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Witnessing Resurgence: Self-Determination and Allyship

15th Annual Meeting of the Emerging Scholars’ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, University of Bern, Switzerland
29 June - 1 July 2018
In its fifteenth iteration, the Emerging Scholars’ Forum invites scholars and the public to look back on Canada's celebration of its 150th birthday in order to debate the future of Canada and Canadian studies. In particular, though not exclusively, we would like to acknowledge the different and complex ways in which Indigenous voices have responded to the sesquicentennial, which some critics renamed Colonialism 150. At stake is the larger question of reconciliation, the (de)construction of a national and historical master-narrative, the colonial character of the Canadian government, as well as the legitimacy of the Canadian state. How has Canada responded to the challenges of reconciliation? What kind of nation-building discourse did, and still does, Canada create and how does it affect Indigenous peoples? What is the role of academics in all disciplines of Canadian studies in the reconciliation and continuous nation-building process? What does allyship look like in 2018 in academia and beyond?

First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge and honour Indigenous scholars and knowledge keepers, who have made some of the most significant contributions to Canadian studies in recent years. Every day, Indigenous voices reclaim historical narratives, question settler values and perspectives, present alternative understandings of kinship and community, and contribute invaluable knowledge to all academic disciplines. We are thrilled and honoured to announce Warren Cariou (Métis, University of Manitoba), Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis, Simon Fraser University), Hartmut Lutz (Professor Emeritus, University of Greifswald), and special guest of honour, Vivian Timmins (Mushkegowuk Cree, author, Elder) as our keynote speakers.

While our keynote speakers will address Indigenous studies, the Emerging Scholars’ Forum strives towards intersectionality and interdisciplinarity and welcomes papers from all fields of Canadian studies. We welcome contributions on cultural, historical, political, environmental, economic, and social counter-narratives as well as on the multiplicity and cohabitation of various voices within social justice movements. Moreover, we are invested in the possibility of decolonizing academic methodologies and encourage interrogations on ethical research practices.

Please find attached the preliminiary conference programme as of February 2018!

NB: There will be an IRTG Diversity panel held on

SUNDAY, 01 July 2018 (UniS)
9am – 10:30am: Panel E:


• Marie-Ève Beaulieu (University of Trier): “Canada 150 and Indigenous Peoples”
• Svetlana Seibel (Saarland University): “Indigenizing the Popular: Indigenous Popular Culture and Genre Narratives”
• Sarah Henzi (University of Montreal): “Resurgence and Relationality in Indigenous SF and Erotica”

There will be additional IRTG Diversity presence at the conference on

SATURDAY, 30 June 2018 (UniS)
4pm – 5.30pm: Panel D:

Cityscapes: Between Utopia and Reality

• Florian Tichy (Technical University of Munich): “Making Smart Citizens? Montréal’s Digital and Smart City Strategy and the Maker Movement”
• Anna Veran Eireiner (Technical University of Munich): “Making Things, Making Self: What are the Motivations, Challenges and Ideals of People Organizing an Inclusive Maker Community? A Case Study on the Struggle for Empowerment”
Nari Shelekpayev (Université de Montreal): “Constructing the Atlantic ‘Capitality’: Ottawa between Local and Imperial Political Utopias, 1850 – 1950”


6pm – 8pm: Keynote Address by Deanna Reder and Roundtable with Deanna
Reder, Sarah Henzi, Warren Cariou, and Hartmut Lutz
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