Straddling Boundaries CFP: December 2, 2012

Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity, and Indigeneity
http://www.kent.ac.uk/ccusb/events/algoma.html

The keynote speakers for this conference will be: Claudia Sadowski-Smith; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Guillermo Verdecchia

The Culture and the Canada-US Border (CCUSB) network invites proposals for 20 minute papers, or full panels, for its inaugural conference to be held at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, from 24th-26th May 2013.

Where border studies in North America has hitherto focused primarily on US engagement with Mexico to the south, the CCUSB network seeks to shift border discussion North to the 49th parallel, and to investigate the representation of the border in both American and Canadian culture and cultural production.

As part of a series of CCUSB events, this conference will intervene in familiar border discourses, which have expanded out of the social and political contexts of the US-Mexico border, while the Canadian border with the USA has tended to be overlooked—prior to 9.11 at least—as ‘passive’. Ultimately we seek to develop further border-specific conversations within Hemispheric and Transnational Studies, drawing attention to the ways in which cultural production at/on the Canada-US border both corroborates and unsettles that narrative of ‘passivity’, and highlights the nuances and exigencies of US-Canadian relations, as well as Canada’s unique place in the cultural history of the Americas.

Algoma University is a small progressive university in Northern Ontario overlooking the Canada US border, providing an ideal location for the staging of this conference. The strategic location of the Twin Cities of Sault Canada and Sault Michigan on the St. Mary’s River is the site of a rich international history linked to border issues, including those surrounding indigeneity and the border, the cross-fertilization of cultural identity, and the culture and ‘architecture’ of post-9/11 security and surveillance. The Algoma campus is located on the site of a former Indian residential school, and now includes Anishinaabe programs through Shingwauk Education Trust. For the 2013 CCUSB conference we will have the option of accommodation on site so that participants can enjoy the campus. For further details, visit: http://www.algomau.ca

We seek contributions that examine issues raised by the cultural implications of the Canada-US border in Canadian and/or American literature, television, cinema, visual art, music, and other cultural forms, as well as the significance of such cultural forms within other discourses—truth and reconciliation, health policy, security, foreign policy, and so on. We particularly encourage papers focusing on the following issues, though submissions on any relevant area of interest are welcome:
Indigeneity and the border(lands)
migration and immigration
cultural cross-fertilization
militarization of the border
cultures and architectures of surveillance
racialisation along the border
américanité and the Québec-US border
Canada and hemispheric America
language and regionalism
the culture of leisure on and across the border

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers and a brief CV to CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk by 30th November 2012. Panel proposals of 3 papers (for a 90 minute slot) should include paper proposals plus a brief (100 words) summary of the panel’s theme.

A number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available. See website for details.

Catherine Barter
Research Network Administrator | “Culture and the Canada-US Border”
School of English, University of Kent, CT2 7NX
Email: C.J.Barter@kent.ac.uk
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