General Call for Papers for 2022 Annual Conference

Founded in 1975 in the wake of Canada’s official ratification of multiculturalism, the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures has, over more than 45 years, emerged as Canada’s premier association for showcasing multilingual and transnational research in Canadian and Québec literatures. This year, ACQL’s annual conference will take place online from Thursday, May 26th to Saturday, May 28th, 2022. We invite proposals on any aspect of literatures in Canada and Québec.


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. ACQL strongly encourages bilingual sessions as well as thematic and methodological research that focuses on issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. 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 are encouraged to limit their presentations to 8-12 minutes to promote a substantial 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.

Individual paper proposals

Please submit paper proposals (no more than 300 words) with a short biography in Word or RTF by Monday 31 January 2022. 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, and should be submitted via the ACQL website. Those who propose papers or sessions must be members of the ACQL by Tuesday 1 March 2022. See the ACQL website ( for membership and registration information.

Please note that we are now using an online submission portal. Upload all proposals to our website here:

Coordinator (French)

Matthew Cormier, Ph.D.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of English

University of Toronto (Scarborough)

1265 Military Trail,

Toronto, ON M1C 1A4


Telephone: (506) 227-8810


Coordinator (English)

Laurel Ryan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of English

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

P.O. Box 43719

Lafayette, LA 70504

United States

Telephone: (337) 482-6908