Weatherhead Center for International Affairs: William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow

Havard University, Massachussets, United States

The Canada Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs invites applications for the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellowships. Two fellows will be appointed for the 2018–2019 academic year, with the possibility of extending for one additional year—conditional on the approval of the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, WCFIA associated faculty, and the co-hosting academic department. The fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines who are engaged in US-Canada comparative research and teaching, with preference given to individuals working within the social sciences and humanities. For postdoctoral candidates who will have completed the PhD within twelve months of the July 1, 2018, start date, verification of completion of the degree will be required prior to the appointment. Those in possession of a PhD for more than five years are ineligible.
Further information:

Application deadline: Oct. 20, 2017.

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Call for Organizers: Fieldwork: Excavations and Exchanges in Drama, Dance, Theatre, and Performance Studies

Call for Organizers of Working Groups, Curated Panels, Seminars, Workshops, and Praxis Events

Canadian Association for Theatre Research / L’association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT), Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario, Tuesday 29 May – Friday 1 June 2018

Citing the famed televised boxing „scene“ in 2012 between future Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Senator Patrick Brazeau in their groundbreaking book Performance Studies in Canada, Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer articulate the emerging relationships between theatre studies and performance studies in Canada not only as distinct from the US and the UK, but also as fields of contest with one another. Listing recent Canadian conferences and postsecondary programs that focus on performance studies topics, they assert that it is a „false dichotomy that positions theatre studies in opposition to performance studies,“ one that is „unproductive“ (15). Viewed in various ways, we might imagine these fields as invitations for conversation among „strangers,“ in the sense of Barry Freeman’s recent consideration of globalization on Canadian stages; as merging in Heather Davis-Fisch’s recent examination of „performance histories“ in Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies; or as when Jill Carter describes „Indigenous templates“ „maintaining balance, arriving at consensus, avoiding conflict, and fulfilling responsibility for the good of all“ (2). In 2015 ‚The Other D: Locating Dance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies‘ conference hosted North American and international scholars who questioned the place of dance within theatre and performance studies in Canada. In other words, the meeting and confluence of fields in our scholarship and art can be made into sites of empowerment and further understanding.

CATR2018 seeks discussion that is cognizant of breaking down fortifications that separate fields, methodologies, and perspectives related to theatre studies, performance studies, dance studies, and dramatic literature. And we ask: How can we excavate aspects of conversation, contestation, confluence, and exchange from the work we do in our fields?

A hybrid site of human activity for 9000 years, the land that is now Kingston has been stewarded by Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Ojibwa (Mississauga) peoples. Located at the junction of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River on the resource-rich Canadian shield, upon European contact „Kingston“ became a strategic shipping port and military outpost, first for the French and then the British, adjacent to the United States. Garrison theatricals became an integral part of the town’s life and Fort Henry became one of the area’s most recognizable buildings following the War of 1812. The college that became Queen’s University was built in 1841.

We invite proposals for working groups, curated panels, seminars, roundtables, praxis workshops, and performances from scholars, artists, and scholar-practitioners. As always, CATR encourages all voices, including underrepresented or marginalized perspectives. We welcome a range of research subjects and approaches. Graduate students who have not yet presented at a major national conference are encouraged to submit. We encourage proposals focusing on the conference theme, but proposals that depart from the theme will also be considered. All accepted presenters and participants are required to join CATR. For more information on CATR, now in its 41st year, and to join or to renew your membership please visit

Please note: the calls below are for curated events only. A separate open call for papers will be circulated in early October.

For the full Call for Organizers here:

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017

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aktuelle Stellenausschreibung

Am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald ist eine halbe Stelle als wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in ausgeschrieben, die auch für Wissenschaftler/innen der Kanada-Studien interessant ist.

Die vollständige Ausschreibung steht Ihnen hier zum Download bereit.

Bewerbungsfrist ist der 15. August 2017.

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Virtual Canadian Studies

Das neue Kursprogramm der Virtual Canadian Studies fürs Wintersemester ist da!

  • VCS Linguistique «Les variétés du français canadien», Dr. Edith Szlezák, Regensburg.
  • VCS Literature/Littérature „Literary Reactions to 9/11 in Francophone and Anglophone Canadian and American Literature“, Part II,  Diane Bélisle-Wolf, MA, Mainz.
  • VCS Native Studies „Northwest Coast“, Renate Bartl, MA, München.

Weitere Informationen zu den VCS gibt es hier.

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Call for Book Chapter Proposals:

Research as Reconciliation

The edited book will profile stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers engaging in the process of reconciliation. Although coming from various disciplines and backgrounds, all their work is grounded in Indigenous world views. The overarching questions that guide this work are, what does research that advances reconciliation look like? What are the experiences of researchers and community members who are striving to do research that is responsible to communities and grounded in relationships (to people, land and spirit)?

We aim to highlight Indigenist research, methodologies and pedagogy as forms of knowledge production and transmission that extend beyond the theoretical into practical work that demonstrates reconciliation processes in action. The book will profile stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from various disciplines doing work that is grounded in Indigenist world views. Contributors will include Métis, First Nations, Inuit, and Non-Indigenous voices from communities across Canada as well as a few international Indigenist scholars. The book will be comprised of research stories written in a variety of creative forms, such as stories, plays, twitter conversations and visual methodologies. By emphasizing stories rather than traditional academic chapters, we aim for the book to be reflective of individual voices, relevant to Indigenous traditions of storytelling, and interesting to practitioners, community members and others outside of academia who are engaging with research.

Submission deadline: August 15, 2017

Further details:

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CfP: Debt in History

Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada, May 18-19, 2018

At a Q&A that followed a Toronto screening of Little Men (2016), a film about two families‘ battle over a lease and its impact on the lives of its central protagonists, director Ira Sachs reflected on the modern-day struggle of many families to remain in the middle class. Sachs’s film speaks to the primacy of economics in discourse. Recent scholarship has shown the value of reading film and literature economically. The enormously influential work of David Graeber, Mary Poovey, Margot C. Finn, Julian Hoppit, Sandford Borins, Audrey Jaffe, Margaret Atwood, and others have opened up new avenues for thinking about money and the humanities. This conference aims both to consolidate and to advance criticism in literature, film, philosophy, and cultural studies by attending to some incarnations of debt and analyzing their wider implications.

Further information:

Deadline for submissions: Aug. 1, 2017

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BC Studies‘s Call for Research Notes

BC Studies invites work that recognizes knowledge practices developed through research within different disciplinary, social and political contexts. We encourage submissions about the ways people are doing research; about research alliances and engagements, ethical and theoretical considerations. We welcome submissions from emerging and established scholars in all disciplines working in or on British Columbia. Research Notes are six to ten pages (3000 – 5000 words) although shorter and longer submissions are considered. All submissions go through a double-blind, peer-review process including: soundworks & photo essays.

Further information at

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CfP: A Workshop in Transnational Feminism

L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University, May 10-12, 2018

Women have long organized across national borders, even before the current nation-state regime solidified. Activists have come together around issues including resistance to colonialism, struggles for national liberation, movements for social and economic justice, and other efforts to gain rights. As a field of study, transnational feminism emerged in the 1980s in response to a singular “global” feminism that erased differences within and between nations. While it underscores the emancipatory potential of inter-national networks and alliances for activist women, this scholarship also addresses the challenges to solidarity that arose from, among others, economic globalisation, (neo-)colonialism, and racism. It consequently uses multiple frameworks of difference, epistemologies, and methodologies to tackle the complexity of women’s lives and politics. Transnational feminism is a highly interdisciplinary field that seeks to disrupt national narratives and nation-oriented approaches while remaining attentive to differences among women within countries. In the Canadian context, transnational feminist analyses can be used, for example, to think about the country’s multinational realities where Indigenous, Diasporic, and Québécois feminisms each posed a distinct challenge, not only to hegemonic understandings of feminism but also to the nation-state.

Organized by the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, this two-day workshop will bring together scholars from Canada and around the world to address the methodological and epistemological challenges of writing transnational feminist histories. While this workshop is open to scholars in disciplines other than history, proposals from non-historians should indicate the ways in which their paper addresses questions of women’s activism in the 19thor 20th centuries from an historical perspective.

For further details, please see:

Deadline for proposals: Sept. 30, 2017

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CfP: Reinventing the Social: Movements and Narratives of Resistance, Dissension, and Reconciliation in the Americas

University of Coimbra, Portugal, 22-24 March 2018

The struggle over social issues and the resistance to ruling elites have a long history in the colonies and nations of the Americas. They range from wars of independence and slave uprisings to conventions for women’s rights, workers’ and peasants’ rebellions, indigenous movements, and protests against U.S. wars in Vietnam or in Iraq. Since World War II new forms of international and national inequalities and new dynamics in societies and in the media have increased our awareness of the many ways in which the social keeps being re-negotiated from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

Recent decades have been characterized by new approaches to time- and space-binding and mediational and relational webs of the social; the invention, invocation, and narration of tradition, history, and heritage serve as key elements in the creation of new social bonds with earlier generations; since the turn of the millennium formerly excluded social groups have been prominent in reshaping the scope and the normativity of the social; a diminishing civil society has opened space to the influence of extremisms; unemployed young people, deprived of prospects for the future, attempt new forms of expression and intervention; the disenfranchised take to the streets and to the Internet; social media open up new channels and formats for expression; literature raises consciousness for just causes; artists in every realm translate and give form to many of these thoughts and feelings; sociologists and political scientists bring up new interpretations of and theories on the social.

Whereas Justin Trudeau named the most diverse government in Canada’s history, the Indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia and the African-American former president of the U.S.A., Barack Obama, promoted multi- and pluricultural imaginaries and questioned social relations based on coloniality, while the ongoing discussion of Indigenous concepts such as “Buen vivir” revives and reveals more balanced relations between nature and society. Even if the hegemony of the U.S.A. in the Americas has been waning, the election of Donald Trump and his nostalgic vision of “Make America Great Again” will have global impacts, specifically on the Americas. In focus are also issues of immigration and the targeting of difference—be it racial, ethnic, religious, or gender—, the border wall with Mexico, immigration reform policies, the treatment of Muslim inhabitants, and the hosting of refugees, mostly from the Middle East, as well as feminist issues, environmental policies, and human rights in general. […]

Our purpose is therefore to explore past and present forms of intervention, relation, knowledge, translation, negotiation, solidarity, or alliance that promote the emancipation of those usually silenced by hegemonic formulae and hierarchies. Through the debate and exploration of new ground we aim at contributing to the designing of a new grammar and a new pedagogy of the social from epistemological and practical perspectives on the Americas.

For more information, please visit:
Deadline for submissions: Aug. 31, 2017.

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Call for Applications: Canada 150 Research Chairs

Competition opens for new Canada 150 Research Chairs Program offering more than $117 million to attract top international research talent

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today launched the call for applications to the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program. The Minister is inviting the world’s scientists and scholars to apply to the new program and, if successful in their applications, bring their groundbreaking work to Canada. The investment of $117.6 million honours Canada’s 150th anniversary and was announced earlier this year in Budget 2017. The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program is designed to attract 15 to 35 internationally-based researchers and scholars to Canada, including Canadian expatriates who wish to return home. These researchers and scholars will bring their knowledge and expertise to universities across the country, and will help students train to become tomorrow’s professionals: the researchers, medical professionals, engineers, entrepreneurs and teachers whose contributions help build a better Canada and grow the middle class. The chairs are set for seven-year terms at two values: $350,000 per year and $1 million per year. The recruitment of these chairs is designed to be fast and will be guided by the Government of Canada’s commitment to equity and diversity. By opening the program to researchers from all disciplines, and at all career stages, the Government of Canada wishes to attract the brightest minds that will help further Canada’s reputation as a global centre of research excellence.

Further details about the program and how to apply:

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