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[UPDATE] Canada: Place, Space and the Politics of Identity - April 4th, 2014
full name / name of organization:
Mario A. D'Agostino/Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Canada: Place, Space and the Politics of Identity
What influence do place and space have on the development or maintenance of Canadian identity?
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies invites proposals for a conference to be held at York University on Friday, April 4, 2014. The conference theme focuses on the Dynamics of place and space as they relate to Canadian Studies. Place/Space relationships reflect the multi-faceted identities and cultural richness of Canada. If earlier portrayals of the land focused on a rugged, unspoiled landscape, such as in the paintings of the Group of Seven, contemporary notions of identity, belonging and citizenship, are established, contested and legitimized within sites and institutions of public culture, heritage and representation that reflect integration with the land, ultimately transforming the idea of a Canadian mosaic. In Canada, where place and space have long been contested ground, the discussion of natural landscapes, localized communities, and immigrant/native bodies are not purely internal; rather, they also exist beyond national boundaries to include global and transnational influences. Through this conference, we hope to study the dynamics, relations, and tensions between local, national and global understandings of place and Canadian identity formation.
While we are interested in the following questions, we invite other interpretations of the conference theme:
Other possible variations on the conference theme include:
We invite proposals (both individual or panel submission) from graduate students that address the conference theme from those engaged in the study of Canada from multiple disciplines in the Humanities (arts and media, history, geography, literature) and perspectives (urban or rural; local or global; indigenous, immigrant, or diasporic; virtual or embodied). While we are unable to provide any funding for travel, the conference is free to attend and present. Selected presentations will be published in E-Topia, an online platform that publishes edited collections of conference presentations in the area of cultural studies.
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2014
Please send proposals and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual proposals (two pages):
Panel proposals (two pages):
Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2014
Please send submissions electronically to email@example.com.
Please send inquiries to the conference organizer, Mario D’Agostino, at the same e-mail address.