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2019 CLC Research Seminar: Re/Placing Language

2019 CLC Research Seminar: Re/Placing LanguageSéminaire de recherche du CLC: Re/placer le langage


Join us for this year’s CLC Research Seminar, where three EFS scholars will gather to discuss their work in relation to our theme “Re/Placing Language.”  Jordan Abel (Assistant Lecturer, EFS), Matthew Cormier (Graduate Student, EFS), and Kristine Smitka (Instructor, EFS) will each deliver a paper on this theme.


Tuesday, March 19, 20193:30 – 5:30 PMSalter Reading Room (HC 3-95)All are welcome, and refreshments will be servedAbstracts:

“Unsettled Territory” 

Jordan Abel

In this short artist talk, Jordan Abel will discuss his concrete work “Cartography (12)”—a piece that was recently commissioned by the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver that continues work that started in his second book Un/inhabited (Project Space Press/Talonbooks)—in relation to questions about land, Indigenous knowledges, and the imaginative space of poetry. 

Aca-data Linguistics: A Digital Study of Chiac in Acadian France Daigle’s Pour sûr

Matthew Cormier

In studying representations of Acadian identity in France Daigle’s Pour sûr (2011) by using digital methods and visualizations, I must consider how to engage with the novel’s treatment of Chiac, the Acadian, Francophone dialect that includes English and remnants of archaic French. Chiac’s fluidity, in both practicality and definition, makes it difficult to quantify and analyze, begging a question that, historically, troubles digital humanists and linguists alike: data or capta? Data—what is given as fact—and capta—what is taken as fact— in studies complicate the integrity of both linguistic and digital analysis. My talk will chronicle my work through the issue of “data or capta” in attempting to digitize Chiac’s representation in Daigle’s Pour sûr as an integral constituent of Acadie’s cultural fabric.

Re/Placing Tenure”

Kristine Smitka

The concept of tenure originated in the twelfth-century, where it was associated with mobility: a scholar’s right to travel throughout the Holy Roman Empire without fear of attack. My talk, “Re/Placing Tenure,” traces the etymological permutations of the word ‘tenure’ from its roots in guild culture, the precursor of modern-day unions, to its purchase within popular culture as a symbol of privileged entrenchment. This shifting term will be placed within the context of current labour conditions in Canadian—publicly-funded—universities, where more and more employees work outside of a tenure-track system. Central to the presentation will be the disambiguation of the terms academic freedom, job security, and tenure. In so doing, this talk aims to address the research seminar’s goal of addressing “language relating to place, space, or location” by opening a conversation regarding the language that frames not only academic work, but also the relational experience of colleagues who are described using different terminology.

2019 CLC Poetry Contest!

The 2019 CLC Poetry Contest is back and seeking the best poem in French or in English that Alberta students have to offer! This contest is open to all students at any level at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and Athabasca University. This year’s winner will be awarded $500, plus books donated by NeWest Press, the University of Alberta Press, and Athabasca University Press.
Terms of participation:

  • One poem per student, maximum one page, in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format; NO identifying information on the document.
  • Include name, email, phone number, mailing address, departmental and University affiliation in the body of the email.
  • Email clccomm@ualberta.ca with the subject line: Last Name: CLC Poetry Contest

Deadline for submissions: March 29, 2019.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Hannah McGregor & Chelsea Vowel

Join us for this special CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading and Secret Feminist Agenda podcast recording with Hannah McGregor and Chelsea Vowel.

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, a feminist podcaster, and a CanLit killjoy. She co-hosts the popular Harry Potter podcast Witch, Please, and hosts the slightly less popular podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways were enact our feminism in our daily lives. She lives in Vancouver on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, and has two cats; one is named after a poet, and the other is named after a breakfast.

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne), Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a Bed and LLB, and is currently a graduate student and online Cree language coordinator at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Co-host of the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space and author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins Launch

CanLit—the commonly used short form for English Canadian Literature as a cultural formation and industry—has been at the heart of several recent public controversies. Why? Because CanLit is breaking open to reveal the accepted injustices at its heart. It is imperative that these public controversies and the issues that sparked them be subject to careful and thorough discussion and critique. Refuse: CanLit in Ruins provides a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently.

Join us for a cinq à sept to celebrate the launch of this important and powerful volume, co-edited by Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker, at its Edmonton launch on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. From 5:00 – 7:00 PM, in the Student Lounge of the University of Alberta’s Old Arts Building, you’ll hear amazing work of refusal and hope from CJ Bogle, Marilyn Dumont, Nikki Reimer and Chelsea Vowel (among others), and have the chance to mingle and discuss Canadian literature over drinks and bites. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Student Lounge
Old Arts Building
University of Alberta Campus

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Amber Dawn

Join us for this CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with poet, novelist, and memoirist Amber Dawn.

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her debut novel Sub Rosa (2010) won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015) was a finalist for BC Book Award’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the editor of two queer anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire (2009) and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (2005).

Her sophomore novel, Sodom Road Exit is forthcoming Spring 2018, and probes themes of systemic poverty, trauma, vengeful ghosts and lesbian desire, all set in a failed amusement park town in the early ‘90s.

Friday, February 15, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Joshua Whitehead

Don’t miss this CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with Joshua Whitehead! Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prized and a finalist for Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He is also author of the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017) and the winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016. Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7).

Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Dionne Brand

Don’t miss the 2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture to be delivered by Dionne Brand. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award, will give a lecture titled “An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading.” Brand will be introduced by bestselling author Lawrence Hill.

Brand’s talk takes up her reading of early and persistent narratives that mark and spectacularise Black being. She explores what it means to write back to, or against, dominant colonial, imperialist, and racist tropes, and how, finally, a Black poetics can be a remedy for narrative.

The CLC continues its commitment to maintaining the legacy of Henry Kreisel through its annual CLC Kreisel Lecture series. A forum for open, inclusive critical thinking and cultural engagement, the CLC Kreisel Lecture series is a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself. Past presenters in the series include Michael Crummey, Heather O’Neill, Lynn Coady, Tomson Highway, Esi Edugyan, Lawrence Hill, and Eden Robinson. Like the twelve previous CLC Kreisel Lectures, Brand’s talk will be published in the CLC Kreisel Lecture Series by the University of Alberta Press, in the same fashion as the CBC Massey Lecture Series. The lecture will be recorded and broadcast by CBC Radio One “Ideas.” Bestselling author Lawrence Hill will introduce Brand’s lecture.

Dionne Brand’s literary credentials are legion. Her 2010 book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and her other accolades include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her novel In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a NYT Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the LA Times and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada, and 2018 saw the publication of two new titles: Theory and The Blue Clerk. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

A reception and book signing will follow. Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Timms Centre for the Arts
87 Avenue, 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Edmonton, AB

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Lawrence Hill

Don’t miss this exciting CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with bestselling author Lawrence Hill. Author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, Hill has been awarded the Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Price, is a two-time CBC Canada Reads winner and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with the Edmonton Poetry Festival

Join us for our annual Edmonton Poetry Festival CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading! Enjoy readings by NASRA and Ahmed Knowmadic, to be moderated by poet Nisha Patel.

Wednesday, April 24 | 12:00 PM
Rutherford Library South 2-09
University of Alberta Campus