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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, 2021 | 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, 2021
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

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
[email protected]

Isabella Huberman
University of Toronto
[email protected]

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.

Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar

Join us on Friday, October 27, 2021 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 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.

Lilies Day at the U of A

Edmonton’s vibrant arts scene offers the University community unique opportunities for learning, research and delight. This year, Edmonton Opera produces a new Canadian opera called Lilies, composed by Kevin March​,​ with libretto by Michel Marc ​Bouchard. Research units at the U of A are teaming up with Edmonton Opera to investigate the inner workings of the ​operatic creation.

The opera sets the story of Bouchard’s well-known play Les Feluettes, building on musical genres ranging from European art music to French-Canadian folk tunes. The Canadian Literature Centre and Sound Studies Initiative are exploring the sounds and story of this work during “Lilies Day at the U of A” on October 20th.

“Lilies Day” comprises two free events that are open to the public. First, the CLC hosts​ librettist and playwright Michel Marc Bouchard for a special​ reading in their Brown Bag Lunch​ series at noon on October 20th. Then at 2:00 pm, the Sound Studies Initiative hosts an interactive listening event exploring the musical inspirations behind the opera. This Sound Session is led by ethnomusicologist Dr. Julia Byl, and features Lilies ​composer Kevin March.

“Lilies Day at the U of A” is part of Edmonton Opera‘s community programming for this opera.

​For more information about Lilies day, please contact the Sound Studies Initiative ([email protected]) or the CLC ([email protected]).

For more information on other Lilies ​events in Edmonton, visit www.edmontonopera.com.

Interview requests with Michel Marc Bouchard and Kevin March should be directed to ​[email protected]

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Michel Marc Bouchard
In collaboration with Edmonton Opera
Friday, October 20
12:00 PM
Rutherford Library South 2-09
Door prize and refreshments
All are welcome

 

View the Lilies Day poster here: LiliesDayPoster_Final

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 [email protected]. 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 ([email protected]).

 

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.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Reading | Aislinn Hunter

Please join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) in Rutherford Library South 2-09 for a Brown Bag Lunch Reading with poet, novelist, and scholar Aislinn Hunter.

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

Brown Bag Lunch Reading | Chris Turner

Join us on Wednesday, October 18, 2021 for this special Brown Bag Lunch Reading in collaboration with LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival featuring Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading writers on sustainability. 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.