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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.

 

Upcoming 2018 CLC Conference

The next CLC international conference, “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Living With’: Indigenous, Canadian and Québécois Feminist Production Today”/ “Les poétiques et éthiques du <<vivre avec>>: Productions féministe autochtones, canadiennes et québécoises de nos jours,” will be taking place at the Banff Centre, Alberta, from October 11-14, 2018.

Political and historical events, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Report, the Idle No More movement, Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Black Lives Matter, the ongoing refugee crises, recent controversies around cultural appropriation, environmental catastrophes, and the recurring display of systemic sexual and racial violence underline the consistent inequalities of perpetuated colonial spaces in this globalized world, as well as the often painful confrontation of different worldviews and perspectives. These are crucial concerns that have been widely discussed by Indigenous, feminist, and anti-racist theorists and cultural practitioners. The various forms of social justice intervention that have emerged in academic, public, and popular cultural spaces have further exposed the persistence of historical patterns of oppression, domination, and complicity. Explorations of the poetics and ethics of “living with” might help revisit, understand, denounce, and resist these fast and slow violences.

Des événements historiques et politiques tels que la Commission et le Rapport de la vérité et de la réconciliation du Canada, les mouvements Idle No More et Black Lives Matter, le décret anti-immigration de Donald Trump, les crises de réfugiées qui sont en cours, les récentes controverses entourant l’appropriation culturelle, les catastrophes environnementales, ainsi que la persistance systémique de la violence sexualisée et racisée soulignent les constantes inégalités perpétuées par les espaces coloniaux dans un monde globalisé, en plus des difficiles confrontations entre les différentes perspectives et visions du monde. Ce sont des préoccupations cruciales qui ont été largement discutées par des théoricien.ne.s et praticien.ne.s culturel.le.s autochtones, féministes et anti-racistes, et diverses formes d’intervention de justice sociale ont été faites dans les milieux scientifiques, publics, et culturels populaires afin d’exposer encore davantage la persistance de motifs historiques d’oppression, de domination et de complicité. Les explorations éthiques et poétiques du « vivre avec » pourraient aider à revisiter, comprendre, dénoncer et résister à ces violences lentes et accélérées.

 

To view the call for papers, click here.

Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar

Join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 for the Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar, Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings/Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada. The seminar will begin at 8:30 AM and will take place in the Senate Chamber of the Old Arts Building. To view the program, click here: CLC_ResearchSeminarF17_Program (1)

The Research Seminar will be followed by the 2017 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Erin Wunker at 4:00 PM in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building.

2017-18 CLC Research Seminar | Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings/Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada

Canadian Literature Centre Research Seminar, Fall 2017

 

Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings

Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Senate Chamber

Old Arts Building

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

Organized by Dominique Hétu, postdoctoral fellow (SSHRC, CLC)

 

… my own foreignness to myself is,

paradoxically, the source of my ethical

connection with others. I am not fully known to

myself, because part of what I am is the

enigmatic traces of others.

Judith Butler

 

The idea of ethical space entertains

the possibility of a meeting place.

The space offers a venue to step out of our allegiances,

to detach from the circumscriptive limits of colonial frontier logics,

and enact a theory of human relationality

that does not require assimilation or deny indigenous subjectivity

Dwayne Donald

 

The CLC research seminar is an interdisciplinary means for stimulating discussions among emerging and established scholars, writers, and artists. It provides a local space for interactions that we hope will promote the advancement of research and critical work in Canadian literatures as well as produce lively, thought-provoking exchanges.

 

The objectives of this research seminar are:

 

  • to pay critical attention to relational encounters as spaces of care and shared vulnerability, but also – and at times simultaneously – as spaces of dispossession and harmful responses;
  • to examine how writing and reading relationality and related experiences can serve to resist persistent dichotomies and systems of cultural and political oppression;
  • to investigate creative forms/expressions of relationality as sites of ethico-political implications that undermine the myth of independence and “that challenge the very notion of ourselves as autonomous and in control” (Butler 23);
  • to question relationality as a strictly human set of affects, actions, and processes, and explore the notion of relationality with nonhuman and posthuman bodies.

 

We welcome critical approaches both in terms of cultural and creative productions or in terms of our discipline (discourses, pedagogy, CanLit, etc.). We thus invite proposals for panels, roundtables, papers, and dynamic discussions around, but not limited to, the following issues:

 

  • Care Relations and Care Work
  • Indigenous Relational Traditions and Methodologies
  • Solidarity and Intersectionality
  • The Ethicalities of Kinship/Friendship
  • Responsibility and Hospitality
  • Relationality and Race
  • Community, Citizenship, and Justice
  • Relationality and Embodiment/Corporeality/Materiality
  • Solitudes, Exclusions, and Margins
  • Relationality and Class/Poverty/Precarity
  • Relationality, the Nonhuman, the Posthuman
  • Ecology, Environment and Naturecultures
  • Queer Relationalities
  • Relationality and Diasporas
  • Global/Local Interdependencies

 

Please send proposals in English or in French (300 words) and a short bio before September 30th to Dominique Hétu at htu@ualberta.ca. Atypical forms of presentation are most welcomed.

 

The event will be followed by the CLC Scholarly Lecture, given this year by Dr. Erin Wunker, and by a reception.

 

Séminaire de recherche du Centre de Littérature Canadienne 2017

 

Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada

Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings

Le vendredi 27 octobre 2017

Senate Chamber

Old Arts Building

Université de l’Alberta

Edmonton, AB

Organisé par Dominique Hétu, Boursière postdoctorale (CRSH, CLC)

 

Le séminaire de recherche du CLC vise à stimuler les discussions entre chercheur.es, artistes et écrivain.es émergent.es et établi.es. Le séminaire crée un espace propice à l’avancement de la recherche et du travail critique en littératures canadiennes, en plus de permettre des échanges aptes à susciter la réflexion.

 

Les objectifs de ce séminaire sont les suivants :

 

  • Porter une attention critique aux rencontres relationnelles en tant qu’espaces de care et de vulnérabilité partagée, mais aussi – et parfois simultanément – en tant qu’espaces de dépossession et de réponses dangereuses ;
  • Examiner comment l’écriture et la lecture de la relationnalité et de ses expériences connexes peuvent servir à résister à la persistance des binarismes et des systèmes d’exclusions politiques et culturels ;
  • Montrer les formes d’expressions de la relationnalité comme des lieux d’engagement éthico-politiques qui ébranlent le mythe de l’indépendance et qui remettent en question la notion du sujet autonome et en contrôle (Butler 23) ;
  • Questionner la relationnalité en tant qu’un ensemble d’affects, d’actions et de processus strictement humains et ainsi explorer ses possibles ancrages nonhumains et posthumains.

 

Nous sommes intéressé.es par des travaux critiques portant sur des œuvres littéraires ainsi que sur la discipline (discours, pédagogie, CanLit, etc.). Des propositions de plénières, de tables-rondes et d’autres formes de collaboration seront particulièrement les bienvenues. Elles pourront porter sur les sujets suivants, sans toutefois y être limitées :

 

  • Relations et travail de care
  • Traditions et méthodologies relationnelles autochtones
  • Solidarité et intersectionalité
  • Éthiques de l’amitié et de la parenté/filiation
  • Communauté, citoyenneté et justice
  • Responsabilité et hospitalité
  • Relationnalité et race
  • Relationnalité, corporéité, matérialité
  • Solitudes, exclusions et marges
  • Relationnalité et classe/pauvreté/précarité
  • Relationnalité, le nonhumain, le posthumain
  • Ecologie, environnement et naturecultures
  • Relationnalités queer
  • Enjeux relationnels et diasporas
  • Interdépendances globales et locales

 

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions en anglais ou en français (300 mots) ainsi qu’une courte notice biographique au plus tard le 30 septembre 2017 à Dominique Hétu (htu@ualberta.ca).

 

Le séminaire sera suivi par la Scholarly Lecture du CLC, qui sera donnée cette année par la professeure Erin Wunker. Il y aura ensuite une réception.