The Construction of Place in Canadian Literature and Drama (ACLA, virtual)

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Meredith Malburne-Wade and Alysia Davis/ACLA (virtual)
contact email: 

Inspired by the (intended) original location for the 2021 ACLA conference (Montreal), we are soliciting papers on the role of place in Canadian literature and drama for this year's online conference. 

From L.M. Montgomery’s idyllic and pastoral Prince Edward Island to the dystopic future land of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, notions of place and placement shape and define our understandings of texts. We are particularly interested in the ways in which Canadian authors and playwrights use place to create or represent meaning. Possible areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) the use of setting/place as a character or to further character development; 2) the use of place to represent historical/cultural/political (mis)understanding; 3) the relationship between place and gender/race/ethnicity; 4) the use of place/placement to reflect or challenge the status quo; 5) place as utopia/place as dystopia; 6) the notion of being out of place, with all its connotations. Questions can be addressed to either or both of the co-chairs: Meredith Malburne-Wade ( and Alysia Davis (

ACLA's annual meeting will take place virtually between April 8-11, 2021. Please submit your paper proposal (20 word title, 350 word abstract, 150 word bio) via ACLA's online portal by October 31, 2020:

You will need to enter your information and select the panel title "The Construction of Place in Canadian Literature and Drama" from the drop-down menu offered.  We prefer, if possible, live presentations over pre-recorded talks.