonial and Postcolonial English-speaking World, 18th – 21st Century)

The research group ILCEA4 is pleased to announce the organisation of an international conference on „Space, Place and Hybridity in National Imagination“ to be held at Grenoble Alpes University. It proposes to examine the notion of hybridity or cross-fertilization in the highly controversial field of national identity – namely the spaces, figures and historical events that best symbolize it, as exemplified in the cultural productions originating from a nation or an ethnic or community group. The concept of „third space“ as developed by Homi Bhabha in his seminal book The Location of Culture, is particularly productive in that it suggests a vision of space based not on confrontation, binary oppositions or antagonistic relationships of lordship and bpondage, but on interactions involving exchange, transfer and mediation.

The conference shall examine the foundations of any „imagined community“ (Benedict Anderson) and the ways in which artistic productions cause this set of images, values and references to evolve. These both reflect a history and a heritage but also expose their inherent limitations and underlying ideology, thus paving the waay for the progressive transformation of such national figures, values and spatial representations.

All the elements pertaining to culture in a general sense and commonly considered as representative of national identity are within the scope of the symposium:

  • Iconography: flags, posters (nationalistic or otherwise), emblematic figures (specimens from the local flora and faune for example), the representation of the national landscape in painting or photography, allegorical figures of the nation
  • The short form as a medium for the national sentiment: national anthems, songs, poems.
  • Literature in a  general sense: fiction, chidren’s and youn adult literature, textbooks, political speeches, philosophical essays, history books
  • Places, types of geographical spaces but also historical events crystallizing what the nation is supposed to represent (map making, memorial ceremonies, official events)
  • Cultural productions: film, dance, street art.

Every nation perceives itself as articulated around the concept of origin: a choice then emerges between a founding myth specific to it (a sort of self-generation devoid of any hybridity), and an impure, problematic genesis, born out of the contact with another cultural, historical and geogprahical sphere. Thus, within the British world itself, Scotland for example can be said to have been defined, both historically and culturally, in close relation to its rival and double, England. Similar considerations are relevant for Ireland and Wales.

More generally, former colonies of the British Crown have founded themselves in an ambiguous relationship to the „motherland“ while trying to free themselves from its influence. After the colonial period, the goal was for the settler colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) to found their identity antagonistically to that of the motherland, especially by focusing on their new land and the type of relationship they had with it so as to invest both with distrinctive national characteristics.

An interesting and contentious point of study is the undeniably hybrid character of such early identity formations devoid of any cultural heritage or history except for those bequeathed by the motherland. Another essential and no less challenging issue is that of the relationship to the Indigenous populations of the colony whose culture and values, whose very existence sometimes, were voluntarily erased. The question of a possible hybridization between the culture of the colonizer and that of the colonized could be seen as a form of defilement, corruption or degeneration. Conversely, the appropriation and even the instrumentalization of symbols, places and values specific to Indeigenous peoples in national mythologies is a highly controversial issue deserving careful scrutiny.

In what is commonly referred to as the „postcolonial“ period, the discussion often centres on the denunciation or re-definition of national figures, symbols and places as well as the great texts and events constitutive of the core of a nation’s identity. Examining those shows how much they have evolved, acress generations, through an underlying hybridization allowing greater representativeness, not only of the first inhabitants but also of new migrant communities or minority groups.

Space and place are not to be apprehended as strictly geographical or referential but also as textual, thus enabling new hybrid subject positions within national mythologies. The rewriting or new adaptation of famous works in other forms (with generic, gender or modal variations) characterstic of the postmodern approach also allows the reevaluation of what constitutes the core of a nation’s identity, changing it into a field of experimentation and cross-fertilization.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) either in French or in English, and a short biographical note (max. 150 words) to both Christine Vandamme and Cyril Besson by January 6, 2017. The notification of acceptance will be sent by February 10, 2017, at the latest.

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Job Offer: TESOL Teacher at private school in Fulda

The innovative bilingual private school Private Realschule Fulda, Bildungsunternehmen Dr. Jordan is located in the heart of Germany, in the beautiful Baroque city of Fulda. The school is looking for energetic native speakers of English, who have a Master’s degree in TESOL or a related field (second language pedagogy, etc.) to teach English language and content-based English classes for the student’s grades 5 – 10.

The classes are small, with no more than 24 students and the school offers their teachers a collegial work atmosphere. Preferred are candidates who have teaching experience or experience living abroad and basic proficiency or higher in German.

The position is a full-time position beginning in late August 2016 with a duration of one year, which can be prolonged to a permanent position. Interest applicants should send a full application to Dr. Anja Schäfer, Headmistress of the bilingual sector.

For questions on the job and further information, please contact Barbara Falk.

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CfP: Organizing Equality

International Conference, Western University, London, Ontario/Canada, March 24-26 2017

Organizers and advocates for local and global social justice are the lifeblood of solidarity movements worldwide that disrupt historic projects of exploitation, violent dispossession and social fragmentation. Social and economic inequality is a global challenge of the 21st century. The Global North’s Occupy and anti-austerity movement spoke back to the 2008 financial crisis. They now confront the urgent, mass scale migrations of peoples from the Global South to the North, fleeing a colonial legacy deprivations, militarization, wars and land grabs. Settler societies are also experiencing Indigenous re-centerings, from #IdleNoMore to the Truth and Reconciliation process, and the #BlackLivesMatter cry to enfranchise African diasporas.

Feature speakers will be (with more to be announced):

  • Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia)
  • Panagiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Greece)
  • Concerned Student 1950 (University of Missouri)
  • Miriam Miranda (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras)

It is now increasingly recognized that rising levels of inequality are linked to poverty, discrimination, illness, environmental degradation, and social unrest. It is further recognized that inequality, in turn, is conditioned by and contingent on a range of other factors, including citizenship rights, gender, race, ethnicity, age, location, and education.

But despite this recognition, social movements contesting inequality face serious problems of organization, strategy and tactics. Recent years have shown the limits of traditional trade unionism, occupy and assembly movements, vanguards and new electoral parties alike. They have also shown that anti-racism, anti-violence, LGBTQ and migrant rights movements, to name a few, face major challenges organizing in the face of violence, xenophobia, marginality, impoverishment and under threat of criminalization. Across the board, movements have to reckon with the unprecedented levels of surveillance of the digital networks which have become an important part of their organizing practices.

This conference therefore asks what forms of organization might, in today’s conditions, be most useful to movements for equality. It especially seeks contributions willing to explore new possibilities for the organization of equality struggles.

Organizitng Equality is an international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Initiative for the Study of Social and Economic Inequality at the University of Western Ontario. Its goal is to bring organizers, scholars, public educators, artists, media producers and advocates together from around the globe to build local and global capacity, share theories, strategies, experiences, and insights about efforts to address inequality and develop new kinds of theory/practice to guide and build future struggles. Our goal is to strengthen connections regionally, nationally and internationally, and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together between and across politics, sectors and communities of interest. To this end, we solicit scholarly presentations, organizing and dialogue sessions, workshop proposals, art performances/installations, radical media teach-ins and more, addressing a wide variety of themes related to the worldwide struggle for equality.

These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • indigenous reconciliation and reclamation
  • opposing violent policing and the carceral state
  • worker organizing, in and beyong unions
  • social media, digital technologies and global resistance networks
  • intersectional decolonial community and scholarly praxis
  • migrant justice and networks of support
  • decolonial/liberatory cultural production and praxis
  • gender, sexuality, anti-violence and community solidarity
  • struggles for access and equality in education
  • environmental and climate justice and sustainability
  • anti-austerity mobilization and cooperativism
  • health and food security organizing
  • social and community housing movements
  • strategies for digital protections and privacy from surveillance

Proposals for papers and sessions should be limited to 400 words. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 1 August 2016. Please include with your paper or session proposal, your name, email address, institutional or group affiliation, and a short CV or biography. Abstracts should be e-mailed to the organizing committee (email). For further information and conference updates, please visit the conference website.

Travel bursaries are available for participants from the global south. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered for financial assistance.

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CfP: Second-Wave Feminism and the History of Emotions in Canada

Second-Wave Feminism and the History of Emotions

Editors: Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

In 1967 female member of SUPA denounced their comrades‘ sexism, arguing that it made the organization „like a civil rights organization with a leadership of southern racists.“ In 1970 members of the Vancouver Women’s Caucus led an Abortion Caravan across Canada to protest the criminalitaion of abortion, drawing on powerful props such as coat hangers and coffins to symbolize the danger and death associated with illegal abortion. As part of the postwar women’s peace movement, women campaigned against war toys and went on hunger strikes. And at the Indochineser Conference to End the War, held in Vancouver in spring 1971, feminists engaged in fist-fights over the deree to which partiarchy, imperialism, race, and sexuality should be assessed in relation to war.

All of these activities involved emotions. Sometimes women acted out of pain and anger while other times, they were driven by hope or the possibility of liberation and freedom. They experienced excitement, exhilaration, desire, rage, and deep ersonal connection with other women. The editor’s collection aims to explore the intersection of the history of emotions and second-wave feminism.

Articles might include, but are not limited to, asking the following questions:

  • How do emotuonal bonds politicize feminist activists?
  • How do these bonds shape activist politics and priorities?
  • How have individual emotions shaped feminist activities?
  • How have women resisted and broken down older emotional patterns and frameworks and created new ones?

While the height of the movement runs from approximately the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, the collection will embrace the perspective of a ‚long second wave‘, with interest in articles that reach back to the post-suffrage era and a legacy that extends to the present day. Articles might cover new histories of second-wave feminism, or re-examine previous work through the lens of emotional histories.

The collection aims to capture and convey a sense of the deep passion that runs through the movement and how thinking about this period through the lens of emiotional history might tell us new stories about the history of Canadian second-wave feminism.

Please send a one-page proposal and c.v. to this email address. Deadline: 15 August, 2016. Full papers would be due by 15 May 2017. The aim is to submit the collection to a press by winter 2018.

Contact Email.

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CfP: „Humor and Satire in Francophone Literature: Constructing and Deconstructing Identity“

48th Annual NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention, March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, MD (United States)

48th Annual NeMLA Convention – Baltimore, Maryland | March 23 – 26th, 2017

Resolved: In Francophone literature of the last three centuries, Humor has constructed identity while Satire was used to deconstruct it.

Participants are invited to argue either side of this normative statement.

The French word “Humour” is not French at all. It was imported from the English in the 18th century; until that time, in France one spoke of Wit (“l’Esprit”) not Humor. The first written mention of humor in its modern definition in a French text is in Abbé LeBlanc’s 1745 Lettres d’un François: “De notre mot d’humeur, les Anglais ont fait celui d’humour” (114). From the age of Enlightenment on, two literary traditions evolve in French and Francophone literatures: the Anglo-influenced Humor and the Gallic-influenced caustic wit which becomes Satire.

This session proposes to debate whether Humor is a component, a constructor, of identity while Satire is its deconstructor. If true, what role does Humor play in the literary construction of characters’ identities? Conversely, Satire must represent an “othering” which seeks to deny or negate identity.

Using examples from French or Francophone Literatures from the 18th to the 21st centuries, in any number of critical lenses, participants are invited to present arguments for or against the above premises. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, presentations dealing with the relationship between humor and/or satire and Socialization, Postcolonial identities, Race and Ethnicity, National and Regional identities, Gender, LGBT, etc.

NeMLA formatting standards: Paper Title: 100 characters (including spaces) Paper Abstract: 300 words

Starting June 15th, please submit abstracts for this panel here.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2016

Decision e-mails will be sent by October 15th.

NEMLA asks that accepted and confirmed panelists pay their membership/registration fees no later than December 1, 2016 in order to present at the 2017 convention.

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„Kleine Fächer – Große Potentiale“: Richtlinie zur Förderung von wissenschaftlichem Nachwuchs in den geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Kleinen Fächern

Ausschreibung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung

Deutschland verfügt traditionell über eine starke Forschung in den Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, die hohe internationale Anerkennung erfährt. Einen besonderen Beitrag leisten in diesem Bereich die sogenannten „Kleinen Fächer“ (darunter auch die Kanadistik; eine vollständige Liste der „Kleinen Fächer“ finden Sie hier). Kleine Fächer sind in sich wertvoll. Sie sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil des vielfältigen universitären Fächerspektrums und prägen die Wahrnehmung und Wertschätzung deutscher Universitäten im Ausland. Gerade Kleine Fächer können in einem hohen Maße zur Profil- und Strukturbildung einer Universität beitragen. Sie besitzen besondere Kompetenzen in der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit und fördern mit ihren weltweiten Partnerschaften die internationale Vernetzung der deutschen Universitäten.

Kleine Fächer gewährleisten durch ihre Vielfalt die Fähigkeit des wissenschaftlichen Systems, auf wechselnde geopolitische, gesellschaftliche und technologische Herausforderungen und auf neue politisch und wirtschaftlich relevante Entwicklungen zu reagieren. Sie liefern eine Fülle an Wissen über kulturelle, wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung und schaffen so wichtige Grundlagen für Entscheidungen zu aktuellen Herausforderungen.

Wissenschaftler_innen aus Kleinen Fächern arbeiten an Forschungsprojekten zur Erschließung, Sicherung, Vergegenwärtigung und Aufarbeitung unseres kulturellen Erbes, operieren dabei auf modernen Grundlagen und bilden zeitliche und gesellschaftliche Wissensbrücken aus. Ihre Forschung sichert die Kenntnis der Vergangenheit und bildet einen wichtigen Grundstein für die Forschung zu globalen Herausforderungen der Moderne.

Kleine Fächer können Großes leisten! Deshalb trägt das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) – aufsetzend auf den Leistungen der Universitäten und der Länder – durch seine Förderprogramme bereits in erheblichem Maße zur Stärkung der Kleinen Fächer bei.

Damit die Vielfalt und Diversität dieser wichtigen Gruppe der Fächer weiterhin gestärkt wird und ihre Besonderheiten eine adäquate Beachtung und Sichtbarkeit finden, möchte das BMBF die Zukunftsträger_innen der Kleinen Fächer, Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen mit ihren innovativen Forschungsideen unterstützen und dabei die Forschungsrahmenbedingungen der Kleinen Fächer stärken.

Gegenstand der Förderung sind Forschungsvorhaben (Einzelvorhaben) an Universitäten und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen, die relevante Fragestellungen der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Kleinen Fächer gegebenenfalls in einem interdisziplinären Rahmen adressieren, zur weiteren Qualifizierung sowie Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Selbständigkeit der Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen geeignet sind, Kooperationen und Vernetzungen fördern und das jeweilige Fach stärken.

Die Förderung ermöglicht die Durchführung eines selbst gewählten Forschungsvorhabens an einer deutschen Universität oder außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtung. Die Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen entscheiden frei, wo ihnen in Deutschland die besten Rahmenbedingungen für ihre Arbeit geboten werden. In den Jahren 2016, 2017 und 2018 werden jeweils bis zu zehn Forschungsvorhaben von Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen zur Förderung ausgewählt. Die Förderung beträgt pro Vorhaben bis zu 100 000 € jährlich (somit maximal 300 000 € für drei Jahre).

Erwartet wird eine nachhaltige Nutzung der wissenschaftlichen Ergebnisse, die für die Wissenschaftscommunity und die breite Öffentlichkeit sichtbar und zugänglich gemacht werden sollten. Neben Publikationen umfasst dies auch geeignete Maßnahmen zum Wissenstransfer wie Seminare, Konferenzen und Kolloquien. Zur Sicherstellung einer späteren wissenschaftlichen Nutzung der Forschungsergebnisse ist ein frühzeitiger nationaler und internationaler Austausch auch transdisziplinär explizit gewünscht.

Nicht gefördert werden Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten, die keine innovativen Ansätze erkennen lassen, reine Machbarkeitsstudien oder Literaturüberblicke sowie Ansätze, die nicht über den aktuellen Forschungsstand hinausgehen.

Detaillierte Informationen zu Bewerbungsvoraussetzungen, Zuwendungsbestimmungen, Auswahlverfahren etc. finden Sie auf der Webseite des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.

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CfP: Cartographies of Difference: A Critical Assessment of Keywords

Call for Papers, IRTG Diversity

Ostracized or celebrated, suppressed or embraced, difference is undeniably an object of both intensified and constant scrutiny in the contemporary world. To perceive, name and recognize it are all major issues replete with ambiguities manifested through the numerous social debates about it. Whether perceived as a problem or a solution, the various manners of addressing its manifold processes layer themselves, not without contradiction, in the fine weaving of the social fabric.

Academia is certainly caught within the same phenomenon as the multiplication of concepts called upon to capture such moving targets are the object of constant revision (most of the time, precisely in the name of a mishandled difference). While some are simply shunned and others amended, new concepts appear in order to highlight some of downplayed or devalued facets of the processes of differentiation.

This proposed volume thus envisions a critical incursion in the complex and multidimensional contemporary situation of the apprehension of difference. We will do so by assessing some of the key concepts directly linked to such efforts in order to: highlight current debates, render explicit some of what remains implicit within them and get a better grasp on the aporias and potentialities bared and expressed by the contemporary mobilization of such concepts.

The goal of such an interdisciplinary collection is to focus on both traditional or emergent ways of thinking and conceptualizing difference as they tend to deploy themselves today. We call upon critical and original reflections on the use (and abuses) of some the following concepts: alterity, authenticity, biodiversity, borders, culture, diversity, exoticism, forms of life, gender, heterotopia, hybridity, interculturalism, liminality, majority/minority, multiculturalism, ontologies, orientalism, pluralism, race and racism, religion, species, spirituality, stranger, translation, etc.

Such a variety of concepts will allow us to follow the numerous traces and historicities specific to the complex landscape of the conceptualization of difference. Some of the underlying questions of our inquiry can be formulated in this way: how, why and when is a chosen concept mobilized and debated? What are the conditions of its (re)emergence? What relations to difference tend to deploy themselves through the chosen conceptual mobilization? We invite authors to delve into current interrogations regarding the concepts of difference in order to question, on a more general level, how we think difference today and, what to think of our contemporary compulsion to think difference.

Propositions (400 words maximum) should be addressed, before July 30th 2016, to Phillip Rousseau – postdoctoral researcher IRTG Diversity, Université de Montréal. Authors will be advised if their propositions are selected on the 15th of August 2016. The length of the contributions should be between 6000 and 8000 words and will need to be sent by December the 15th 2016.

Papers in English, French or German will be peer-reviewed and the selected contributions published as part of the ongoing Waxmann (Münster / New York) publishing series entitled Diversity – Diversité – Diversität.

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CfP: 48th Algonquian Conference

Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 13-16, 2016

This conference is an international meeting for researchers to share papers on Algonquian peoples. Fields of interest include anthropology, archaeology, art, biography, education, ethnography, ethnobotany, folklore, geography, history, language education, linguistics, literature, music, native studies, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

The conference will open on the evening of Thursday, October 13 with a welcome reception. Regular conference sessions will take place from Friday morning to Sunday noon.

If you are interested in making a presentation, please send a title and abstract of a maximum of one page to this e-mail address.

The subject line of your e-mail must read „Algonquian Conference“ and the text of your e-mail message must include your name, postal address, institutional affiliation and telephone number as well as the e-mail address of each speaker.

Please indicate your requirements for audio-visual equipment. The d eadline for submission of abstracts is September 1, 2016.

The following facilities will be made available to all participants through the Electa Quinney Institute: photocopier, computer, printer and telephone,

Registration information can be found here.

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CfP: Defining Canada, 1867 – 2017: values, practices and representations

International Conference/Congress of the French Association of Canadian Studies (AFEC), 14-16 June 2017, Canadian Cultural Center, Paris (France)

On July 1 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On this historic occasion, the FrenchAssociation of Canadian Studies, in conjunction with the Research Center on Anglophone Cultures (LARCA) of the Université Paris Dideor and the Canadian Embassy in Paris, will hold a conference to explore the evolution of Canada and what defines it. This conference intents to favor the historical perspective of the longue durée, by examining not only what defines Canada in 2017, but by comparing this with the way it was defined in 1867, at the time of Conferedation, as well as in 1967, at the time of the centennial. To do so, the conference will be organized around three guiding lines that correspond to the values, the practices and the representations through which Canada is defined.


1) Canadian Values and Principles

The 2015 federal election was marked by a fierce debate over Canadian values, with two opposed views of Canada. The Conservative view of Canada promoted by Stephen Harper was based on a defense of moral certainty and material values and the desire to make uncompromising choices. The Liberal view of Canada, defended by Justrin Trudeau, emphasized the values of kindness and respect for diversity, and the desire to promote inclusiveness through collaboration and compromise. Both views were inspired, to a certain extent, by Canada’s past: the Conservative vision was associated with a return to the monarchist and British atmosphere of Sir John A. Macdonald’s Canada, while the Liberal view recalled the golden age of Lester Pearson’s and Pierre Trudeau’s Canada. The conference will therefore invite exploration of the values of contemporary Canada, but also of past Canada, so as to assess their permanence and evolution. To this reflection on values, which often possess an emotional dimension, could be added a study of the theoretical principles that serve and have served as foundations of the Canadian identity. The conference will welcome proposals for papers that address one of these topics, among others:

  • What is the current state of research on the values and principles that persided to the invention of the Canadian nation, its difficult beginnings, its links with the British Empire?
  • What is the place of conservatism in Canada today, and how did conservatism in Canada evolve since the foundation of the nation in 1867, and its centennial in 1967?
  • What are the libearl values of Canada? How far did they shape the Canadian identity in the 20th century? Is Justin Trudeau’s victory a sign that they form the permanent core of Canada?
  • In the past, were Canadian values and principles a crucial element to differentiate Canada from the United States, and is it still true today? Is the trend today towards a great resemblance or a greater divergence of Canadian and American values?
  • To what extent have new values that were disregarded in the past become central in the early 21st century (such as concern from the environment, equal representation of men and women…)?
  • How are Canadian values (re)defined, (re)presented or challenged by various artistic or literary forms?
  • Could it be said that the indigenous question is at the heart of Canadiaan values today? To what extent does the evolution of Canadian values lead to the construction of an inclusive identity (First Nations, founding peoples, immigrants)?


2) Canadian Practices

Canadian values are expressed and translated into reality through political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural practices which have greatly evolved since 1867 or even 1967.The conference invites proposals that explore the evolution of Canadian practices in all fields, among others:

  • Politics, Institutions, National Unity: the evolution of Canada federalism (decentralization, asymmetrical federalism); the place of Quebec in the post-referendum era; the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and the judicialization of politics bwetween 1967 and 2017; the evolution of the Canadian democracy, from British-style parliamentary system to participative democracy; reform of the electoral system…
  • International Relations: does multilateralism remain the cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy? From Pearson to Axworthy, does Canada remain a key agent for peace in the world?
    Economy: evolution of the trade practices of Canada, from the National Policy to NAFTA; permanence of staple model, from the fur trade to the mining sector…
  • Environment and the Economy: from the Hudson’s Bay Company to the XL Pipeline, ahve Canadian priorities changed?
    Indigenous peoples and society: a key challenge of contemporary Canada is to enable the integration of the First Nations on an equal basis, as well as their reconciliation with non-indigenous peoples. We will encourage presentations of the practices that make this evolution possible, such as the judicial use of land claims; the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the creation of the territory of Nunavut; the legal obligation to consult indigenous peoples on development projects; the national inquiry into the murder or disappearance of indigenous women…
  • Language and Society: evolution of language policies and language practices. While Article 133 of the Constitution of 1867 did not officially establish bilingualism in Canada, it represented an almost revolutionary progress at a time when the institutional coexistence of two languages was at odds with received ideas of the link between language and the national identity. How has the relaitonship between the two official languages evolved since 1867? Do the language practices of speakers reflect this evolution? Is bilingualism a still valid concept in a society defined by multiculturalism?
  • Religions and Society: evolution of religious practices in Canada. Since 1867, the country has moved from religious practices that reproduced the European tradition of Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Judaism to an impressive pluralism that matched that of the United States. This was due to immigration but also tot he specific workings of religion in Canada.
  • Literature and the Arts: as early as the 1880s, the „Poets of Confederation“ started to build a Canadian poetic tradition and to contribute to the definition of the national identity. However, it is only since the 1960s that Canadian literature has moved apart from British and American literature. Where does it stand today? What relationship between literary practices in French and in English? Do they reflect similar evolutions?


3) Canadian Representations

Canada is also defined by the way it is represented, especially in the current era when branding has brcomse such an important concept. The conference will particularly encourage reflection on the representation of diversities in contemporary Canada, in comparison with the past. At the time of Confederation, Canada was often perceived as described as a binational state made up of two founding peoples, the French Canadians and the English Canadians. At the time of the centennial, the concept of a bicultural state was being replaced by the representation of Canada as a multicultural nation. Fifty years later, the representations of Canada seem to relfect a desire to encompass an ever-widening range of types of diversities, such as gender, religion, eexual orientation, physical handicap… Among these, the process of indigenization of Canadian identity that is barely beginning today may prove to be one of the most important changes in the future representation of Canada. The conference encourages proposals on the following topics, among others:

  • Does multiculturalism remain a central element in the representation of Canada today?
  • Is gender a key element of the representation of Canada today, in the fields of politics (gender equality in the Trudeau government), institutions (call to introduce gender-neural lyrics in the national anthem), arts (gender and sexual orientation as central themes in Xavier Nolan’s movies), literature….?
  • How the indigenous heritage of Canada is slowly being included in the national representtion through various processes of indigenization: greater visibility and consideration for indigenous languages; enhancement of indigenous artistic production; nomination of indigenous peoples at keyCabinet positions; showcasing the indigenous heritage as the official theme of the Vancouver Olympic Games; introduction of mandatory courses on indigenous cultures in Canadian universities…

Abstracts can be submitted individually or as a panel (group of 4 proposals around the same topic), in French or in English.

Deadline to sumbit abstracts (400 words) along with a short bio (100 words), preferably in Word format: August 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2016.

Dr. Laurence CROS
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies
Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)

Selected papers from this conference will be published in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies.

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