ACQL’s Conferences

ACQL 2018
General Call for Papers


Formed in 1975 and in the centenary period that witnessed the ratification of Canadian biculturalism, ACQL has, over the course of 40 years, emerged as Canada’s principal association for showcasing bilingual research in Canadian and Québec literatures. ACQL’s annual conference will take place at the Congress of the Social Science and Humanities being held at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 26-28, 2018.

The general call for papers invites proposals in English or in French on research, teaching, and professional matters of relevance to current or prospective members. We encourage proposals for a variety of session types:

  • Paper Panel: Panelists present a formal paper of 15-20 minutes, followed by questions and discussion.
  • Seminar Workshop: Participants complete their papers in advance and distribute them to other seminar participants prior to the conference. Participants may still present formal papers of 15-20 minutes, although seminar organizers may all choose to shorten the length of presentations in favour of lengthening the discussion period.
  • Roundtable: Participants give brief presentations (roughly 5-10 minutes) in response to a specific question or concern, followed by discussion and debate with the audience.
  • Pecha Kucha: 20 images are displayed for 20 seconds each, with explanation or commentary keyed to the images.
  • Poster Session: Participants present visual representations of their research in an informal setting at a predetermined place and time.
  • Creative Session: Participants read work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or other genres, followed by discussion with the audience.
  • Professional Development Workshop: Intensive presentations, led by a moderator, revolving around issues of professional development that are of specific relevance to Canadian and Québec Studies, or around workplace issues of concern to members at all stages of their academic careers.

We welcome proposals for member-organized sessions in any of the above formats. Panel organizers may present their own papers in the session that they organize. Calls for member-organized sessions should be no more than 200 words. They are due on or before 31 October 2017 and will be posted on the ACQL website.

Please send paper proposals (no more than 300 words) with a short biography in Word or RTF to one of the coordinators listed below by 15 January 2018. Please specify the nature of your presentation (traditional paper, poster, pecha kucha, etc.).

All paper or session proposals can be written in French or English. Those who propose papers or sessions must be members of the ACQL by 1 March 2018. See the ACQL website ( for membership and registration information.

Coordinator (English)
Professor Shelley Hulan
Department of English Language and Literature
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 x36867

Coordinator (French)
Professor Scott Powers
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia (USA)
Téléphone: (540) 654-1995