Call for Papers ALCQ Congress London 2020

ACQL 2020 – Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism

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 Humanities and Social Sciences being held at Western University in London, Ontario from May 30 to June 1, 2020.

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.
  • 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. ACQL strongly encourages bilingual workshops.

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 2019 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 6 January 2020. 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 2020. See the ACQL website ( for membership and registration information.


Coordinator (English)

Thomas Hodd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Département d’anglais
Université de Moncton
18, avenue Antonine Maillet
Moncton, NB
E1A 3E9
Telephone: (506) 858-4247

Coordinator (French)

Julien Defraeye, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Romance Languages Department
St. Thomas University
51 Dineen Drive
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5G3
Telephone: (506) 452-0447