Conference | Border Songs: Western Literature Association Conference 2014

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.

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Conference | The Transnational Imaginaries of M.G. Vassanji

The Transnational Imaginaries of M.G. Vassanji

November 8-10, 2013
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
Organizers: Dr. Asma Sayed, Dr. Karim Murji, Dr. Itesh Sachdev

The Transnational Imaginaries of M. G. Vassanji, an international conference which is to be held from November 8-10, 2013, is an attempt to bring together the global community of scholars working on the internationally renowned author, MG Vassanji. It will be the first such gathering on the writer and will bring together prominent academics from Africa, North America and Europe. Such an international network has never been brought together before and the formal programme will include a range of perspectives and debates about Mr Vassanji’s many books. The participation of these scholars is a testament to the growing recognition and importance of Mr Vassanji beyond Canada. It is also a significant academic event with papers considering the full range of his books which are set in Canada, India and East Africa. The conference includes the participation of Mr Vassanji himself who will give a keynote lecture.