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Canadian Women Writers Conference – Connecting Texts and Generations

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CWRC 1:

Canadian Women Writers Conference: Connecting Texts and Generations
An Interdisciplinary, International Conference
Canadian Literature Centre, University of Alberta
30 September – 3 October 2010

The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC, pronounced “quirk”) will provide a digital platform for new collaborations in humanities research. Supporting team-based scholarship, digitization and editing, and embedding its material in political, commercial and cultural contexts, CWRC brings digital arts into dialogue with other artistic practices that are part of a contemporary landscape of imaginative and creative work and critical research. CWRC has been successful in securing, under the leadership of Dr. Susan Brown (University of Alberta / University of Guelph), substantial funding from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and provincial funding bodies.

CWRC’s centerpiece is a Canadian Women Writers project, a radically interdisciplinary, collaborative and bilingual research initiative that will be developed across three primary modules: 1) a virtual archive of textual, visual, and audiovisual materials relevant to research in women’s writing in Canada; 2) a searchable, expandable, user-producer textbase of historical, bio-critical data on women’s writing in Canada; 3) an interactive forum/salon for the circulation of discussion, new textual, audio and visual material, and readers’ and writers’ communities.

This gathering will be the first of up to three conferences planned around this flagship project of CWRC.

This venture with multilingual, multi-genre, and multi-media content is anchored in the premise that digital and electronic instruments are key to enabling and producing new meanings in embodied, experiential, participatory ways. In coordinated collaboration with related major projects partnered with CWRC (TransCanada Institute; Editing Modernism in Canada; canadiana.org, among others), this Canadian Women Writers initiative aims to bring into alignment established and emergent histories, to integrate divergent perspectives on history, and to engage users as producers in a variety of textual, visual, and audio formats.

The conference will bring together scholars, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, and software designers, along with invited keynote speakers, to catalyze discussion — particularly on women’s writing in Canada, literary history, historiography, collaborative methods, and digital and feminist scholarship — through papers, panels, readings, and online hook-ups and demonstrations.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Nicole Brossard (Author, Montréal)
  • Louise Dennys (Executive Publisher and Vice-President, Knopf Canada, Random House Canada, Vintage Canada)
  • Lucie Hotte, (Research Chair on the Literatures and Cultures of Francophone Canada, University of Ottawa)
  • Smaro Kamboureli (Canada Research Chair, TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph)
  • Rosemary Sullivan (Author and Canada Research Chair, Department of English, University of Toronto)

We invite papers that illuminate the vast diversity of Canadian women’s writing, past and present, in all genres and formats (printed text, manuscripts, journalism, screenwriting,  graphic novels, songs, music, performance art, artists’ books), of all cultures, regions, and linguistic groups. Papers should be relevant to CWRC’s emphasis on collaboration and digital scholarship. They may:

  • comment on the critical reception of Aboriginal, minority and/or multilingual writing;
  • explore the potential for comparative study and analysis through an integrated online history and/or its implications for Canadian Comparative Literature;
  • pursue both historical specificity and trans-historical connections;
  • consider the plurality of Canadian women’s literary histories;
  • examine these histories in relation to various versions of the nation or a transnational perspective;
  • address the practicalities of the marketplace;
  • interrogate distinctions between popular and elite, subversive and insider writing;
  • investigate platforms necessary to make Wikipedia-like resources literary, creative, scholarly and extensible;
  • address the limitations of current available sites (e.g.,. lone databases) and the potentials of interlinked or integrated knowledge systems;
  • explore modes of circulating, disseminating and expanding an integrated history;
  • offer frames for reading digital works as media systems, social practices, or cultural networks;
  • offer examples of using digital tools to produce new kinds of cultural or historical analysis;
  • illustrate the emergence of new forms of technological infrastructure and media.

Forward abstract (500 words), along with a one-page CV, in English or in French, to:

clccollo@ualberta.ca

Deadline for submission:  15 March 2010

Members of the conference committee:

Dr. Susan Brown, University of Alberta/Guelph University
Dr. Marie Carrière, University of Alberta
Dr. Patricia Demers, University of Alberta
Dr. Cecily Devereux, University of Alberta
Dr. Carole Gerson, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Christl Verduyn, Mount Allison University

Address all mail inquiries to:

Canadian Women Writers Conference/Colloque écritures des femmes du Canada
Canadian Literature Centre/ Centre de littérature canadienne
Humanities Building 4-115
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E5

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CSÉC 1 :

Colloque Écritures des femmes du Canada : textes et générations en contact

Un colloque interdisciplinaire et international
Centre de littérature canadienne, Université de l’Alberta

30 septembre – 3 octobre 2010

Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC) offrira un environnement numérique pour de nouvelles recherches en sciences humaines. Cette infrastructure virtuelle de collaboration scientifique et technique sera le moyen privilégié pour le partage, l’échange, la diffusion et l’interaction des textes littéraires et critiques du Canada et leurs différents contextes socioculturels et linguistiques. Grâce à la direction de Susan Brown (Universités de l’Alberta et de Guelph), le CSÉC est désormais généreusement financé par la Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation (FCI) et des organismes de financement provinciaux.
L’axe central du CSÉC est un projet de recherche sur les écritures des femmes du Canada, une initiative foncièrement interdisciplinaire, collaborative et bilingue comprenant trois modules principaux : 1) une archive virtuelle de matériaux textuels, visuels et audiovisuels pertinents à la recherche menée sur les femmes de lettres du Canada; 2) une base de données textuelle évolutive de recherche et de production de données historiques et bio-critiques sur l’écriture de femmes canadiennes; 3) un salon/forum interactif consacré à la discussion, au partage de nouveaux matériaux textuels, auditifs et visuels ainsi qu’aux communautés d’auteurs et de lecteurs.
Cette rencontre sera la première parmi trois colloques envisagés dans le cadre de ce projet du CSÉC.
Cette entreprise multilingue, multi-genre et multimédia préconise que les outils numériques et électroniques puissent donner forme concrète et participative à de nouveaux sens. En collaboration dirigée avec d’autres grands travaux associés au CSÉC (l’Institut TransCanada; Editing Modernism in Canada; canadiana.org, parmi d’autres), ce projet sur les écritures des femmes cherche à aligner des histoires reconnues et émergentes, d’intégrer des perspectives historiques divergentes et de transformer l’utilisateur en producteur par rapport à divers formats textuels, visuels et auditifs.
Ce colloque rassemblera chercheurs, auteurs, libraires, bibliothécaires, éditeurs, concepteurs de logiciel ainsi que conférenciers d’honneur pour déclencher des discussions – notamment sur l’écriture des femmes canadiennes, l’histoire littéraire, l’historiographie, les méthodes collaboratives et la recherche numérique et féministe – émanant des communications, des panels, des lectures et des relais et présentations en ligne.

Conférencières d’honneur :

  • Nicole Brossard (Auteure, Montréal)
  • Louise Dennys (Éditrice exécutive et vice-présidente, Knopf Canada, Random House Canada, Vintage Canada)
  • Lucie Hotte, (Chaire de recherche sur les cultures et les littératures  francophones du Canada), Université d’Ottawa
  • Smaro Kamboureli (Chaire de recherche du Canada, Institut TransCanada, Université Guelph)
  • Rosemary Sullivan (Chaire de recherche du Canada, Department of English, Université de Toronto)

Nous sollicitons des communications qui éclairent la grande diversité de l’écriture des femmes du Canada, des origines à aujourd’hui, de tous genres et de toutes formes (texte imprimé, manuscrit, journalisme, scénario, roman graphique, chanson, musique, art de l’interprétation, livre d’artiste), de toutes cultures et régions et de tous groupes linguistiques. Les communications  doivent être pertinentes à l’attention que voue le CSÉC à la collaboration et à la recherche numérique. Elle pourront :

  • traiter de la réception critique de l’écriture autochtone, minoritaire ou multilingue;
  • explorer la manière dont une histoire intégrée en ligne peut céder à  l’étude et l’analyse comparées  ou les implications d’une telle histoire pour la littérature canadienne comparée;
  • se livrer à la spécificité historique et les rapports trans-historiques;
  • étudier la pluralité des histoires littéraires des femmes au Canada;
  • examiner ces histoires par rapport à de différentes versions de la nation ou dans une optique transnationale;
  • aborder les aspects pratiques du marché;
  • questionner le rôle des distinctions entre le populaire et l’élite, l’écriture subversive et soi-disant conformiste;
  • analyser les environnements nécessaires pour donner aux ressources genre Wikipédia leur aspect littéraire, scientifique et évolutif;
  • aborder les contraintes des sites couramment disponibles (par ex. les bases de données singulières) et les possibilités de systèmes de connaissances liés et intégrés;
  • explorer les modes de circulation, de dissémination et de déploiement d’une histoire intégrée;
  • proposer des manières d’interpréter des œuvres numérisées comme systèmes médiatiques, pratiques sociales ou réseaux culturels;
  • proposer des exemples d’utilisation d’outils numériques pour la production de nouveaux modes d’analyses culturelle et historique;
  • illustrer l’émergence de nouvelles formes d’infrastructure technologique et de média.

Prière de faire parvenir un abrégé (500 mots) ainsi qu’un CV d’une page, en français ou en anglais à :
clccollo@ualberta.ca <mailto:clccollo@ualberta.ca>
Date butoir : le 15 mars 2010

Membres du comité organisateur :
Madame Susan Brown, Université de l’Alberta/Université Guelph
Madame Marie Carrière, Université de Alberta
Madame Patricia Demers, Université de l’Alberta
Madame Cecily DevereuxUniversité de l’Alberta
Madame Carole Gerson, Université Simon Fraser
Madame Christl Verduyn, Université Mount Allison

Correspondance postale :
Colloque Écritures des femmes du Canada/Canadian Women Writers Conference
Centre de littérature canadienne/Canadian Literature Centre
Pavillon Humanities, salle 4-115
Université de l’Alberta
Edmonton (Alberta)
T6G 2E5

CFP: CCLA Meeting Congress 2010: Deadline extended (31 Jan 2010)

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CONGRESS/ Congrès 2010

Association canadienne de littérature comparée (ACLC)/
Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA)

May 28 – 30 mai
Concordia, Montréal, Québec

Connexions comparatives/ Comparative Connections

Pour le congrès 2010, l’ACLC vous invite à soumettre des propositions qui établissent des connexions d’ordre comparatif. Ces propositions, centrées sur le thème général de connexions comparatives, auront pour objectif d’illustrer, d’éclairer, ou de mettre en question les méthodologies comparatistes traditionnelles. Par connexions comparatives, nous entendons la dynamique épistémique et sociopolitique complexe qui informe les textes et les formations culturelles. Bien que les études comparatistes sous-entendent habituellement une perspective binaire, nous encourageons les études de cas ou les approches méthodologiques ou théoriques qui vont au delà de ce cadre d’analyse binaire. Nous encourageons plus spécifiquement les propositions qui s’attachent à montrer ce qui peut être révélé ou, au contraire, caché par la mise en place de paramètres comparatifs particuliers qui transcendent ces approches binaires et s’interrogent sur les multiples niveaux de connectivité qui caractérisent les textes et autres pratiques culturelles.

For Congress 2010, the CCLA invites presentations that make comparative connections and illustrate, illuminate or interrogate comparative methodologies in this light. By comparative connections we mean the complex epistemic, cultural and socio-political dynamics informing texts and cultural formations. While the act of comparison would normally seem to indicate a binary, we encourage papers that interrogate and transcend this binary perspective. Papers may focus on case studies or on methodological and theoretical approaches. The overall aim is to explore what can be revealed or concealed by setting particular parameters for comparison that move to an interrogation of the multiple levels of connectivity that characterize texts and other cultural practices.

Caribbean Enlightenment: 2nd Call for Papers: deadline extended 28th February 2010

An Interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies Conference, 8th to 9th April 2010, University of Glasgow

Keynote Speakers J. Michael Dash, Professor of French, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown UniversityKei Miller, University of Glasgow Nick Nesbitt, Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen

Call for Papers

In a speech widely regarded as instigating the series of events that would lead to the overthrow of the Lescot governmentin 1946, André Breton’s proclamation of Haiti’s ‘inalienable enthusiasm for liberty and its affirmation of dignity above all obstacles’ articulated the enduring revolutionary conviction in the Enlightenment-inspired principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. This artistic, cultural and political expression of a universal right to freedom and self-determination reflects the diverse and complex ways in which Enlightenment ideals have found expression in the Caribbean. From the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 to The Black Jacobins, surrealism, négritude, and the contemporary writings of such theorists as Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Édouard Glissant, and Wilson Harris, the interrogation of universality has both contributed to theongoing dissemination and creolization of Enlightenment discourse and has subjected it to a thorough critique. This conference aims to explore the various ways in which the site of the Caribbean, with its writers, artists, revolutionaries, anddiverse peoples, has adapted and questioned the legacies of the Enlightenment. Acknowledging the Caribbean’s crucial role in the Atlantic world, the Enlightenment’s history of empire building and slave rebellions, colonial domination and postcolonial nation-building, the valorization of reason and its role in the division of knowledge, will be interrogated against the dissemination of a discourse promoting universal human rights, democracy and equality.

This conference seeks to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives on Enlightenment themes, both historical andcontemporary, in order to trace the spread of a universalist discourse across the Caribbean. We hope to bring together Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone perspectives that explore figurations of the universal within the Caribbeancontext. Noting the region’s national and linguistic divides, this conference will expose the ways in which Enlightenment ideals have been adapted to express the particular experience of the Caribbean peoples. Finally, we pose the question: ‘Does the commitment to universalism amount to a totalizing discourse, or can universalism be revisioned?’

We invite papers and panel suggestions that deal with any aspect of Caribbean Enlightenment, but which may include:

Reason and Rule of Law Revolutions and uprisingsShortcomings of the Enlightenment: slavery and racismDevelopment of ‘improvement’ in technologies, medicine and languageUniversal Human Rights, Democracy, Marxism, Self-determination The impact of surrealismNégritude and the universalAppraisals of The Black Jacobins Contemporary Caribbean literature/philosophy and universality ‘revisioned’Gendered, gay, racial, and class perspectives on universalityReligion and the CaribbeanCaribbean thought and ‘post-continental’ philosophy.

Please send panel proposals and/or paper abstracts (300 words) with a brief biographical statement (150 words) to LornaBurns and Michael Morris at caribbeanenlightenment@googlemail.com by 28th February 2010.A limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available by application. Further details & a full call for papers are available at www.gla.ac.uk/caribbeanenlightenment

Joint Panel Proposal: ACQL-CCLA: Spatial Exclusion in Canadian and Québec Literatures

Joint Panel Proposal: ACQL / CCLA

Spatial Exclusion in Canadian and Québec Literatures

Domenic A. Beneventi, CELAT-UQAM

Spatial theory since the 1960s has had an important influence on recent literary criticism and cultural studies. Lefebvre’s notion of the spatial as a complex social process, Massey’s investigations of the gendering of space, Harvey and Sennett’s discussions of class, capital, and the body in spatial context, and the microspaces of dwelling and architecture discussed in the work of Bachelard, have provided new theoretical tools to think about representation, civility, justice, citizenship, and state power. As a result, discussions about materially and historically situated bodies and spaces have emerged, providing a fuller understanding of the layered complexities of place, one in which the spatial is informed and defined by specific social, historical, and economic forces, and by the psychological and social inscriptions which operate on bodies in various spaces.

CfP: Transverse 2009-2010: Censorship

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  (Voltaire)

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.  (Walt Whitman)

Transverse, the graduate journal of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Literature, welcomes academic papers, literary reviews, creative writing, and art on the topic of Censorship. The journal will be published online in the spring of 2010 at chass.utoronto.ca/complitstudents/transverse

CFP: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis Articulations Workshop

2010 ASCA International Workshop: “Articulation(s)”

March 22 – 24, 2010
University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) invites proposals for paper submissions and panel sessions for its yearly International Workshop.

How do we analyze, understand, and participate in the world? What are the ways in which we can think through concepts such as aesthetics, identity, politics, and space to articulate the object(s) of our inquiry? These are a few of the questions the 2010 ASCA International Workshop, “Articulation(s),” seeks to explore. The workshop offers a space in which we can reflect upon such questions and the methodological nuances, theoretical consequences, and political implications that arise when we interrogate (trans)national theories, disciplines, and contested object(s).

Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference: Call for Session Proposals

The 8th international Crossroads will be held in Hong Kong, June 17-21, 2010. Hosted by Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution, and organized by its Department of Cultural Studies and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Program, this will be the first time Crossroads holds this important academic gathering in East Asia.

CfP: French-Canadian Literatures Outside Quebec

Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Hilton Bonaventure – Montreal, Quebec

In her introduction to a recent special issue of Canadian Literature titled “Beyond Quebec: Canada’s Other Francophone Literatures,” Jane Moss observes that French-Canadian literatures outside of Quebec have “entered the postnational and postmodern age” (2005, np). In a recent special issue of the Quebecois journal Voix et images, Jean Morency makes a similar observation about contemporary Acadian writing, which breaks with traditional concerns about patrilineage and rural society in order to capture the perspectives of an increasingly urban, postindustrial French-Canadian populace whose traditional associations with nationality and territoriality have been radically revised.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Modernism and the Avant-garde through Ryerson’s Post Doctoral Fellows Competition

The Modern Literature and Culture Research Center (MLCRC) at Ryerson University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join an energetic, diverse, and widely published research team at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, an institution known for its innovation and cutting-edge scholarship approaches. The Fellow will work closely with the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and other members of the team to conduct research, author manuscripts, mentor graduate students and interns, and participate in research outreach activities. For more information on our ongoing research projects, see www.ryerson.ca/mlc. Both mentored and independent research experiences, as well as collaborations, are offered to the Fellow in preparation for a future research career. Ongoing training is offered in literary and cultural research.