CfP: „East/Central European Cultures Inside and Out: Local and Global Perspectives“

Conference, 10 – 13 May 2017, Hotel Meta, Szczyrk (Poland), organized by

The Department of American and Canadian Studies, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, Canada

The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of the complexity of East/Central European cultures — both at home and in diaspora — is a joint project of the Wirth Institute, University of Alberta, Canada, and the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. As we initiate our cross cultural academic discussions in a year marking Canada’s 150th  anniversary of Confederation, this conference focuses on topics relating to Canada and East/Central Europe.

For many decades the cultures of East/Central Europe have been either underrepresented or conspicuously absent from Western critics’ discussions. Comparative perspectives on East/Central Europe and Canada have been even scarcer. The discourse of “otherness” has been imposed on East/ Central European literary and artistic productions denying them significance and legitimacy. Citizens of these countries have experienced intense national, cultural and linguistic identity dilemmas. Both East/Central Europe and Canada have been historically multicultural although for many years the governments of these countries denied such representations.

We are interested in this historical multiculturality and the co-existence strategies that evolved or did not evolve within these ethnic mosaics.  We cordially invite interested scholars, writers and artists to submit paper proposals on topics pertaining to  the cultures of the region and its diasporas in Canada, as well as to the intercultural and transcultural dialogues between/among  these cultures. Analyses of literary and artistic representations and enactments of these complex cultures are encouraged.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers from all disciplines, including literature, culture, film, history, anthropology and politics. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. Comparative papers will be given priority. Submissions from graduate and postgraduate students at any stage of their research are welcome.

The following list of topics should be regarded as neither exhaustive nor prescriptive:

  • Multiethnicity in East/ Central Europe: Diachrony and Synchrony
  • After 1989:  East/Central European Cultures at Home and in East/Central European Diasporas in Canada
  • East/Central European Cultures After 9/11: Local and Transatlantic Perspectives
  • East/Central European and Canadian Models of Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives
  • National,  cultural and linguistic identity dilemmas in East/Central Europe and Canada
  • Minor Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe/Central European Cultures as Minor Cultures in Canada
  • Indigenous cultures of East/Central Europe
  • Dialogues between East/Central European Diasporas and Indigenous cultures of Canada
  • Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics of Representation of East/Central European Cultures at Home and in Diaspora/Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics of Representation of the Cultures of Canada  in East/Central Europe
  • Postcolonial, Decolonial and Postdependence Perspectives: Comparative Approaches to East/Central Europe and Canada
  • East/Central European Contribution to Canadian Cultural Canon/The Impact of Cultures of Canada  upon East/Central Europe
  • Intercultural, Transcultural and Crosscultural Dialogue Inside and Out of East/Central Europe
  • Representations of Race and Gender in East/Central Europe and Canada
  • Between the Idea of the Open State and Nation State Xenophobia: East/Central Europe and Canadian Models
  • East/Central Europe, Canada, and Representations of Islam
  • Religion and Identity Discourses in  East/Central Europe and in East/Central European Diasporas in Canada
  • Literary and Artistic Responses to the Radicalization of Central Europe in the Face of Humanitarian Crises

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (alphabetically):

University of Silesia: Paweł Jędrzejko, Eugenia Sojka, Jolanta Tambor
University of Alberta: Wacław Osadnik, Joseph Patrouch

Deadline for abstracts:  February 1st ,  2017

Notification of acceptance:  February 15th 2017

Proposal submission website.  

(i) Individual proposals should be 300-400 words.

(ii) For panels, in English, French or Polish, please send the title of the panel and a 250-word presentation explaining the overall focus together with a 300-400 word abstract for each participant.

(iii) Please attach a short bio to your conference paper proposal.

All files should be clearly marked with the applicants’ name.

Conference fee  – covering welcome reception, all conference materials, coffee breaks, and conference banquet

100,00  Euro – full time faculty

50,00 Euro – students and part-time faculty



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Conference Announcement: „Citizenship and Literature: Past Concerns, Present Issues, Future Trajectories“

Feb 20 – 21, 2017, English Department, University of Münster (Germany)

Since political theorists Will Kymlicka and Wayne Norman observed a “return of the citizen,” an “explosion of interest in the concept of citizenship” in the political and social sciences in 1994, the concept has been heatedly debated as a tool of critical analysis not only in the social sciences but also – and increasingly so – in literary and cultural studies. In contrast to political theory, we might however speak not so much of a ‘return’ of the citizen in literary and cultural studies, but of an arrival of the citizen and of citizenship in the early 2000s: Questions of representing and reconceptualizing the relationship between individuals, groups, and the nation (as well as the nation state) found citizenship increasingly a productive term to negotiate questions of belonging, affiliations and membership and to reflect on the ways in which literatures negotiate, question, envision, or deconstruct notions of citizenship in a variety of historical and geographical contexts.

This conference takes this ongoing debate as a starting point for a reflection on the past, present, and future of citizenship both in literature and in literary studies. By bringing together scholars well established in literary citizenship studies and related fields such as law-and-literature, diaspora studies, literature and nation, and literary sovereignty, it will provide a platform for critically exploring potential future trajectories, both thematically and with regard to ‘citizenship’ as a concern for literary studies. Thematically, it looks at the role and function of citizenship in literature – as a topic, as a metaphor of belonging, or as a concept capturing the function of literature as part of societal discourses. At the same time, it also critically re-evaluates the theoretical discussion of citizenship as a concept in literary and cultural studies. Thus, the conference sets out to reflect both on the ways in which literatures negotiate, question, envision, or deconstruct notions of citizenship in a variety of historical and geographical contexts and on the question of the analytical benefit of citizenship as a category of scholarly inquiry.

In order to leave ample time for discussion, the number of speakers has been kept deliberately small. The following scholars will present at this conference:

  • Brook Thomas (University of California at Irvine): “The Citizen-Soldier in 19th-Century US Literature”
  • Beth Piatote (University of California at Berkeley): “Sound, Sonic Warfare, and Citizenship: Notes from Standing Rock and The Surrounded”
  • David Chariandy (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby): “Black Writing and the Limits of Citizenship”
  • Mita Banerjee (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz): “Writing the Citizen: Citizenship, Life Writing and Disability in Jason Kingsley’s and Mitchell Levitz’s Count Us In”
  • Peter Schneck (Osnabrück University): “Natural Law and Civil Savages: Early Modern Conceptions of Colonial Civility and Citizenship”
  • Carol Fadda-Conrey (Syracuse University): “Narrative Cartographies of Citizenships and Rights in the Age of US Empire”
  • Tamar Hess (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): “Dystopia and Citizenship in Contemporary Israeli Fantasy Literature”
  • Mark Stein (Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster): “‘Remember the Ship in Citizenship’: Migrant Writers, Porous Texts”

Further Information and Registration
About the program and other relevant information, please consult the WWU American Studies homepage. To register, please send a short e-mail with the header ‘registration literature and citizenship’ stating your name and affiliation to this email address. There are no conference fees but in order to facilitate our planning, please register at your earliest convenience.

Travel Bursary for Doctoral Students
For doctoral students working in literary citizenship studies or related fields who would like to attend this conference, a limited number of travel bursaries are available. If you are interested, please send your CV and a short abstract of your project to this e-mail address by January 30, 2017.

Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky
Chair of American Studies
English Department
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster


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CfP: „Queer Canada“

30th Annual Two Days of Canada Conference, 2 – 3 November 2017, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada)

People of Colour have already begun a body of writing and scholarship engaging with the meaning of Canada as a „queer place in Diaspora“ (Walcott 2005: 90). „Queer Canada“ will be a two-day conference of scholars, students, community members, artists, and activists at Brock University coming together to examine the various intersections between implications of nation-state identity and queerness. In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in several Pride parades across Canada. This occurred against the backdrop of the „Black Lives Matter“ protest at Toronto Pride Parade as well as the decision of several groups not to march in Pride in Vancouver. Notably, there was also the mobilization of Alternative Pride events with aims of creating „a new kind of inclusivity“. Also, in 2016, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, it was announced that the Trudeau government would accept 25.000 refugees into Canada, but only if they came as whole families, lone women, or children. Excluded were unaccompanied men as part of this resettlement, except for those who were gay, bisexual, or transsexual. These events demand that we revisit and reconsider the relationship between queerness and nation at our current historical juncture.

The organizers invite proposals for critical and creative presentations. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • writing and rewriting the nation
  • queer diasporas
  • homonationalism
  • queer art and literature
  • queer theatre in Canada
  • politics and resistance
  • queer histories
  • archives and representations
  • queer time
  • queer space
  • trans-subjectivities
  • trans families, groups and affiliations
  • queer indigeneity
  • bodily transformation
  • law and the body
  • embodied queer thought
  • utopias and dystopias
  • decolonizing time
  • queerness on TV
  • philosophies and queerness
  • queering feminism
  • international and transnational connections and activism
  • future visions

Proposals for individual papers, presentations, or panels from all disciplines, covering any aspect of Queer Canada’s past, present or future are welcomed. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and may be sent to Natalee Caple, Department of English Language & Literature before May 1, 2017. Please attach a 50-word biography to your submission.

Hardcopy proposals should be sent to:

Professor Natalee Caple
c/o The Department of English Language & Literature
Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 3A1

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CfP: „The Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers: The Canadian North and the Indo-Pacific“

Interdisciplinary Workshop, 27-28 April 2017, York University, Toronto (CA)

Organized by the Ocean Frontiers Research-Working Group of Science for Peace (Canada) in collaboration with York Centre for Asian Research, Robarts Center for Canadian Studies, and the Department of Science & Technology Studies, York University, Canada.

Ocean frontier politics is part of the earthly politics of using science, technology and international law to construct maritime boundaries. This techno-politics includes ways and means of asserting a nation’s freedom of navigation, and making national claims of exploratory rights in the global commons. Such politics also involves marine and maritime infrastructural development, and is furthermore interrelated systematically to the science and technology of how space above and below the waterways are constructe, i.e. how national airspace is understood, bordered, and governed above maritime boundaries, how national land areas below the water is understood; and how the seabed resources below waterways are envisioned and exploited as national economic resources.

The Workshop’s Objectives are:

  • to share comparative analyses of heterogeneous factors, geotechnical, techno-political and techno-legal issues influencing regional and international security
  • discuss pragmatic resolutions; i.e. policies and strategies that could be the subject of further research and discussion on resolving peace and security issues; and
  • establish a cross-sector network (engaging academic-corporate-government sectors) to explore inter-disciplinary curricular frameworks for teaching and researching our planetary frontiers, as ‚Frontier Studies‘ with ‚Peace‘-‚Collective Peace‘ as the central focus.

The workshop papers for sessions on Day 1 (April 27, 2017) are expected to address geotechnical issues, resource developmental ideals and problems, contested governance, policy challenges, and sec urity concerns of militarized and industrialized ocean frontiers in the Canadian North and in the Indio Pacific.

Topics and thematic analyses are not limited to the following:

  • politics and policies of maritime boundary delineation
  • geo-spatial mapping of competitive boundary claims
  • techno-political systems of ocean frontiers surveillance and governance
  • politics of Ocean Space Grabbing
  • politics of air defense zones and how they are linked to maritime boundaries
  • geotechnical aspects of militarized frontiers that threaten human security
  • socio-political and historical claims over maritime boundaries
  • the efficacy/inefficacy of international law in maritime peace-making/peace-building
  • UNCLOS and the legitimization of maritime expansion
  • environmental politics of geo-engineering/sand-dredging and artificial islands
  • corporate actors in knlowledge production/aerial and satellite imagery production
  • national and international organizations effective/ineffective in ocean governance

Workshop papers for the session on Day 2 (April 28, 2017) should focus on the following:

  • interdisciplinary research frameworks and pedagogy for frontier studies; particularly on peace-making and peace-building in frontier conflict zones
  • constructionist/constructivist apporaches to understanding and analyzing ‚peace‘ as part of exploratory studies on planetary frontiers
  • analytica approaches to frontier imaginaries
  • critical approaches to the constructions of spatiality
  • analytical approaches to the governance of the global commons and national maritime zones
  • analytical frameworks on knowledge production about the natural vs. architected planet

Since national maritime boundaries are the basis on which national airspace is constructed above waterways, and how the land below waters are understood, ocean frontiers and disputed sea boundaries are significant points of research and starting points for broader inquiry into planetary frontiers, and critical areas of inquiry within conflict and peace studies.

Participants of this 2-day workshop come from a range of disciplines including Science & Engineering disciplines, Environmental Studies, Law, Political Science, History and Geography, and will involve representatives from the government and corporate sectors.

Submission guidelines: Please email your abstracts to this email address no later than 1 February 2017 using „Abstract – Ocean Frontiers Workshop – York U“ in the subject line. The abstract should be no more than 350 words. Authors should include name, designation and workplace below the abstract title. Authours could also indicate preference for Day 1 or Day 2 of the workshop.

Notification of accepted abstracts will be send out by 7 February 2017.

Submission of completed papers: 7 April 2017. Papers accepted for this workshop will be published as  part of an edited volume of essays.

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CfP: „The World Needs More Canada“? Changes and Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Culture and Society

International Cofnerence, North American Studies Department, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), June 15-16, 2017

From booksellers and rock artists to diplomats and the President of the United States, many people have echoed the sentiment that Canada has something important to offer to the world. The 150 anniversary of Confederation in 2017 represents an excellent occasion to consider and highlight current social, cultural and political developments and critically explore the ways in which Canada defines itself and its place in the world. Can Canada be a blueprint for the world? To what extent can Canadian policies and solutions be transferred to other continents and cultures? Does the world indeed need more Canada?

With the election of Justin Trudeau, Canada seeks to move in different political, social and economic directions from the ones initiated and implemented by former president Steven Harper. At the same time, the legacy of Harper and his predecessors, including Pierre Trudeau, needs to be (re)negotiated and adapted to the realities of the 21st century.

For this conference, the organizers call for proposals that seek to critically examine Trudeau’s emphasis on change and the promise of revision. Specifically, they seek papers that explore continuities and disconinuities in Canada’s approaches to the following subset of themes: immigrations, justice and security; issues of indigeneity; the theory and practice of Canadian multiculturalism and the ideal of the „inclusive society;“ Canada in global perspective.

Proposals may include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • New (transcultural) perspectives on Canadian national identity: still “our famous problem” (Northrop Frye)? Identity and issues of language, immigration and integration.
  • Canadian multiculturalism: the legacy of Pierre Trudeau, (dis)continuities in Justin Trudeau’s present-day policies, theory and practice.
  • Canadian culture: revision and change in the production, reception and study of Canadian literature, film, art and music, especially as related to multiculturalism and recent developments in transnational literary and cultural studies.
  • Being indigenous in Canada Canada’s relation to indigeneity: First Nations and the world; the plans and policies of Justin Trudeau to wield change and bridge continuing social, economic and cultural gaps; “Idle No More” and related activist initiatives involving visibility, land claims and the protection of the environment; outcomes of and follow-ups to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee; contemporary indigenous literature, film, art, music.
  • Canada and the world: Canada’s response to the international refugee crisis; CETA: curse or blessing? The Canadian North as conflicted space; Canada and the US; Canada and Europe: partners in peace?; The legacy of WWII: memory, memorialization, and the prospect of global peace.
  • Canada and (inter)national issues of security, justice and human rights.

Please send your proposals (300 words) and a brief CV to the conference organizers Prof. Dr. Hans Bak and Dr. Mathilde Roza at this email address.

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2017.

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CfP: „Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories“

Annual Conference of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, June 18-20, 2017, Stó:lō Nation Teaching Longhouse, Chilliwack, B.C. (CA)

Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories: Indigenous Literary Studies Association ’s Annual Conference this year held at the Stó:lō Nation Teaching Longhouse 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack on the Unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples.

The organizers invite scholars, knowledge-keepers, artists, and community members to join them in generating new conversations about protocols, pedagogies, land, and stories from a wide variety of perspectives, including tribally-centred, inter-tribal, pan-national, urban/suburban, and trans-Indigenous, at ILSA’s third annual gathering, this time taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples in the Stó:lō Teaching Longhouse in Chilliwack, B.C. In a 2007 essay Stó:lō historian Dr. Albert Sonny Naxaxalhts’i McHalsie shares a Halq’emélem statement that is often interpreted as an assertion of Aboriginal rights and title: “S’ólh Téméxw te ikw’elo. Xolhmet te mekw’stam it kwelat,” which can be translated as “This is our Land. We have to take care of everything that belongs to us” (85). As McHalsie reflects on the boundaries of his territory, he follows the protocols of his community, consulting his elders to uncover teachings embedded in the Halq’emélem language and in Stó:lō stories. Through these protocols he replaces Western concepts of ownership with Stó:lō understandings of personal connection to place, sharing stories that explicate multiple ways of reading the land around him. McHalsie concludes that the statement is not merely an assertion of what belongs to Stó:lō but of belonging, insisting that as his people take care of their territory they necessarily have to take care of stories and understandings of the world embedded within wider kinship relations—between communities, nations, cultures, languages, as well as with the other-than-human.

Inspired by McHalsie’s words, Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories asks participants to consider ways in which our scholarship, activism, and creative work cares for stories and centres Indigenous perspectives. In what ways can this care and attention honour Indigenous protocols and shape our pedagogies? How might writers or artists who live distanced or alienated from home territories practice such ethics? How might we consider Indigenous cultural production in cyberspace as linked to land? What does it mean to read texts through treaty documents, the history of colonization, or stories that emerge from land-theft and dislocation? What new traditions are Indigenous people, especially those who live in the city, creating?

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association supports diverse modes of creating and disseminating knowledge. Prospective participants are invited to propose conference papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, and other formats for special sessions. Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, with at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion. In keeping with the organizers‘ desire to enable dialogue and community- based learning, they welcome session proposals that utilize non-standard or alternative formats. While open to all proposals dealing with Indigenous literary arts, ILSA encourages proposals for sessions and individual presentations that engage with the following topics:

  • “Taking care of everything that belongs to us,” land claims and cultural repatriation
  • Stó:lō narrative arts and Stó:lō literary history, present, and future
  • Politics of belonging and kinship relations
  • Land, ecological responsibility, and environmental ethics
  • Land-based solidarities, urban Indigenous communities, and the literary arts
  • Literary methods and Indigenous protocols
  • The politics of protocols—gender and surveillance
  • Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous critical ecologies
  • Land, stories, and narrative arts as praxis
  • Autonomy and alliance in unceded traditional territories
  • Community-based participatory research, pedagogies, and literary studies
  • Alliances among Indigenous and diasporic artists
  • Mediations of orality and Indigenous material cultures
  • Collaborative creation and multi-media
  • Artistic expressions of sovereignty and self-determination
  • Responsibility, community, and artistic expression
  • Community-specific Indigenous knowledge and ethics in scholarship or art
  • methodologies and practices in Indigenous literary studies to serve the needs of Indigenous communities

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) was founded in 2014 to promote the scholarship and teaching of Indigenous writing and storytelling in Canada. One way to make the study of Indigenous literatures relevant to the writers who produce the stories we read, teach and study is to meet every other year at national conferences as part of Congress, and meet alternating years in Indigenous communities. In 2015 the ILSA met at Six Nations of the Grand River, near Hamilton, Ontario, and in 2016 they met at Congress, hosted that year at the University of Calgary. From June 18-20, 2017 ILSA will be meeting on the unceded, traditional territories of the Stó:lō peoples, in Chilliwack, B.C., about a half hour drive from the Abbotsford airport and about a one and a half hour drive from downtown Vancouver. This time was chosen to coincide with the annual conference of NAISA, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting, at UBC from June 22-24, 2017.

Proposals are due on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and this year’s proposals can be submitted to  this email address. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your proposal within 7 days, please contact the ILSA council members directly, especially in-coming ILSA President Deanna Reder or ILSA Secretary Sophie McCall. Important: Prospective participants must be members in order to present at ILSA 2017 in Chilliwack.

Membership Rates are $40 (faculty) or $20 (students, community members, or underwaged) for one year. Please visit the ILSA 2017 website  to complete your membership.

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Job Offer: Assistant Professor, Social Research Methods with a specialization in Indigeneity and Decolonization

Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia (CA)

Position # 11301TT – The Department of Sociology seeks to fill a tenure track position in Social Research Methods with a specialization in Indigeneity and Decolonization at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2017. Ph.D. in Sociology preferred.

An overall ability to contribute to a dynamic teaching and research culture in the Department is important. Applicants will be expected to teach courses both at the introductory and advanced levels. Applicants will also be expected to contribute to the research activities of the Department and University, and will supervise Honours and Graduate student projects. The successful applicant will also contribute to the service activities of the Department and University.

Applications must include a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, two samples of scholarly writing, and a teaching dossier including teaching evaluations where administered. Potential candidates shall email their application package in one pdf file, and have three letters of reference sent to Karen Turner.

Candidates who are members of equity seeking groups listed below are encouraged to self-identify. The Department thanks you for your interest in Acadia University. Only those who will be short-listed will be notified.

Closing Date: February 1, 2017

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and values a diverse and inclusive workplace. We therefore invite applications from Aboriginal peoples, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women, as well as persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is academic and professional excellence. Candidates who are a member of one of the aforementioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, should complete the Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.

While budgetary approval has been granted for this position, Acadia University reserves the right not to fill this position, or to fill this position at a level different from the advertised level or term.

Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology Webpage.

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CfP: „Forests in the Americas: Representations and Development“

International Conference of the Southwest Pole of the Institute of the Americas, October 11-13, 2017, University Bordeaux Montaigne and University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FR)

The international conference „Forest in the Americas,“ a scientific manifestation of the Southwest Pole of the Institute of the Americas, aims at refining knowledge about the fragile ecosystem of forests, and at improving the understanding of the roles they play in the imagination and development of both ancient and modern societies of the Americas. On every part of the continent, the forst is of prime importance, from Amazonian tropical rainforests to Canadian boreal forests; to all kinds of temperate forests. Nations such as Brazil, Canada, and the United States and Peru are among the ten countries with the largest forested land. Other nations, in Central America and the Caribbean islands, are also rich in forested areas sheltering often endemic fauna and flora.

The countries and the actors concerned by forestry rarely agree on common definitions of what constitutes a forest. The study of this theme poses first a conceptual and methodological problem that the participants will be encouraged to discuss. Another purpose of the conference is to define precisely, through interdisciplinary dialogue and comparative studies, the notions commonly used by scholars to talk about the forest. On this lexical and semantic foundation, diverse representations of the forest will be analyzed.

Because it is a major feature of the continent’s geography, the forest has always occupied a predominant place in the imagination of American populations, as illustrated in mythology, literature, and the arts. For example, the United States and Canada, as well as different South American nations, tell their history as a struggle between civilization and wilderness, notably embodied by the forest. A place of perdition and bewilderment for men, or a shelter for runaway populations and maroons, then the matrix of a new man – in the large part of the 19th and 20th century-U.S. literature and arts, the forest appears ambiguous and multifaceted in its representations.

Doctoral students and confirmed researchers are invited to study the diversity and the complexity of the symbolic, immaterial and material dimensions of the forest and to try to answer several major questions. During the building of the territories and the large cultural areas of the Americas, how were the forested immensities understood and represented? Were they perceived and experienced in the same way from the north to the south of the continent, by indigenous peoples, by colonizers, by intellectuals, and by artists? As early as the beginnings of the peopling of the continent, were they imagined and conceived by the ruling and business people as an asset or an obstacle to economic development? Scholars are expected to analyze the challenges and the risks of all kinds, old and new, to which American nations are confronted as far as forestry is concerned. Forest resources provide a significant part of American economic income. In Canada, for instance, they represent about 20% of exports and 10% of employment. However, forests are fragile ecosystems, sensitive to global changes, which should lead scholars to raise and try to answer a series of questions: when did forests become an object of attention and preservation? When and how were conservation movements born? What were their ideologies and claims? What role did the pioneer environmentalists and conservationist movements play in the establishment of the first forest reserves at the end of the 19th century? What role did the forest play in the movement for the creation of national parks in North America? Moreover, what is the current influence of climate change on the aquatic and land biodiversity of forests? How is this change felt by local populations, and how do they adapt their practices to it? Finally, in the age of agro-industrial development, what problems are caused by deforestation due to the creation of more agricultural and pasture lands?

In spite of increasing mobilization of international institutions and NGOs since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, forest acreage, in particular in the tropical area, has decreased, along with its biodiversity. According to some specialists, the ambitious approach of sustainable forest management appears to be the only realistic one. Thus, as far as forest resources management and development are concerned, participants may also reflect upon the possible ways to confront new threats. Are there any isolated or collective, public or private initiatives, aiming at preserving forest balance and ensuring sustainable development? Forests play diverse and unequal roles in territory management. What policies would allow for the ecological and economic viability of these ecosystems? What political and social actors should intervene in the elaboration and implementation of environmental public policies?

This conference is organized by the Southwest Pole of the Institute of the Americas, at the University Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of Bordeaux, between October 11th and 13th, 2017. Bordeaux is the capital of the New Aquitaine Region, known for being the largest forested area in France, and the most productive forest in Europe.

Abstracts (no more than ten lines), as well as five keywords and a short résumé, should be sent before February 28th, 2017, to Eric Dubesset (Référent IdA pour l’Université de Bordeaux), Lionel Larré (Référent IdA pour l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne), and Anne Stefani (Déléguée régionale du Pôle Sud-Ouest de l’IdA).

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CfP: „Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond“

International Colloquium, July 6-8, 2017, UCL Institute of the Americas, University College London, 51 Gordon Square, London (UK)

The Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (NY, USA) and Fulbright Canada, in partnership with the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and the London Journal of Canadian Studies, published by UCL Press, are pleased to announce the convening of a colloquium entitles „Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond.“ Scholars affiliated with universities and research centres across Europe (especially the United Kingdom), Canada and the United States working in areas relevant to Canadian Studies are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that the working language of the colloquium will be English.

The colloquium, which is open to proposals with a significant Canadian focus, seeks to explore the theme of Canada and inclusivity/exclusivity. Disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholarly inquiries dedicated to examining the relationship between Canada and inclusivity/exclusivity – in an anthropological, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, natural sciences, political or social context – are especially encouraged. In what ways can Canada be rightly regarded as an inclusive society by the international community? What policies has Canada established and pursued over the past 150 years to foster and expand inclusivity? Have there over time been notable variations, across issues and governments, in Canada’s apporach toward inclusivity and how might these be explained? In other words, how might Canada be considered not to have embraced inclusivity? Finally, how well placed is Canada to embrace inclusivity – rather than exclusivity – moving forward, given the variety of pressing global concerns, as it celebrates its sesquicentennial?

The colloquium will be held at the UCL Insitute of the Americas, University College London, on July 7-8, 2017. The organizers are also looking at the possibility of arranging a pre-colloquium reception, featuring a keynote address, at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, on the evening of July 6th.

The deadline for the submission of colloquium proposals is February 15, 2017.

Dr. Christopher Kirkey, Director of the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh and Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of Fulbright Canada, in partnership with Dr. Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies at the UCL Institute of the Americas, will serve as the colloquium coordinators and journal editors.
Selected proceedings from the colloquium will be published as a special issue of the London Journal of Canadian Studies in Autumn 2018. Should there be a sufficient number of meritorious papers, a double issue of the LJCS will be published.

The London Journal of Canadian Studies is an online, open access (non-subscription)journal which has been published by UCL Press since 2014 and is underwritten by University College London –one of the world’s top universities and a world leader in open access publishing. As online access to the LJCS is entirely free, it has the largest potential readership of any academic Canadian Studies journal in the world. Printed copies are also available to journal contributors (up to 10 copies free of charge per contributor) and, upon request, to readers (for a small charge). Volume 32 (Autumn 2017) will be a special issue on Quebec and Volume 33 (Autumn 2018) will be the special issue on „Canada Inclusive/Exclusive“.

Colloquium Participation, Timing and Results

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the July 2017 colloquium, please forward an abstract of not more than 300 words with a brief summary of your proposed paper, together with a working title, to each of the colloquium coordinators, as follows:

Dr. Christopher Kirkey

Dr. Michael Hawes

Dr. Tony McCulloch

All submissions, which should include a current curriculum vitae, are due no later than February 15, 2017. Each submission will be evaluated by the selection committee. Successful candidates will be notified by March 1, 2017. At that time, these candidates will be provided with detailed writing guidelines (length, format, footnote/reference style requirements, and the like) in conformity with the London Journal of Canadia n Studies Guide to Contributors. A maximum of 25 proposals will be accepted for the colloquium.

Confirmed participants will be required to submit their draft contributions to the editors by May 31, 2017, prior to presentation and discussion of the papers at the colloquium in July. The colloquium participants will receive all of the draft papers in advance of the colloquium, the main purpose of which is to provide general and specific advice for the revision of manuscripts prior to submission to the London Journal of Canadian Studies.

By August 15, 2017, all colloquium contributors will be provided with a formal written evaluation of their papers, reflecting the views and suggested edits of a senior scholar as well as those of the colloquium coordinators. Contributors will then have until December 1, 2017, to undertake any suggested revisions and to re-submit their papers to Drs. Kirkey, Haws and McCulloch for review prior to the selection of papers to be included in the London Journal of Canadian Studies. After this selection has taken place, there will eb a further opportunity for the chosen papers to receive revisions to final submission in April 2018.

Colloquium Support for Participants

 To facilitate involvement in this project, the Center for the Study of Canada, Fulbright Canada, and the UCL Insittute of the Americas are pleased to be able to provide conference presenters with the following support:

  • an opening evening reception on Tursday, July 6, 2017
  • refreshments, lunch and dinner, Friday, July 8, 2017; and
  • refreshments and lunch, Saturday, July 8, 2017

To facilitate the participation of new scholars – i.e., masters and doctoral students and those holding a post-doctoral fellowship – and early career professionals not yet in full-time employment, the colloquium coordinators are further pleased to provide them with:

  • hotel accomodation, near the UCL Insittue of the Americas, for three nights (arrival July 6 and departure of the morning of July 9) in London; and
  • a contribution of up to 100 British Pounds per presenter towards any necessary travel expenses.

For any enquiries you may have, please contact the Drs. Kirkey, Hawes and McCulloch.

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CfP: 15th Comparative Canadian Literature Graduate Student Conference

International Conference, jointly organized by Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke, March 23-24, 2017, Morrin Centre, Quebec City, Canada

Anniversaries invite us to reflect on where we have come from and where we wish to go, to make connections across time, and to ponder the very nature of time itself. With Canada marking its 150 years in 2017 and with the Université de Sherbrooke’s Comparative Canadian Literature Graduate Student Conference celebrating its fifteenth iteration, the organizers are inviting presenters to explore the theme of „Canadian Literatures and Time.“ While one or more meanings of time may figure as a theme, symbol, or motif in a given work or may be highlighted literally or metaphorically through setting, time often also functions as a feature of narrative or poetic technique. Inherently in flux, time is bound up in how scholars trace and reformulate literary histories as well as in how writers narrate and recuperate individual or collective histories or stage shifting identities. This conference is open to a range of theoretical and critical approaches that offer insight into an aspect of the manifold manifestations of time in literature. Papers must take a comparative approach and include at least one work originating within Canada, but there are no restrictions on the national origin of the work(s) with which it is compared. Comparisons between literature and other art forms are welcome. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • The changing field of Comparative Canadian Literature: retrospectives, trends, new directions
  • Literary periods, currents, influences: transnational or intra-national relationships, legacies
  • (Re)constructuring or contesting identities: past, present, future
  • Preserving, recuperating, rewriting histories: re-storying, revisiting the archive
  • Translating the language of, or notions of, time
  • Retranslations: revising and updating translations over time
  • Evolution of literary uses of language
  • Time and strategies ofr self-representation
  • Linear and nonlinear time, breaking time, anachronisms, imparting „timelessness“ etc.
  • Marking time, poetic tempo, narrative pacing, plotting time
  • Temporal power, the measure and mismeasure of time, „doing time,“ lost time
  • Mythological time, dream time, bending time vs. historical time, real time
  • Foundational myths and narratives
  • Coming-of-age or turning points: nations, literatures, narratives, artists, etc.
  • Gerontology, mortality, aging, decay, death
  • Passage of time and renewal: seasons, tides, cycles
  • Time travel, imagined futures, or futurism
  • Memory, traume, silence, war
  • Hauntings, echoes, palimpsests
  • Chaning nature(s): extinction, metamorphosis, reincarnation

The conference will be held on March 23-24, 2017 at the Morrin centre and ams to be a welcoming gatherind place for young scholars interested in comparative approaches to Canadian Literatures in English and French. The organizers invite graduate students (MA, PhD, as well as advanced undergraduates) from various disciplines (Literature, Translation Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, History, etc.) to submit proposals.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a short biography of 150 words to this email-address. Include your name, affiliation and degree program, e-mail address, equipment needs, as well as the title of yur presentation and upload the document as both PDF and Word attachments.

The deadline for proposals is January 27, 2017. You will be informed of the decision by February 25, 2017.


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