News and events

  • 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.

  • Feminism Reloaded? The Serial Debate on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, or: What’s New about #Me Too?

    The Centre for Canadian Studies is pleased to support and promote an event featuring Dr. Sabine Sielke, Director, North American Studies, University of Bonn.  Dr. Sielke’s interdisciplinary expertise spans 19th and 20th Century American literature, modernist and postmodernist culture, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, dialogues between cultural studies and the natural sciences as well as 20th Century art and popular culture.

    This presentation will be held on Thursday September 12 in Glenridge Building A, Room 201 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

    Click here for event poster.

     

  • Interested in learning more about Canada’s Global Role? Consider this course!

  • Dr. Jason Black, Fulbright Research Chair teaching course on social activism at Brock this winter

    The Centre for Canadian Studies is thrilled to announce the Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies.  Dr. Jason Black is a professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who will be on campus for the winter term.  He will be teaching CANA 3V92 Social Activism and Culture in Canada and the United States on Thursdays in D3.  This course is a cross-cultural study of social activism and its rhetorical functions in Canada and the United States.  Students will analyse how public communication texts and media representations such as speeches, manifestos, narratives, music, memoirs, and film reflect social change.  Case studies will be drawn from activism about race/ethnicity; Indigenous mascotting; gender and sexualities; and environmentalism. 

    Students interested in registering for this course should do so as soon as possible as we expect it to fill quickly.

    For more information, contact canadianstudies@brocku.ca

  • Fulbright Competition for Research Chairs is now open for 2020-21

    The 2020-2021 Fulbright Canadian Research Chair Program is accepting applications from academics and professionals through November 15th, 2019.

    Fulbright Scholars are selected for their academic merit, leadership potential and interest in engaging with international scholars and communities.

    Please note that the entire financial support is provided to the Chairholder, applicants can take these awards either during a sabbatical or a regular academic year.

    These grants support research with colleagues at institutions across the US. See the opportunities below:

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Canadian Studies- Michigan State University– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in Québec Studies– State University of New York College at Plattsburgh– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Social Sciences- University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in International Area Studies- Yale University– US$50,000 for 8 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair inAboriginal Indigenous Cultures, Sovereignties, and Languages– University of Arizona– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences– The Citadel- US$25,000 for 9 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Arctic Studies– University of Washington– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Arctic Studies– Dartmouth College– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Air Quality, and Atmospheric Chemistry– University of California, Irvine– US$25,000 for 5 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Public Health Johns Hopkins University– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Computers, Science, and Engineering– Florida Polytechnic University- US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Science–  Illinois Institute of Technology– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair– University of California, Santa Barbara– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair– Vanderbilt University– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Military Social Work– University of Southern California– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Peace and War Studies– Norwich University– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Policy Studies– University of Texas at Austin– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy– University of Southern California– US$25,000 for 4 months 

    Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations– Johns Hopkins University– US$25,000 for 4 months

    Eligibility for these awards, require the candidate to meet the minimum requirements mentioned below:

    • Have Canadian citizenship (Permanent residence is not sufficient).
    • Hold a PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate.
    • Be proficient in English.
    • Applications accepted until November 15, 2019
    • For a more comprehensive overview of the application process, please access this link.

     

  • Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: An Afternoon with Cecil Foster

    You are invited to attend an afternoon with Cecil Foster.  They Called Me George is the untold story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.

    This evening is being held at the St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street, St. Catharines on Saturday April 20 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

    All welcome.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Two Days of Canada 2019: Canadian Screens

    Click here for link to poster
  • Consider CANA 1F91 Introduction to Canadian Studies as your context credit this Spring

  • CALL FOR PAPERS – The Italian Canadian Archives Project, A National Conference at Brock University (October 25-27, 2019)

    The Italian Program of the Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures at Brock University is hosting the Ninth National Italian Canadian Archives Project (ICAP), on the theme:  Italian-Canadian Experiences in Canada’s Work Force.

    Papers focusing on industrialization and contributions by Italians in the Niagara Region will be given special consideration. ICAP’s ninth conference will feature the history and the many contributions of the Italian worker to their local community and in particular to the Niagara Region. Archival evidence (such as letters, family photographs) of Italians in Canada during any of the waves of immigration that demonstrate their contributions to industrial projects, loss of work during WWII, or as fallen workers are welcomed. We also invite students, local community groups, artists, authors, poets, and archivists to share their perspectives and stories of Italian immigration and work experience in Ontario and across Canada.

    The organizing committee invites paper proposals on the following topics, although proposals on other areas of research are also welcome:

    • Italian workers and early settlements in industrial projects across Canada;
    • Rome’s General Commissariat for Emigration and reports about working Italians in Canada;
    • Immigration of Italian Labourers and Practices of Employment Agencies;
    • Restriction of Italian workers by the Italian and Canadian governments;
    • Discrimination of Italian workers and labour disputes;
    • Changing Face of a Nation: Builders, Entrepreneurs and Trend setters;
    • Contributions of the Italian community to the construction of the Welland Canal, paper mill, textile industry, power plants, rail and mining, and the establishment of wine industry etc;
    • The Italian fallen worker and memorials in Niagara and across Canada;
    • Social assistance organizations (Sons of Italy, the Catholic Church, Italian Immigration Aid Society, COSTI) who supported Italian immigrants and Italian-Canadian workers;
    • Cultural development of Italian communities around industrial projects 1800s to the 1960s;
    • Memory, cultural heritage, or archives related to the Italian-Canadian work force and their families

    Please send a 200-250 word abstract and a 50-word CV to the organizing committee at this email address:  ICAP2019@brocku.ca by Friday June 7, 2019.  Confirmation of acceptance will be communicated by June 28, 2019.  Click here for a copy of the Call for Papers.

    The organizing committee is also pleased to announce the photography exhibit of Vincenzo Pietropaolo, titled The Italian Immigrant Experience Revealed, to be held at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Gallery in St. Catharines, next to the site of the conference.

    Pre-Conference Tour of the Brock Archives with the Ziraldo Papers and other collections in this area of research will be offered with Brock University’s Archivist of Special Collections.

    Several waves of Italian immigration came to the Niagara Region to work on industrial projects and to build Canada’s infrastructure: an initial seasonal and permanent wave of migration (1800s-1924); another phase between the two World Wars; and the Post-World War II “boom” of Italian immigration to Canada (following the lifting of the Enemy Alien Act).

    During early settlements, in the Niagara Region, Italians built the Welland Canal and worked in the Paper Mill, forming settlements and cultural centers around the canal and other industrial projects in the region. The Welland Canal, a ship canal in Ontario, connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The canal forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway and transverses the Niagara Peninsula from Port Weller to Port Colborne, enabling ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls. The canal was built in three phases between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Near the banks of the canal a paper mill was constructed and designed to be powered by hydroelectricity from Niagara Falls. In 1913, the Paper Mill’s No. 1 Paper Machine began production of newsprint for The Tribune. This entailed shipping pulp wood to Southern Ontario from Lake Superior and Quebec’s North Shore. Employees of the mill formed the first papermaker’s union in Canada, Local 101. The area saw a growth of a broad range of ethnic groups living near and around the canal and paper mill. By 1931, Crowland township according to Jackson, was “one of the most ethnically heterogeneous communities in southern Ontario.

    More than two-thirds of the 5,000 inhabitants were continental European immigrants, belonging to no less than 18 ethnic groups” with various minority languages and diverse cultures around the canal and in neighboring cities (The Welland Canals and Their Communities: Engineering, Industrial, 349). Italian was – and remains – a prominent language and culture not only in the cities surrounding the Canal and the Paper Mill (St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Port Colborne), but also in Fort Erie and Niagara Falls.

    Historians and records reveal that many casualties occurred during the construction of the canal due to language barriers and harsh working conditions. In addition, Italian immigrants were discriminated against when looking for work on the canal and in other industrial projects in Ontario. As early as 1917, engineers wrote to company owners urging them “to reduce using Italians”. Strayan and Taylor state: “…local people were alarmed at the arrival in the neighbourhood of workers speaking with strange accents or not speaking English at all.” (This Colossal Project: Building the Welland Ship Canal, 1913- 1932). Prior to WWII, Italian immigration to Canada was halted by both Italy and Canada. Canada passed the Enemy Alien Act that interned many Italian and Italian-Canadian men, leaving their families without monetary support. When the Act ended in 1947, Italian-Canadian men returned home to unemployment. From 1951 to1961, Italian immigration to Niagara contributed to the wine industry, agriculture, and hospitality. In the 1970s, the Niagara Region experienced a new era in winemaking with Donald Ziraldo and his partner, Karl Kaiser. Ziraldo, born to Italian immigrants, founded the Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA), and in 1996 helped establish the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, an internationally recognized research institute on cool climate viticulture, oenology, wine business and wine culture.

    CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Carmela Colella, Teresa Russo and Ernesto Virgulti, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Brock University

  • Marilyn Rose Lecture Series presents Award Winning Author Maureen Jennings

    The third annual Marilyn Rose Lecture Series, in tribute to our friend and dear colleague Dr. Marilyn Rose, is proud to present It’s in the Details: How to Make a Crime Story Believable, by award-winning author Maureen Jennings, author of The Murdoch Mysteries series.

    March 5, 2019 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM

    Sankey Chambers, Brock University

    A selection of books will be available for purchase/signing at the event.

    No cost to attend, light refreshments served.  All welcome.

    Maureen Jennings is not only just about the best crime novelist in Canada, she’s among the best writers anywhere – a national and international treasure. – LONDON FREE PRESS

    To read the Brock News article about this event, please click here.