The 11th Graduate Student Conference in Canadian Studies will take place
in Kiel from July 4th to 6th 2014.
Coined by Jeremy Webber in 1994, Re-imagining Canada suggests an ongoing discussion of (national)
identity. Based on the assumption that Canadian self-understanding is not so
much the product of a common set of shared values, but of an ongoing
negotiation of different visions and versions of Canada, this conference aims
at looking into the latest reimaginings (as of 2013). Recent changes in
Canadian policy have seen a renewed discussion of conservatism and an attempt
to reposition Canada in international politics. The current debate over terms
such as post-ethnicity and transnationalism begs the question whether what we
are currently looking at is a truly new ver-/vision of mainstream culture and
potentially new margins or whether traditional faultlines continue to inform
The conference aims at exploring
these debates from various academic fields and perspectives. We look forward to
contributions that address concepts and realities as well as perceptions and
possibilities of a Canada reimagined.
Designed as a three-day event, with
accompanying cultural program, the conference will take place at different
venues across Kiel and is meant to provide young scholars in the field of
Canadian Studies with an opportunity to present their current research to
peers. In addition to various panels the conference also offers a number of
in-depth workshops to allow for more direct and personal feedback. We look
forward to your contributions and will be delighted to have you on the program
for our 2014 annual conference in Kiel. Please send your abstract (max. 200
words) and a short biography (max. 100 words) until December 20th 2013 to email@example.com and state whether you are interested in taking part
in either workshops or panels (or both).
From July 4-6, 2013, the 10th annual conference of the Young Scholars' Forum will take place at the University of Trier. Since its initiation in 2004, the graduate conference has been a useful forum for students, doctoral students, and post-docs enabling them to present their current research projects.
The Trier conference is entitled Understanding Canada and aims at exploring issues about and of Canada from different perspectives and disciplines – whether in literary studies, linguistics, history, geography, media and film studies, philosophy, sociology or political science. Papers may deal with, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
- Perception and Self-perception - Understanding each other in Canada: Canadian Bilingualism - Understanding Canada: the Immigrant Perspective - The First Nations and Canada - Aspects of Canadian French or Canadian English
Presentations may be held in English, French or German.
You may download the conference program here. If you have any questions or if you would to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Border – Borderlands – Borderline: Spaces of Encounters in Canadian Studies
For its lack of a geographical and ethical centre and the close
proximity of most of its population to the border with the United
States, and thus to US media and culture, Marshall McLuhan has described Canada as a “borderline case” (Canada: The Borderline Case, 1977). As William H. New contended in his reflections on “borderline metaphors” (Borderlands, 1998), Canadian society and discourses have been marked by a multitude of border-related themes – among them separatism, multiculturalism, colonial attitudes, language policy, etc. Thus, Canada can be viewed as a prime example of a space of encounters, in which an abundance of cultural, ethnical, social and political borders reside and shape the lives, views and identities of its inhabitants. For more information on the conference and the final program, please have a look at the epxanded article below. If you would like to participate, please let us know by email, at email@example.com.
the 33rd Annual Conference of the GKS will again feature a panel for young scholars from all disciplines. Advanced graduate students, doctoral students, and post-docs who have not yet presented at Grainau are invited to present and discuss their research.
The overall theme of next year’s conference is: Landscapes of Difference - Espaces de différence - Räume der Differenz
From June 23 -25, 2011, the 8th annual conference of the Young Scholars Forum took place at the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus of Marburg University. The opening event on June 23 featured a keynote lecture by Eleanor Ty of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, followed by a dinner reception. A total of seven panels on June 24 and 25, accompanied by a second keynote lecture and a reading by Argentinian-Canadian scholar, playwright and director Guillermo Verdecchia, featured a diverse range of presentations on current research topics by young Canadianist scholars from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Romania, and Canada. A selection of photos from the conference is available below.
Dear Young Canadianists, welcome to the new website of the Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien's Young Scholar's Forum. A completely revamped design and structure under the established URL www.nachwuchsforum.net now offers you current information, news, interesting links and opportunities to participate in discussion. We hope that the new format will be well received and are looking forward to any comments and suggestions for further improvement.
With all the best wishes from Marburg, Graz and Berlin, The Young Scholar's Forum Team