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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.

 

2018 CLC Research Seminar: Transactions and Exchange Values / Séminaire de recherche du CLC: Transactions et valeurs d’échange

Winter 2018 CLC Research Seminar

Transactions and Exchange Values
in 20th and 21st Cent. Literary Productions in Canada and in Québec

March 9th, 2018

Senate Chamber, Old Arts Building

University of Alberta

organized by Dr. Dominique Hétu, postdoctoral fellow (SSHRC, CLC)

 

Recent events such as the Equal Pay Law in Iceland, the resignation of a BBC China editor in protest over gender pay gap, reports of African migrants being forced into slavery in Libya, and the legal and socio-political protests in reaction to the building of pipeline projects from Indigenous groups and climate justice activists have drawn attention to the ongoing effects of sexism, racism, and colonial economies in global markets. Moreover, the related problematic significance and implications of caring labour, ongoing refugee crises, mass consumerism, and the geopolitical pressures of globalization have further highlighted historical patterns of oppression that rely on and produce different forms of transaction and exchange values.

Inspired by the cluster of meanings and contexts that these two words summon, we invite proposals that explore the role of literature in understanding and challenging the asymmetries and limits that affect relational experiences pertaining to the following topics:

– Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice
– Restoring Indigenous Economies
– Property, Ownership, and Obligations
– Land, Space, and Borders
– Cosmopolitanism, Mobility, and Transnationalism
– Traffic, Theft, Dispossession, and Exploitation
– Complicity, Resistance, and Power
– Barter and Trade Systems and Alternative Economic Forms
– Labour and Precarity
– Poverty Narratives and Aesthetics of Culture-from-Below
– The Politics and Ethics of Account-ability and Response-ability
– Solidarity, Empathy, and Compassion
– Gift Giving and Reciprocity
– Debt and Credit
– Scarcity and Excess
– Commodification and Objectification
– Geographies of Consumerism
– The Ethics of Tourism
– More-than-human and Posthuman Negotiations

We encourage comparative, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies. Please send your 200-word proposal (in English or French) along with a short biographical note (100 words) to htu@ualberta.ca before February 10th, 2018. Panel proposals (of 3 or 4 papers) should include a short introduction to the panel’s topic followed by a 200-word abstract for each paper.

Download the CFP here.

 

Séminaire de recherche du CLC, hiver 2018

Transactions et valeurs d’échange
dans les productions littéraires du 20e et 21e siècle au Canada et au Québec

9 Mars 2018

Senate Chamber, Old Arts Building

Université de l’Alberta

organisé par Dr. Dominique Hétu, chercheure postdoctorale (CRSH, CLC)

 

Des événements récents, tels que la loi sur l’égalité salariale en Islande, la démission de la rédactrice en chef de la BBC Chine pour protester contre l’écart salarial entre les femmes et les hommes, les reportages sur les migrants africains vendus comme esclaves en Libye, et les recours légaux et manifestations organisées par des groupes autochtones et des activistes environnementalistes pour résister à la construction de pipelines, ont souligné la persistance du sexisme, du racisme et des économies coloniales dans les marchés mondialisés. Ces événements, en plus des enjeux liés au travail du care, aux crises des réfugiés, à la consommation de masse, et aux pressions géopolitiques de la mondialisation, exposent d’autant plus ces motifs historiques d’oppression qui produisent et s’appuient sur différentes formes de transactions et de valeurs d’échanges.

Motivées par les nombreuses expressions et contextes que ces deux notions convoquent, nous invitons des propositions qui explorent le rôle de la littérature dans la compréhension et la contestation des asymétries et des limites qui affectent les expériences relationnelles se rattachant aux thèmes suivants :

– La justice raciale, économique et de genre
– Restauration des économies autochtones
– Propriété, possession et obligations
– Territoire, espace et frontières
– Cosmopolitisme, mobilité et transnationalisme
– Trafic, vol, dépossession et exploitation
– Complicité, résistance et pouvoir
– Troc, système d’échange et formes alternatives d’économie
– Travail et précarité
– Récits de pauvreté et esthétiques de la culture-d’en-bas
– Politiques et éthiques de l’account-ability et de la response-ability
– Solidarité, empathie et compassion
– Don et réciprocité
– Dette et crédit
– Rareté et abondance
– Marchandisation et objectification
– Géographies de la consommation
– Éthiques du tourisme
– Négociations plus-qu’humaines et posthumaines

Nous encourageons les approches comparatives, multi- et interdisciplinaires. Veuillez envoyer votre proposition de 200 mots ainsi qu’une notice biographique de 50 mots à Dominique Hétu (htu@ualberta.ca) d’ici le 10 février 2018. Les propositions de panels (de 3 ou 4 communications) devront inclure une brève présentation du panel, suivie d’un résumé de 200 mots pour chaque communication.

Télécharger le CFP ici.

2018 CLC Poetry Contest

The CLC Poetry Contest is back! This year’s theme is Transactions and Exchange Values. Enter to win $150 and to see your poem published in Glass Buffalo.

The contest is open to all students at the University of Alberta and will award the best poem in French and in English.

Deadline is February 2, 2018.

See details here: 2018 Poetry Contest – ENGL

2017 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Erin Wunker

Join us on Friday, October 27 at 4:00 PM for the 2017 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Erin Wunker. She will deliver the keynote that concludes the 2017 CLC Research Seminar with a talk titled “Against Despair: Feminist Friendship as Praxis.” This lecture takes place in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building.

All are welcome to this free event. A reception will follow.

2017 CLC Research Seminar: Figures of/du care

Join us on Monday, February 27, 2017 for the 2017 CLC Research Seminar, organized by CLC Postdoctoral Fellow Dominique Hétu.

View and download our program by clicking here.

 

 

2017 CLC Research Seminar

Join us on Monday, February 27, 2017 for the 2017 CLC Research Seminar, organized by CLC Postdoctoral Fellow Dominique Hétu.

View and download our program by clicking here.

CLC Research Seminar 2017

 

Figures of Care and of the Ordinary in Contemporary Canadian Literatures

Figures du care et de l’ordinaire dans les littératures canadiennes

 

Monday, February 27th 2017

Salter Reading Room, 3-95 Humanities Center

Monday, February 27th 2017

Canadian Literature Centre

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

 

Organized by Dominique Hétu, Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC, CLC)

 

 

 

8:30                  Coffee/Welcome participants (Humanities Center 4-29)

 

9:00                  Introduction (Salter Reading Room, Humanities Center 3-95)

                        Daniel Laforest, CLC acting director

 

Panel 1             Politics of Care and Transcultural Vulnerabilities / Vulnérabilités transculturelles et politiques du                          care

                       

9h15                 Danielle Lamb

 

“Caregivers: Grand(parenting) in Métis Picture Books”

 

9h35                 Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

 

“Care-less-ness in Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line

 

9h50                 Asma M’Barek

 

“Vulnérabilité et postures du care dans Ru de Kim Thúy »

 

10h10                Questions/Discussion    

 

10h30               Break/Pause (4-29)

 

           

Panel 2                         Practices of Care/Pratiques du care

 

 

10h45                Russell Cobb

 

Dumb Okies, Rednecks, and White Trash: Caring about Class.” 

 

11h05                Emily Hoven

 

Spatializing Everyday Care: Field Notes from Edmonton’s Cloverdale Bridge”

 

11h25                Emma and Joseph Pivato

 

Maintaining Personhood in the Context of Care: A Dialogue”

11h45                Questions/Discussion

 

12h05                Lunch

 

 

Panel 3                         Poetics of Care/Poétiques du care

 

 

1h15pm             Genève Rousseau

 

« Raconter le particulier dans Kuessipan de Naomi Fontaine : la mosaïque             ordinaire »

 

1h35                 Riley Klassen-Molyneaux                                                

                                   

                                    « Care de sa culture : la langue, le temps et la terre dans Bâtons à                                                                                     message/Tshissinuatshitakana de Joséphine Bacon et Née de la pluie et de la terre de                                                Rita Mestokosho »

           

1h55                 Amanda Lim

                                   

                                    “The Good and Infinite Life: Philosophy, Ethics and Wellness in Anne Carson’s                                                  ‘Water Margins’”

                       

2h15                 Questions/Discussion

 

 

2h35                 Break/Pause

 

 

Panel 4                         Imagined Futures of Care/Imaginer le futur du care

 

 

2h55                 Emilia Nielsen

 

“Rereading Cereus Blooms at Night: Explicating Figures of Care”

 

3h15                 Dylan Bateman

 

“Moving Away from Waste: Kinship with Water in Rita Wong’s undercurrent.

 

3h35                 Question/Discussion

 

 

 

3h55                 Keynote

 

Dominique Hétu

                                    “Cats, Care, and Hospitality: The Ordinary and the Extraordinary

                                    in the Works of             Heather O’Neill”

 

 

4h45                 Recap/Conclusion

 

5pm                  CLC Poetry Contest Award Reception

2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture | Heather O’Neill

2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Heather O’Neill

My Education. On unusual muses and mentors. And how I had to teach myself everything in order to cross the class divide.”

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Timms Centre for the Arts
Pay-what-you-can | Reception & signing to follow

 

Watch Heather O’Neill’s 2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture:

Winter 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Reading Schedule

Please join us for our Winter 2017 CLC Brown Bag Lunch Readings!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Diana Davidson

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: Vivek Shraya

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Madeleine Thien

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Edmonton Poetry Festival

CFP: Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance

A Conference Organized by the University of Silesia, Poland and

the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

April 26-28, 2017, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec campus

Second Call for Proposals

Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives.

 

Confirmed Speaker: Tomson Highway (Cree)

“Storytelling is at the core of decolonizing, because it is a process of remembering, visioning and creating a just reality […] [it] becomes a lens through which we can envision our way out of cognitive imperialism” (Simpson 89)

 

The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of the complexity of Indigenous cultures of North America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe – is a joint project of the Department of English and Indigenous Affairs Office, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada, and the Canadian Studies Centre, Department of American and Canadian Studies, Theatrum Research Group and the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures at the University of Silesia (US), Poland. As Canadian and Polish scholars and educators working in the fields of Indigenous, minor, and transcultural literary and cultural studies, we propose that the first conference will explore the traditional and contemporary expressions of culture in Indigenous America, specifically Canada, and in the Eastern/Central European territory of Upper Silesia, specifically Poland, with a primary focus on the acts of resistance, survival and celebration of culture as enacted in storytelling, drama, theatre and performance (DTP). Performance is interpreted broadly including traditional and contemporary music and dance as well as festival events understood as modes of cultural storytelling. We envision the event as a meeting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars representing a variety of disciplines and Indigenous Canadian and Upper Silesian storytellers, writers, artists, performers, educators and community members.

 

Our aim is to explore the richness of Indigenous expressions of culture in storytelling and DPT in Canada and Upper Silesia. We believe that the transcultural dialogue between scholars, artists and educators of marginalized cultures will be an enriching learning experience for all, but especially for Upper Silesians, colonized by diverse powers throughout history, whose most recent struggle for recognition, including the processes of cultural and linguistic revitalization, can benefit from such transcultural encounters.

 

The exploration of Canadian scholarship on Indigenous literatures and cultures, and especially the work of Indigenous playwrights, artists, performers, scholars/critics and educators is of great interest to the critics of minor/ Indigenous literatures and cultures in Europe. We believe that in spite of many differences between Indigenous cultures of America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe, critical insights and analytical tools offered by Indigenous research methodologies, epistemologies and pedagogical theories can provide instructive, alternative ways of approaching the under-studied and under-theorized works of European minor/Indigenous writers, performers and artists. A panel discussion by specialists in this area will explore diverse perspectives on these complex issues.

 

Prospective participants are invited to submit proposals for traditional and non-traditional presentations that broadly address the theme of the conference. Submissions from graduate and postgraduate students at any stage of their research are welcome. The following list of topics should be regarded as neither exhaustive nor prescriptive:

 

  • Re-reading and re-writing of history in DTP
  • Poetics, aesthetics and politics of identity construction in DTP
  • Storytelling, drama, theatre and performance as tools of decolonization and pedagogy
  • Storytelling as a repository and archive of Indigenous knowledge
  • Interrogating the concept of indigeneity: theorizing indigenous and minor cultures perspectives
  • Indigeneity of Upper Silesia
  • Transindigeneity and a dialogue of cultures
  • Indigenous ontology, epistemology, axiology, and methodology and their translation into storytelling and DTP
  • Use of oral traditions, stories, culture and history to promote activism
  • Inventing home through stories and performance: a decolonizing approach to DTP
  • Performing history and re-visioning of community memories DTP
  • The role of the storytelling and DTP in the cultural revival of Canadian Indigenous cultures
  • The role of the storytelling and DTP in the cultural revival of Upper Silesian culture and language
  • (De)Construction of cultural identity in storytelling and DTP
  • Traditional knowledge and values in storytelling and DTP
  • Indigenous/ local knowledge and traditional and contemporary expressions of culture
  • Performance of identity and language recovery and revitalization
  • Language recovery and revitalization and identity construction
  • Methodological practices of Native Performance Culture (NPC) as a possible model for the Upper Silesian expressions of culture
  • Diversity of the traditional Indigenous forms of cultural expression in the contemporary Canadian Indigenous and Upper Silesian DTP
  • Theories of affect and the enactment of Indigenous cultures in storytelling and DTP
  • Traditional knowledge versus folklore and its performance
  • Folklore and theatre
  • The role of folklore in preserving Indigenous and minor cultures
  • The condition of ritual in theatre – Canadian Indigenous and Slavic perspectives
  • Contemporary storytelling methods in DTP
  • The poetics of place and aesthetic values
  • Poetic auto-creation and mythologizing of Indigenous cultures and landscapes
  • Indigenous values and cosmologies and their translation into DTP
  • Heritage tourism and storytelling
  • Cultural festivals and their role in preserving and inventing cultures

 

With a comparative project in mind, we are initiating new avenues of research related to the marginalized local/ indigenous/minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe studied in the context of Indigenous cultures of North America. We hope this pioneering venture in will lead to a greater understanding of the Indigenous and minor cultures functioning within major dominant national narratives of Canada and Poland.

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

University of Silesia:                                        University of the Fraser Valley                                      

Eugenia Sojka

Aneta Głowacka                                          Michelle LaFlamme

Sabina Sweta Sen                                            Shirley Swelchalot Shxwha:yathel Hardman

Rafał Madeja

 

Deadline for abstracts: December 31st 2016 ;

Notification of acceptance: January 6th 2017

 

Please send proposals to: indigenoustheatre2017poland@gmail.com

 

Proposal submission address:

(i) Individual proposals should be 250-300 words.

(ii) For panels, in English, or Polish, please send the title of the panel and a 250-word presentation explaining the overall focus together with a 250-300 word abstract for each participant.

(iii) Please attach a short bio to your conference paper proposal.

All files should be clearly marked with the applicants’ name. Please make sure the files are in the PDF format.

 

 

Registration fee: covering welcome reception, all conference materials, coffee breaks, and conference banquet.

 

  • $ 250 US – full time faculty
  • $125 US –   students and part-time faculty

 

Publication: selected papers based on the conference presentations will be published in a refereed monograph.

 

The conference website will be opened shortly.