Skip to content
Aktuelles Call for Papers

Second CFP: Eye/I on Canada: Exclusion and Inclusion – Voix/Voie du Canada: Exclusion et Inclusion

Extended deadline for abstracts: April 30, 2022
September 21-23 , 2022 at University of Białystok, Poland

The 9th Congress of Polish Canadianists / 9ème Congrès des Canadianistes Polonais

In the midst of global Covid-19 pandemic, not only Canada, but all the states, experienced challenges they had never faced before. The crisis forced individuals, communities and countries to rethink and question the way modern societies operate on manifold levels. The strain put on health care, education and welfare systems has significantly reshuffled the workplace and family dynamics, exacerbating existing inequalities related to gender, class and ethnicity and affecting communities of colour, as well as other disadvantaged, marginalized and excluded groups in a disproportionate manner. Confined to their homes, many people have found perpetual isolation overwhelming and experienced long-term psychological impacts. As a response to these feelings of exclusion, on both individual and collective levels, new ways of connecting with others have emerged, giving rise to as varied new phenomena as zoom meetings, online panel discussions, workshops and conferences, virtual support groups, and digital cultural initiatives, including exhibitions, concerts, performances and other live-stream events. The economic discrepancies and social injustice aggravated by the pandemic as well as attempts to foster a sense of belonging make us reflect upon past and present forms of exclusion and inclusion.

The organizers of the 9th Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies (PACS) are pleased to invite scholars working across various disciplines, as well as writers and artists, to submit paper and panel proposals which consider the broadly-understood issues of exclusion and inclusion in the Canadian context. We are interested in bringing together scholars from various fields, especially but not exclusively, politics and public policy, international relations, social studies, history, literature and the arts, cultural and media studies, linguistics, etc. We encourage interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives and welcome abstract submissions from postgraduate students.
Though the following list is not exhaustive, papers and panels may address the following themes:

• representations of inclusion and exclusion in the arts, literature, film, theatre, the media, etc;
• making and revising the literary canon; genre fiction vs. the canon, etc.;
instances of censorship;
• historical narratives: silencing/recovering the past;
• political, social and communal practices of exclusion and inclusion;
• linguistic practices of exclusion and inclusion;
• relationships between the centre and periphery (in both literal and metaphorical sense);
• conflicting values: individualism vs. communitarianism;
• isolation and alienation;
• solidarity and participation;
• othering and/or belonging (migrants and refugees; racial, ethnic, religious, gender and LGBT
• Indigenous experiences of exclusion;
• Quebecois separatism / sovereignty;
• representations and discourses of disability;
• race, gender, LGBTQ+, age (in)equality;
• marginalization and discrimination;
• opportunities and challenges of diversity;
• borders and barriers (geographic, political, social, economic, etc);
• Covid-19-related experiences of exclusion and inclusion, pandemic literature, etc;
• digital inclusion/exclusion (new media technologies and platforms, podcasts, blogs, social media, etc.);

We are honoured and excited to announce our confirmed keynote speakers:

Eva DariasBeautell (University of La Laguna)
Prof. Dagmara Drewniak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan)

Prof. Maria Loschnigg (University of Graz)
Prof. Jozef Kwaterko (University of Warsaw)
Prof. Joel J. Sokolsky (Royal Military College of Canada)
Individual proposals, in English or French, should be 300400 words long. Please attach a short bio (max. 200 words) to your conference paper proposal. For panels, in English or French, please send the title of the panel and a 250word presentation explaining the overall focus, together with a 300400word abstract and 200word bio for each participant.

Extended deadline for abstracts: April 30, 2022

Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2022

Proposal submission address:
Regular fee (nonPACS members): 600 PLN / 135 EUR / 200 CAD / 160 USD

Reduced fee (PACS members): 450 PLN / 105 EUR / 150 CAD / 120 USD

Student fee: 350 PLN / 80 EUR / 120 CAD / 90 USD


Sylwia BorowskaSzerszun (conference secretary for Englishspeaking section)

Ewelina FeldmanKołodziejuk (head of the organizing committee)

Weronika Łaszkiewicz

Małgorzata Kamecka

Edyta Sacharewicz (conference secretary for Frenchspeaking section)

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind mit * markiert