Appel à contributions: Collection Études Canadiennes

La collection « Études canadiennes » de l’éditeur académique international Peter Lang est à la recherche de manuscrits originaux qui analysent les multiples facettes de la réalité canadienne ou québécoise dans une perspective pluridisciplinaire. Elle accueille des travaux (monographies, ouvrages collectifs, actes de colloques …) en français et en anglais sur tous les thèmes de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales qui ont pour objet principal le Canada ou le Québec dans leur acception la plus large mais elle met également l’accent sur les travaux comparatistes. L’une des principales originalités de la collection est aussi de publier le fruit des nombreuses recherches menées à l’extérieur du Canada. Les auteurs intéressés à publier dans la collection sont invités à envoyer leur manuscrit terminé ou une présentation détaillée de leur projet en cours à t.waser@peterlang.com ou directement au directeur de la collection, Serge Jaumain (Serge.Jaumain@ulb.ac.be).

Cf. https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/ECCS

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CfP: 2018 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference

The Departments of English and Theatre, History and Classics, Politics, and Sociology of Acadia University invite proposals the 2018 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, to be held at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 4-6, 2018.

For several decades now, scholars have been attuned to Atlantic Canada’s place in the Atlantic World, and this water-based framework can be extended downward into local economic, social, and cultural networks in the region. Rivers, straits, and bays were the transportation infrastructure of the region, well into the 20th Century. Did these networks and influences survive the triumph of land-based transportation?

Themes and ideas that this conference addresses include: Indigenous narratives; Naming and claiming space; Linguistic and cultural expression; Literary and visual arts; Social capital networks within and across regions; Political literacy and public opinion; Immigration and outmigration; Demographics; Gender and generations.

See the full CfP here.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Nov. 10, 2017.

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CfP for the 8th Triennial International Conference of the Central European Association for Canadian Studies

Transnational Challenges to Canadian Culture, Society and the Environment, Sept. 20-22, 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

The Central European Association for Canadian Studies will hold its 8th Triennial International Conference from September 20-22, 2018 at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The conference is intended to address the theme of Transnational Challenges to Canadian Culture, Society and the Environment. Canada has been a transnational country from its inception: founded on the ideas of Métis identities, forged by the metropolis-colony relationship, and modernized under the cross-boundary flow of American goods and capital. The revival of transnationalism as a widely respected lens of scholarly research in manifest fields provides us with very useful multidisciplinary bridges to study both past and contemporary Canada. In the context of growing globalization, the perspective of transnationalism of the nation-state raises important questions about overlapping (real or imagined) affiliations of individuals, communities, corporations, and social movements.

The complete English CfP can be accessed here. Click here for the French CfP.

Abstract Submission deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

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Call for Article Proposals for the Special Issue „Black Womanhood in Popular Culture“

in the Journal for Open Cultural Studies

guest editors: Dr. Katharina Gerund (Erlangen/Nürnberg) und Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (Jena)

In contemporary popular culture, black womanhood frequently takes centre stage. It occupies an increasingly central place and articulates new and renewed dimensions, prompting questions about the status of black women in the cultural imaginary of the US and beyond. Most prominently, Michelle Obama’s First Ladyship has sparked scholarly and media discussions around the significance of stereotypes associated with black women, the possibilities and limitations of public figures to create new images and anchor them in the cultural imaginary, and about the subject positions and images that express and shape constructions of black womanhood (cf. Harris-Perry 2011, Schäfer 2015, Spillers 2009). Further examples include the pop singer Beyoncé, who has proclaimed her commitment to feminism and designed an already iconic celebration of black motherhood (concerning Afro-futurist tropes), wildly popular TV shows like „Scandal“ or „How to Get Away with Murder“ which feature black female protagonists, or literary works and feminist manifestos such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s „Americanah“ (2013) or „We Should All Be Feminists“ (2014) and „Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions“ (2017).

Our special issue aims to examine the multifaceted ideological implications of this proliferation of black womanhood in popular culture. We understand popular culture as a site where “collective social understandings are created” (cf. Stuart Hall 2009) and as a marketplace governed primarily by economic interests, but also trading in symbolic capital, identities, and collective fantasies. Popular culture thus may model new subject positions, unsettle cultural authorities, and question cultural ideals – intentionally or inadvertently so. The contributions to this special issue discuss representations and performances of black womanhood in the transatlantic sphere. They raise issues about the genealogies of these images and their empowering and limiting qualities, about the “affective agency” (Rebecca Wanzo) and subjecthood that black women claim and/or are assigned in these cultural productions, and about the signifying functions of the black female body in visual economies.

The full CfP is available on the publisher’s website.

Deadline for Proposal submissions: Jan. 15, 2018.

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Great Plains conservation and tourism conference

The 2018 Center for Great Plains Studies symposium will examine tourism and conservation on the Great Plains in Kearney at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska Nebraska on April 18-20, 2018.

For those who have experienced it, the Great Plains’ rolling grasslands, charismatic wildlife, and boundless scenery fill the heart with wonder. The Plains are filled with fascinating biodiversity and wonderful opportunities for exploration while also harboring critically endangered habitats. The people who live and work on the Plains have created diverse cultures and communities. We argue that conservation that works with, instead of against, business, landowners, and communities is a way forward in preserving our rural communities and dwindling wild places. For many locations around the globe, nature-based tourism has provided a way to enrich human communities while protecting cultural heritage and natural areas. It’s already happening in the Great Plains here and there, as events like the Sandhill crane migration gain popularity and efforts like the American Prairie Reserve gain footing. The Center’s ongoing ecotourism project seeks to explore, promote, and strengthen these operations.

This conference will explore how tourism on private lands can be a force for conservation in the Great Plains as well as empower landowners and build thriving rural communities. It will feature sessions for business leaders, ranchers, conservationists, community partners, and governmental organizations as well as wider-ranging discussions about how to preserve and sustain the stunning bounty of Great Plains ecology. We invite proposals for paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, chain-reaction panels, lightning-round sessions, or other formats. Topics include but are not limited to: Social implications of nature tourism (health, values, stewardship); Economic impacts; History of nature tourism; Scientific value of nature tourism; Case studies / reports; Conservation on public and/or private lands.

Proposals must be received electronically using the form at go.unl.edu/2018-ecotourism by Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

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Colloque de l’AFEC 2018:

Les migrations au départ du et vers le Canada: dynamiques spatiales et identitaires entre continuité et rupture

Université d’Avignon, 13-15 juin 2018

Les mouvements de population constituent un aspect essentiel de l’histoire de l’Amérique du Nord et du Canada en particulier. Selon l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE), les personnes nées à l’étranger représentent aujourd’hui environ 20 % de la population canadienne. Les migrations internationales (au départ du et vers le Canada) et interprovinciales témoignent d’une dynamique spatiale qui a profondément marqué et qui continue à façonner l’image de ce pays. Qu’ils soient saisonniers, temporaires ou permanents, imposés ou choisis, anciens ou récents, les mouvements migratoires suscitent l’intérêt des chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales, ce dont témoignent les nombreuses études parues ou en cours qui abordent ce phénomène sous un angle historique, géographique, politique, économique, social, littéraire ou linguistique.

Appel à communications.

Date limite de remise des propositions de communication: 31 octobre 2017.

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Work & Travel in Kanada für SchulabsolventInnen und Studierende mit der Deutsch-Kanadischen Gesellschaft

Wer im Sommer 2018 in Kanada jobben, Land und Leute kennen lernen und Abenteuerluft pur schnuppern möchte, kann sich bis zum 15. Dezember 2017 bei der Deutsch-Kanadischen Gesellschaft e.V. (DKG) bewerben. Seit 53 Jahren vermittelt die DKG Arbeitsplätze in der Tourismusbranche wie Hotels und Restaurants, aber auch in der Industrie und auf Farmen. Wenn der Summer Job nach zwei Monaten endet, beginnt die Urlaubs- und Reisezeit, in der das zweitgrößte Flächenland der Erde mit attraktiven Städten und einmaligen Naturschauspielen zum Entdecken und Verweilen einlädt. Eine Verlängerung des Aufenthaltes bis zu 12 Monate ist möglich.

Immatrikulierte Studierende einer Hoch-, Fach-, Berufsschule oder SchulabsolventInnen mit mindestens Fachabitur und deutscher Staatsangehörigkeit, guten Englisch- bzw. Französischkenntnissen sowie aktivem Interesse an kanadischer Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur können sich um einen der begehrten Plätze bewerben. An die besten KandidatInnen wird ein Stipendium in Höhe von bis zu 1.600 Euro vergeben, welches die Programmgebühr vollständig deckt. Zu den Leistungen der DKG gehören die Vermittlung eines festen Arbeitsplatzes bzw. Hilfe bei der Beantragung einer einjährigen offenen Arbeitserlaubnis, der Hin- und Rückflug von Deutschland (Frankfurt) nach Kanada (Toronto) einschließlich der Zubringerflüge innerhalb Kanadas, die Teilnahme an einem Vorbereitungsseminar inklusive Übernachtung und Frühstück in Deutschland sowie ein 2-tägiger Einführungsaufenthalt in Toronto.

Wichtige Informationen sind für Sie in diesem Handout  und Info-Heft zusammen gestellt.

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Call for Journal Editors of the International Journal of Canadian Studies

The International Journal of Canadian Studies is an international, peer-reviewed core journal publishing high-quality research in all areas of Canadian Studies and the official journal of the International Council for Canadian Studies. IJCS is seeking new editors for a three-year term, 2018-2020. The editors coordinate with the Executive Committee of the ICCS and personnel at the University of Toronto Press. Prospective applicants for this voluntary position can obtain details from the IJSC website.

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Call for Applications: Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies

University College Dublin

Applicants are invited for a temporary 10 month appointment as UCD Craig Dobbin Full Professor of Canadian Studies, UCD College of Arts and Humanities. The Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies was instituted from an endowment made to University College Dublin by Dr Craig Dobbin. The post is designed to promote Canadian Studies in UCD and the wider academic community in Ireland.  The successful candidate will have a significant track record of teaching and research, at a senior level, relating to Canada in a discipline that is represented within the UCD College of Arts and Humanities.  Preference will be given to a candidate whose research interests will enhance current research programmes within UCD and research links between UCD and Canada. The successful candidate will be expected to commence in post on 1 September 2018.

Read the full Call for Applications here.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time), Nov. 8, 2017.

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TENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS STUDIES ASSOCIATION

From May 17-19, 2018, the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.

Los Angeles is home to the largest Indigenous populations in the US. It is our aim to highlight the incredibly rich landscape of Indigenous Los Angeles at NAISA 2018. Our meeting will be set in downtown on what used to be the village of Yaanga before Tongva dispossession. As the city grew, so did Indigenous populations in Los Angeles. Many American Indians, Latin American Indigenous peoples, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians have come to the rich land of the Gabrieliño/Tongva for a variety of reasons, whether it was from following the rich trade of sea otters, fishing or whaling, or being driven from their homes by the economic tyranny of federal Indian policy, or fleeing persecution of the Mexican government against Indigenous peoples. Many from the Pacific and Global South would follow and make Los Angeles their home.

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for: Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. We welcome proposals from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field. We encourage proposals relating to Indigenous community-driven scholarship.

Proposals for the 2018 NAISA conference can now be submitted at:  https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/naisa/naisa18/

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2017, 11:50pm EST

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