The 50th Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association will be held from Monday, June 1 through to Friday, June 5, 2015 as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Call for Abstracts is now open. Full details here: http://www.csa-scs.ca/files/webapps/csapress/annual-conferences/call-for-abstracts/
CCUSB followers might be particularly interested in the session detailed below, which is organised by Jan Clarke and Rémy Tremblay in affiliation with CCUSB.
The concept of frontier is most productive in thinking about queer experience. The spatial frontier separates the invisibility of private intimacy from the visibility of public life; the freedom and security of queer districts (for instance, the Village in Montreal, Church Street in Toronto, and Davie Street in Vancouver) from the heteronormative erasure of queer life in towns and cities throughout Canada. The border is also temporal and generational, separating childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age of those who live their queer experiences in extremely different ways. It marks queer legal status before and after same-sex marriage; queer history before and after the appearance of HIV, AIDS and tritherapies; and larger social histories before and after the sexual liberation struggles of the sixties and seventies.
Many questions may guide an analysis of the concept of the frontier in the representation of queer experience; for instance, what are the borders which separate gays and lesbians in their twenties from those in their sixties? What are the borders which mark class differences in the LBGT community? Which are the frontiers between gender normativity in the public sphere and the challenges of gender performativities of femininity, masculinity, male femininity, female masculinity, the femininity or masculinity of transsexuals, etc.? Sexuality is also problematic and must be understood within a logic of agency and of the multitude of choices which are offered, from total sexual abstinence to the most unrestrained sexuality. Many other factors define, separate and cohere in the multiple experiences of queers in Canada and Quebec: including the plurality of desires, racial, ethnic and cultural identities, nationality and transnationality, postcolonialism and globalization, Indigeneity and autochthony, heteronormativity and homonormativity, the defense of marginality, and so on.
It is in this context that we invite scholars of Québécois, Canadian, and Indigenous literatures to explore the concept of the frontier in works which represent the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, trans*, intersexual, genderqueer, Two-Spirit, and/or drag and transvestite subjects—in other words, of queer realities. Papers may include analysis of novels, poetry, short stories, and theatre, and may focus on a single work or a set of texts, relate either to Francophone, Anglophone, or Indigenous literatures exclusively, or be a comparative analysis of the literary traditions of Quebec and English Canada.
All submissions to Canadian Literature must be original, unpublished work. Essays should follow current MLA bibliographic format (MLA Handbook, 7th ed). Maximum word length for articles is 6,500 words, which includes endnotes and works cited.
Submissions should be uploaded to Canadian Literature’s online submission system CanLit Submit by the deadline of March 1, 2015
Questions in advance of the deadline may be addressed to: Jorge Calderon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Domenico Beneventi (email@example.com)
Frontières queers dans la littérature québécoise et canadienne
La notion de « frontière » est des plus productives afin de penser l’expérience queer. La frontière spatiale sépare l’invisibilité de l’intimité et la visibilité socio-culturelle ; la liberté et la sécurité des quartiers queers (par exemple le Village à Montréal, Church Street à Toronto et Davie Village à Vancouver) et l’oppression, le danger et l’effacement de la vie queer dans de nombreux villages et villes à travers le Canada. La frontière est aussi temporelle. Elle sépare l’enfance, l’adolescence, l’âge adulte et la vieillesse des personnes qui vivent leur expérience queer de manières fort différentes. Elle marque aussi l’histoire queer avant le droit au mariage de personnes de même sexe, et après ; avant la trithérapie contre le VIH, et après ; avant l’apparition du sida, et après ; avant les luttes de libération sexuelle des années 60 et 70, et après.
De nombreuses problématiques peuvent guider l’analyse de la frontière dans la représentation de l’expérience queer. Par exemple, quelles sont les frontières qui séparent les gays et les lesbiennes dans la vingtaine de ceux dans la soixantaine ? Quelles sont les frontières qui marquent la différence entre les personnes riches et les personnes pauvres ? Quelles sont les enjeux du genre sexuel : la féminité, la masculinité, la féminité masculine, la masculinité féminine, la féminité et la masculinité transsexuelles, etc. ? La sexualité est aussi fort problématique. Il faut ici penser à la multitude de choix qui sont offerts de l’abstinence sexuelle totale jusqu’à la sexualité la plus effrénée et démesurée. De nombreux autres facteurs définissent, séparent et relient entre elles les multiples expériences queers au Canada et au Québec : entre autres la pluralité le désirs, l’identité raciale, ethnique et culturelle, les questions nationales et transnationales, le postcolonialisme et la globalisation, les réalités des Premières Nations et des autochtones, l’hétéronormativité et l’homonormativité, la défense de la marginalité, etc.
C’est dans ce contexte que nous invitons les spécialistes de littérature québécoise, canadienne, et autochtone à explorer la fonction de la notion de frontière dans des œuvres qui traitent principalement de l’expérience de gays, de lesbiennes, de bisexuel(le)s, de personnes bispirituelles des Premières Nations, de drag queens et kings, de travesti(e)s, de transsexuel(le)s, d’intersexuel(le)s, en d’autres mots de la réalité queer. Les études peuvent porter sur le roman, la poésie, l’essai et le théâtre. Elles peuvent être centrées sur une œuvre en particulier ou sur un ensemble de textes. Elles peuvent porter soit sur la littérature francophone, soit sur la littérature anglophone, soit sur la littérature autochtone. Ou encore elles peuvent comparer les traditions littéraires francophone, anglophone, et autochtone au Québec et au Canada.
Tous les articles soumis à Canadian Literature doivent être des travaux orginaux et ne doivent pas avoir été publiés auparavant. Les articles doivent être présentés en suivant les règles bibliographiques du MLA. (MLA Handbook, 7e éd). Le nombre maximal de mots pour un article est limité à 6 500 mots, ce qui inclut les notes en fin de texte et la liste des références.
Les articles doivent être téléchargés à partir du système en ligne du site Web de Canadian Literature à CanLit Submit au plus part le 1er septembre, 2014.
Si vous avez des questions avant la date butoir de soumission des articles, prière de contacter Jorge Calderon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Domenico Beneventi (email@example.com)
Date butoir: 1 mars, 2015
CCUSB SYMPOSIUM: Theorising the Canada-US Border
University of Kent at Paris, 15-16 May, 2015
Border theory tends to be associated with the multiple strands of mestizo/a lived experience in the Mexico-US borderlands. But how far can site-specific border theory travel, even within North America? To what extent do the insights of Mexico-US border theory—including notions of hybridity and the accommodating spaces of los intersticios in the borderlands—offer a useful theoretical framework for discussing cultural manifestations of the Canada-US border? How does the 49th parallel’s oft-proclaimed status as ‘the longest undefended border in the world,’ its particular colonial histories and neo-colonial present, its scarring of Indigenous territories, and its simultaneous division and linking of two G8 nation-states inflect the border theories of such key texts as Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (1987), Renato Rosaldo’s Culture and Truth (1989), Emily Hicks’s Border Writing (1991), and Héctor Calderón & José David Saldívar, Criticism in the Borderlands (1991)?
These texts cross a range of disciplinary developments, which include interventions in feminist theory, queer theory, race and ethnicity studies, and wider applications to geographical borders elsewhere in the world, as well as a “crossing” into the older borderlands studies pursued in the social sciences. That these four texts largely pertain to lived experience in the South American and Mexico-US borderlands, and that the concepts derived from them often extrapolate universal qualities from local concerns, present both a challenge and a problem. If the problem—of generalization and loose abstraction—is obvious, the challenge to scholars of border theory surely lies in rendering site-specificity to borders/borderlands, while theorizing those sites in ways that contribute generally to understandings of borderlands experience.
This two-day symposium seeks to cultivate Canada-US border theory. We invite proposals for papers that consider border theory at the 49th parallel, that theorise the border, and that explore the potential of theory to illuminate the cultural implications of the Canada-US border’s functions . Whether applying and testing border theory in its present iterations, or seeking to theorise the Canada-US border more specifically, work that considers the cultural contexts of the Canada-US border is in short supply in border theory. This symposium aims to address that deficiency by exploring the specific issues and challenges, and the potential interventions into border theory, presented by the Canada-US border/borderlands, and questions of border crossing, border culture, the ‘undefended’ border, etc.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, papers that consider any of the following in relation to the Canada-US border, as well as papers that seek to apply border theory to specific cultural texts:
The discursive limits of border theory
Indigenizing border theory at the Canada-US border
Indigenous sovereignty and the politics of recognition/refusal at the border
Theorising resistance and activism at the border
Canada-US border metaphors
Metaphor vs lived experience (theoretical vs. empiricist approaches)
Application of cultural theory from other paradigms (eg. postcolonialism, regionalism, critical regionalism, etc) to the Canada-US border
The political implications of theoretical work
Comparative Mexico-US and Canada-US border theory
Unsettling the nation/state
Please send 250 word proposals plus a brief CV to CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk by Monday December 1st 2014.
Editor in Chief: Prof. France Houle, Université de Montréal, Canada
The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (IJMBS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its third issue in 2015.
IJMBS aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners to advance knowledge and improve practice and methodologies in a broad range of issued related to migration and borders studies. Broadly speaking, it seeks to provide different perspectives to its readership ranging from exclusion to integration of permanent, temporary and irregular migrants as well as asylum seekers. Articles covering a large spectrum of topics addressing the development of international, transnational and national immigration policies viewed in a broad sense are welcome. What could be the best practices regarding inclusion? Which measures have exclusionary effects? Some examples of themes this journal intends to cover are listed below.
Broad themes on which articles are sought include but are not limited to:
- Innovations in institutional, procedural and social arrangements to deal with border security and immigration policy
- Personal information databases and exchanges
- Measures to restrict access to asylum
- The coherence and coordination between various actors dealing with issues such as health, education, social welfare, employment and law enforcement in the migration context
- Causes and consequences (economic, social, political, environmental, etc.) of migration and their legal and policy implications
- Local, regional and international mechanisms and logics that transform political and media discourses, norms, policies and practices related to migration and border studies
- Development of new priorities for immigration programmes
- The role of gender, age, social status, ability, race and other factors in curtailing border and immigration policies
- Indigenous rights and claims and border and migration studies
IJMBS is a peer-reviewed journal which offers a forum for disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research concerning conceptual, theoretical, empirical and methodological dimensions related to key concepts that underpin them: borders, immigration and integration policies, humanitarianism, sovereignty, states, citizenship, etc. Such critical analysis contributes to a better understanding of current challenges from different disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology, anthropology, social policy and social welfare, criminology, political economy, political science and public politics.
The journal invites submissions from both emerging and established scholars, including graduate students, post-graduates, professors and practitioners from around the globe, with the objective of ensuring that a plurality of experiences and perspectives is represented.
Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.
All papers must be submitted online. Please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.
Submission deadline: 31st January, 2015
November 5, 2014 – November 8, 2014
The Department of English at the University of Victoria is the host institution for the Western Literature Association’s annual conference in 2014. The WLA returns to Canada after two very successful past Canadian meetings: Vancouver in 1995 and Banff in 1998.
The 49th Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association will be held just south of the 49th parallel. From the conference venue, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, two countries, and the homelands of several nations, are visible. The site is the perfect location from which to address the theme of the conference: Border Songs.
The conference is hosted by the Co-Presidents of the Western Literature Association for 2014: Laurie Ricou and Anne Kaufman.
Crossing Borders 2014: A Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference on the United States, Canada and Border Issue
Please see this Call for Papers from our partner institution, the University of Buffalo (deadline 21 Feb 2014): UBCrossingBorders2014.pdf.
Ninth Biennial MESEA Conference
May 29th – June 1st 2014
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken Germany
“Crossing Boundaries in a Post-Ethnic Era – Interdisciplinary Approaches and Negotiations”
Moving into the second decade of the twenty-first century, interdisciplinary border studies are still in need of new theoretical approaches that not only move beyond the “borderless” discourses of the post-Cold War era, but that also respond to the urgent need that was articulated in the late 1990s for a conceptualization of borders/boundaries as the sum of social, cultural, political, and economic processes. Following the 9/11 attack in the U.S., the reality of increased border securitization as part of the “war on terror” has undermined the neo-liberal rhetoric of the “borderless world.” At the same time, partly as a reaction to globalization and partly as a response to emerging regionalism and ethno‐regionalist movements, a number of states have set in motion a process of re‐scaling in which they have devolved part of their power in governance to supra‐state and sub‐state regions (Paasi 2009). As a result of the above, the complex roles of borders and boundaries have become more relevant than ever, necessitating a reconceptualization that sees them as processes, discourses, practices, even symbols, through which power functions.
“Crossing boundaries” is to be understood literally as well as metaphorically; possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Ethnic/National/State boundaries
- Redrawing boundaries, modifying ethnic categories—expansion or limit?
- Ethnic conflict versus decentralization—redesigning political arrangements, mapping out new borders
- Boundaries in literary criticism: world literature; comparative literature; national literature
- Boundaries (physical and discursive) and the material reality of cultural production
- Crossing language borders – multilingualism
- Social or class boundaries
- Migration processes and global/national/regional mobility; eg. tourism, work migration, human trafficking
- Religious boundaries– from religion to fundamentalism
- Contemporary and historical globalization processes from the epoch of “discoveries” (16th/17th century), to the imperial expansion of the West (19th century), and the global “virtual village” of the 21st century
- Technology and borders; virtual biopolitics
- Post–ethnic border performances
- Negotiating North-South divisions (Europe/Americas) and economic disparities
- Theories and realities of post-ethnicity
- Deterritorialization and/or reterritorialization
Proposals should be submitted between August 15 and November 15, 2013.
Submitters will receive notification of acceptance by January 1, 2014.
Preference will be given to complete panel proposals with an inter/transdisciplinary and/or transnational focus. Panels may not include more than 2 participants from the same institution. Presenters must be members of MESEA or MELUS in 2014.
As in previous years, MESEA will award two Young Scholars Excellence Awards.
Fore more information, see: http://www.mesea.org
Jopi Nyman, PhD DSocSc
Professor of English
School of Humanities
University of Eastern Finland
P. O. Box 111
Third Biennial Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies
Pontíficia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú
August 6-8, 2014
The Americas have a long history of colonialism; even the concepts ‘America’ and ‘Americanity’ date back to European expansion, invasion and conquest. As the success of the term ‘postcolonialism’ suggests, the colonial legacy is a relic of the past that is continuously rearticulated and reactivated until today.
In the Americas, colonialism informs nearly all aspects of life. From European invasion onward it established a durable matrix of power based on gender relations, racism and ethnic classifications that defined white and criollo male superiority over the indigenous and ‘Afro American’ as well as over Asian, Jewish, Arabic, Muslim and Hindu populations, peoples and nations, in spite of the ambiguity of ethnic and racial frontiers. Moreover, in recent times, the thrust to decolonize has become a major aspiration that implies the rescue and re-evaluation of native and subordinated cultures.
In this sense the battles for recognition and self-determination of disenfranchised groups in the Americas demonstrate the overwhelming burden of colonialism and its connection to gender, ethnicity, racism, and class hierarchies. The state reacted with special procedures of ethnic administration such as exclusion through reservations, haciendas, and slums, or politics of forced inclusion in terms of forced homogenization and assimilation. Recently emerged new politics of recognition have led to a redefinition of nation-states as pluricultural or even plurinational.
Colonialism has deeply informed cultural production and popular culture in the Americas. Jazz, blues, rock music and hip-hop have given voice to the experience of ethnic and racial exclusion and Latin America’s boom literature is informed by ‘magic’ indigenous-colonial cosmovisions. Ethnic and racial struggles against quota systems and/or auto-ethnographic media productions are integral parts of the fight against the negative aspects of the colonial legacy. Thus, colonialism is not only a historical burden for American societies but also represents an uneven syncretism that must be deconstructed. The linguistic aspects of colonialism resonate in a high degree of exterminated and endangered autochthonous languages but also in the creation of creôle languages and techniques of code-switching.
Colonialism contains important material aspects as concerns the appropriation, reappropriation and redistribution of land, commodities as well as work force and citizenshipregimes. From early colonial land-taking to internal colonialism and imperial politics to the recent forms of neo-extractivism the colonization of space and nature has been an integral part of colonial and postcolonial projects.
The conference will adopt a broad concept of colonialism, which refers not to a single historical period but to a relational mode that creates asymmetric power relations and modes of exploitation. This cross-disciplinary forum of academic exchange invites contributions from all academic disciplines concerned with colonialism in the Americas. It will examine colonization, colonialism, nation building, decolonization, and continuing facets of coloniality as they relate to societies, politics, economy, cultures, and media. The participation of doctoral students is strongly encouraged. Scholars are invited to propose presentations and/or panels on a wide variety of topics including:
• Racism and politics of exclusion
• Multiculturalism, politics of recognition and cultural classification
• Identity politics and social movements
• Literature, film, visual arts and music in contact zones
• Colonial heritage and the politics of memory
• The “Colonial complex” of the young American republics
• Colonial power and resistance
• Colonialism, slavery, and their aftermaths
• Educational reform and the teaching of American histories and cultures
• Economic colonization and neo-extractivism
• The colonization of nature
• Imperialism and neo-imperialism
• The Coloniality and decolonization of media and mediascapes
• Creolization and hybridization in language and culture
• Decolonization, plurinationality and transnationalism
• Decolonization and knowledge production, the geopolitics of knowledge
• Transformations of coloniality
• Coloniality and religion
• Coloniality and gender relations
Please send proposals for individual papers or for panels with a chairperson and 3 to 5 presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, the title of presentation and/or panel, an abstract (200-400 words per presentation) and email addresses. Presentations can be held in English or in Spanish. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013.
Host: Gonzalo Portocarrero (Pontíficia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú)
Organizing Committee: María Herrera-Sobek (UC Santa Barbara, USA), Olaf Kaltmeier (Bielefeld University. Germany), Heidrun Moertl (University of Graz, Austria)
Canadian Comparative Literature Association: Congress 2014
Comparative Literature is often seen as a quixotic discipline, since it attempts to cover not only the totality of literary production around the world but also the relations between literature and such diverse fields as music, sculpture, painting, theatre, and film, to say nothing of history, sociology, anthropology, folklore, and genetics. Given its profusion of interests, one cannot help but wonder what are the field’s limits, or boundaries. From May 25 to May 27, 2014, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada hosted by Brock University—in the beautiful Niagara region—the Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA) invites scholars to explore the boundaries of Comparative Literature. What is the relation between national literatures and world literature? How are new media shaping Comparative Literature? What is the role of translation in comparative literary studies? How can historically excluded literatures and literary histories be incorporated into Comparative Literature? How are new geographies of literary production refashioning Comparative Literature? What is the role of interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, or transdisciplinarity in Comparative Literature?
Comparative papers on other topics are also welcome and will be collected into general sessions. Proposals for pre-arranged panels, roundtables or other formats too may be submitted. Joint sessions with other organizations are encouraged but should be arranged as soon as possible.
Please submit 250-300 word abstracts for 20-minute presentations to Program Chair Albert Braz (email@example.com) by January 15, 2014.