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Call for Papers

In October 2018, the CLC and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology held an international conference on “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Living With’: Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Feminist Production Today”, which gathered over 30 speakers in Banff, Canada. For four intense days, we discussed different representations of “living with” as a radical form of encounter, engagement, and care. In this second iteration, “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Learning With’: Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Feminist Production Today,” we seek to continue thinking together about these topics, while placing an emphasis on the notion of “learning with,” which we envision as a methodological, pedagogical, as well as aesthetic position with transformative ethical consequences.

Click here to read the Call for Papers.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne
Trondheim, Norway
August 24-25, 2020

CFP: Spaces of Collaboration in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island


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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

2017-18 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.