CfP: Indigenous Popular Culture Across the Globe: An Edited Collection

Editors: Svetlana Seibel and Kati Dlaske

The proposed volume seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners of Indigenous popular culture in order to illustrate the cultural vibrancy, complexity, and importance of this emerging field. We therefore invite contributions from academics as well as artists, entrepreneurs, event organizers, cos players etc. Contributions may focus on any aspect of Indigenous popular culture in any of the geographic areas throughout the globe.
Academic articles should be 6000-8000 words in length. Contributions by practitioners of Indigenous popular culture can be of artistic/creative/analytical/(self)reflexive nature and allow for wider variation in scope, i.e. could be as short as one page (text, comic strip, image, etc.).

Submission deadline: Dec. 31, 2018.

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CfP: XVIII Canadian Studies Seminar – Canada Cuba Workshop on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

University of Havana, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Chair of Canada Studies, January 29-31, 2019

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019.

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CfP: Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress: A Gathering of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association

Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 3-5 June 2019

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association invites scholars, knowledge-keepers, writers, artists, and community members to reconsider dominant discourses of reconciliation through explorations of Indigenous literatures as literatures of truth, reformation, reclamation, resurgence, and redress. This conference seeks to animate “redress” as the missing word between truth and reconciliation in Canada. Without redress, reconciliation will remain a vague, imagined ideal of a happy, inclusive country where “sharing” means that nothing changes for either Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous Canadians. We are at a moment in time when talk about reconciliation proliferates while truth continues to go missing in numerous discursive arenas (corporations, governments, education systems). We suggest that between truth and reconciliation is a gap that can only be overcome by the restoration of and compensation for lands and resources stolen from Indigenous peoples. Beyond land and treaty rights, Indigenous sovereignty, languages, and kinship affiliations need to be restored. Indeed, some of the most vibrant invocations of Indigenous self-determination and calls to action come from our literary arts.

The Indigenous Literary Studies Association welcomes participants to consider truth, sovereignty, and redress in connection to Indigenous writings in their multiple and expansive dimensions, including discussions of literature, film, theatre, performance, storytelling, song, hip-hop, and other forms of narrative expression. We support diverse modes of creating
and disseminating knowledge. Prospective participants are invited to propose conference papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, and other formats for special sessions. Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, including at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion. In keeping with our desire to enable dialogue and community-based learning, we welcome session proposals that utilize non-standard or alternative formats.

Submission deadline: Jan. 15, 2019.

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Call for Submissions: International Journal of Canadian Studies

The International Journal of Canadian Studies is a bilingual, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal featuring the latest research in the field of Canadian Studies. Articles from IJCS have been cited more than 1,500 times and downloaded over 9,000 times in the last three years. The IJC Editorial board invites a broad range of topics and approaches in the study of Canada, including essays using comparative methods or multi-/interdisciplinary perspectives as well as proposals for special theme issues, based on conferences or with a Call for Papers.

Both the IJCS editors and editorial board welcome academics at any stage of their career, from Canada and beyond, to explore any aspect of the study of Canada. IJCS publishes full-length articles based on primary research. All submissions must undergo peer review and final decisions regarding publication are made by the Editorial Board. Visit for more information regarding submissions to IJCS, including guidelines for submission.

The International Journal of Canadian Studies is available online at IJCS Online and Project MUSE.

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New Publication: Fugitive Borders: Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century

by Nele Sawallisch

Fugitive Borders explores a new archive of 19th-century autobiographical writing by black authors in North America. For that purpose, Nele Sawallisch examines four different texts written by formerly enslaved men in the 1850s that emerged in or around the historical region of Canada West (now known as Ontario) and that defy the genre conventions of the classic slave narrative. Instead, these texts demonstrate originality in expressing complex, often ambivalent attitudes towards the so-called Canadian Promised Land and contribute to a form of textual community-building across national borders. In the context of emerging national discourses before Canada’s Confederation in 1867, they offer alternatives to the hegemonic narrative of the white settler nation.

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New Publication: Necessary Travel: New Area Studies and Canada in Comparative Perspective

edited by Susan Hodgett and Patrick James, contributions by Ibrahim A. I. Alfraih; Abdelkarim Amengay; Charles R. Batson; Colin Coates; Claude Denis; Peter Gatrell; Nicolas Albertoni Gomez; Claus Bech Hansen; Susan Hodgett; Stephen Hutchings; Patrick James; Caroline Rosenthal; Christopher Sabatini; Mandy Sadan and Zahia Smail Salhi

Recent, unpredictable incidents in diverse locations – Paris, Nice, Ankara, Sinai, California, Manchester and London – reinforce how governments and scholars must look beneath the surface for understanding of the turbulent post-9/11world. In particular, what does ‘expertise’ mean in this new era? This book answers that question? The volume is about a particular kind of expert – a type suffering from ‘bad press’ for a long time – namely, scholars who carry out area-based research. The term ‘expert’ itself even comes in for some humor about how it might be defined – someone who knows more and more, about less and less, until eventually they know everything about nothing. Behind the old joke is a grain of truth: Expert standing becomes unimpressive to us, in both intellectual and practical terms, when it is seen as parochial and lacking in vision.
This volume will explore Area Studies (AS), a prominent type of expertise, along a range of dimensions. As we move towards the third decade in the new millennium, attention shifts to the somewhat unexpectedly positive future of NewArea Studies (NAS) as a resurgent intellectual movement. NAS has departed from what the editors have dubbed Traditional Area Studies (TAS) – commonplace till the millennium. Both the editors of this volume, and its contributors, are leading scholars in area-based work across continents. Together they have participated and observed as area-oriented research struggled to overcome protracted and intense criticism since the Cold War. Thus, the volume marks the resurgence of area-based research in its new guise as NAS – the crux – understanding increasing complexity around a shrinking globe.
Taken together, the contents of this volume make the the case for a New Area Studies grounded in necessary travel, using new and wider methodologies involving reflective practice and production of knowledge with local people. It argues the necessity of such broad and deep approaches in order to appreciate what is going on in the world in the 21st century and to help us see off the arrival of more and increasingly nasty unpredictable shocks.

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Forthcoming Publication: Indianthusiasm: Indigenous Responses

Edited by Hartmut Lutz, Florentine Strzelczyk and Renae Watchman

Wilfried Laurier University Press, June 2019

Indianthusiasm refers to the European fascination with, and fantasies about, Indigenous peoples of North America, and has its roots in nineteenth-century German colonial imagination. Often manifested in romanticized representations of the past, Indianthusiasm has developed into a veritable industry in Germany and other European nations: there are Western and so-called “Indian” theme parks and a German hobbyist scene that attract people of all social backgrounds and ages to join camps and clubs that practise beading, powwow dancing, and Indigenous lifestyles.

Containing interviews with twelve Indigenous authors, artists, and scholars who comment on the German fascination with North American Indigenous Peoples, Indianthusiasm is the first collection to present Indigenous critiques and assessments of this phenomenon. The volume connects two disciplines and strands of scholarship: German Studies and Indigenous Studies, focusing on how Indianthusiam has created both barriers and opportunities for Indigenous peoples with Germans and in Germany.

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Call for Applications: Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships

The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships are offered to help support individuals wishing to visit London to use the British Library’s collections relating to North America (the USA, Canada and the greater Caribbean).
The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships are directed to all kinds of serious researchers who have the potential to produce something new, exciting, challenging and different as a result of their research into the North American collections of the British Library. We therefore welcome not only applicants from academic backgrounds working on scholarly research, but also from creative practitioners working on artistic and cultural projects. This means that research towards a doctoral degree, an academic monograph or article, a poetry collection, a theatre production, a body of painting or sculpture, a new fashion collection…all these kinds of projects and more will be considered. Funding is available to individuals based in the UK, Europe, Canada, the United States and the greater Caribbean.

Application deadline: Jan. 4, 2019.

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CfP: 44th BACS-Annual Conference “The State and Canada”

The next British Association for Canadian Studies Annual Conference will be taking place on 11-13 April 2019 in London, UK! The topic of the conference will be “The State and Canada.”
For the full call for papers and information how to apply,

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2018.

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Appel de communications : Élargir le spectre : Le rôle des textes

La Société bibliographique du Canada, Congrès des sciences humaines de Vancouver

Les 3 et 4 juin 2019, bibliographes et historiens du livre se réuniront au Congrès des Sciences Humaines tenu à Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, afin d’étudier le rôle des textes comme vecteurs de conversations entre Canadiens de toutes les époques et d’examiner la mutation des formes du livre alors que celui-ci se décline à travers de multiples plateformes interactives et numériques.

Date limite: 30 novembre 2018.

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