• CFP – The United States, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border – An Undergraduate Research Conference

    The Canadian Studies Progam and American Studies Program at
    Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA, USA)
    present The United States, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border
    An Undergraduate Research Conference
    Friday, March 20, 2020 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    The Canadian Studies Program and American Studies Program at Bridgewater State University jointly invite paper proposals from undergraduate university students in the United States and Canada for an international interdisciplinary research conference on the subject “United States, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border” to be held on Friday, March 20, 2020. All subjects will be considered, but papers that focus on these themes – 1) Real and Imaginary Borders; 2) Immigration; 3) Border Security; 4) Trade and Economy; 5) Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation; 6) Environment and Ecology – are especially welcome. Presentations can focus individually on the U.S., Canada, or Quebec; or present a comparison. Panels will consist of three 15/20-minute papers.

    The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 31, 2020. Acceptance notifications will be made via email by Friday, February 7, 2020. Students should email title, abstract (250-word Word file attachments), name, and university affiliation to Dr. Andrew Holman, Director, BSU Canadian Studies at a2holman@bridgew.edu or Dr. Simone Poliandri, Coordinator, BSU American Studies at spoliandri@bridgew.edu

    BSU Canadian Studies and American Studies will provide student presenters travelling from outside southeastern Massachusetts with up to two (2) nights’ hotel accommodation (MarBridgewater State Undergraduate Research Symposium CS-AMST Mar 2020 ch 19, 20). Lunch and supper will be provided for all participants on March 20. All other travel expenses must be covered by the presenters or their home institutions.

    Click here for full CFP document

  • Adam Shoalts Book Signing

    Brock Alumnus Adam Shoalts will be signing his new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, on monday December 2 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Brock University Campus Store.

    Copies of his previous books Alone Against the North and A History of Canada in Ten Maps will also be available.

  • European Summer School in Canadian Studies (ESSCS)

    The European Summer School in Canadian Studies is the first of its kind and addresses the multidisciplinary field of Canadian Studies. It aims at bringing high-potential students from various countries in Europe and beyond together to strengthen the dialogue between the many disciplines that make up Canadian Studies: literary and cultural studies, indigenous studies, media studies, linguistics, history, cultural geography, political sciences, sociology, gender studies, and economics. It offers high-potential MA/MEd and PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences critical perspectives on national myths and stereotypes.

    The Summer School will take place in Vienna and Innsbruck from June 29 until July 10, 2020. Click here for the programme.

    For detailed information please go to the ESSCS-homepage.



  • How a Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur saved Labatt from Prohibition

    How  The Centre for Canadian Studies presents Professor Matthew Bellamy from Carleton University – Something Very Unforeseen: How a Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur saved Labatt from Prohibition.
    November 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.
    Matthew Bellamy specializes in Canadian business, political and cultural history. His book Brewed in the North: A History of Labatt’s will be released at this event.
    Light refreshments served following the event.  Click here for more information.

  • Call for Papers – If you Could Read Our Minds: Essays on Gordon Lightfoot

    If You Could Read Our Minds: Essays on Gordon Lightfoot
    Edited by Melissa Avdeeff (Coventry University) and Scott Henderson (Trent University Durham GTA)

    Proposals are sought for an interdisciplinary, edited collection focused on the work and career of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

    Lightfoot’s career spans more than six decades, beginning with his emergence in the folk rock scene in Toronto’s Yorkville in the 1960s through to continued touring in the present decade. Lightfoot’s success has bridged a number of genres, including folk, pop, country, rock and a range of crossovers. A string of Top 40 hits in the 1970s cemented Lightfoot’s international reputation, both as a singer and songwriter. In addition to his own recordings, Lightfoot’s songs have also been recorded and performed by an amazing array of diverse artists., across a vast range of musical genres.

    This collection seeks proposals on any and all aspects of Lightfoot’s storied career.

    Possible themes/ topics:

    National identity
    – Canadiana in particular songs
    – Relationship to local/national scenes, communities
    – Impact of Cancon regulations
    – Race and national identity, including impact of multiculturalism on folk scenes

    Song Analysis
    – Genre considerations
    – Music aesthetics
    – Close analysis of specific songs or albums
    – Covers of Lightfoot songs or covers by Lightfoot

    – History of Canadian folk traditions
    – Aural traditions and intellectual property (esp. in relation to “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”)
    – Impacts of Canadian folk/Yorkville scene
    – Canadian folk music in the digital age
    – Lightfoot’s contemporaries and career parallels

    Gender and Sexual Identity
    – Representation of gender in lyrics and performance
    – Performing masculinities within the wider context of Canadian identity, or gender politics of performance

    Digital Lightfoot
    – Social media, nostalgia, online archives (websites, You Tube)
    – Lightfoot on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2e8cjz/gordon_lightfoot_here_singersongwriter_for_over/)
    – Enduring popularity
    – Death memes/rumors
    – Aging and popular music


    Live Performance

    Or any other topic that potential contributors wish to suggest!

    We hope to include chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines and a range of viewpoints. Those interested should submit a 300 word proposal along with a biography of 250 words by November 15th, 2019.

    All proposals will be given full consideration. We anticipate notifying participants by November 30th, 2019. Accepted abstracts will be part of a submission to likely publishers at that time, with an anticipated due date for finished chapters by mid-June 2020.

  • Indigenous Rights Conference

  • Call for Papers – Canadian Studies WSSA, Portland Oregon

    The Canadian Studies section of the Western Social Science Association will hold their next conference in Portland, OR from April 1 to April 4, 2020.  Paper and panel proposal deadline is December 1, 2019.  All submissions must be made online.

    Click here for more information.

  • Two Days of Canada 2019: Canadian Screens

  • Call for Papers – 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative


    Modernisms, Inside & Out
    The 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative

    Toronto, 20-22 August, 2020

    A collaboration between Concordia University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection & Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre.

    The 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative welcomes papers that respond to this question across all forms of material and visual culture. Case studies and broader analyses are welcome, as are new methodologies for studying un(der)explored Canadian women artists inside and outside of Canada. Modern formations cross time, geographies, cultures, and media; we invite your engagement with current debates that help us to better understand this diversity.

    Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2020. Please email a working title, a 150-word abstract and a 2-page cv to cwahi.conference@gmail.com. Graduate students should also forward a letter of support from their supervisor. Selections will be made by 30 March 2020. Any inquiries may be directed to kristina.huneault@concordia.ca

    Click here for CFP

  • Brock Poet receives national recognition in Ireland

    Gregory Betts is now an honorary Irish poet.

    The designation is a fitting end to a year spent bringing Irish and Canadian cultures closer together while teaching at the University College Dublin.

    Gregory is one of only four non-Irish poets to have their work included in the University College Dublin’s Irish Poetry Reading Archive, a national project that seeks to record every Irish poet reading their work and talking about their writing.

    Click here for the full Brock News story.