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Brown Bag Lunch Reading | Michel Marc Bouchard

Join us on Friday, October 20, 2021 for this very special Brown Bag Lunch Reading, presented in collaboration with Edmonton Opera. We will be welcoming Québecois playwright and librettist Michel Marc Bouchard. Edmonton Opera will be staging Lilies (Les feluettes), an adaptation of Bouchard’s play Les feluettes, on October 21, 24, and 27, 2017. This reading will take place in Rutherford Library South 2-09.

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 | Hiromi Goto

Join us on Wednesday, November 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) in Rutherford Library South 2-09 for a Brown Bag Lunch Reading with award-winning writer Hiromi Goto.

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

2017 CLC Research Seminar: Figures of/du care

Join us on Monday, February 27, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 | 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.



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: [email protected]


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.




Writing Crisis

Die Krise schreiben/Writing Crisis/Écrire la crise

Edited by Ursula Mathis-Moser (Canadian Studies Centre, University of Innsbruck)

Introduction by Marie Carrière (Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne, University of Alberta)

Nicole Brossard, Louise Dupré, Aritha Van Herk, and Lee Maracle, four grandiose women and writers, reflect on our contemporary crisis and help us navigate ‘beyond’.

Nicole Brossard, Louise Dupré, Aritha Van Herk et Lee Maracle, quatre grandes femmes et admirables écrivaines, réfléchissent sur la crise contemporaine et nous éclairent le chemin de ‘l’au-delà’.

Conversations from the Crisis and Beyond: The Literatures of Canada and Quebec / Écriture de la crise : dans la torment et au-delà Les littératures au Canada et au Québec conference held at the University of Innsbruck in the fall of 2015.


2016 CLC Scholarly Lecture

CLC Scholarly Lecture by Dr. Evelyne Gagnon

“Melancholia in Canadian and Québécois Literatures, or How to Survive Our Tumultuous Times”

Wednesday, November 30, 4:00 PM, with reception to follow
Salter Reading Room, HC 3-95

Please join us for our 2016 CLC Scholarly Lecture on November 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM. 2014-16 CLC Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Evelyne Gagnon will be delivering her lecture titled “Melancholia in Canadian and Québécois Literatures, or How to Survive Our Tumultuous Times.” All are welcome!