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L.M. Montgomery and War
University of Prince Edward Island
26–29 June 2014

“And you will tell your children of the Idea we fought and  died for—teach them it must be lived for as well as died for, else the  price paid for it will have been given for nought.” — Rilla of Ingleside  (1921)

“I am thankful now, Jem, that Walter did not come back … and if he  had seen the futility of the sacrifice they made then mirrored in this  ghastly holocaust …” — The Blythes Are Quoted (2009)

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of  the First World War, a global conflict that would prove life-changing  for L.M. Montgomery and millions of her contemporaries. For the eleventh  biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the  University of Prince Edward Island, we invite proposals for papers that  consider war in relation to L.M. Montgomery’s fiction, poetry, life  writing, photographs, and scrapbooks, and the range of adaptations and  spinoffs in the areas of film, television, theatre, tourism, and online  communities.

Montgomery’s 1921 novel Rilla of Ingleside is one of the only  contemporary accounts of Canadian women’s experience on the homefront  during the First World War, but the War is evoked and implied in direct  and indirect ways in many of the novels, short stories, and poems that  precede and follow it. The Blythes Are Quoted, Montgomery’s final  published work, bridges the years between the First World War and the  Second World War, complicating Montgomery’s perspectives and thoughts  about war and conflict. Montgomery’s work has met with a variety of  responses world-wide during times of war and rebellion, from post-WWII  Japan to today’s Middle Eastern countries. Different kinds of wars and  rebellions also permeate her fiction and life writing—class conflicts,  family disputes, gender and language wars—sometimes humorous, sometimes  tragic. This conference seeks to take stock of the complex ways in which  war in all its forms has influenced Montgomery’s works and their  reception, both in Canada and around the world.

Possible topics include: the Great War anticipated, revisited,  remembered, and re-imagined; the politics of gendered witnessing;  Montgomery’s reception in times of war and conflict; chivalry,  patriarchy, conflict, and romance in poetry and fiction; war as an agent  of change; internal and external rebellion in relation to war; the  psychology of war in battle and on the homefront.

Proposals should clearly articulate the proposed paper’s  argument and demonstrate familiarity with current scholarship in the  field (please see http://lmmresearch.org/bibliography for an updated  bibliography). For more information, please contact the conference  co-chairs, Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre (ben@roomofbensown.net) and Dr. Andrea  McKenzie (acmcken@gmail.com). Submit a proposal of 200–250 words, a  biographical statement of 70 words, and a list of A/V requirements by new deadline 15 August 2013 by using our online form at the L.M. Montgomery Institute website at  http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/. Proposals for workshops, exhibits, films,  and performances are also welcomed. Since all proposals are vetted  blind, they should include no identifying information.

The Alice Munro Symposium
May 9-11, 2014
Department of English
University of Ottawa

Called variously “one of our greatest living short story  writers,”  “our Chekhov,” and “the living writer most likely to be read  in a  hundred years,” Alice Munro has made a lasting impression on  readers and  writers of short stories around the world. We invite  proposals for  20-minute papers on the significance and craft of Munro’s  short fiction,  for a symposium to be held at the University of Ottawa  as part of the  Canadian Literature Symposium series (http://www.canlit-symposium.ca/).   Participants are welcome to address such subjects as Munro’s   influence(s), the business side of her writing career, her American   impact and contexts, film adaptations of her work, her status in the   academy and the wider culture, her international stature, and Munro as   interview subject. Also encouraged are analyses of her work that focus   on the integrity of single volumes, distinct phases of her literary   development, her generic experimentation with family history, memoir, and autobiographical fiction, and the importance of place in her writing.

Confirmed participants include keynote speakers  Robert Thacker and  Charles E. May, Munro’s Canadian and American  editors Douglas Gibson,  Ann Close, and Charles McGrath, and her  long-time American agent  Virginia Barber. A panel of writers speaking  on Munro’s importance to  themselves and others will include Alistair  MacLeod, Lisa Moore, and  Robert McGill.

Proposals should be approximately 300 words,  clearly outlining the  text(s) and argument to be presented in a paper  designed for oral  delivery. With a brief (50 word) bio-blurb, the  proposals should be sent  to both co-chairs of the symposium, Janice  Fiamengo (fiamengo@uottawa.ca) and Gerald Lynch (glynch80@rogers.com). Please send proposals by email attachment as word attachments (.doc).

Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2013. Early submissions are encouraged.

Affecting Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today
November 15-17, 2013
Université de Montréal

Keynote Speaker: Patricia T. Clough (CUNY, New York)

Invited Speakers:
• Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand (Ghent University, Belgium).
• Belén Martín-Lucas (University of Vigo, Spain)
• Catherine Mavrikakis (Author, Université de Montréal, QC)
• Gail Scott (Author, Université de Montréal, QC)
• Maïté Snauwaert (University of Alberta, AB)

Following the success of the first international  conference on “Women’s Writing in Canada &  Québec Today” celebrated  in Banff last October 2012, the organizing committee is now seeking   papers for a second bilingual event that will take place in Montreal in  the fall of 2013. Focusing on the  first decade of the 21st century,  this conference will look at points of intersection between   contemporary Canadian and Québécois women’s writing and Affect Studies,  an interdisciplinary field  that has grown popularity across the  Humanities and the Social Sciences in the last two decades  (Berlant  2011; Clough 2007; Stewart 2007; Sedgwick 2003; Massumi 2002). Sharing  the urge  expressed by many theorists of affect, this conference aims to  expose the multiple directions in which  contemporary Canadian and  Québécois women writers are contributing to the transformation of   affect into an ethical, aesthetic, and political matter. Affect  theorists have insisted on interrogating  not what affect is but what affect does. In The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004)  and her “model of  sociality of emotions,” Sara Ahmed claims that  “emotions are not simply something ‘I’ or ‘we’ have. Rather, it is  though emotions, or how we respond to objects and others, that surfaces  or boundaries  are made: the ‘I’ and the ‘we’ are shaped by, and even  take the shape of, contact with others” (10). Affects then are not  property; they are not owned or possessed by subjects but circulate between  bodies constantly generating new encounters through spatial and  temporal processes of approximation, disorientation, and reorientation  (Ahmed 2004). Significantly, discussions of affective spatialities and  temporalities occupy a central position in the field of literature.

By urging participants to address Canadian and  Québécois women’s writing in light of recent  interventions in the field  of Affect Studies, this conference ultimately attempts to provide some   tentative answers to the following two questions: How does contemporary  women’s writing in  Canada and Québec mobilize feelings and emotions to  transform social realms? In which ways are  these women writers  contributing to the transformation of affect into an ethical and  political matter?

Proposals, submitted in English or in French, may address any form of contemporary writing by women in Québec or Canada, and focus on (but are not limited to) the following:
· Contemporary turns in the Humanities:
– the affective turn
– the ethical turn
– the material turn
· Affective communities
· Ordinary affects
· Ugly feelings
· Affective spaces and encounters
· Circuits of shame
· Loss and trauma
· Affecting temporality
· Cruel optimism
· The politics and poetics of touch
· Ethical choices and practices
· Rethinking subjectivity and agency through affect
· Affecting queer writing
· The body politic
· Economies of affect
· Corporeality and embodiment
· Interdisciplinary pedagogies
· Social movements and women’s writing
· Feminism(s) today meet affect theory

We particularly welcome submissions in the following  formats: 3-4 people panels, 10-minute  individual papers, posters, or  pecha kucha presentations. Please send a 200 word proposal and a 75 word  bio to cqww@ualberta.ca by August 1, 2013. A selection of papers will be considered for publication.

Organizing Committee:
Marie Carrière, Dir. of the Canadian Literature Centre (U. of Alberta)
Libe García Zarranz, 2010 Trudeau Scholar/ English and Film Studies (U. of Alberta)
Simon Harel, 2009 Trudeau Fellow/ Dir. du département de littérature comparée (U. de Montréal)
Daniel Laforest, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (U. of Alberta)

Canadian Literary Ecologies
Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, published at the University of New Brunswick since 1975, invites submissions to a special issue focusing on nature, ecology, and ecocritical approaches to anglophone or francophone Canadian literature,  to be edited by Pamela Banting, Cynthia Sugars, and Herb Wyile.

One of the most distinctive developments in late twentieth-century  literary  criticism has been the impact of ecocriticism, and in Canada,  as elsewhere, the country’s writers have exhibited a growing  preoccupation  with ecological issues, with the relationship between  humans and the  natural world, and with human impact on the environment. This current  trend, however, has a long genealogy; unsurprisingly, in a  country with  such a huge land mass and a relatively sparse population,  a concern with  nature runs through the history of the literature of  the country. While  the editors are particularly interested in  ecocritical approaches to  Canadian literature, more broadly we welcome  original submissions on  Canadian writing concerning nature, the  environment, and ecology, with  no limitations as to region, time  period, or type of writing.  Interdisciplinary approaches are also  welcomed.

Possible topics include:
• Ecocriticism and its particular implications for Canadian literature
• The nature/culture divide
• Literary representations of animals and/or natural spaces
• Rural and urban environments
• Borderlands and liminality
• Globalization, neoliberalism, and ecology
• Biodiversity and cultural diversity
• Nature, colonialism, and decolonization
• The exploitation and/or despoliation of the natural world
• The local, the bioregion, and sense of place
• Intersections between textuality and ecology
• Indigenous knowledges and becoming ‘native’ to a place
• Hunting, gathering, gardening, agriculture, and food
• Children and nature
• Environmental ethics, activism, and experimental pedagogies

Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words, including Notes and Works Cited. English submissions should conform to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition; French submissions should conform to Le guide du rédacteur (du Bureau de la traduction, 2 éd., Ottawa, 1996).

Please  submit essays electronically via Word attachment to scl@unb.ca.  Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2013,  with publication scheduled  for 2014. For more information, visit the  journal’s website at  http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/ or  contact Herb Wyile at  Herb.Wyile@acadiau.ca or Pamela Banting at  pbanting@ucalgary.ca.

Science & Canadian Literature
Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue of Canadian Literature dedicated to the subject of science in/and Canadian poetry and prose.

In the three decades since the last science-themed issue of Canadian Literature appeared,  much has changed in both literary and scientific circles. New  literary  theories have come to shape our critical conversations, new  Canadian  authors have emerged, publishing has been fundamentally changed  with  the advent of the Internet; at the same time, sheep have been  cloned,  food has been genetically modified, computers have shrunk to  pocket  size. And neither of these circles exists in isolation: each has   affected the other, with differences that have made a difference (to   borrow the language of ecologist Gregory Bateson) across the   disciplinary boundaries.

Canadian writers frequently engage science as a topic in both  poetry  and prose, and have achieved international recognition for this  work.  High-profile writers who have special literary interests in  science,  such as Atwood, Gibson, and Bök, are only part of the story:  many other  writers engage science as part of their oeuvre, including  writers of  poetry (Dewdney, McKay, Sarah, Outram, Ormsby), fiction  (Wright,  Bowling, Lam, Brand, Wong), and non-fiction (Grady, Major,  Suzuki,  Savage, de Villiers).

Science is commonly perceived as a universal, trans-national  entity,  but it is interesting to combine it with a national  perspective: is  there a way in which Canadian literature reframes  science as a literary  subject? Does a Canadian context influence  writing about science (both  literary and scientific)? Are there special  concerns or issues about  science that occur in Canadian writing? While  not all articles in the  issue need address the nationalism question,  we encourage submissions  with an eye to the Canadian context.

While the issue is focused on science as theme or form in  literature  (or on science as literature), not on science fiction or  speculative  fiction, studies that focus on specific scientific issues  or hard  science in science fiction (as opposed to social or political  topics,  ethics, etc.) are welcome (for example: genetic engineering in  Oryx and  Crake).

Suggested areas for investigation:

Scientific theories and Canadian literature
Scientific language and metaphors in Canadian literature
Scientific aspects of medicine and Canadian literature
Science, material culture and literature
Computers/computer science in literature
Science, the environment/ ecology/ natural history and Canadian literature
Scientist-biography as a literary subject in Canada or by Canadian writers
The representation of scientists in Canadian literature
Poetics and science in Canadian writing
Science and/as literary form in Canadian writing
Science and society in Canadian literature
Canadian writers of science in an international context (the Canadian expat scientist)
Canada as a scientific subject
The culture/science wars from a Canadian perspective
Science writing in Canada
’Pataphysics’ (the science of imaginary solutions, cf. Bök) as scientific/literary work
Science-technology in Canadian literature

All submissions to Canadian Literature must be original,  unpublished work. Essays should follow current MLA bibliographic format  (MLA Handbook, 7th ed). Maximum word length for articles is 6500 words,  which includes notes and works cited.

Submissions should be uploaded to Canadian Literature’s online submission system at canlitsubmit.ca by the deadline of September 1st, 2013.

Information: Amanda Jernigan (ahjernigan@gmail.com), Travis Mason (tvmason@dal.ca), and Janine Rogers (jrogers@mta.ca).

Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals
16-18 October 2014
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick

Canadian women have contributed enormously to public discourse, in  important but often under-valued ways. Across different generations and  cultural communities, women in English Canada and Quebec address key  questions that animate intellectual discussion, from concerns about the  environment and the economy to issues of social justice, racism,  poverty, health and violence. But are their voices valued and heard, or  are they subsumed in the general noise of public debate? Why are they  not accorded the attention and approbation they merit?

The concept of the public intellectual has come under considerable  scrutiny in recent years. Classic studies such as The Treason of the  Intellectuals (Benda 1928) or The Opium of the Intellectuals (Aron 1957)  have been succeeded by further investigations, among them The Last  Intellectuals (Jacoby 1987), Representations of the Intellectual (Said  1993), Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline (Posner 2001), Public  Intellectuals: An Endangered Species (ed. Etzioni and Bowditch 2006). In  2007, Toronto Star columnist Alex Good asked “What has become of the  Canadian public intellectual?” (“Woe is Us,” 8 April 2007) while Queen’s  Quarterly published essays on the matter by Michael Ignatieff (“The  Decline and Fall of the Public Intellectual” Fall 1997) and Mark  Kingwell (“What are Intellectuals for?” Spring 2011). Kingwell,  reflecting on Canada’s most important thinkers, acknowledges that  identification is controversial, but mentions McLuhan, Frye, Innis,  Woodcock, Grant, Gould, Jacobs, Atwood, Taylor, and Ignatieff. This list  is not untypical–most names are those of men. The National Post’s 2005  search for Canada’s most important public intellectual repeats this  bias; of the twenty-two individuals profiled, only four were women,  Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, Irshad Manji and Margaret McMillan.

Yet women in Canada and Quebec have spoken and written on subjects of  importance and concern in the public domain, from energy resources to  free trade, from economic inequality to policies on immigration, from  culture to medicine. Where are their names? Does the “public  intellectual” brand effectively exclude women? Does its evolving  definition take sufficient account of gender? of race? of class?

This national conference proposes to appraise women’s contributions  to dynamic discourse in Canada and Quebec. Scheduled in conjunction with  Persons Day, 18 October 2014, the conference will feature among other  notable participants (watch the website for updates!) Margaret Atwood, Nicole Brossard, and Siila Watt-Cloutier.

Proposals are invited for presentations that explore this topic. We  are open to a wide range of participation, from individual papers to  panels, performances, poster sessions, or other displays. Points of  focus might include but are not limited to:
• refiguring the public intellectual
• public intellectuals, activists, academics, artists, commentators: what are the relationships?
• conditions for the public intellectual
• Canadian/Quebec women as public intellectuals of the past/present/future
• the internet/blogosphere and the public intellectual
• the impact of Canadian/Quebec women’s voices in the public sphere
• substance versus style, whom do we listen to and why?
• owning public space, daring to speak out

Proposals for individual or collaborative presentations should  include: 1. title (up to 150 characters), 2. abstract (100-150 words),  3. description (500 words), and on a separate page: 4. a short  biographical note and 5. full contact information

Proposals may be submitted electronically by September 30, 2013 (note extended deadline) to DiscourseDynamics@mta.ca

ORGANIZERS: Christl Verduyn, Centre for Canadian Studies Mount Allison University, and Aritha van Herk, University of Calgary

A selection of papers will be considered for publication and a follow-up conference is foreseen in 2016 at the University of Calgary.

Images of Atlantic Canada: Past and Present
1-4 May 2014
The University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus, and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

The landscape of Atlantic Canada is changing rapidly as outport  communities lose people to the oil fields, as towns shutter mills and  businesses, and as urban centres grow. People from diverse fields are  struggling to make sense of the rapid changes: writer, Indigenous  leaders, scholars, activists, musicians, film makers, and public policy  advisers and makers. The 20th Atlantic Canada Studies Conference will  explore the shifting images of the region over the last half millennium,  but with a special emphasis on the last half century. The conference  will be held in Fredericton on the adjoining campuses of the University  of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University.

Proposals for individual papers, sessions, and workshops are welcome,  and presenters are encouraged to use formats that include diverse  media. Submissions may be made in English or French. Professionals from  all fields concerned with “Images of Atlantic Canada” are welcome. As in  the past, papers presented at the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference  may be considered for publication in Acadiensis.

Please send proposals electronically by 30 September 2013 to Beckey Daniel, c/o Acadiensis, bnd@unb.ca

Address enquiries to Dr. Elizabeth Mancke, Department of History, UNB, emancke@unb.ca or Dr. Michael Boudreau, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, STU, mboudreau@stu.ca.

Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions
A Special Joint Session Sponsored by
The CHA Media and Communication History Committee &
The Bibliographical Society of Canada

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 2014   (26 or 27)
(Canadian Historical Association/Bibliographical Society of Canada)

Media commentary about the Internet frequently remarks on the  breakdown of national borders that cyberspace facilitates, a  circumstance that allows for the development of international  readerships for online publications.

How seriously should we take the implicit claim in such commentary  that the phenomenon of publications crossing borders is a new one? Are  there not many historical precedents, small and large, for books  (manuscript or printed) and print media (of all kinds) that have made  transnational travels in physical form and achieved international  readerships? Does the existence of international copyright agreements  dating back into the nineteenth century not testify to the fact that  books and print media are veteran travellers?

We invite proposals for papers that reflect on the theme of  “Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies,  Theories, Methods and Questions.” We welcome papers that offer accounts  of particular books or print media that have crossed borders, of  publishers who have marketed their publications at both home and abroad,  or of the historic trials and triumphs of international copyright. We  also encourage papers that theorize the phenomenon of physical  publications that travel beyond their domestic market, or interrogate  the methodological challenge of researching such works.

Please submit a 250-word proposal, a one-page curriculum vitae, your  contact information, and a description of AV needs to:  Janet Friskney  at past_president@bsc-sbc.ca (for BSC members) or Barbara Freeman at  barbara_freeman@carleton.ca (for CHA members).

Deadline for proposals: Oct. 1, 2013.
Special Issue on P.K. Page
Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews seeks  papers for a special issue on the poet P.K. Page. Until her recent  death in 2010, Page was known as the “Grande Dame” of Canadian  literature, revered for her image-rich poetry and experimental prose.  Her artistic talents extended beyond the literary to the visual arts  and, as the artist P.K. Irwin, she became well-known for her paintings,  etchings, and drawings, which can be seen in galleries across Canada.
Submissions pertaining to Page’s poetry as well as those dealing with  her other artistic pursuits are welcome. Possible topics include:

– Page and Montreal
– Page’s relationship to modernism and postmodernism
– Page and the B.C. literary scene
– Page and feminism / eco-feminism
–  Sufism and Page’s writing
– Alchemy and/or the occult in Page’s poetry and art
– Influence on Page’s poetic forms
– Translations of Page’s poetry
– Life-writing
– Page and politics
– Intersection between Page’s art and her poetry
– Ekphrasis
– Page’s interest in cosmology
– Documents related to Page’s writing

The issue will be dedicated to Dr. Zailig Pollock, in  appreciation of his many efforts in facilitating Page studies across  Canada and his 30 + years of service to Canadian literature.

The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013. Papers should be no more than 6500 words and follow The MLA Style Manual. Please send submissions to michele.rackham@gmail.com.
Studies in American Jewish Literature: Special Issue on Canadian Jewish Writing
The peer-reviewed journal Studies in American Jewish Literature: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Theory is devoting a special issue to the subject of Canadian Jewish writing.   Submissions are invited that consider the poetry, prose, drama, life  writing, and creative non-fiction of Canadian Jewish writers.  Papers on  Yiddish writers, French writers, “lost” and lesser-known writers,  canonical writers, and contemporary writers—poets, novelists,  dramatists, memoirists, and essayists—are welcome.

In keep with the journal’s broad mandate—SAJL is interested  in questions about the aesthetic and theoretical valences of identity;  about the social, economic, cultural, and political history of  literature; about professionalization, canon formation, genres, and  periodicity; about gender and sexuality; about comparative and  interdisciplinary approaches to ethnicity and identity; about reading,  reception, pedagogy, and the institutions of interpretation; and about  the politics of criticism—papers might consider the shifting quality of  Canadian Jewish identity as it has been articulated in literary  production of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Papers that  investigate representations of the Jew and Jewish culture in Canada are  also welcome.

Submissions may explore the breadth and depth of Jewish Canadian  writing from a range of theoretical and critical perspectives.  Papers  that draw on original archival research are especially welcome.

Papers of any length (10 pages and longer) are invited.  Shorter,  note-length papers and review essays may be acceptable.  Double-space  manuscripts throughout; acknowledgments should appear as the first  (unnumbered) note.  In general, the journal follows the recommendations  of the Chicago Manual of Style.  The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2014.  Please direct inquiries and/or suggestions to Guest Editor Ruth Panofsky at panofsky@ryerson.ca.   Completed manuscripts, together with an abstract and a brief  biographical statement (100 words), should be submitted electronically  to:

Professor Ruth Panofsky
Department of English
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5B 2K3