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2 Calls for Papers from Emerging Scholars’ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries

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Call for Papers:18th Annual Conference of the Emerging Scholars’ Forum “Diversity in/of/around Canada” Interdisciplinary Approaches to Canadian Diversity University of Trier, 16 – 17 September 2021

“Diversity is Canada’s Strength”—the title of Justin Trudeau’s address in London on 26 November 2015[1]—poignantly summarizes many Canadians’ self-image and how Canada presents itself to the world. In a time of increasingly xenophobic, antagonistic and racist tendencies, the idea of diversity seems promising. Generally, diversity has always been a key component of Canadian society, beginning with the culturally diverse Aboriginal peoples, whose history reaches back more than 12,000 years. In the course of European expansion, colonialism and migrations, one could argue that Canada’s population has become ever more heterogeneous. Today, a diversity of religions, ethnicities and identities, the French and English dualism, as well as modern migration phenomena and subsequent diversity management by regional and federal governments invite reflections on societal diversity in Canada—to name only a few aspects. The concept of diversity remains contested not only as an attempt of describing the social realities of a heterogeneous population, but also as part of political, social, educational, historical and business practices. Thus, the conference “Diversity in/of/around Canada” offers a forum for constructive discussions and networking among emerging scholars. Participants are invited to present their ongoing research on topics related to diversity in Canada and exchange and discuss their ideas with colleagues and interested guests. We invite advanced master students and doctoral students of all research fields connected to Canadian Studies to submit proposals in English, French, or German. Participants are called upon to propose either a short conference presentation (12 minutes) or a poster based on their master’s thesis or dissertation topic.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to: · Diversity in Canadian politics and Canada’s international relations · Relations of identity and diversity in Canadian society, politics or history · Historical dimensions and developments of diversity in Canada · Anthropological perspectives on diversity in Canada · (Translations of) diversity in Canadian literature, film and other arts · Diversity in Canadian (cultural) geography · The relevance of diversity conceptions for Canadian Indigenous Studies · (Handling) diversity of language and communication in Canada

Please submit your proposals, either an abstract for your conference presentation (max. 250 words) or a description of your planned poster presentation (max. 150 words), as a PDF. Please include a short CV (max. one page). Successful proposals must be clearly relevant to both the conference topic as well as Canadian Studies. Papers and posters should be suited for an interdisciplinary audience. They may present works in progress or published research results. Please send your proposals to enning[at]uni-trier.de and schira[at]uni-trier.de by April 30, 2021. For further information and general enquiries, see our Eventbrite page or feel free to contact the organisers.


Call for Papers for an Edited Collection Aging Studies and Ecocriticism: Growing Old amid Climate Change

Eds.: Nassim W. Balestrini, Julia Hoydis, Anna-Christina Kainradl, Ulla Kriebernegg In recent decades, the humanities have witnessed the development of two interdisciplinary fields that tackle challenges for present and future generations: by exploring cultural representations of crisis and change, Aging Studies and Ecocriticism address the complex dynamics of individual and collective agency, oppression and dependency, care and conviviality, vulner-ability and resistance as well as intergenerationality and responsibility. Their emancipatory research agendas challenge hegemonic discourses from the areas of science and medicine. Yet, even though both fields employ overlapping methodologies and theoretical frameworks (e.g., Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, or Posthumanism) and scrutinize ‘boundary texts’ in different literary genres (novels such as P. D. James’s The Children of Men [1992] and Mar-garet Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy [2007-2014], or Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Children [2016]) which have been analyzed from ecocritical perspectives as well as from the vantage point of critical Aging Studies, there has been little scholarly interaction between Ecocritical literary studies and Aging Studies to date. With this collection, we aim at facilitating a conversation between Aging Studies and Ecocriti-cism. We seek papers that will open new interdisciplinary research perspectives. Contribu-tions may discuss, but are by no means limited to, the following areas of inquiry:

Methodologies: options for dialogue between Aging Studies and Ecocriticism  Theoretical interfaces with feminism, queer ecology, posthumanism, postcolonialism, anthropocentrism, and others  Parallel and intersecting readings of specific genres (e.g., cli-fi, utopian and dystopian fiction, plays, poetry, film, satirical works)  Metaphors and materialities (limits of growth, discourses of crisis and transformation, conceptualizations of selfhood)  Modes and affect (nostalgia, loss, hope, despair)  Boundary concepts such as the body, nature, time, space, and place  Literature about climate, environmental, and intergenerational justice  Competing temporalities: past vs. futurity, urgency (how much time left?), competing cultural conceptualizations of time (e.g. Western versus indigenous notions)  Impacts on and specificities of different environments (rural versus urban, land versus water, analog versus digital, and others)  Entangled forms of co-habitation (intergenerational, cross-species, and across other sup-posed boundaries of time, space, and culture)  Risk discourse regarding bodily and/or planetary health (disease, mortality, extinction, possible cures, care and dependency)  Literary discourse and activism

We are seeking publication in an internationally highly visible book series on interdisciplinary climate change research or interdisciplinary Aging Studies research. Please send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio note before May 15, 2021 to cirac(at)unigraz.at. Notifications will be sent out by June 15, 2021. Full chapters (6,000–8,000 words) will be due on December 1, 2021.

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