CfP: «L’Anthropocène en question: arts, lettres, sciences humaines et naturelles»

Colloque interdisciplinaire, 12 avril 2018, Université de Sherbrooke

Dans le cadre de la 16e édition du colloque en littérature canadienne comparée de l’Université de Sherbrooke, sont invité·e·s étudiant·e·s, professeur·e·s et spécialistes des milieux pratiques de tous les horizons disciplinaires à se pencher sur la question anthropocène.

Dans son article « Écocritique et ecocriticism. Repenser le personnage écologique », Stéphanie Posthumus attire l’attention sur le changement de paradigme que connaît l’écocritique au tournant du 21e siècle. Alors qu’elle se centrait sur la nature et sur ses représentations littéraires (nature writing) dans les années 1990, elle s’ouvre progressivement aux représentations de lieux post-industriels, soulevant que les espaces intouchés par l’humain sont de plus en plus rares.

Ce renouvellement des pratiques écocritiques coïncide notamment avec l’apparition du terme « Anthropocène », renvoyant à l’époque géologique en vigueur depuis la deuxième moitié du dix-huitième siècle (Bonneuil, Fressoz, 2013). Celle-ci, caractérisée par un accroissement constant de l’empreinte humaine sur l’environnement depuis l’ère industrielle, fait état de l’influence des forces sociales et économiques sur la nature.

Il faut bien voir toutefois que la relation qu’entretient l’humain avec son environnement n’est pas unidirectionnelle. À l’instar des tenant·e·s de la géographie sociale (Di Méo, 2011; Massey, 1994), ceux de l’écocritique se penchent désormais sur les interrelations entre l’humain et l’espace, considérant que « le sujet écologique […] se construit comme un ensemble de rapport et d’interactions plutôt que comme une entité individuelle et isolée » (Posthumus, 2014). Or ces interactions procèdent aussi de rapports de pouvoir multiples reposant sur la classe, la race, le genre et l’orientation sexuelle; en rendent compte les études écocritiques féministes, postcoloniales et queer.

Deadline for proposals: Jan. 31, 2018.

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CfP: 11. Internationale GSNAS Graduiertenkonferenz „Follow the Yellow Brick Road? Challenging Approaches to Progress in North America“

Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, June 7-8, 2018

Notions of progress have remained pivotal to North American identities and academia. Discussions range from how “progress” may be evaluated empirically to whether the concept is a useful theoretical tool at all. In practice, visions for social and economic change are generally coupled with the idea of progress. Particularly in North America, competing perceptions of progress remain a driving force behind public and political discourses. Across the political spectrum, current debates often hinge on appropriations or differing interpretations of progress. These debates have intensified against the backdrop of technological innovation, sociopolitical upheavals, and programmatic schisms in progressivist movements.

The 11th Graduate Conference hosted by the Graduate School of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin will explore interdisciplinary ideas of progress and consider their relevance across numerous fields of research. How is progress framed in various academic dialogues? What functions do concepts of progress and progressivism fulfill in North American societies? To what extent have American values promoted or obstructed progress? Which counternarratives exist? What are the contested theories and methods by which progress can be measured, if it can be measured at all?

As an interdisciplinary institute, the Graduate School welcomes abstracts for individual 20-minute papers from political science, history, economics, literature, cultural studies, and sociology, as well as related fields of research. Graduate students (M.A. & Ph.D.) and early career scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline for proposals: Feb. 01, 2018.

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CfP: Colloque de jeunes chercheurs / Emerging Scholars Colloquium at ACQS Conference 2018

New Orleans, November 1-4, 2018

The ACQS is thrilled to announce an Emerging Scholars Colloquium to be held in conjunction with its 2018 biennial convention. With the participation of the Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises (AIEQ), we plan to host a pre-convention series of panels for graduate students whose research touches on Quebec, Francophone Canada, and Franco-America. Acceptance into this colloquium is competitive, and the scholars chosen will benefit from close connections with other graduate students as well as from mentorship from senior scholars who will be affiliated with the colloquium. The scholars chosen, whom we expect also to attend significant portions of the full ACQS convention, will receive some financial and travel support. We further will encourage the best paper(s) from the colloquium to be submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Québec Studies.

Deadline for application for the Colloquium: March 01, 2018.

Deadlone for submissions to the general conference: April 01, 2018.

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CfP: 1968 in Canada: A Year and its Legacies – A One-Day Scholarly Colloquium

September 28, 2018, Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8, Canada

The Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (New York), Fulbright Canada, and the Canadian Studies Program at Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts), in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History, invite paper proposals from all disciplines for a one-day colloquium entitled “1968 in Canada: A Year and Its Legacies.” The colloquium is open to proposals with a significant Canadian focus or explicitly comparative perspective. It will host a wide range of scholarly questions on the theme of Canada and 1968.

Deadline for proposals: April 01, 2018.

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CfP: The Genres of Genre: A Conference on Form, Format, and Cultural Formations (SANAS)

Swiss Association for North American Studies (SANAS) Biannual Conference, Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, Lausanne

North American Studies have always had an intense but ambivalent relationship to genre, as these narrative patterns have participated in nationalist processes as well as in narratives of resistance. Emerging at the beginning of the twentieth century from concerns about naturalism and realism, American literary scholarship after WWII avoided the politicized post-war atmosphere by making the ‘romance’ the quintessential American novel genre, while cinematic genres such as the musical or the Western contributed to amplifying the mythic dimension of American self-definition. Since then, American Studies scholars have pioneered influential work on melodrama, the American Gothic, the jeremiad and other genres. Concurrently, Canadian literature’s prominent nation-building narratives were framed as documentary tales of regionalism, historical novels and social realism before evolving into dystopian and postmodern fiction, most famously by Margaret Atwood. Thus, among the recurring questions posed by genre is the conflicted relationship between literature/art and ist social, historical, and cultural context. Terms such as ‘the political unconscious’ (Jameson), ‘cultural work’ (Tompkins), ‘narrative mode’ (Williams) and ‘performative’ (Austin, Turner) have been centrally determining, over the years, to help us understand how genres work and what they do. This conference therefore seeks to explore what roles genre plays in American and Canadian nation-building and counter-narratives, and how it evolves nowadays.

While the cultural concept of genre has been crucial in creating North American national literatures and identities, it shows equal potential for resistance, subversion and transformation of these constructed national characters. Thus, how does genre reconcile this seemingly contradictory potential for creating narratives of nationbuilding as well as counter-culture? How do feminist, queer, Indigenous, Latino/a, African-American/Canadian and Asian-American/Canadian writers use, appropriate, and subvert specific genres to resist and protest social injustices. How do they use genre to imagine alternative models or redeem social injustice? With Prof. Linda Williams (UC Berkeley) and Prof. Ronald Schleifer (University of Oklahoma), both experts on the role of genre in North American studies as our keynote speakers, this conference proposes to be a space for a renewed discussion about what genre has meant for North American studies as well as American and Canadian culture, and what its future might be.

See the full Call for Papers here.

Deadline for proposals: April 30, 2018.

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CfArticles: Special issue of Canadian Literature: Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings

Guest editor: Eva Darias-Beautell, University of La Laguna, Spain

It is now commonly accepted that Canadian literature has become a global literature, implying that any understanding of textual localities is traversed by vectors that exceed, complicate and extend the nation in physical, historical, and cultural ways. But the gaze is seldom reversed and little attention has been paid to the role of international scholarship in the current transformation and development of the field.

How are Canadian texts read and circulated beyond the national borders? What is the place of Canadian literature in the institutional spaces of universities outside Canada? How do those transnational contexts negotiate the relationship between texts and readers? Are there defining differences in the ways non-Canadian scholars approach CanLit? How does transnational scholarship influence, challenge, enrich and rescale Canadian literary production?

This special issue invites scholars of Canadian literature from around the globe to engage critically with any aspect of Canadian literary production, dissemination, or reception. Essays should implicitly bring to view the two-way direction of reading and writing Canadian literature globally, demonstrating the porosity of transnational scholarship as well as advancing innovative perspectives that may contribute to the rescaling of the field.

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2018.

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Roots, Routes and Recognition: Italian Canadians in Literature and the Arts

17th Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 7 – 9, 2018

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in collaboration with Italian Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Winnipeg, is accepting proposals for its 17th Biennial Conference to be held at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 7 – 9, 2018. The conference invites academic papers, literary readings (poetry, prose or plays) and artistic works in Italian-Canadian literature and culture that engage with themes of heritage, passages and appreciation. Writers and artists, academics and researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals to present new (or posthumous) creative or critical works in Italian, English or French. Graduate students and emerging writers are encouraged to participate.

For more information, please view the full call for invitations here.

Deadline for Proposals: Feb. 16, 2018. 

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Wilson Institute Prizes: Viv Nelles Essay Prize/Prix de l’essai Viv Nelles

The Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University is proud to, once again, award the $1,000 Viv Nelles Essay Prize. This prize is awarded to the graduate student term paper that best places Canada in a transnational framework.

The winner of the 2016 $1,000 Viv Nelles Essay Prize was Alexandra Montgomery, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania for a wonderful paper titled “Philadelphia’s Plantations: The Great Nova Scotian Land Boom and Reimagining the British Empire Between the Wars, 1763-1775.” To be considered for the award, a paper must be nominated by a graduate student or his/her instructor and submitted electronically, to the institute, no later than 30 January 2018. The winner will be selected by the Institute’s Director, in consultation with Wilson fellows and associates. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award. A plaque with their name engraved commemorating the achievement will also be displayed at the Wilson Institute.  We will present the award in Spring 2018 at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Regina. //

L’Institut Wilson d’histoire canadienne à l’université McMaster est fier de décerner, encore une fois, le Prix de l’essai Viv Nelles de $1,000. Ce prix est décerné à l’étudiant(e) qui produit le meilleur travail de recherche plaçant le Canada dans un contexte transnational écrit dans le cadre d’un cours de niveau diplômé.

La gagnante du prix pour l’année 2016 était Alexandra Montgomery, qui a produit une superbe recherche intitulée « Philadelphia’s Plantations: The Great Nova Scotian Land Boom and Reimagining the British Empire Between the Wars, 1763-1775. » Pour être considéré pour ce prix, tous travaux nommés par un(e) étudiant(e) ou son instructeur(e) doivent être soumis, par courriel, à l’institut, au plus tard le 30 Janvier 2018. Le gagnant sera sélectionné par le directeur de l’institut, en consultation avec ses boursiers et associés. Le gagnant recevra une récompense financière de $1,000. Son nom sera également gravé sur une plaque commémorative qui sera affichée à l’Institut Wilson. Ce prix sera décerné au printemps 2018 lors du congres annuel de la Société historique du Canada à Regina.

Deadline: January 30, 2018

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CfP: 29th Canadian Military History Colloquium

Hosted by the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, the 29th Canadian Military History Colloquium will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, from 4-5 May, 2018.

Conference organizers invite submissions on all periods of Canadian military history and war and society, but especially on 1918, the last year of fighting on the Western Front. Proposals are welcome from all scholars including students, faculty and independent researchers.

Keynote Speaker will be Elizabeth Greenhalgh, University of New South Wales, Canberra, author of The French Army and the First World (2014), Foch in Command: The Forging of a First World War General (2011), and Victory Through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World War (2005).

For further information, please click here.

Deadline for Proposals: Feb. 5, 2018.

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Research visit awards Félicité-Laflamme-Hoffmann at BAnQ

Three awards worth $2500 each are intended to provide financial support for researchers from outside Québec who want to do research in one or more Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) buildings to consult documents of a heritage nature. During their visit to BAnQ, they conduct research on an aspect or on a component of the archival fonds and heritage collections of the institution. The BAnQ research visit last a minimum of 20 days and a maximum of 120 days.

Application deadline: March 01, 2018.

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