CHESS Summer School 2017: „Gender and Indigenous Landscapes“

Host Institution: York University, Toronto, Ontario

The Network in Canadian History and Environment is pleased to invite applications for the 2017 Canadian History and Environment Summer School (CHESS) in Toronto, Ontario. CHESS is an annual Canadian environmental history event that brings together graduate students, faculty, and other researchers in the fields of environmental history and historical geography for two and a half days of field trips, workshops, public lectures, and more. It is an excellent opportunity to concentrate on a single theme in environmental history while engaging with other scholars.

For Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples in southern Ontario, land is pedagogy. Nishnaabeg scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson reminds us that “by far the largest attack on Indigenous Knowledge systems right now is land dispossession.” The Mother Earth Water Walkers, circling the Great Lakes to protect places and peoples, demonstrate the importance to Indigenous communities of natural resources in their personal, physical sacrifice to protest resource exploitation. The women who started Idle No More, and Chief Theresa Spence, represent the generations of Indigenous women who have been fighting for generations for lands, peoples, and political rights. Still, so many voices have gone missing and have been murdered, and the recently struck national inquiry has finally brought their tragedy to national attention.

CHESS 2017 participants will be asked to listen to and think about the messages from Indigenous people about gender and landscapes in southern Ontario. What can we learn about the ways gender and land shape Indigenous pasts and present in the region? Participants will visit Crawford Lake and encounter a reconstructed fifteenth-century Iroquoian village to help them imagine life before the devastations brought by European colonizers. Participants will then visit contemporary Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe reserves to learn from local landscapes that embody the historical memories of Indigenous lives and colonization. CHESS 2017 will take place from May 31 – June 2, following the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association

Participant spaces are limited. To apply to attend, please complete this online form with a brief letter of introduction explaining why you are interested in attending CHESS 2017 and how your research aligns with this year’s theme, and a one-page C.V. detailing your research interests and experience. Graduate students are encouraged to apply and funding is being sought for their support.

More information on CHESS and the Network in Canadian History and Environment can be found on their website.

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Job Offer: Associate/Full Professor for Indigenous Studies

Associate/Full Professor
Indigenous Studies
Faculty of Arts and Science, Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON/Canada

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The incumbent will be cross-appointed in the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%) and a relevant cognate discipline (51%) depending on his/her area of expertise. The successful applicant will also be eligible to be appointed as the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies. The expected start date is July 1, 2017. Appointment as the Director of the Centre will be for a five-year term, renewable folloing a favourable review.

The successful candidate is expected to have an active program of research, with particular attention to Indigenous knowledges, a deep understanding of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous pedagogies in diverse contexts, a commitment to the vision of Indigenous Studies with its focus on languages and Indigenous knowledges, and a strong record in ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions. The successful candidate will be involved in research using Indigenous and community-based methodologies. S/he will have a Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline and a scholarly record in a discipline in the area of Indignous Studies or a discipline related to the area of Indigenous Studies, to permit cross-appointment in a related academic unit. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by publication in leading journals and/or presses in the field, a significant contribution to the ltierature, presentations at significant conferences, a strong record in Indigenous research methodologies and ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions, and strong endorsements by referees. Evidence of excellence in taching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments including the mentoring and research supervision of undergraduates and graduate students, letters of reference, and the teaching statement submitted as part of the application. Administrative experience is highly desirable.

The Centre for Indigenous Studies houses an interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the Faculty of Arts and Science and a research centre serving the University of Toronto and the broader community. The undergraduate program is dedicated to the scholarly study and research of the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. An important goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative and critical ways. The undergraduate program offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, and research methodologies. A key feature of the program is its respect and promotion of Indigenous knowledges, as evidenced by the commitment to Indigenous language instruction and courses devoted to the topic of Indigenous knowledge itself. The Centre also houses research programs. There is currently a focus on Indigenous language sustainability. The Centre is also a partner on a SSHRC grant on Great Lakes Indigenous heritage for the 21st century. The Centre houses SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Education), and works closely with the Centre for Community Partnerships in developing service learning courses with Indigenous organizations in the Toronto area. The Centre also has a strong relationship with First Nations House, a student support service that is part of Student Life. The Director of the Centre has responsibility for sustaining and building the program, working closely with other relevant units across the University of Toronto. This is a particularly active time for the Centre, given the recent release of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation and the University’s proactive response.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on teaching philosophy and experience and copies of two relevant publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files.

Applicants should arrange to have four letters of reference, including one that speaks to community engagement, sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Julia Chou by the review date of October 31, 2016.

The committee will begin to consider applications as of October 31, 2016 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact Julia Chou.

For more information on the Centre please visit the Indigenous Centre’s Website.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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CfP: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas: A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar

Chapter of the Americas Conference, The International Auto/Biography Association, Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto, ON (Canada), May 15 – 17, 2017

The organizing committee invites proposal for the third biennial meeting of IABA Americas that will be held at the Centre for Feminist Research in Toronto with support form the US Fulbright Program. The conference will explore the multiple lines that gendered lives in the Americas cross, both physical boundaries and intangible crossings. The conference is dedicated to the celebration of the scholarship of Marlene Kadar, a Canadian theorist and critic whose contributions have dramatically changed the field by pushing the conceptual boundaries of what constitutes life writing and expanding its interdisciplinary methods of study.

The themes suggested below relate to and amplify Kadar’s research interests and are clustered around issues of gender and genre with special attention given to trauma and illness studies, archival methodologies, and transnational themes in the Americas. Potential subjects include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Gender in migration, dislocation, displacement, transit
  • Gender constructions on and across borders
  • Transnational and decolonial practices of gender and embodiment
  • Intersectional interrogations of gender and sexuality with race, class, body size, health and ability
  • Fluidity of genders, sexualities, becoming bodies
  • Bodies in extremis, bodies in pain, medicated bodies, permeable bodies
  • Creativity and illness; living with life-threatening illness; living with death/dying
  • End-of-life interview and (auto)pathographic genres
  • Intimacies of health care biopower
  • „Traumatics“ (comics of medical trauma, violence, abuse, and war)
  • Plasticity of life writing
  • Hybrid forms and practices
  • Multimedial and multimodal life writing
  • Emerging genres (Instagram, selfie, I-doc, digital diary, etc.)
  • Secret as a genre, unpublished secrets
  • Pracitces of testimony in multiple modes (oral, digital, photographic, film, documentary, writing)
  • Intersections of life writing and the life sciences
  • Gendering and racializing the archives
  • Sensorial and affective encounters in the archives
  • Empathy, sympathy, and compassion
  • Interdisciplinarity of archival work
  • Methodological practices related to gender and genre; and
  • Pedagogical intersections of gender and genre

Please send 300-word abstracts with brief biographical statements as email attachments to the convenors: Eva C. Karpinski, York University and Ricia Anne Chansky, University of Poerto Rico at Mayagüez by October 31, 2016. Decisions will be made by January 15, 2017. Please be aware that space is limited. Inquiries are welcome.

Website of the International Auto/Biography Association – Chapter of the Americas.

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CfP: Comparing Canada(s) – Comparer le(s) Canada(s)

Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada), March 3 – 4, 2017

From Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes (1945) to La reveu acadienne’s ironic suggestions of Chiac as a tool to „prendre ces deux solitudes-lá pis en faire une seule solitude“ („Le Chiac est la solution“), the image of Canada as a country of two peoples or communities – English and French (or, more specifically, English and Québécois) – has become a commonplace. Recent scholarship has questioned the applicability of this image, as „the old epics of identity“ (Simon 2006, 8) are increasingly unable to represent the current multicultural and polyglot reality of Montreal and Toronto, historically the Francophone and Anglophone literary centres of Canada. In fact, Catherine Leclerc (2010) has argued, the two languages interact, „cohabit“ much of contemporary Canadian literature and occasionally blend to the extent that the very notion of a „primary“ language for a given text begins to blur. As the model of „Two [geographically specific] Solitudes“ begins to crumble, an equally dreary tension emerges, this time between the image of Canada as an officially bilingual-bicultural state and the more progessive ideal of Canada as a „varied, rich cultural mosaic“ („Canada’s Enthnocultural Portrait: The Changing Mosaic“). One could read this as a step towards greater diversity, and away from nationalism tout court, or simply as a reiteration of the Canadian n ational narrative, now a fortress rendered even more impenetrable by virute of its seemingly open gates and attractive welcome mat.

E.D. Blodgett’s article „Canadian Literature Is Comparative Literature“ (1988) notes that while Canada is home to a diverse range of literature – English and French, but also other, less grequently studied settler literatures (German, Icelandic, Ukranian, Gaelic et al.), as well as a wide range of Indigenous literatures – there are few scholars who „compare the Canadian literatures,“ and that most of these focus on only one point of comparison, namely „the relationship between the anglophone and francophone literatures of Canada, Comparative Canadian Literautre in the official sense“ (905). IN light of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the organizinbg committee invites contributions exploring Canada – or Canadas – in all the term’s varied meanings.

A few questions to consider:

  • How might we bridge the gap between the „Two Solitudes“ of Canadian literature? In what ways does translation between the two official languages, as well as other languages, contribute (or not) to bridging this gap and other cultural and linguistic gaps in Canada?
  • How can the language of multiculturalism/interculturalism/hybridity inform Canadian scholarship? What critiques or complications of this frame emerge in Canadian contexts?
  • How do diasporic or minority literatures fit into the broader field of „Canadian literature“? How does the presence of these other traditions (Indigenous, Black, queer, immigrant, et al.) complicate our understanding of „Canada“ and „Canadian literature“?
  • How do settler and immigrant literatures in Canada relate to their parent literary traditions (e.g. Chinese Canadian literature to Chinese literature(s) in Asia)?
  • What is the significance of environmental themes, ecological criticism, and the notion of landscape in Canadian literature(s)? How does „nature“ fit into these questions of language? How do these literatures figure the interplay between „nature“ and „indigeneity“?
  • What is the place of other solitudes – literatures that do not fit (or do not fit easily) into the paradigm of „anglophone“ and „francophone“ literatures? What is there to be said of the East and West geopolitical divide, a reframing of Canadian solitudes?
  • How might we centre Indigenous experiences and consider Canada as Kanata? What is the relationship between Indigenous literatures and communities and the culture(s) of settler colonialism in Canada? How do Indigenous literatures work with/against, inside/outside of „Canada“? The organizing committee especially welcomes submissions discussing works in Indigenous languages.
  • Where and how do Canadian ltierary and cultural productions fit in an international context?
  • How has Canadian critical and theoretical writing been received or applied, and how might it be applied, beyond Canada? The organizers welcome sumbissions working with Canadian theoretical work in classical, medieval, or early modern contexts.

Artistic sumbissions that explore these themes and discuss or problematise these or related questions are also welcomed.

The organizers invite joint proposals for panels/roundtables as well as proposals for individual talks. They also encourage proposals for alternative and creative presentations that include a description of length and format. Proposals should be a maximum of 150 words (this limit is for the purposes of funding applications for the conference) and may be accompanied by a longer description of around 250 words. Individual talks sould be approximalety 20 minutes in duration and altogether, panels/roundtables should not exceed 90 minutes. If you are participating in a roundtable, please be prepared to speak for no more than 10 minutes in order to facilitate discussion. The organizers also request that you include a biographical statement of no more than 50 words. Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm on October 14, 2016.

For submission, please visit the conference’s website.

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CfP: From Far and Wide: The Next 150

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 29 – 31, 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON/Canada

The 150th anniversary of Confederation provides an opportunity to revisit the nation-building negotiations and agreements that shaped the Dominion of Canada, but more fundamentally it should cause us to reflect upon and reconsider the collective and the individual Canadian experience across time and place. “From Far and Wide: The Next 150” – the theme for Congress 2017 – not only recognizes the sesquicentennial moment, the theme’s first part issues a call to consider the diversity of experience, both nationally and internationally, while its second challenges us to consider where Canada and Canadian society is headed in the future. With this in mind, “From Far and Wide: The Next 150” can be adapted to historical purposes, encouraging us to explore the following broad issues:

From Far and Wide: National anniversaries often focus on a shared national experience, but what of the diverse Canadian experiences across the vast geographic expanse of Canada before, during, and after Confederation? What of the indigenous experiences, and how might we better recognize and include them in our understanding of Canadian society? What of experiences shaped by gender and sexual identity? How have they furthered and broadened our understanding of what it means to be Canadian? What of the immigrant experiences? How have those “from far and wide” challenged and augmented Canadian society and national identity? What is the place of counter-narratives within the national experience, such as those raised by protests, separation movements, or the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission? What of the international sphere? How has Canada, and how have Canadians, exerted influence in “far and wide” locations across the globe? How have issues surrounding national naissance and development – belonging, citizenship, identity – been framed and contested beyond our borders?

The Next 150: What new insights can historians bring to the vision upon which the Dominion of Canada was founded? What new assessments can we provide about Canada’s territorial expansion to fulfill the vision of “From Sea to Sea”? What future did Canadians foresee for the nation in “the next 150” at the time of Confederation and at subsequent anniversary commemorations? How might we assess the merits of such forecasts? How have Canadians commemorated previous anniversaries of Confederation? And, at these celebratory moments, how did Canadians reflect on the nation’s present and its past? What roles have historians played in shaping the commemorative experience and the idea of the nation in general? What role should they play? How have other nations or peoples elsewhere in the Commonwealth or beyond crafted their commemorative experiences? How do these compare to the Canadian variants?

The Programme Committee for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association invites proposals in English and in French from scholars working in any discipline, in any field, and in any era that address the conference theme. We also welcome proposals that do not specifically address the theme.

The Programme Committee invites individual paper and roundtable submissions, but strongly encourages the organization of panels aimed at generating engaging debate, submitted in one of the following two formats:

  1. A panel submission of three papers for which the Programme Committee will appoint a commentator. For these panels, papers must be submitted to the commentator in advance of the conference in order that the commentator may provide substantive remarks as a part of the panel session.
  2. A panel submission of four papers, for which the Programme Committee will appoint a facilitator.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words and a one-page CV to this email address.

Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016

Please note:
– The Programme Committee will accept only one paper proposal per individual.
– Presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association and must be able to attend the conference to present their paper in person.

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CfP: Mennonite/s Writing VIII: Personal Narratives of Place and Displacement

Hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies and the Journal of Mennonite Studies, October 2017 (exact dates TBA)

This international, interdisciplinary conference will focus on personal narratives in the context of Mennonite writing in Canada, the United States, Russia and around the world. Participants are encouraged to explore the historical and literary significance of personal narratives – including biography, autobiography, diary and memoir – in relation to the conference’s theme of „place and displacement“.

In particular, the conference focuses on texts arising from: 1) dislocation resulting from war-driven and violent forced migration; 2) dislocation from familiar local space resulting from social and cultural upheaval in peacetime. Other ideas regarding dislocation are welcomed.

Questions to be considered:

  • How have writers of Mennonite descent recorded their experiences of war and forced migration, or, alternatively, of resisting the assimilatory pressures of modern society?
  • How have they imaginatively grappled with their local community’s place in „the world“?
  • What role have personal narratives played in connecting, sustaining, or challenging Mennonite communities and institutions?
  • What future spaces are opened by attending more closely to personal narratives within the context of Mennonite writing?

Please submit a 100 word proposal, complete with a short CV to either Royden Loewen or Robert Zacharias by November 1, 2016.

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CfP: The Great Plains: An Environmental History

Workshop, May 22-25, 2017, various Oklahoma locations, USA

The organizers solicit papers for a National-Science-Foundation-funded, interdisciplinary workshop that explores the environmental history of the North American Great Plains from western Texas to southern Canada. Qualified papers from the workshop will be included in a volume edited by Kathleen A. Brosnan (University of Oklahoma) and Brian Frehner (University of Missouri, Kansas City) and published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

The organizers seek papers that collectively contribute to a redefinition of the region and its environmental history by exploring how technological adaptations, rather than disasters such as the Dust Bowl, have shaped the history of this environment and the people who inhabited it. Submissions should ideally move beyond decline and exploitation as defining ecological narratives of the region and examine the Great Plains by emphasizing one or more of the interrelated themes of water, grasses, animals, and energy. Moreover, technological adaptations can be defined in the broadest sense. Proposals that emphasize the longstanding role of native people in shaping environments throughout the regions are particularly encouraged.

Travel and lodging expenses, as well as most meals, will be provided for workshop participants. The workshop will take place at various Oklahoma locations from May 22 – 25, 2017. In addition to the papers sessions, the workshop tentatively included introductions to archival and museum resources at the University of Oklahoma in Norman; travel to Stillwater to observe grasslands management strategies such as prescribed burning; a visit to the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska; and travel to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserver to witness the effects of patch burning and to see bison ini their native habitat.

The selected participants will join a group of scholars who have already committed to this project including Clint Carroll, Michael Lansing, Mark Palmer, Jonatahn Peyton, Molly P. Rozum, Natale „Nat“ Zappia, and Maria Nieves Zedeño.

Penultimate drafts of the papers will be due one month in advance of the workshop. The organizers also plan to podcast the workshop live to high school students and will ask participants to share, in advance of the workshop, sample primary documents for a website for those students.

Please submit a 300 – 500-word paper proposal no later than September 30, 2016 to Kathleen Brosnan and Brian Frehner.

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Stellenausschreibung: Universitätsprofessor_in für British Studies

Im Fachbereich 06 – Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft, Campus Germersheim, ist zum 01.04.2017 die Stelle

einer Universitätsprofessorin oder eines Universtitätsprofessors
für British Studies
(Bes.Gr. W 3 LBesG)

zunächst befristet auf 6 Jahre, mit Tenure Track

zu besetzen.

Gesucht wird eine exzellent ausgewiesene, international vernetzte Persönlichkeit, die das Fachgebiet in Forschung und Lehre (im BA-Studiengang Sprache, Kultur, Translation und in den MA-Studiengängen Translation und Konferenzdolmetschen) in seiner ganzen Breite vertritt. Erwartet wird eine Profilierung im Bereich der Forschungsschwerpunkte der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz sowie des Fachbereichs 06 – Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft, vorzugsweise Medienwissenschaft. Eine Bereitschaft zur Schwerpunktbildung in der translationswissenschaftlichen Forschung und Lehre ist nachzuweisen. Vertrautheit mit dem Berufsfeld Übersetzen und Dolmetschen ist erwünscht. Die Bereitschaft zur aktiven Mitarbeit in interdisziplinären Verbundprojekten (u.a. in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich 05 – Philosophie und Philologie) sowie die erfolgreiche Einwerbung von Drittmitteln werden vorausgesetzt. Zu den Aufgaben der Stelleninhaber_in gehört die Leitung des Scottish Studies Centre am Fachbereich.

Die Bewerber_innen müssen neben den allgemeinen dienstrechtlichen Voraussetzungen die in $ 49 Hochschulgesetz Rheinland-Pfalz geforderten Einstellungsvoraussetzungen erfüllen.

Neben der Promotion sind hervorragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen nachzuweisen.

Das Land Rheinland-Pfalz und die Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz vertreten ein Konzept der intensiven Betreuung der Studierenden und erwarten deshalb eine hohe Präsenz der Lehrenden an der Universität.

Die Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz ist bestrebt, den Anteil der Frauen im wissenschaftlichen Bereich zu erhöhen, und bittet daher Wissenschaftlerinnen, sich zu bewerben.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei entsprechender Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtig.

Schriftliche Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (tabellarischer Lebenslauf, wissenschaftlicher Werdegang, Kopien der Zeugnisse und Urkunden, Schriftenverzeichnis, Übersicht über die bisherige Lehrtätigkeit, ein zwei- bis dreiseitiges Lehr- und Forschungskonzept) sind bis zum 20.10.2016 zu richten an den

Dekan des Fachbereichs 06 – Translations-, Sorach- und Kulturwissenschaft
Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Schreiber
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
An der Hochschule 2
76726 Germersheim

sowie zusätzlich als PDF-Datei an diese E-Mail-Adresse.

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CfP: Britain, Canada, and the Arts: Cultural Exchange as Post-War Renewal

International conference, 15 – 17 June 2017, Senate House, University of London, London/UK

Papers are invited for a major international, interdisciplinary conference to be held at Senate House, London, in collaboration with ENCAP (Cardiff University) and the University of Westminster. Coinciding with and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, this conference will focus on the strong culture of artistic exchange, influence, and dialogue between Canada and Britain, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on the decades after World War II.

The immediate post-war decades saw both countries look to the arts and cultural institutions as a means to address and redress contemporary post-war realities. Central to the concerns of the moment was the increasing emergence of the United States as a dominant cultural as well as political power. In 1951, the Massey Commission gave formal voice in Canada to a growing instinct, amongst both artists and politicians, simultaneously to recognize a national tradition of cultural excellence and to encourage its development and perpetuation through national institutions. This moment complemented a similar post-war engagement with social and cultural renewal in Britain that was in many respects formalized through the establishment of the Arts Council of Great Britain. It was further developed in the founding of such cultural institutions as the Royal Opera, Sadler’s Wells Ballet, the Design Council and later the National Theatre, and in the diversity and expansion of television and film.

While these various initiatives were often instigated by a strong national if not nationalist instinct, they were also informed by an established dynamic of social, political, and cultural dialogue. In the years before the war, that dynamic had been marked primarily by the prominent, indisputably anglophile voices of such influential Canadians in Britain as Beverly Baxter and Lord Beaverbrook. In English-speaking Canada, an established recognition of Britain as a dominant, if not originating, influence on definitions of cultural excellence continued to predominate. In the years following the war, however, that dynamic was to change, and an increased movement of artists, intellectuals, and artistic policy-makers between the two countries saw the reciprocal development of an emphatically modern, confident, and progressive definition of contemporary cultural activity.

This conference aims to expose and explore the breadth of this exchange of social and cultural ideals, artistic talent, intellectual traditions, and aesthetic formulations. The organizers invite papers from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives – and particularly encourage contributions from scholars and practitioners working in theatre, history, literature, politics, music, film and television, cultural studies, desgin, and visual art.

Some indicative post-war cultural figures and areas of influence:

  • Henry Moore and the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • John Gierson at the Naitonal Film Board
  • Leonard Brockington and the CBC
  • Sydney Newman, Alvin Rakoff and British and Canadian television drama
  • Tyrone Guthrie, Barry Morse, Tanya Moiseiwitch, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, John Neville, Christopher Newton, Robin Phillips, Brian Bedford, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, and others: developments in staging, acting, repertoire, and theatre-design at the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, the Old Vic, the Chichester Festival Theatre, the National Theatre
  • Powys Thomas at the CBC, the Stratford Festival, and the National Theatre School of Canada
  • Celia France, Gweneth Lloyd, and national ballet
  • Robertson Davies as novelist, actor, cultural critic in Britain and Canada, at the Stratford Festival; at the UNiversity of Toronto’s Massey College
  • Yousuf Karsh and the iconography of the mid-twentieth century
  • Intellectual exchange and influence: Northrop Frye, Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Elizabeth Smart and the London literary scene
  • Ronald Bryden and theatre criticism in London
  • Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett: Canadian tours and compositions
  • Glenn ould as musical interpreter, recording artist, celebrity personality, documentarian
  • Mordecai Richler, the cultural scene in London, and the dramatization of Anglophone Quebec
  • Mazo de la Roche and Lucy Maud Montgomery: literare influence and adaptations
  • Ben Wicks as cartoonist, journalist, and post-war memoirist

Other areas of exploration include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Quebec and ‚French Canada‘ in the British artistic scene
  • The cultural presence and infulence of the Governor General
  • Publishers and publishing networks
  • Newspapers, media magnates, and editorialists from Beaverbrook to Black
  • Universities and the ‚modernisation‘ of higher education
  • Popular culture and popular music
  • Cultural policy-making
  • Traditions of humour and satire
  • ‚Distinct cultures‘ within a larger nation
  • Constructions of indigeneity and native culture
  • National culture as anti-Americanism
  • Definitions of diversity, audience, and national identity
  • Architecture and urban development
  • More recent and contemporary exchanges in literature, art, politics, theatre, film, design, television, and the media

Proposal (max. 250 words) for papers of 20 minutes can be sent to the organizers Irene Morra (Cardiff University) and Hohn Wyver (University of Westminster) by 1 November 2016.

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Call for Papers of the Young Scholars‘ Forum for Grainau 2017

Young Scholars‘ Forum at the Annual Conference of the GKS, Grainau, 17 – 19th February 2017

logo_nachwuchs_gksThe Young Scholars‘ Forum would like to invite Canadianists and young scholars from all disciplines to contribute papers to their panel at the 38th Annual Conference of the GKS with the framing topic:

Revisiting Suburbia
Revisiter les espaces périurbaines

Advanced BA/MA students, doctoral students and post-docs who have not yet presented in Grainau are invited to present and discuss their research siturated in the general framework of the conference, but also from other fields of Canadian Studies and different disciplines.

The deadline is December 15, 2016. Please sent a 200-word abstract (for 20-minute papers) and a short biographical note via email to the Young Scholars‘ Forum.

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