[UPDATE] Imagining and Representing Identities in Canada: Words and Images of The Cultural MosaicEXTENDED DATELINE TO 15 JANUARY

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Funda Basak Baskan/ University of Alberta

The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC), the Canadian Studies Institute (CSI) and the students of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of Alberta are pleased to invite you to the first edition of the Multiculticanada graduate students colloquium. The event, which will be the first of a series of gatherings, will be held on March 26, 2010.
Canada has become a source of inspiration for numerous countries in terms of integration and multiculturalism. As a result, we would like to take this opportunity to explore the way in which texts, images, and other mediums express the idea of Canada as a cultural mosaic and the controversial questions that come with the notion of multiculturalism and the concept of "transcultural."
With this in mind, we would like to invite you to submit abstracts that deal with literary texts, visual works or other media that underscore or problematize questions of multiculturalism and the "transcultural" in Canada. The presentations should be approximately 15 minutes and should be delivered in English or French. They could focus on the following research topics:
• The way in which literary and visual works paint an image of Canada as a nation
• The representation of fractures within the heart of multiculturalism
• The manner in which migrant literature participate (or do not) in reinforcing the cultural mosaic.
• The relationships between migrant cultures and the Canadian mythography.
• The representation of multiculturalism in arts, media and politics
This year's keynote speaker is Marie Vautier, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Victoria.
Please send your proposals (250 words maximum) by e-mail to multiculticanada2010@gmail.com by January 15, 2010 at the latest.
Following the conference, certain papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Canadian Studies.
For additional information, please see http://multiculticanada2010.yolasite.com/