CFP: Histories from the Margins: Innovation and Adaptation in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada Studies Conference

May 11 – 14, 2022, University of New Brunswick, Ekwpahak | Fredericton, NB/Canada

Deadline: November 15, 2021

UNB’s Atlantic Canada Studies Centre cordially invites submissions of paper and panel proposals for the 2022 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference. With the suspension of the 2020 ACSC in Maine, and continued disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, this ACSC will blend papers/panels from the 2020 programme with new ones received and accepted in response to this call.

No history can accurately be called marginal history, but frequently nation-centered histories diminish the significance of stories and knowledge that do not fit within larger chronologies and have long pushed them to the wayside of conventional historical narratives. This marginality contributes to the violent colonial erasures of Indigenous Peoples, Blacks, and other minority groups within Canadian History. It also contributes to the isolation of the Atlantic Region, within the study of Canada and North America writ-large, as well as the Atlantic World, despite innovative and world-leading scholarship that demonstrates the connectivity and significance of this region within larger geographical frames. Yet stories of innovation and adaption are at the heart of Atlantic Canada, for example the Peace and Friendship Treaties, and are shared by the many peoples that make up this place and its past. Atlantic Canada’s success in flattening the curve of COVID-19 is just the most recent example of that legacy adaptation and innovation and reminds us that it is not, nor has it ever been, a margin of Canadian History.

We welcome paper and panel proposals which consider a variety of topics related to the study of Atlantic Canada, and which offer new approaches to questions of peoples, places, and ideas in the writing of this region. Applicants should prepare 15-minute presentations and limit panels to 3 papers. Papers can be presented in English, French, or any Wabanaki language. Paper proposals should be no more than 200 words, plus a short biographical statement (max. 150 words). Panel proposals should be no more than 500 words and include paper titles for each contributor as well as biographical information for each contributor. Proposals must be submitted to the 2022 Organising Committee by November 15, 2021 c/o

The Atlantic Canada Studies Centre and the UPEI GeoREACH Lab and ACLC program are partnering to offer a one-day workshop on Wednesday, May 11th titled, “Digital Humanities, Diaries, and Environment in the Atlantic Region.” Led by Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities, the workshop will focus on applying new digital tools and quantitative research methods to routinely generated sources such as diaries that in the past have largely received a qualitative focus. Availability will be limited, and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. This workshop is a pilot project and will hopefully be the first in an ongoing series of digital humanities workshops organized by the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre and groups such as GeoREACH. For more information, or to express an interest in participating, please contact the ACSC organizing committee.

Submit Proposals and expressions of interest for the GeoREACH workshop via email to:

PLEASE NOTE: Presenters who have already been in contact with the 2022 Organising Committee do not need to resubmit a proposal. All other interested parties who previously applied and were accepted to ACSC in Maine must inform the current organisers of their intentions to present OR submit a new proposal before the deadline.

The University of New Brunswick is located in Ekwpahak | Fredericton on the unceded and unconquered territory of Wəlastəkokewiyik / Wolastoqiyik, a place of relational responsibility governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725-1779.

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