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Midi littéraire du CLC : Nicholas Giguère

Join us at Campus Saint-Jean on Wednesday, September 25 for a Midi littéraire du CLC with Québecois poet and scholar Nicholas Giguère.

Nicholas Giguère est doctorant à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Il a publié des textes dans Boulette, Cavale, Le Crachoir de Flaubert, Les Écrits, Le Pied et Moebius. Son recueil Marques déposées a été publié aux Éditions Fond’Tonne au printemps 2015. Il a publié Queues chez Hamac en 2017.

25 septembre 2019
13 h 30
Grand Salon (salle Marcelle et Louis Desrochers)
Campus Saint-Jean

LitFest & CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Kai Cheng Thom

Join us and our friends at LitFest for a very special Brown Bag Lunch Reading with novelist, poet, and essayist Kai Cheng Thom.

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. Her novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was released by Metonymy Press in 2016. Her first poetry book, a place called No Homeland, and her picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li, were both published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. Her latest, I Hope We Choose Love, has just been published. Kai Cheng won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.

Monday, October 21, 2019
12:00 PM
Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

LitFest & CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Ami McKay

Join us and our friends at LitFest for a special Brown Bag Lunch Reading with bestselling novelist and memoirist Ami McKay!

Ami McKay is the author of three internationally bestselling novels The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York and the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night. She is also a playwright, composer, and writer of creative non-fiction. Her genetic memoir, Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate, was published by Knopf Canada in September, 2019.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

CLC Brown bag Lunch with Sina Queyras

Join us on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 for a CLC Brown Bag Lunch with celebrated poet, novelist, and scholar Sina Queyras.

Sina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound. Their work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Their first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In 2005 they edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, and they are founding editor of Lemon Hound.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 PM
Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

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.