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CFP: Spaces of Collaboration in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island

CALL FOR PAPERS

Spaces of Collaboration in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island

In response to Congress 2019’s theme, “Circles of Conversation,” which proposes to “open up
spaces for dialogue, debate and dissent,” this panel seeks to question the possibilities offered by
collaboration as a mode of literary engagement in the field of Indigenous literatures, for both
writers and researchers. Collaborative writing plays an important role in the production of
anticolonial discourses in circulation today: it transforms existing literary and critical spaces and
establishes sovereign literary spaces. Yet collaborations are also places of tensions and yield
conflicting projects. Thus, we are asking what, in fact, is understood by “Circles of
Conversation,” and wish to consider its limitations.
This panel aims to explore the role of collective works like creative anthologies such as Without
Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003), Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous
LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology (2016); Amun (2016) and Tracer un chemin: Meshkanatsheu: écrits des
Premiers Peuples (2017); critical anthologies such as A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by
North American Indian Women (1983), Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective
(2008) and Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (2016); as well as
epistolary exchanges such as Aimititau! Parlons-nous! (2008) and Kuei! Je te salue:
Conversations sur le racisme (2016). We will also consider collaboration more broadly, referring
to the relationships that make talks, publications and events possible. Works by a single author
can be collaborative, such as Roseanna Deerchild’s Calling Down the Sky, which is the result of
a mother-daughter collaboration. In thinking about the multifaceted collaborations that make
creative work possible, we are forced to consider the materiality of expression. What are the
roles played by family, community, authors’ and artists’ circles, publishing houses and event
programmers in literary and artistic productions? How do collaborative projects encourage one to
think with others as well as think about others? What are the ethical considerations for creative
and critical practices that must be undertaken in relation to communities?
In an attempt to break down barriers in Indigenous literary studies, this panel encourages
participants to consider Indigenous works in an Indigenous language, in French or in English.
We strongly encourage presenters to reflect on their own subject position in their papers. Several
possible topics include:

• the translation of Indigenous languages and/or between colonial languages (L. Moyes; I.
St-Amand);
• shifts between genres, mediums (text and image) and cultural spaces;
• comparative analyses of the Francophone and Anglophone contexts in Canada;
• collaboration among disciplines (feminism, queer studies, afrofuturism, ecopolitics, etc.);
• collaborative genres: anthologies, epistolary exchanges, theatre, cinema and other
creations done alongside others;
• the history of Indigenous literary studies and research methodologies (D. Reder; S.
McKegney);
• historical perspectives on collaboration and “as-told-to” narratives (S. McCall);
• editorial tensions (for example in the work of M. Campbell, M. Aodla Freeman, L.
Maracle);
• collaborative research, literary and activist events, encounters between Indigenous
communities and the academy;

• research protocols and collaborative research in literary studies: “co-building” and “two-
eyed seeing” (First Nations in Quebec and Labrador’s Research Protocol, 2014).

Organizers :
Élise Couture-Grondin
University of Toronto
elise.couture.grondin@mail.utoronto.ca

Isabella Huberman
University of Toronto
isabella.huberman@mail.utoronto.ca

The deadline to submit an abstract (250-300 words) is January 5th, 2019.
Papers can be presented in French, in English or in both languages. Those who submit an
abstract will receive a notification from the panel organizers regarding their decision before
January 20th, 2019. If you wish to present at this panel, you must have registered as a member of
either ILSA or APFUCC. Participants must also pay the SSHRC Congress registration fee.
Please note that APFCUC offers reduced rates on the membership and conference fees until
March 31st, 2019. In order to appear in the program of APFUCC, participants must pay all fees
by April 15th, 2019.
You can only submit one paper proposal for Congress 2019. All papers must be presented in
person, even in the case of collaborations.

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Each issue sells for $7.95 plus GST and shipping, and annual subscriptions are available for $25.95 plus GST. Cheques should be made payable to “Eighteen Bridges, University of Alberta”.

Please mail to: Eighteen Bridges magazine, c/o The Canadian Literature Centre, 3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5.

Print copies can also be purchased at the following locations:

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Brown Bag Lunch Reading | Darrel McLeod

Join us on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 for this special Brown Bag Lunch Reading in collaboration with LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival featuring Darrel McLeod. This reading will take place at 12:00 PM (noon) in Rutherford Library South 2-09 on the University of Alberta campus.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available. A question period and door prize will follow the reading.

Brown Bag Lunch | Katherena Vermette

Please join us on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon), in Rutherford Library South 2-09, for a Brown Bag Lunch with Métis writer, Katherena Vermette.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available. A question period and door prize will follow the reading.

Brown Bag Lunch | Gwen Benaway

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon), in Rutherford Library South 2-09, for a Brown Bag Lunch with First Nations poet, Gwen Benaway.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available. A question period and door prize will follow the reading.

Brown Bag Lunch | Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

Please join us on Friday, March, 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) in Rutherford Library South 2-09 for a Brown Bag Lunch with poet and actress Natasha Kanapé Fontaine.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available. A question period and door prize will follow the reading.

 

Brown Bag Lunch | Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Please join us on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) in Rutherford Library South 2-09 for a Brown Bag Lunch with poet, spoken-word artist, publisher, editor and collaborator Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available. A question period and door prize will follow the reading.

2018 CLC Kreisel Lecture: Michael Crummey

Twelfth Annual CLC Kreisel Lecture: “Most of What Follows is True” by Michael Crummey

The past twenty-five years have witnessed the flowering of a Newfoundland literature that has had a significant presence on the national and international stage. The place and its people have featured in the work of writers such as Annie Proulx, Wayne Johnston and Lisa Moore, all of whom have been published to acclaim in countries around the world. The emergence of a significant body of fiction in which Newfoundland’s culture and history figures prominently has done much to influence the image of Newfoundland that people from the province and in the outside world “see.” And it has also raised niggling questions about the use of history and real-life figures to animate fictional stories. Is there a limit to the liberties a writer can take with the real world? Is there a point at which a fictionalization of history becomes a falsification of history? What responsibilities do writers have to their readers, and to the historical and cultural materials they exploit as sources?

Using Newfoundland and its recent literature as a case study, and drawing on Michael Crummey’s own experience appropriating historical characters to fictional ends, “Most of What Follows is True” is an examination of the complex relationship between fact and fiction, between the “real world” and the stories we tell to explain the world to ourselves.

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: The Timms Centre for the Arts (87th Avenue and 112th Street NW, University of Alberta campus)

Price: Pay What You Can

 

Edmonton Poetry Festival/CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading featuring Marilyn Dumont

This year’s joint Edmonton Poetry Festival/ CLC Brown Bag Lunch will take place on Wednesday, April, 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) and will feature acclaimed poet and U of A faculty member Marilyn Dumont. The event will take place in 2-09 Rutherford Library South.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will be available.

 

CLC Celebrates New Special Issue: Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production

The special issue “Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” is now out with Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.

Co-edited by CLC Research Affiliate Libe García Zarranz, along with Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, the issue features a foreword from our very own director Marie Carrière. The special issue also includes the work of executive board member Maïté Snauwaert, along with a number of other affiliates of the centre.

“Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” was in part inspired by a conference organized by the CLC and the Université de Montréal (and with thanks to the Trudeau Foundation), which occurred in Fall 2013: Part II of the Conference on Women’s Writing in Canada and Québec – “Affecting Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today.”

To view the issue, click here.