Symposium: Indigenizing Psychology: Healing & Education

The Sixth Annual OISE Indigenous Education Network Mental Health Symposium, 26 May 2016, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Canada

IEN_Symposium_Poster_2016_copyThe overarching goal of this Symposium is to build on our previous and current conceptions of Indigenous psychology and to provide new and innovative information, inquiry, and synthesis of mental health issues and solutions from Aboriginal knowledges. Through the development of new insights regarding Indigenous psychology throughout the Symposium, cutting edge and creative theories and models for addressing current mental health needs, including programming, counseling, and assessments of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This year’s symposium has a special focus on Healing and Education, taking a lead on discussing and strategizing implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report’s recommendations.

This Symposium will achieve several general central objectives. First, to get a clear understanding of the psychology of Indigenous mental health and healing by articulating conceptual foundations that expand the current deficit model of mental health, enriching knowledge by focusing on the social processes of socio-political contexts, culture, and traditional knowledges and medicines and how these are linked to psychology. Secondly, to bring together leaders and innovators in the fields of Indigenous mental health from traditional, academic, and practitioner backgrounds. The sharing of ideas and ensuing dialogue of the diverse expertise of these high profile speakers will allow all attendees at the Symposium to take part in the creation of Indigenous healing solutions to psychological challenges that will be developed out of the strengths and resources that Indigenous individuals and communities provide to explain the key intersections of mental health, socio-political realities, and Aboriginal knowledges. Thirdly, The Annual Indigenous Education Network Mental Health Symposium was developed in 2010 by Dr. Suzanne Stewart to address a dire need for the advancement of the psychology of Indigenous mental health from Aboriginal knowledges, given the overwhelming lack of culturally based theory and models and the growing population of Indigenous peoples migrating to cities, many of whom seek fruitless mental health services from non-Indigenous perspectives.

More specific Symposium objectives include:

  • Reaching a diverse audience of those interested in Indigenous mental health, including educators, researchers, academics, students, practitioners, policy makers, and community service administrators.
  • Developing new and refining existing traditional Aboriginal approaches to current mental health issues.
  • Engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and communities in meaningful dialogue on Indigenous mental health and healing.
  • Training and/or enhancing the careers of Aboriginal scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and administrators.
  • Infusing Aboriginal ways of knowing into current applied psychology theories and practices.
  • Preserving and documenting Aboriginal knowledges within the various levels of research, practice, and administration.
  • Identifying knowledge mobilization tools to extend research and practice impact to Indigenous communities first, and then more broadly to non-Indigenous contexts.
  • Considering diverse modalities for Indigenous psychology: e.g. traditional Indigenous, academic, Western, Eastern, African, hybrid, etc.

Specifically, the symposium will explore six key topic areas via oral presentations, workshops presentations, and cultural workshops by leading Canadian Indigenous health and healing practitioners. As well, we invite researcher, student, institutional, and community organization members to present posters within the following topics:

  1. Indigenous counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice
  2. Psychological assessment from Indigenous perspectives
  3. Integration of Indigenous and Western healing in mental health
  4. Traditional cultural healing in mental health service
  5. Research and ethical issues
  6. Policy, program, and administrative issues

You may submit abstracts for poster presentations in any of the above key topic areas until May 15, 2016. Please email name, title, and abstracts to this address.

For more information or to register please contact the Conference Committee.

Tickets are available here.

Registration fees:
$120 for academics, practitioners and professionals
$60 for students & community members

For registration, please visit the Conference Website.

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Conference: Reconciliation through Research : Fostering miýo-pimātisiwin

June 22-24, 2016 at First Nations University, Regina, Canada

The 2016 Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) Conference will be co-hosted by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) and First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

This year’s theme is Reconciliation through Research – Fostering miýo-pimātisiwin including: community driven research, health and well-being, community development, justice, and education. Other topics or themes will be considered. Scholars and community members will present individual papers, panel sessions, posters, roundtables, workshops, film screenings, and performances highlighted community driven research and pathways to acheiving reconciliation.

The Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) is a community of scholars committed to Indigenous/Native Studies as a discipline that is informed by, and respectful of, Indigenous intellectual traditions. Among its objectives is the continued development of Aboriginal studies intellectualism through the dissemination and discussion of research as well as facilitation of communication between students, scholars, elders, and community members.

For more information on registration etc. please visit the UAKN’s website.

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New Publication: Unbound: Ukranian Canadians Writing Home

Ukranian CanadiansWhat does it mean to be Ukrainian in contemporary Canada? The Ukrainian Canadian writers in Unbound challenge the conventions of genre – memoir, fiction, poetry, biography, essay – and the boundaries that separate ethnic and authorial identities and fictional and non-fictional narratives. These intersections become the sites of new, thought-provoking and poignant creative writing by some of Canada’s best-known Ukrainian Canadian authors.

To complement the creative writing, editors Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski offer an overview of the history of Ukrainian settlement in Canada and an extensive bibliography of Ukrainian Canadian literature in English. Unbound is the first such exploration of Ukrainian Canadian literature and a book that should be on the shelves of Canadian literature fans and those interested in the study of ethnic, postcolonial, and diasporic literature.

Lisa Grekul is a novelist and associate professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Lindy Ledohowski is an educational leader and literary scholar. She serves on the board of trustees for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Published by University of Toronto Press, 2016.
168 pages, 45,00$
ISBN: 9781442631090

For content, reviews and more information, please visit the publisher’s website.

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CfP: The Toronto School: Then – Now – Next

International Conference, October 14 – 16, 2016, Toronto (ON), Canada

Between the 1930s and the 1970s, a community of intellectuals coalesced in the city of Toronto to discuss and investigate communication as a complex, interdisciplinary process that structures individuals, cultures, and societies. This scholarly community, that emerged in and around the University of Toronto achieved international recognition for its innovative and trans-disciplinary approaches to the evolving societal challenges.

„The Toronto School: Then – Now – Next“-Conference aims to bring together international scholars to engage in dialogue on the origins, rise, decline and the rebirth of the so-called Toronto School. Discussion will focus on its pioneers, champions but also its critics. It will examine the extent to which the Toronto School has provided a legacy that continues to offer insight on crucial and systemic issues facing contemporary society across various disciplines.

General areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • New understandings, approaches, comparative assessments of the major figures associated with the golden age of the Toronto School, including for instance Eric Havelock, Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, Edmund Carpenter, Walter J. Ong, Tom Easterbrook, Jaqueline Tyrwhitt, Carl Williams, Glenn Gould, and Harley Parker
  • Innovative interpretations of theories in their historical context, and ideas emanating from the School and its intellecutal tradition
  • Associations between core theories/ideas of the Toronto School of Communication and other schools/traditions, in the Humanities, in the Social Sciences and contemporary culture
  • Germination of media studies in 1950s Toronto
  • Canadian approaches to communications study and their impact on the twentieth-century intellectual debate internationally
  • Role of communication in the history of civilization, and in the structuring of human cultures and the mind
  • Time-biased and space-biased dialectical approaches applied to cultural ecology
  • Sensorial, cognitive, and behavioural implications of the medium
  • Interplay of orality and literary in today’s media environment
  • Poetic, symbolic, and mythical thinking in contemporary cultures
  • Aesthetic forms as a mode of critique and interpretation of cultural artifacts
  • Interpretation, extension, and application of the theories central to thinkers from the Toronto School

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts by June 30, 2016, using exclusively EasyChair.

Abstracts of between 1.000 and 1.500 words, in English, and presented in pdf format should be uploaded into EasyChair along with: title of proposed presentation, five keywords, and for each author their name, title, position, name afffiliated institution and a short biographical statement (40 – 50 words each). In addition details for the corresponding author should be provided.

In case of acceptance, author(s) will be asked also to provide a condenses abstract (200 words for inclusion in the program), and to present the paper at the Conference (see registration deadline for authros).

A condensed abstract of each paper and a biographical statement of presenting author(s) will be published in the Conference Program.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee.

For more information, please have a look here.

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New Publication: Spaces of Difference: Conflicts and Cohabitation

IRTG Diversity Publication Series: New Essay Collection

Spaces_of_DifferenceSpaces of Difference, the second volume in the IRTG Diversity’s publication series, discusses the construction of transcultural spaces and the representation and negotiation of diversity though the analytical lenses of narratives, practices and politics of diversity. The multi-disciplinary contributions ot this volume address four broader research fields:
1. the entangled and contested (hi)stories of diversity;
2. migration and the creation of transcultural spaces;
3. practices and politics of belonging; and
4. the dynamics of confrontation and cohabitation in spaces of difference.
The research presented in this volume combines approaches from history, political science, sociology, migration stuides, and literature.

Published in 2016, 260 pages, 32,90 €.
ISBN: 978-3-8309-3385-4

For more information, please visit the publisher’s website.

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Call for Papers: Revisiting Suburbia – Revisiter les espaces périurbains

February 17-19, 2017, Grainau, Germany
38th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries

Canada, over the last several decades, has become not only a highly urbanized country but, in fact, “an overwhelmingly suburban nation” (Bourne 1991: 25, emphasis added). There is little doubt that Canada’s urban experience in the early part of the 21st century is actually, in large parts, a suburban experience. And while suburbia as such is not a new topic for academia, suburban Canada has undergone massive changes over the last few decades. As the Canadian space economy has been restructured through processes of global economic change, the spatial structure of Canadian metropolises and the relations between centre and suburbs have been modified accordingly. Changing immigration and internal migration trends have had a notable impact not just on the traditional immigrant reception areas of the inner cities, but on the outer city as well, with an increase in ethnic diversity as well as the emergence of ethnoburbs. Socioeconomic polarization and poverty have taken root in the suburbs, just as new lifestyles and family arrangements have found spaces in suburbia, which today appears more diverse, more vibrant and less homogeneous than ever before. “We’re a long way from Levittown, Dorothy”, as Drummond & Labbé (2013: 46) succinctly put it. So…

  • How to make sense of the changing spatial structures and patterns of Canadian sub-/urbanisms?
  • What historical and current factors can explain the emergence of new suburban landscapes?
  • What drives economic restructuring, socioeconomic segregation, cultural and social innovation in present-day Canadian suburbia?
  • How do demographic and sociocultural values change impact on the politics of suburbia and city?
  • How is all of this reflected in cultural constructions of city and suburbia? And how do these cultural constructions influence value systems, moral codes, and political decision-making?
  • If suburbia becomes more elusive than ever – as space, as place, as utopia or dystopia – do we need new concepts and approaches to comprehend contemporary sub-/urban life in Canada?

Call for papers

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries aims to increase and disseminate a scholarly understanding of Canada. Its work is facilitated primarily through seven disciplinary sections, but it is decidedly multidisciplinary in outlook and seeks to explore avenues and topics of, and through transdisciplinary exchange. For its 2017 annual conference, the Association thus invites papers from any discipline that speak to the conference theme of “revisiting suburbia” with a Canadian or comparative focus. (Papers can be presented in English, French or German.) We are particularly – but not exclusively – interested in the following four main aspects:

1) Cultural production in and of suburbia
à investigating both the production of (changing?) cultural representations of Canadian suburbia, e.g. in literature, film, music, architecture or fine art, as well as the changing conditions of suburban cultural production themselves; addressing the overreaching question of how Canadian culture has been changed from and by the suburbs and their residents

2) Diversity, discrimination and inclusion in suburbia
à analyzing the processes of socioeconomic change in Canadian suburbia, their causes and rationales as well as their implications for social cohesion and political life; shedding some light onto the transformations of the social and their connections to other spheres of Canadian life

3) Post-suburban restructuring? Economics, governance, and sustainability
à exploring the intersections and connections between space, nature and the ecological, the political, the economic and the social, as they are configured within a wider, “post-suburban” landscape

4) Contesting (conceptual) boundaries: between city, (post-)suburbia and the rural
à focusing on the changing meanings and conceptual understandings of suburbia and the urban (and the rural) in general; charting possible new avenues for research on Canadian cities and suburban spaces in their various guises

Contact and abstract submission

Paper proposals/abstracts of max 500 words should outline:
– methodology and theoretical approaches chosen,
– content/body of research
– which of the four main aspects outlined above the paper speaks to (if any).
In addition, some short biographical information (max. 250 words) should be provided, specifying current institutional affiliation and position as well as research background with regard to the conference topic and/or four main aspects.

Abstracts should be submitted to the GKS no later than May 23, 2016 to the GKS Administration Office – which also acts as a general inquiry contact point.

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Ringvorlesung Canadian Ecologies – Écologies Canadiennes – Kanadische Ökologien

Das Marburger Zentrum für Kanada-Studien lädt in diesem Sommersemester zu einer Ringvorlesung zum Thema „Canadian Ecologies“ ein.

An zehn Terminen werden nationale und internationale Wissenschaftler aus unterschiedlichen Fachgebieten interessante deutsch- oder englischsprachige Vorträge zu ihrer Forschung halten. Somit bietet die Ringvorlesung Gelegenheit, sich dem allgemein gehaltenen Thema „Canadian Ecologies“ aus verschiedenen Richtungen zu nähern und es aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven zu betrachten. Zu den breitgefächerten Themen- und Forschungsgebieten zählen beispielsweise Literaturwissenschaft, (indigene) Kunst, Geographie, Medienwissenschaft und Geschichte.

Die Vorlesung findet dienstags von 18 bis 20 Uhr in der Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6D, Raum 01D05 statt. Nähere Angaben zu Terminen und Themen finden Sie hier.


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Doctoral Research Position at the IRTG Diversity (Trier/Saarbrücken)

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces” (Trier, Montréal, Saarbrücken), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is accepting applications for

1 doctoral research position (TVL 13, 50%)

at the University of Trier or at Saarland University

for the time until Sept. 30, 2017, starting at the earliest date possible,
with a possible contract renewal for 18 more months
pending the continuation of funding by the DFG

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Diversity” is a joint German-Canadian doctoral education program of the University of Trier, Saarland University, and the Université de Montréal. On the German side, it has its offices at the University of Trier. The IRTG “Diversity” proposes an innovative research program in the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Montréal, Québec, Canada, North America) and Europe (Saar-Lor-Lux, Germany, France, Europe) since the 18th century. Focusing on dynamic processes that engender diversity, the IRTG Diversity’s analytical framework offers new perspectives for transnational and area studies as well as cross-cultural research. Through the transversal analytic lenses of politics, practices, and narratives, the IRTG investigates the mediation and translation of cultural differences in micro-, meso- and macro-level empirical constellations. Following the principle of herméneutique croisée, our researchers in Europe focus on the sliding-scaled spatial zones of Montréal – Québec – Canada – North America, while our researchers in Canada focus on the Saar-Lor-Lux region – Germany/France – Europe. We thus are especially interested in PhD projects focusing empirically on Canada and/or Quebec. Projects with a comparative approach are also encouraged.

Deadline: April 15, 2016.

For more information and the complete Call for Applications, see the IRTG’s Website.


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CfP: Mid-Atlantic New England Council for Canadian Studies Biennial Conference

Mid-Atlantic New England Council for Canadian Studies Biennial Conference
Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, Portland, ME/USA, October 20-22, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic-New England Council for Canadian Studies (MANECCS) is currently accepting papers from all academic disciplines for the 35th Anniversary Conference to be held at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa in Portland, Maine between October 20 and 22, 2016.

MANECCS is the premier Canadian Studies organization in the region and is affiliated with the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS). Over the past 35 years MANECCS has brought together scholars from across the academic disciplines and from both public and private sectors in education, business, and government. At these conferences scholars explore complex topics relevant to Canada and its position in the world; past, present, and future. The organizers have an exciting biennial conference planned for their 35th anniversary year.

This year will seek to focus specifically on urban and industrial landscapes. The organizers are especially interested in panels that deal with urbanization, sprawl, decline, reattribution, urban and industrial living and working places, urban recreation and social organization, crime and policing, and any other topic related to Canada’s industrialization and urbanization. *Proposals on other topics related to Canadian history and studies are welcome.*  Papers from established scholars, emerging scholars, and graduate students are encouraged.

Please submit a 250-word paper proposal or a 500-word panel proposal no later than June 1, 2016 to Brian Payne, Associate Professor History, Bridgewater State University (email). Please keep apprised of all developments at:

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CfP: „Literature and the Environment“

International Conference, June 8 – 10, 2017, University of Graz (Austria)

The aim of this conference is to underline the specific relevance of literature and of literary studies for environmental and ecological concerns. As literature has addressed environmental issues in the past decades, and eco-literature has evolved into a disctinctive new genre, eco-criticism has emerged as a concomitant branch of literary studies. However, there still seems to be a tendency within literary criticism to regard eco-literature as a form of littérature engagée which is rather less satisfactory from an aesthetic point of view. This view has often led to an almost exclusive focus on contents in critical approaches to committed environmental literature. However, and as suggested by Hubert Zapf’s model of literature as an element of a cultural ecology, it is the specifity of literary texts which determines, to a large extent, their unique cultural function. Thus, literature unfolds its main potential with regard to cultural transformations not only on a thematic or referential level, but also as an effect of „the specific structures and functions of literary textuality as it has evolved in relation to and competition with other forms of textuality in the course of cultural evolution“ (Zapf 2006).

The conference thus aims at exploring the potential of literary texts as cultural manifestations which either operate apart from or undermine pragmatic, one-dimensional and conventionalized discourses of ‚innovation‘ and ‚development‘. The organizers invite papers which discuss individual works or genres with a view to the textual strategies they employ in order to position themselves within the larger system of discourses that define our relationship with the environment.

Papers may want to address the following:

  • Literary renderings of environmental crisis
  • Poetic/dramatic/narrative strategies for mediating environmental issues
  • Human/non-human agency in literary texts
  • Constructing and envisioning animals and animal perspectives
  • Intertextuality, parody etc. as counter-discursive strategies
  • Negotiating the pragmatic and the aesthetic in environmental literature
  • Genre and the question of environmental issues

Length of paper presentations: 20 minutes

Please send your proposal (ca. 250 words) to this email address.

Deadline: 30 September 2016.

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