Conference Schedule 2014

8:30-9:00am Registration opens; coffee, pastries, and snacks will be served
Location: Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, 7th Floor, Kaneff Tower

8:50-9:00am Opening remarks from Director of the Robarts Centre, Colin Coates
Location: Kaneff Tower, Central Area

SESSION 1 (9:00-10:20AM)
1.A. Unspoiled Landscape Identity Formation in Canadian Fiction and Documentation
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 626
Chair: Janine Morris (University of Cincinnati)

  • Hollie Adams – “Anything but Bloody Loons: A Discussion of Recent Fiction About Toronto” (University of Calgary)
  • Jess Nicol – “Freed by the Fish: Absurdity and the Mundane in Carol Shields’ The Orange Fish” (University of Calgary)
  • Renée Jackson-Harper – “From Charred Stumps and Rude Clearings: An Ecocritical Reading of Configurations of Canadian Identity in 19th Century Essays, Editorials and Manifestos” (York University)

1.B. Competing Narratives & Symbols of Place: Investigating Spaces for Minority Representation & Re-Presentation
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 749
Chair: Colin Coates (Director of Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies)

  • Jessica Woodman – “The Spatial Politics of the Jehovah’s Witness Community in Canada” (Carleton University)
  • Ronald J. Roy – “Francophone Places of Inclusion and the Politics of French-Canadian Identity” (Queen’s University)
  •  Thomas Russell Freure – “‘Us and Them’: Pearl Harbor, the Ontario Press, and ‘the Japanese Problem’” (University of Waterloo)

SESSION 2 (10:30-11:50)
2.A. History, Geography, Heritage: The Particularity of Place in Cultural Production
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 626
Chair: Jody Berland, Department of Humanities

  • Joshua Tavenor – “Good for Trade and Spirit: The Concept of Trade, Health, and Spirituality at Newfoundland in Early Seventeenth Century English Settlement Proposals” (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Sanja Ivanov – “Challenging Postmodernism: Stabilizing the Self in Warren Cariou’s Lake of the Prairies” (University of Waterloo)
  • Corrie L. Shomaker – “The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ontario: Nostalgia, Shakespeare, and Canadian Identity at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach” (University of Waterloo)

2.B. Memory and Testimony: Public Spaces as Sites of Difference and Diversity
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 749
Chair: Jack Cecillon, Department of History, Glendon College

  • Amanda Sadowski – “Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Arab Youth” (University of Waterloo)
  • Karl S. Gardner – “Public Enemies: Homelessness Within and Without Public Space” (York University)
  • Elaine Young – “Places of Battle and Beauty” The Many Meanings of Niagara War of 1812 Battlefields, 1885-1929” (University of Guelph)

(Lunch provided by the Robarts Centre)
Location: Kaneff Tower, Rm. 626 (Note: 6th floor only accessible via elevator)
Chair: Mario A. D’Agostino

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Leslie Sanders, Department of Humanities
  • Professor David T. McNab, Department of Equity Studies
  • Professor Lily Cho, Department of English

SESSION 3 (1:30-2:50PM)
3.A. Provisional Histories and Identity (re)Construction in Recent Canadian Literature
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 749

  • Asha Jeffers – “Hidden Histories, Second Generation Struggles: David Chariandy’s Soucouyant” (York University)
  • Alec Follett – “Temporary Places and National Spaces: The Migrant Workers’ Cosmopolitanism in Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief” (University of Guelph)
  • Keely Cronin – “Reconsidering the Railway: Subverting Canadian Symbolism in Mairuth Sarsfield’s No Crystal Stair” (University of Waterloo)

3.B. Sonic Spaces and Graphic Encounters : The ‘Canadian’ in Music and Popular Culture
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 626
Chair: Kathryn McPherson, Department of History

  • Paul Aikenhead – “Looking For a Space to Happen: The Tragically Hip and Canadian National Identity, 1989-1994” (York University)
  • Greer Brabazon – “Between Spaces: Rapping Indigeneity within Contemporary Colonialism” (Carleton University)
  • Anna Peppard – “Canada’s Mutant Body: (Super)Multiculturalism in Alpha Flight vs. the X-Men” (York University)

SESSION 4 (3:00-4:50PM)
4.A. Contesting the Visual: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Identity-Formation in Canadian Art
Location: Kaneff Tower, Room 749

  • Brittney Anne Bos – “Thy memory shall live on, conserved by Art in monumental stone”: The Visualization of 19th Century Canadian Identity in the Depictions of Joseph Brant” (Queen’s University)
  • Kelly McKenzie – “Diana Thorneycroft: Chuckling to the Core of Canadian Identity” (The University of Western Ontario)
  • June Pak – “Visibility of Ethnicity and Invisibility of Ethnic Identity: Studying through The Invisible Transformation Project and Paint Job” (York University)
  • Matthew Purvis – “The Neutered Body in Canadian Modernist Painting” (The University of Western Ontario)

(Dinner provided by the Robarts Centre; cash bar available)
Location: The Underground Restaurant (York Campus Student Centre)


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