Call for Application: Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library’s Post-1850s Collections

The British Library and the University of Hull are pleased to invite applications for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, starting from 1 October 2019.

This doctoral award is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its Collaborative Doctoral Programme. The research will be jointly supervised by Professor Joy Porter at the University of Hull, and Dr Fran Fuentes, Curator for North American Printed Collections at the British Library. You will receive further support at the British Library from Nora McGregor, Digital Curator of the Digital Scholarship department, and from a secondary team at the forefront of indigenous language studies that includes, Professor Dale Turner (Anishinaabe), Department of Native Studies, Dartmouth College; Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman, Anishinaabe), Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Queen’s University, Ontario; Professor Marianne Mithun, President of the Association of American Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

This role poses an exciting opportunity to explore the practical and ethical issues in employing and promoting digital research methods, tools and technologies to the study of the indigenous record; and developing recommendations as to a sustainable future collections practice which balances the interests of indigenous communities, the British Library, and researchers. You will be encouraged in year one to use Student Development Funding and institutional funding to complete one or more short but intensive indigenous language competence courses run by secondary co-supervisor Mishiikenh in Ontario. You will use this acquired knowledge of Anishinaabe and work as closely as possible with indigenous communities so as to generate the first survey, identification and tagging of indigenous language holdings in a series of BL collections and to identify and improve catalogue records in relation to indigenous languages. You will begin by engaging specifically with BL Boarding School publications and the variety of material therein (primers, reference texts and indigenous creative output), before going on to explore dictionaries and religious texts in translation, as well as 20th century Native newspapers, activist campaign materials and literature by indigenous authors and poets. To help comprehend this work in indigenous context, you will be encouraged to explore methodologies linked to the indigenizing of both digital humanities research and collection practice, including ‚up-streaming‘, analysis of asymmetries of power within post or neo-colonial contexts and linguistic code switching as defined by Penelope Gardner-Chloros and others. You will also be encouraged to explore ways the British Library could bring the rich diversity of indigenous perspectives, notably those of indigenous elders, into dialogue with access portals and collections containing indigenous languages. A starting solution for this may be the use of ‘critical making’ methodologies and the use of collaborative metadata creation, prototype digital collections and portals whereby users have the chance to interact with language materials.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019.

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Stipendium des Bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten zur Förderung von Québec-Studien / Bourse du Ministre-président bavarois pour la promotion des études québécoises

Im Rahmen der Kooperationsvereinbarung zwischen Bayern und Québec bietet der Bayerische Ministerpräsident für 2019 wieder drei Stipendien à 2500,- Euro zur Förderung der Québec-Studien an. Das Stipendium richtet sich an Studierende aller Fachrichtungen, 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. 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.

Ausführliche Informationen sind hier hinterlegt.
Bewerbungsschluss: 30. April 2019.

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Appels à contributions: Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies N°87, décembre 2019 „Solitude(s)“

La revue a le plaisir d’annoncer un numéro spécial sur le thème « Solitude(s) » sous la direction de Cécile Fouache (Université de Rouen Normandie) et de Lorie-Anne Rainville (Université de Caen Normandie, rédactrices invitées, associées à la rédactrice en chef de la revue, Laurence Cros. Après les célébrations du cent-cinquantième anniversaire de la Confédération en 2017, et en ces temps de quête nationale pour la réconciliation avec les Premières Nations, la revue souhaite recevoir des articles qui apportent de nouvelles perspectives et des lectures innovantes du thème « Solitude(s) » dans la littérature canadienne. Si le thème reste large, seront bienvenues les propositions qui explorent les interactions culturelles et linguistiques entre les deux solitudes fondatrices et la façon dont le Canada français et le Canada anglais se décrivent mutuellement (ou non) dans la littérature et les arts visuels. De même, sont attendues des propositions sur la représentation des Premières Nations, souvent désignées comme étant la « Troisième Solitude » du Canada, avec un intérêt particulier pour les œuvres d’écrivains et artistes autochtones canadiens. Les autres solitudes du pays ne seront pas oubliées en ce qu’elles partagent avec les communautés minoritaires fondatrices des préoccupations similaires ayant trait à l’identité culturelle. Ces préoccupations soulèvent des questions relatives à la reconnaissance de l’Autre, à l’inclusion, aux frontières et aux limites (à la fois au sens littéral et au sens figuré) et la perception d’autres formes de limites et de catégories qui contribuent à entretenir ou au contraire à « briser les solitudes », pour reprendre la devise de l’ancienne gouverneure générale Michaëlle Jean. Il s’agit là d’idées indicatives et non exhaustives. //

The journal is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the theme of solitude(s), under supervision of guest editors Cécile Fouache (Université de Rouen) and Lorie-Anne Rainville (Université de Caen), as well as Laurence Cros, editor-in-chief. After the celebrations of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, and in these times of a national quest for reconciliation with First Nations, the journal is seeking articles that bring fresh perspectives and new insights to the theme of solitude(s) in Canadian literature. Although the theme remains broad, the editors would particularly like to see proposals that explore the linguistic and cultural interaction between the two founding solitudes and the way French and English Canada depict each other (or not) in literature and in the visual arts. In a similar vein, proposals are welcomed on the representation of First Nations, often referred to as Canada’s Third Solitude, with a special interest in works by Canadian Indigenous writers and artists. So too are proposals on the host of other solitudes in the country, which share with Canada’s founding minority communities similar concerns with cultural identity that bring into play issues evolving around recognition of the Other, inclusion, borders and boundaries – literally and figuratively – and the perception of other forms of limits and categories that contribute to maintaining or to “breaking down solitudes” to use former Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s motto. Please note that these ideas are indicative, not comprehensive.

La date limite/ submission deadline: 15-03-2019.

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CfP: Before Canada: Northern North America in a Connected World, ca. 1000-1800AD

McGill University, Montreal, Québec/Canada, 26-27 October 2019

This conference will look at the long-distance movement of people, goods and ideas that put Canada in touch with global circuits before there was a Canada.  For centuries, the northern half of the continent functioned as an unlikely international carrefour.  Long-distance travel under daunting conditions long served to connect far-flung peoples and places.  Starting out from the Bering Sea, Thule bands pushed westward across the Arctic rim toward Greenland and down into Labrador, just when Norse seafarers were approaching these same regions from the North Atlantic.  Basque whalers and cod fishers from western Europe visited Newfoundland and penetrated into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, coming every summer in large numbers and linking these regions to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.  Indigenous captives from the American southwest as well as Africans caught up in the toils of the Atlantic slave trade found themselves in involuntary servitude in Montreal and Quebec.  Well before the age of the railroad and the telegraph, canoe routes thousands of miles long were linking Indigenous nations of the prairies to Europe via Hudson Bay and the St. Lawrence.  The connections were obviously economic, but they also had political, cultural and intellectual dimensions.  The subject is one that Harold Innis pioneered in the 1930s, but his vision was highly eurocentric and imbued with the teleologies of settler nation-building. The time is right for a more balanced and decolonized appreciation of spaces and connections.

We welcome submissions from junior and senior researchers working in any relevant discipline, including History, Archeology, Art History, Literature, Geography. Proposals in either English or French are welcome.  The programme committee will make a selection from the proposals submitted with a view to establishing a varied and coherent programme.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019.

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CfP: Northern Great Plains History Conference as part of the Western Canadian Studies Conference „Intersections and Crossings“

Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba/Canada, 25 – 28 September 2019

The 54th Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held as part of the fifth in the series of revived Western Canadian Studies Conferences in Brandon, Manitoba, on Treaty 2 territory, the traditional homelands of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, and Métis peoples, September 25–28, 2019.

Proposals for individual papers and complete sessions in all fields of history ­– around the globe and across time – are encouraged.  This year, the Northern Great Plains Conference will be held in conjunction with the Western Canadian Studies Conference and we particularly encourage papers that explore or compare Indigenous and settler colonial experiences of the northern grasslands on both sides of the international boundary.

Please email proposals to James Naylor ( by April 12, 2019, indicating “NGPHC” or “WCSC” in the subject line.  The Northern Great Plains History Conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate student participants.  As such, prizes will be awarded to the best graduate paper and the best undergraduate paper.

Individual paper proposals must include a one-paragraph abstract and a one-page CV. Session proposals will include a session abstract, a one-paragraph abstract for each presenter, and a one-page CV for everyone in the session.  Proposals for roundtable sessions will include a session abstract and a one-page CV for everyone.  Please indicate any AV requirements.

People willing to chair sessions, or serve as commentators, are encouraged to email James Naylor (

Submission deadline: April 12, 2019

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CfP: Association for Canadian Studies in the United States 25thBiennial Conference „Canada: Forces of Inclusion and Exclusion“

November 13–16, 2019, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec 

The Association for Canadian Studies is pleased to announce the call for proposals for their 25th biennial conference.

Disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholarly inquiries dedicated to examining the conference theme of inclusion/exclusion in Canada and Canadian affairs are encouraged. In what ways can Canada be regarded as an inclusive society by the international community? What policies has Canada established and pursued over the past 150 years to foster and expand inclusivity? Have there been notable variations over time, across issues and governments, and in Canada’s approach toward inclusivity? How might these be explained? How is Canada currently positioning itself to embrace inclusivity given the variety of global concerns in the international community?

We welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students, professors, independent scholars, practitioners, and exceptional undergraduates. Scholars interested in submitting a proposal should forward a working title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with a current vitae (2 pgs. maximum) to the appropriate section chairs no later than April 15, 2019. Paper presenters must be current ACSUS members. Confirmations will be sent to participants by May 15, 2019.

The North and Arctic Studies Section Theme: Arctic Policy in Canada: Forces of Inclusion and Exclusion

Co-Chairs: Heather Nicol, Trent University,; Nadine Fabbi, University of Washington,; Mark Watson, Concordia University,; Barry Zellen, United States Coast Guard Academy,

The North and Arctic Studies section is calling for proposals with a focus on Arctic policy in Canada, including Canada’s Arctic foreign policy, the foreign policy of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the declarations and policies of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, policies developed by the territorial governments or the Inuit regions and communities in Inuit Nunangat, recent policies pertaining to the Northwest Passage. Who is included and who is excluded in a particular Arctic policy? How do Canada’s Arctic foreign and domestic policies compare to those of other Arctic nation-states? How does Canada’s first Arctic foreign policy compare to the most recent foreign policy, and to what degree were Inuit included in policy development? How is Inuit policy used to strengthen Inuit interests in domestic and international affairs or to provide greater social benefits? How do film or other arts express or respond to a policy agenda? Papers accepted to the North and Arctic Studies Section may be considered for Issue #61 of the International Journal of Canadian Studies, Arctic Policy in Canada (currently scheduled for publication in Fall 2020).
Submission deadline: April 15, 2019.

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CfP/ Appel de textes : International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue international d’études canadiennes

The International Journal of Canadian Studies will publish a thematic section entitled New Generation, in its issue #59 in early 2020. Scholars in their early career are invited to submit a manuscript in English or French that they have presented at a conference, congress or workshop in 2018 or 2019, in any area of Canadian Studies. The Journal is particularly interested in interdisciplinary work.

For this issue, we define “early career” flexibly. This includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and pre-tenure faculty members. Other profiles may be considered on an individual basis.

For further information, contact the editors:

Claude Denis                                    David Staines                                    Nadine Fabbi              

To submit a manuscript, consult “guidelines” at

// La Revue international d’études canadiennes publiera une section thématique intitulée Nouvelle génération, dans son numéro 59 au début de 2020. Les auteur-e-s en début de carrière sont invité-e-s à soumettre un manuscrit en anglais ou français, qui aura été présenté lors d’un congrès, colloque ou atelier en 2018 ou 2019, dans tous les secteurs des Études canadiennes. La Revue est particulièrement intéressée à publier des travaux interdisciplinaires.

Pour ce numéro, nous définissons « début de carrière » de manière flexible. Sont inclus les étudiant-e-s de cycles supérieurs, les chercheurs postdoctorants et les professeurs avant la permanence. D’autres profils pourront être considérés sur une base individuelle.

Pour plus d’information, contacter les rédacteurs :

Claude Denis                                    David Staines                                    Nadine Fabbi              

Pour soumettre un manuscript, consultez les “guidelines” à l’adresse

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GKS-Mitteilungsheft 2019 und ZKS-Ausgabe 2019 (69) erschienen

Das neue Mitteilungsheft der GKS ist erschienen! Das Mitteilungsheft wird im Auftrag des GKS-Vorstands einmal jährlich von Yvonne Völkl herausgegeben und enthält neben Mitteilungen aus dem Vorstand und Beirat eine Auflistung von kanadistischen Fachveranstaltungen und Publikationen von Mitgliedern der Gesellschaft aus dem vergangenen Jahr. Zur Feier der 40. Jahrestagung der GKS enthält das Mitteilungsheft 2019 auch einen Eintrag zu 40 Jahre Förderpreise. Es lohnt sich also reinzuschauen!

Printausgaben der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien, u.a. mit Beiträgen von der 39. Jahrestagung 2018, können ab sofort in der GKS-Geschäftsstelle für 10 Euro (inkl. Versandkosten) erworben werden. GKS-Mitgliedern steht die Ausgabe zudem exklusiv zum Download im GKS-Mitgliederbereich zur Verfügung. Eine Übersicht über das Heft finden Sie hier. Im Zuge der Veröffentlichung der neuen ZKS-Ausgaben ist die 66. Ausgabe von 2017 zudem nun vollständig freigeschaltet wurden. Alle Artikel der 66. Ausgabe sind unter frei verfügbar und können – ebenso wie alle bisherigen Ausgaben – mit Interessierten geteilt werden.

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Conference Announcement: Transformations: English-Canadian Writing in the Twenty-First Century / Le roman de l’extrême-contemporain au Canada francophone

Center of Canadian Studies / Centre d’études canadiennes (1999-2019), University of Graz/Université de Graz, Merangasse 70, MZR, Dec. 13-14, 2019 / 13-14 décembre 2019

Organisation: Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg, Yvonne Völkl

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Graz Centre for Canadian Studies, the Anglophone contributions to the conference will review Canadian writing in English of the last two decades, delineating important developments and charting the the position of Anglophone multicultural literature from Canada within an International or World Literature in English. Contributions will deal with the question of how contemporary Canadian literature in English has reflected transformations in Canadian society since the turn of the millennia. In particular, they will reappraise the cultural diversity which is central to an understanding of contemporary Canadian writing. They will investigate the ongoing formation of a specifically Canadian form of multiculturalism and of Canadian cultural sensibilities as acted out in literature. Contributions may deal with all genres, but should focus on the novel, concomitant to a volume on The Anglophone Canadian Novel in the Twenty-First Century that will be presented at the conference. They should address the variety of topics and genres represented by twenty-first century novels, and the multiple spaces covered by Anglophone Canadian novelists, including global spaces (Canada and/in the World), communal spaces (the multicultural metropolis, the cultural spaces created by First Nations writers), regional spaces as well as – in a figurative sense – historical and future spaces.

// Dans le cadre du 20e anniversaire de notre Centre d’études canadiennes, nous organiseront un colloque sur la littérature romanesque de l’extrême contemporain au Canada francophone. Cette thématique a accompagné notre travail depuis deux décennies aboutissant à trois volumes publiés en collaboration avec Gilles Dupuis chez Peter Lang (Francfort/Main2007-2016): À la carte. Le roman québécois. Au cours de ce colloque nous préparerons le quatrième volume de cette série, qui sera publié en 2020 et présenté au cours de la Foire du livre internationale de Francfort/Main.
Le recueil planifié à partir des contributions de ce colloque portera sur l’écriture romanesque entre 2015 et 2020 et sera de nouveau une radiographie du paysage littéraire québécois façonné par le roman, à travers une analyse du fait narratif en train de se constituer. Les questions concernant l’extrême-contemporain de cette production sont par conséquent nombreuses : Où se situe l’écriture romanesque du Québec à la fin de la deuxième décennie de ce siècle et de ce nouveau millénaire ? Se voit-elle encore liée au projet de la nation ou a-t-elle pris une trajectoire différente ? Quelle place occupe-t-elle au sein du champ littéraire que les nouvelles technologies sont en train de modifier en profondeur ? Quels changements sont intervenus au niveau de la conception et de la réception des romans, en rapport avec les nouveaux supports électroniques ? Quel type de panorama peut être dressé dans un monde où les valeurs et les pratiques de l’écriture et de la lecture sont remises en question ? Dans quelle mesure le roman peut-il survivre dans nos réalités multi- et transmédiatiques ?

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CfP: Transitions in Policy, Resilience and Identity: New Challenges in Indo-Canadian Studies

International Conference on Canadian Studies, 6 – 8 February, 2019, Centre for Canadian Studies, Jadavpur University, India

The nation building process of Canada has been fraught with politics of exclusions, marginalization and discrimination since her emergence as a European settler colony. Identifying the disjunctions within her ‘multicultural mosaic’ as one of the major ramifications of the differential equations of power between her Euro-Canadian, diasporic and indigenous population, is perhaps the first step towards combating such situations of conflict and contradictions.

In the light of these contemporary realities, the conference will seek to address the relevance and effectiveness of Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in the Canadian context, in its major themes and academic concerns. To what extent are these goals governing the social, political, economic and the ecological intricacies of the nation-building process of Canada in the recent times? Would they help propel the emergence of an idea of nationhood which is more inclusive in its stance? How are they, in turn, affecting her cross-cultural and trans-national relationships in the global context? In the light of these pertinent questions, the conference aims to adopt a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach towards interrogating the effectiveness of the UN mandated SDGs in Canada, with special reference to its impact on Indo-Canadian relations. More importantly, the conference would explore the crucial relationship between sustainability and the humanities, which would in turn facilitate a much-needed conversation on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development in the Indo-Canadian context. The conference also hopes to contribute towards a better understanding of the role of cultural policy in achieving sustainability.
An exclusive academic session focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the Governments of Canada and India, aimed at commemorating the 50th anniversary of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, would also be presented on the opening day of the conference.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended till 20th January, 2019.

See the full Call for Papers here.

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