Literature, Social Justice, and Change

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Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA)

The Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA) in conjunction with the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences invites your participation in our annual conference:

Literature, Social Justice, and Change

May 29th-30th, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

An academic association committed to exploring the critical, activist, pedagogical, and therapeutic applications of literature and story, CALA seeks proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that address the political and social justice applications of literature in all its forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, theatre, performance and visual arts, and oral storytelling.

We are particularly interested in hearing from scholars, activists, and storytellers who use literature in academic, classroom, or community contexts in order to represent, imagine, theorize, or incite social change. Rejoining Creek-Cherokee scholar Craig Womack's imperative to "examine the frustrating challenge of relating literature to the real world in hopes of seeing social change in our lifetimes," we wonder: what role can literature play in understanding or promoting social justice and change? Can literature not only represent but also re-imagine the terms upon which we engage in political activism? What is the cultural role of story in articulating claims for justice and reconciliation? What are the pedagogical implications for seeing literature as a form of social justice and activism?

CALA invites you to submit a 300-word proposal. Your submission should be accompanied by a title page containing the following information: name, title of your paper, full mailing address, e-mail, and phone number. In your proposal, please outline your presentation plan and any audio-visual and space needs. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 2nd, 2011.

Please submit proposals and a 50-word biography to Michelle Coupal, Department of English, University of Western Ontario, and Allison Hargreaves, Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus,