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Canada: Near and Far
October 21-24, 2021
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington, DC
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United
States (ACSUS), the Association will host its 26th biennial conference, October 21-24, 2021, in
Washington, DC. The conference is open to all proposals with a significant Canadian focus. We
welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students, professors, independent
scholars, and practitioners on all diverse and critical perspectives related to the theme,
‘Canada: Near and Far’. ACSUS encourages panels and papers addressing subjects in the
● Border Issues, Integration, Trade, and Economics
● Communication and Media Studies
● Critical Cultural Studies
● Energy and the Environment
● Foreign Policy and Defense
● Gender, Identities, Minorities, and Diversity
● Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies
● International Relations
● Law, the Constitution, and Land Claims
● Literature, Film, Music and the Arts in English
● Literature, Film, Music and the Arts in French
● Politics and Public Policy
● Quebec Studies and the Francophone Presence in North America
● Teaching of Canada and Education Through Diverse Perspectives
● The North and Arctic Studies Through Diverse Perspectives
● The Role and Responsibilities of ACSUS
Canada: Near and Far. How is Canada perceived and portrayed from outside its borders, and
by the international community? How is Canada understood by its expatriates? What role does
the border have in creating or working against familiarity, or belonging? How has the
coronavirus pandemic shaped Canadian relationships both locally and with the rest of the
world? In recognition of ACSUS’s 50 years work, what role do non-governmental agencies
around the world play in shaping Canada’s relationships with the world? Finally, as a
professional organization dedicated to the promotion of Canadian Studies, what is ACSUS’s role
in these larger questions? Proposals that touch on these themes through diverse and critical
perspectives are especially encouraged, though, as always, submissions on all subjects
addressing Canada and Canadian-American relations are welcome.
Deadline for submission is April 1, 2021.
Email ACSUS conference program chair, Dr. Christina Keppie with questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jason Edward Black, the Fulbright Scholar in Canadian Studies for 2019-20 sat down with Alison Innes, host of the Foreword podcast at Brock University, Faculty of Humanities, to talk about the roots of Indigenous mascotting, the state of Native protests in the US and Canada, and the importance of decoloniality.
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Dr. Jason Edward Black, Fulbright Scholar in the Centre for Canadian Studies 2019-2020 was recently featured on CTV discussing this topic.
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Thirty-four years of conference history is now online, thanks to the hard work of Elaine Aldridge-Low, an administrative assistant for Brock University’s Centre for Canadian Studies.
Aldridge-Low began the project when she realized that information about past Two Days of Canada conferences was not gathered together in one place, inspiring her to track down hard copies of past conference programs and posters.
Using the University archives and contacting past and present faculty, she was able to find and scan many of the documents and worked with Natalie Castelli, a web designer with Brock’s University Marketing and Communications, to create the site.
“We learned a lot during this process and some of the artwork is really quite well done,” says Aldridge-Low. “You can see how the conference has evolved and changed.”
Some of the posters have been plaque-mounted and hung in the Canadian Studies hallway in the Glenridge Avenue (GLN-A) building. Conference programs, including paper abstracts, and posters are available for download. Anyone with information for missing years is invited to contact the Centre for Canadian Studies.
Circus and its Others 2020
University of California, Davis
Revised Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2020
Launched in 2014, the Circus and its Others research project explores the ways in which contemporary circus artists and companies relate to difference in their practice. The third Circus and its Others conference will be held at the University of California, Davis, on November 12-15, 2020. As with the previous two conferences (Montréal 2016, Prague 2018), the conference will run alongside a contemporary circus festival, involving both indoor, ticketed programming and a free outdoor activities.
A particular focus of CaiO 2020 is the interdisciplinarity of circus research and practice, putting into play foci of openness and inclusion. How can our ongoing inquiry be enriched by engaging directly with scholars and practitioners working in a wide range of fields? To that end, confirmed keynote speakers include Bojana Kunst, Professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig University in Gießen, Germany; André Lepecki, chair of New York University’s Department of Performance Studies; Jane Nicholas, associate professor of history at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo; and Susan Nance, professor of history at the University of Guelph. For the 2020 conference, possible areas of inquiry might include, but need not be limited to: Circus and Subjectivity, Circus and Embodiment, Circus and Race, Circus and Animal Studies, Circus and Native American Studies/Circus and Indigeneity, Circus and Feminism, Circus and Queer Studies, Circus and Utopia, Circus and Science and Technology Studies, and Social Circus.
We invite 300- to 400-word proposals for 20-minute presentations. Please send proposals by April 15, 2020 to CircusOthersDavis2020@gmail.com. Please articulate clearly in your proposal if you plan to make a formal paper presentation or if as a practitioner/
creator/researcher you wish to engage in a hybrid practice/talk/research/creation exploration.
Please see our website for more information: circusanditsothers.org
Please note that the MANECCS conference scheduled for October 22-25 in Niagara Falls has been postponed until October 2022 in the same location. The call for papers will be released in the Fall of 2021. Thank you.