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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Appel à communications : La modernité en revues. Pleins feux sur un siècle de revues québécoises

Les 29-30-31 mai 2019, Université d’Ottawa

Les revues constituent un moyen privilégié pour étudier les représentations que dresse une société d’elle-même. Ainsi, au Québec, avec le début de la querelle entre les régionalistes et les exotiques, opposant initialement L’Action française (1917) au Nigog (1918), un siècle de modernité s’ouvre pour les revues intellectuelles québécoises. Elles tournent alors la page sur l’âge prémoderne, revendiquent l’autonomie intellectuelle et se différencient, selon les registres et les spécialités, entre revues d’idées, artistique et savante (Fortin, 2006).

Des études fouillées ont déjà enrichi notre connaissance de certaines revues-phares, de leurs réseaux et de leurs idéologies. Le colloque « La modernité en revues » veut pousser plus loin ces explorations en invitant les chercheur·e·s en littérature, humanités et sciences sociales à venir présenter leurs travaux touchant au vaste corpus des revues québécoises des cent dernières années. Nous cherchons à comprendre le rôle primordial des périodiques et de la presse dans la structuration générale de la vie intellectuelle québécoise (Lamonde, Bergeron, Lacroix et Livernois, 2017 ; Cambron, Côté et Gagnon, 2018).

Date limite: 7 décembre, 2018.

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CfP: 40th AIW 2019 “Indigenous Economies: Sustenance, Sustainability and Sovereignty”

April 24 – 27, 2019, Poznań, Poland

The title of the 2019 American Indian Workshop “Indigenous economies: sustenance, sustainability and sovereignty” is based on the assumption that Indigenous economic practices should be seen as part of a holistic approach to life, well-being, culture and the environment. At the same time, with the gradual undermining of tribal sovereignty by European settlers, these practices have been reshaped by colonial and capitalist forces, and the subsequent resistance to them. Thus, the organizers of the 2019 AIW wish to provide a platform to explore the broadly-defined issue of Indigenous economies, and particularly to look at how the relationship between sustenance, sustainability and sovereignty was reflected in economic practices and lifeways of the past, and how it is perceived and practiced today.

Indigenous populations in North America are often quoted as some of the poorest and unhealthiest groups in their respective countries. These statistics can be attributed to colonial history and decades of hegemonic policy toward them – removal from and eventual loss of their traditional lands, relocation to reservations, forced assimilation, intense agricultural production, the resulting inability to practice subsistence farming, cultivate traditional foodways, reliance on nutrient-poor governmental food subsidies, and the continuing pollution of reservation lands and waters by oil and mining companies. Poverty is at the same time an effect of the misguided policies, and a major cause of many health problems. Although subjected to different rules and regulations, the Métis and Inuit populations in Canada too face some of the same challenges as First Nations communities in Canada. The organizers would like to analyze how Indigenous communities and individuals are countering the negative effects of political and economic oppression by both resorting to tribal knowledges and practices, and taking advantage of modern economic instruments.

Submission deadline: Dec. 15, 2018.

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CfP: ACSANZ Emerging Scholars in Canadian Studies Symposium

15 March 2019, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Thanks to the generosity of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University, the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) invites emerging scholars to a one-day symposium on Canadian Studies.

This symposium seeks to bring together emerging scholars—whether undergraduate or graduate students or early career researchers—to present their work and to engage in larger discussions about the state of global Canadian Studies. No single question will drive the symposium; rather, we hope that participants will use it as an opportunity to speak to how their research engages the study of Canada, and what they see as the futures of the field(s).

Participants will also have opportunities to discuss funding and publishing opportunities, and to develop new networks.

Presentations are invited on any aspect of the study of Canada, including, but not limited to, Indigenous Studies, literature, law, politics, international relations, language, history, Cultural Studies, the creative arts, and sociology. Contributions from across disciplines, including those taking comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, are welcomed.

The generous support of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University means that attendance at the symposium will be without cost to participants. ACSANZ will also offer three $350 AUD stipends to participants travelling from outside southern Queensland. Stipends will be awarded by the organising committee based on the merit of the accepted abstracts.

Submission deadline: Dec. 20, 2018.

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Appel de communications : Colloque de l’ALCQ « Sexe, genre et espace : dynamiques d’appropriation »

Organisée par Isabelle Boisclair et Charlotte Comtois

Cette séance aura lieu dans le cadre des Cercles de conversation 2019 de l’Association des littératures canadiennes et québécoises (ALCQ). Du 1er au 3 juin 2019, à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, à Vancouver.

Cette séance souhaite se pencher sur les rapports entre l’espace et les personnages, triplement marqués qu’ils sont par leur identité sexuelle, de genre, puis leur orientation sexuelle dans les œuvres contemporaines (2000 à nos jours). À l’interface de ces deux éléments, la sexualité apparait comme le motif privilégié pour saisir les dynamiques de pouvoir. Sans compter que ces identités de sexe/genre/désir sont redoublées d’autres aspects : âge, classe sociale, appartenance ethnique et religieuse. Le partage des lieux est toujours négocié en fonction de ces différents marqueurs, qui viennent pondérer l’identité, lui conférant plus ou moins de valeur, plus ou moins de pouvoir.

L’espace porte-t-il toujours les marques du genre? Celles-ci sont-elles modulées par des dynamiques intersectionnelles, et si oui, comment? Et qu’en est-il des identités sexuelles/de genre émergentes et minoritaires (LGBTQI+) ? Dans quels espaces ont lieu les rapports sexuels? Comment le corps s’y inscrit-il? À qui appartiennent ces espaces ? Enfin, quelles associations symboliques, quelles stratégies narratives, énonciatives et rhétoriques nous informent de ces dynamiques de pouvoir?

Date limite: 5 janvier 2019.

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Extended CfP: 16. Konferenz des Nachwuchsforums “Intersections of Gender and Myth in Canadian Culture and Media”

27.-29. Juni 2019, Universität Kassel

Vom 27. bis 29. Juni 2019 findet die 16. Konferenz des Nachwuchsforums unter dem Titel „Intersections of Gender and Myth in Canadian Culture and Media“ an der Universität Kassel statt. Die Frist zur Einreichung von Beitragsvorschlägen wurde verlängert. Den Call for Papers können Sie hier als PDF in Englisch und Französisch herunterladen.

Deadline: 6. Jan. 2019.

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