DEADLINE EXTENDED! 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 June 5, 2016 to the GKS Administration Office – which also acts as a general inquiry contact point.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Ausschreibungen, Call for Papers, Veranstaltungen | 2 Kommentare

École d’été 2016: Réciprocité et décolonisation: rapports à l’oeuvre dans les processus de création autochtones

Du 4 au 9 juillet 2016, Université de Montréal, Québec

La sortie de L’empreinte de Carole Poliquin et Yvan Dubuc en 2015, puis du documentaire controversé de Dominique Gagnon Of the North en 2016,ont suscité de nombreuses réactions autour de la question autochtone au Québec, qu’il s’agisse de l’appropriation ou de l’utilité de cette „empreinte“ identitaire dans la création de l’identité québécoise, ou encore d’éthique et de politique des représentations. Des voix cependant que nous avons moins entendues autour de cette question au sein des colonies de peuplement sont celles des peuples autochtones, notamment celles des écrivains, des cinéastes et des militants.

De nombreuses réflexions s’élaborent actuellement sur les façons dont s’articulent les rapports de réciprocité et les processus de décolonisation au Québec, au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. L’école d’été de 2016 examinera comment se conçoivent, se façonnent et se vivent les rapports à l’autre dans les processus de création autochtones. À partir d’œuvres littéraires et cinématographiques, de discours politiques, historiques médiatiques, ainsi que de prises de parole publiques, nous analyserons les formes prennent les relations d’affinité et d’appartenance (communautaires, nationales, linguistiques, culturelles, institutionnelles).

 Dans le cadre de ce cours, nous aurons l’occasion de réfléchir à des thèmes tels : les usages contemporains des récits oraux comme la Grande loi de la Paix et la cérémonie de condoléance; la responsabilité de l’auteur et du public face aux représentations (littéraires, cinématographiques, médiatiques); les rapports à l’œuvre dans les pratiques de création collective et autres projets collaboratifs; les questions éthiques de respect, de reconnaissance et d’engagement; les liens entre territoire et récits; les tensions entre réconciliation et souveraineté(s).

Plus d’informations, le programme et l’inscription ici.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

Lehrwerke für Sprache und Literatur als kulturelle Mittler im Fremdsprachenunterricht: Québec-Kanada-Europa

Studientage, Universität des Saarlandes, 19.-20. Mai 2016
Graduate Centre (Geb. C9 3)

Nach jahrzehntelanger Kritik ist das Schullehrwerk in den letzten Jahren ein Gegenstand internationaler und interdisziplinärer ForschungenStudientage geworden. Seit den Arbeiten des Georg-Eckert-Instituts in Braunschweig bis hin zum Kolloquium “Le manuel scolaire, d’ici et d’ailleurs, d’hier à demain”, welches im April 2006 in Québec stattfand, hat sich das Schullehrwerk als privilegierter Gegenstand erwiesen, sowohl um die Geschichte einer Disziplin aufzuzeigen als auch um Werte, Normen und Wissensbestände greifbar zu machen, die innerhalb einer Gesellschaft oder einer bestimmten Epoche als zentrale Bestandteile des Wissenstransfers erachtet wurden. Als „Outil à multiples facettes“, so Monique Lebrun, kann das Lehrwerk gleichermaßen als Muster und Kondensat der Gesellschaft, der es entstammt, gelten. Inwiefern spiegelt sich dies in fremdprachen-, kultur- und literaturbezogenen Lehrwerken?
Dieser Frage nach den interkulturellen Gegenständen der Lehrwerke werden sich während dieser zwei Studientage Wissenschaftler und Nachwuchsforscher aus sieben Ländern widmen. In Vorträgen, Workshops und einer Diskussionsrunde werden wir uns mit unterschiedlichen Lehrwerken aus verschiedenen nationalen und kulturellen Kontexten beschäftigen, denen die Rolle als kulturelle Mittler im Fremdsprachenunterricht gemein ist.

Organisation : Sophie Dubois, Vera Neusius, Julia Montemayor

Das komplette Programm gibt es hier.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

CfP: Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas Literature, Justice, Relation

Interdisciplinary Canadian Literatures in English Conference, University of Toronto (CA), May 25-27, 2017

Co-chairs: Smaro Kamboureli (University of Toronto), Larissa Lai (University of Calgary)

Canada’s Sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation is an occasion that invites both
celebration and the need to take critical stock of how we have arrived at our particular
juncture. We currently inhabit a historical moment in which the colonial power of
English literary studies, though still present, is giving way to an English that circulates in
newly complex ways, especially in relation to global economic shifts, intensifications in
voluntary and involuntary human migration, and the rise of new or newly imagined
spiritualities and fundamentalisms. Literary study in English on that part of
Mikinaakominis (Turtle Island) that we call Canada has shifted from a colonial project
meant to build a settler nation to a project that was supposed to include marginalized
others, to, more recently, a project that must reckon with Indigeneity and the politics of
land. These and other related shifts take place within a cultural field that is also changing
with historical and geopolitical circumstances. Public culture and the idea of the public
have transformed through mutations in national space, economics, climate, lands, waters,
and even the air itself. Beside the changes in public space and our conceptions of them,
literature and writing in academic institutions are also transforming in response to
institutional and governmental politics. Further, within academia the humanities are
undermined in favour of knowledge mobilization designed to serve international capital
in (seemingly) pragmatic ways. This set of issues rises beside powerful and liberatory
Indigenous cultural and political resurgences and an accompanying imperative for non-
Indigenous people—imagined variously in racial and geo-political terms—to consider
anew responsibilities, respect, and strategies of cultural engagement as well as specific
contemporary and historical relationships to Indigeneity, land and movement.

What can literature and criticism be and do under these historical and spatial
circumstances? What can decolonization mean in its cultural and socio-political valences
now? What constitutes creativity, the imagination, experimentation, community, and
embodiment at the present moment? What kinds of activist and cultural labour can
criticism and creative writing perform? What forms might such criticism and creative
writing take? This iteration of the serial TransCanada conferences invites storytellers,
poets, novelists, creative non-fiction writers, critics, interdisciplinary practitioners and
activists to enter into newly imagined and innovatively structured forms of presentation
in order to re-build a vibrant, generative, re-productive, critical and creative community,
to ask the hard questions that need to be asked now, to attempt some provisional answers,
and to make story, poem and experiment together and apart.

Keywords to be addressed:
Affect • Activism & Activism as Performance • Asianness • Avant-Garde • Balance •
Blackness • Body • Coalition • Creative & Critical Practices • Cultural Economies •
Decolonization • Diaspora • Earth/ Water/ Air/ Fire/ Metal • Experimentation &
Experimental Writing • Forms (Literary, Cultural) • Forms & Politics / Forms in Relation
to Social Practices • The Humanities in Canada • Imagination • Indigeneity • Inheritance
/ Heritage • Institution • Justice • Kinships • Land • Literature & Activism • Migration •
Nation/ Nationalisms • New Materialisms • Neo-liberalism • Post-Humanism • The
Present • The Public • Reconciliation • Redress • Refugeeness • Relation • Transatlantic •
Transnationalism • Treaties • Writing as Practice

Submission Guidelines
Please submit proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute-long papers that address any of
the above issues. Collaborative proposals for panel sessions that break the conference
mold in interesting and generative ways, as well as proposals for stand-alone
presentations (performances, films, videos, poster presentations, and other forms of
“demonstration”) will be most welcome.

We wish to extend a special invitation to Ph.D. students for the Plenary Session
especially designed for the presentation of doctoral research projects in the field of
Canadian literary studies. Doctoral students whose dissertation projects are nearing
completion of their program and who would like to be considered for this plenary session
should submit a proposal based on their dissertation project, along with a one-page
(single-spaced) dissertation abstract. Three to five such projects will be featured in this
plenary session, while other projects will be vetted for inclusion in the concurrent panel
sessions.

Deadline for all submissions: June 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance: by September 2016
Submission address: http://tinyurl.com/Mininaak-Trans

Guidelines for submission: Please submit your abstract via email as a Word document
attachment; ensure that your name and institutional affiliation don’t appear on the
abstract document; and use TC4-2017-abstract submission as the subject heading.

Proposals for panels should include the name/s of the panel convener/s, a brief rationale,
and abstracts by no more than three presenters.

For background information about the TransCanada conferences, please visit this website.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Call for Papers, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

Ausschreibung verlängert! Stipendium des Bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten zur Förderung von Québec-Studien 2016

Stipendium QuebecIm Rahmen der Kooperationsvereinbarung zwischen Bayern und Québec bietet der Bayerische Ministerpräsident für 2016 wieder drei bis fünf Stipendien à 1500,– Euro zur Förderung der Québec-Studien an.

Vergaberichtlinien:

  • Personenkreis: Studierende, die an einer bayerischen Universität oder Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften immatrikuliert sind und ihre Zulassungsarbeit, Magister-, Master-, Bachelor- oder Diplomarbeit über ein Thema schreiben, das inhaltlich oder methodisch einen wesentlichen Bezug zu Québec aufweist.
  • Aufenthaltsdauer: 4 – 6 Wochen
  • Die Studierenden, die ein Stipendium erhalten, verpflichten sich, der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei als Nachweis ein Exemplar der abgeschlossenen Arbeit zur Verfügung zu stellen.
  • Die Auswahl unter den Bewerbungen trifft eine Kommission aus Vertretern des Instituts für Kanada-Studien an der Universität Augsburg, der Wissenschaftlichen Koordinierungsstelle Bayern-Québec und der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbungen bis zum 31.05.2016 an folgende Adresse:

Frau Prof. Dr. Sabine Schwarze
Lehrstuhl für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Augsburg
Universitätsstr. 10
86135 Augsburg
(Tel. 0821/598-2740)

Mit der Bewerbung einzureichende Unterlagen:

  • Tabellarischer Lebenslauf
  • Motivationsschreiben
  • Nachweis über gute französische und englische Sprachkenntnisse
  • Kurzbeschreibung des Projekts und Begründung der Notwendigkeit einer Vorortrecherche in Québec
  • Stellungnahme des Betreuers der Arbeit

Hier geht es zur Ausschreibung auf der Webseite der Universität Augsburg.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Ausschreibungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

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.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Call for Papers, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

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.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

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.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Neuerscheinungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

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.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Call for Papers, Veranstaltungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar

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.

Veröffentlicht unter Aktuelles, Neuerscheinungen | Hinterlasse einen Kommentar