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 (email@example.com) and Dr. Andrea McKenzie (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 (email@example.com) and Gerald Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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)
• 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 email@example.com by August 1, 2013. A selection of papers will be considered for publication.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Travis Mason (email@example.com), and Janine Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
20th ATLANTIC CANADA STUDIES CONFERENCE
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, email@example.com
Address enquiries to Dr. Elizabeth Mancke, Department of History, UNB, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michael Boudreau, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, STU, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (for BSC members) or Barbara Freeman at email@example.com (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
– Page and politics
– Intersection between Page’s art and her poetry
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Completed manuscripts, together with an abstract and a brief biographical statement (100 words), should be submitted electronically to:
Professor Ruth Panofsky
Department of English
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3