2018 Presenter Abstracts and Bios for Sunday, May 27th

DAY TWO: SUNDAY, MAY 27th, 2018

Sunday, May 27th, Session One: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

GP Dramatizing History                                     LI 120

Amanda Attrell (York University), “The Purpose of Theatricality in Carol Bolt’s Red Emma and Linda Griffiths’s Maggie & Pierre

Abstract: This paper investigates how Linda Griffiths and Carol Bolt theatricalize the life of Margaret Trudeau and Emma Goldman, respectively. It also analyzes the purpose of portraying the life of these women not as a biographical play, but instead as a performance purposefully using theatricality. Maggie & Pierre and Red Emma: Queen of the Anarchists were both inspired by biographical details, but each play’s form is not realistic and clearly portrays that the truthful subject matter is being performed as a piece of fiction. These plays ultimately theatricalize the life of Margaret Trudeau and Emma Goldman in order to align the personal experiences of a central female character with a greater political context and feminist concerns.

Bio: Amanda Attrell is in her fourth year of studies as a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at York University. Her dissertation is entitled The Work of Linda Griffiths which focuses on this playwright’s career intertwined with the development of Canadian theatre and the work of other Canadian women writers for the stage.

Rachel Warburton (Lakehead University), “The Syphilitic Body and the Limits of Queerness in Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex

Abstract: This paper reads Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex (2000) through the lens of queer analyses of early modern literature and culture. Ultimately, Findley’s play shies away from some of the more radical implications of early modern configurations of gender and sexuality.

Bio: Rachel Warburton is Associate Professor of English at Lakehead University where she teaches early modern literature and culture and feminist and gender theories.

Tim McNeil (University of Calgary), “Incest and Agency: Political Bodies on the Elizabethan Stage”

Abstract: Scenes of consent in William Shakespeare’s Richard III demonstrate the link between political and sexual consent in the politically expedient and incestuous marriages pursued by Richard. This paper seeks to explore seduction scenes and their use in adaptation since the Elizabethan period to trace the evolution of political consent as reflected in popular culture. These scenes exist in adaptation in Netflix series House of Cards, and demonstrate that popular conceptions of political consent have not changed since the Elizabethan period.

Bio: Tim McNeil is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Calgary; his research interests include Shakespeare, politics, and techniques to measure and enhance the perceived self-efficacy of students studying English.

Sunday, May 27th, Session One: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

GP Space, Mobility, and Transgression            LC 211

Emily Howe (York University), “Nowhere to Go but Everywhere: Examining Transience, Mobility, and Alienation in On the Road, Thelma and Louise, and Housekeeping

Abstract: The feeling of disconnection known as alienation is an extremely valuable theme of modern literature which has brought to attention the multiplicity of ways in which people come to feel disassociated from something that could be crucial to their sense of self. The trope of the alienated wanderer is catalyzed by the added dimension of accessible and efficient mobility, and the genre of the road narrative is replete with alienated characters. Through an examination of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, and Callie Khouri’s Thelma and Louise, this paper demonstrates the way that the road narrative genre shifted after the 1970s in order to reflect a more genuine experience of marginalization through the experience of women’s mobility.

Bio: Emily Howe is a doctoral student at York University. Her area of expertise is the post-1945 American road narrative with a particular focus on the experience of marginalization from mainstream culture. Her current research is an investigation into the creation of community for those of whose objective identities mark them as “other.”

Andy Weaver (York University), “From Maximus to Injun: mise-en-page as spatial politics in the poetry of Charles Olson and Jordan Abel”

Abstract: This paper considers mise-en-page in the work of two experimental poets (Charles Olson and Jordan Abel) in order to argue that Abel’s work exposes the hidden racist and colonialist assumptions in Olson’s extremely influential arguments about placing the writer’s body on the page. I will show that Abel’s poetics of resistance and reclamation exposes Olson’s problematic belief in the whiteness of the poet’s body metonymically colonizing and claiming the white space of the page, while arguing that Abel’s work offers decolonial conceptualization of the page.

Bio: Andy Weaver is Associate Professor of English at York University, where he teaches courses in contemporary poetry and poetics. He has published three books of poetry, as well as academic articles on writers such as Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and Robert Creeley.

Gina Yun-Ting Hsu (University of British-Columbia), “Diasporic Mapping: Spatial Contestation and Collective Imagination in Dionne Brand’s Writing”

Abstract: Drawing on insights from human geography and critical literary scholarship, my paper aims to look into how Caribbean Canadian writer Dionne Brand paves an alternative way of mapping through her novel/memoir A Map to the Door of No Return. I argue that Brand thereby envisions a literary-cartographic revolution that not only critiques on colonial cartographic projects but also remaps a textual, imaginative, and psychic space for the everyday diasporic realities. This paper, thus, can be situated in the scholarly discussions of diaspora studies, Black Atlantic, and the aspect of settler colonial critique in Canada’s (literary) context.

Bio: Yun-Ting (Gina) Hsu is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in English at the University of British-Columbia.

Sunday, May 27th, Session One: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

MO “Oh, the humanity”: Humanitarian Reason, Humanitarian Narratives                        LC 202

Danielle P. Martak (McMaster), “The Humanitarian Paradox: Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines

Abstract: Nancy Huston’s much-acclaimed novel Fault Lines brilliantly critiques modern humanitarian reason. More specifically, in tracing the coming of age of four protagonists — Sol, Randall, Sadie, and Kristina — in the West during the War on Terror, the Lebanon War, the Cold War, and the Second World War, Fault Lines suggests that such histories of violence are paradoxically answerable to the very same norm — mastery (if not “management”) — that defines those post-WWII humanitarian approaches to global security assertedly designed to arrest such violence. “The Humanitarian Paradox” unpacks the limits and stakes of Huston’s provocation.

Bio: Danielle Martak is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at McMaster University and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar. Specializing in critical theory, her research interests include philosophies of emotion, the history and politics of “security”, modern and postmodern American literature, and liberatory education.

Dana Patrascu-Kingsley (York and Ryerson), “The Refugee Child in Brand’s What We All Long For and Hage’s Cockroach: Speaking from the Margins”

Abstract: Building on Children’s Studies scholarship about children’s agency, this paper examines the figure of the refugee child in Brand’s What We All Long For and Hage’s Cockroach. Both of these novels depict the journeys of refugee children as complicated and non-linear. These two literary texts suggest that we need to provide networks of support for refugees, and in particular children, and we need to listen to them with understanding, rather than assuming that they are ‘innocent,’ or trying to ‘cure’ them of trauma.

Bio: Dana Patrascu-Kingsley has taught a variety of courses in English, Children’s Studies, and Humanities at York University and Ryerson University. Her research includes multiculturalism, ethnicity, race and gender in Canadian culture, and Children’s literature with a focus on alterity.

Sunday, May 27th, Session One: 8:30 am – 10:00 amm

GP Missions, Mapping, & Memorialization                   CM 105

Shaina Humble (University of Alberta), “De-Centering the Ethnographic in Life Among the Qallunaat

Abstract: This paper argues that the 2015 re-publication of Mini Aodla Freeman’s memoir _Life Among the Qallunaat_, in which the editors restore several deleted passages concerning Aodla Freeman’s family in James Bay and drastically modify the paratextual framing, challenges the original (1978) “reverse ethnographic” misrecognition of the text by Hurtig Publishers. I make this argument via a comparative reading between the two editions of the memoir, the original typescript, and an interview with Aodla Freeman. Attending to the prior misrecognition of the text is important because the memoir has historically been read as an ethnographic text instead of life writing.

Bio: Shaina Humble is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her SSHRC-funded research project, Reclaiming Early Ethnography Through Contemporary Inuit Cultural Production, considers how Inuit artists are using literature, film, and performance to reclaim representations from early ethnography.

Adrian Knapp (Saint Mary’s University), “‘not knowing the manners & Customs of my Native Place’: Philip Quaque at Cape Coast Castle”

Abstract: This paper offers a critical examination of Philip Quaque’s epistolary writing with a focus on the role education plays in his missionary activity and self-presentation as a culturally refined Englishman. Since Quaque’s social standing as spiritual and cultural intermediary between Europeans and Africans trading at Cape Coast Castle is directly connected to his English education, this paper aims to shed critical light on the enabling as well as limiting qualities of this education to facilitate a better understanding of the difficulties Quaque encountered in his work as the first African Anglican missionary.

Bio: Adrian Knapp is adjunct professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He co-edited the essay collection _(Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance_ (Innsbruck University Press, 2009) and is currently working on a monograph that explores the construction of self in eighteenth-century slave narratives and their contemporary rewritings.

Kent Michael Smith (University of Guelph), “Memorialization at the Site of Greasy Grass/Little Bighorn: Performative Intercultural Encounters and Dialogues Through Native and non-Native Forms of Storytelling”

Abstract: This proposed work achieves discourse analysis of Indigenous performance practices through research methodologies that are current, culturally respectful and informed. The explored intersections of storytelling/performance allow for a web of witnessing, agency, truth, responsibility, social justice, intercultural communication, trust, collaboration, and sovereignty. In this sense, my research allows for a synthesis of shared traumatic memory and creativity, permitting the implied author/reader/community identity to perform outside conventional literary/non-literary structures as a form of testimony. This concept of the self “performing” identity offers a paradigmatic narrative of human suffering, resistance, recovery, and empowerment.

Bio: A second-year Ph.D. student in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Guelph, my research performs a comparative analysis of vernacular and official landscapes. I examine storytelling in relation to mapping/remapping resistance and synthesis, with a focus on representations and performance of place, space, and body.

Erin Akerman (Western University), “‘This circumstance gave it the name…’: Competitive Mapping at the Intersections of The Migration of Voyageurs from Drummond Island to Penetanguishene in 1828 and Anna Jameson’s Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada

Abstract: Anna Jameson and Métis voyageur Lewis Solomon describe their 1837 journey from Manitoulin Island to Penetanguishene in Winter Studies and Summer Rambles and The Migration of Voyageurs from Drummond Island to Penetanguishene. Read together, their intertextual references represent this trip as an instance of “competitive mapping” on the upper Great Lakes. By applying Seneca scholar Mishuana Goeman’s concept of “(re)mapping” (Mark My Words 3), my paper explores how Solomon implicitly refutes the “violent erasures” (2) attempted in Jameson’s colonial mapping and asserts a “healthy relationship to … place” (12) for his community by reframing her account within decolonial Métis mapping.

Bio: Erin Akerman is a PhD candidate at The University of Western Ontario. She studies Indigenous, Canadian, and nineteenth-century British literatures, and is especially interested in the intersection of these fields in terms of collaborative authorship, regionality, and identity and community formation.

Sunday, May 27th, Session One: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

GP Mediating Race                                                  LC 207

Craig Stensrud (University of British Columbia), “Insurrectionist Irony: Anti-Hypocrisy in African-American Abolitionist Fiction”

Abstract: This paper argues that Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Martin Delany, three promimant African-American abolitionist authors in the antebellum period, devised ironic literary techniques in their works of fiction that act as a political response to accusations of hypocrisy leveled at them, and help to legitimize their own accusations of hypocrisy directed at pro-slavery forces. Their ironic fictional writings were central to the challenge they presented to U.S. liberalism’s claim that the individual subject is the base unit of political agency. Given that hypocrisy was one of the central terms of the slavery debates, this examination of the relationship between hypocrisy and irony in the imaginations of these black abolitionists is vital to ongoing efforts to centre the abolitionists’ literary efforts within our understanding of the anti-slavery movement.

Bio: Craig Stensrud is a PhD candidate in the English Department at UBC. He is working on a dissertation on the relationship between hypocrisy and irony in the moral and aesthetic imaginations of nineteenth-century antebellum American writers.

Sara Gallagher (University of Waterloo), “Mediating Race in Black and White: Oscar Micheaux and the Early Race Feature”

Abstract: My paper draws from black film theory and history to examine the early race films of one of America’s first black filmmakers, Oscar Micheaux. Micheaux’s race films are early examples of this kind of mediation that bridged black-centric experiences with dominant sociopolitical structures. This paper takes on criticism of Micheaux that deems his cinema career as self-reflexive of his own troubled ideas of race. I argue that, while Micheaux’s career is certainly self-reflexive of his personal life, his films explored daring subjects of the time (e.g. miscegenation, passing, racism) and advocated for complex portrayals of black personhood on screen.

Bio: I am a fourth year Ph.D Candidate in the English Language and Literature program at the University of Waterloo. My dissertation explores black regionalism in the West, with a specific focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American journalists, novelists and filmmakers. Broadly, I explore how black cultural producers of this region intervened, represented, and revised notions of the West.

Marci Prescott-Brown (University of Toronto), “The ‘Bind’ in Binding Out: Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig and the Challenge of New England Expectations”

Abstract: Frado’s servitude in Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig has been commonly discussed by scholars as an example of indentured servitude that borders on American slavery. Barbara A. White’s discussion of Wilson as a bound out child refines this conversation, but new historical research makes it possible to see just how central the “failed” binding out of the protagonist is to understanding why Our Nig was, at the time, a commercial failure. Ultimately, Wilson revealed numerous instances where New Hampshire laws and social expectations concerning binding out were flouted, challenging the beatific ideal of New England’s legacy so championed by abolitionists.

Bio: Marci Prescott-Brown is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Her research considers how portrayals of freedom dues in American literature became an important way for authors in the 17th-19th centuries to challenge the disintegration of enfranchisement through American servitude.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

JO IGA-ACCUTE Gothic Adaptations             LC 208

Mark A. McCutcheon (Athabasca University), “Frankenstein adaptation in Afro-Futurist and dance music: on Gothic sonic fictions”

Abstract: This paper analyzes how Afro-Futurist music and electronic dance music adapts Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The study’s premises are that adaptation studies should attend to non-extensive, non-narrative adaptation forms; that Frankenstein adaptations rework both Gothic and science fiction modes; and that Afro-Futurist and dance music adapts Frankenstein in content and form. Specific illustrations include songs like Parliament’s “Dr Funkenstein” and Michael Jackson’s Thriller” as well as DJs like Paladin and Deadmau5. By adapting Frankenstein in theme and form—through sampling, organ instrumentation, and performances that dramatize technology as monstrous—Afro-Futurist and dance music produces Gothic effects like dread and the uncanny.

Bio: Mark A. McCutcheon is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Athabasca University. Mark’s research appears in scholarly journals like ESC, TOPIA, and Continuum. His monograph on Canadian Frankenstein adaptations is forthcoming from Athabasca U Press in 2018. Mark has also published literary work in magazines like EVENT, Existere, and subTerrain.

Laura Bohnert (Dalhousie University), “The Return of the Gothic: Gothicizing the Elegy in the Works of Mary Shelley” (read by Karen MacFarlane)

Abstract: Despite the fact that her later texts seem to abandon her traditional gothic styles in anticipation of a more Victorian form of realism and social critique, the Gothic is never completely discarded from Mary Shelley’s works. Rather it re-emerges, form reminiscent of function, as the haunting spectre of her Gothic-Romantic past. These gothic hauntings form crucial embodiments of the grief and loss that resound through her works. In Lodore, for instance, Mary Shelley Gothicises the elegy through its uncanny resurrection, thus forging a new elegy, one that is wrought with and haunted by the uncanniness of its gothic manifestation.

Bio: Laura Bohnert is a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University. With an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters Degree from McMaster
University, Laura’s research now focuses on the gothics of elegy, the latent spectres of mourning in the later works of Mary Shelley.

Danielle P Martak (McMaster University), “Gothic Adaptation as Critique: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

Abstract: My paper explores the ways in which Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey uses the Gothic trope of uneasiness or anxiety to problematize 18th century British patriarchy and imperialism. More specifically, Northanger’s protagonist, Catherine Morland, emerges within the novel’s notably realist narrative as an ever-anxious subject whose unease about otherwise untroubling parts of her everyday Gothicizes – and so compels a critical unpacking of – such elements. A close reading of those sites that inspire Catherine’s anxiety yields a sense that those things after which she worries are indeed tied to power structures that marginalize women and
people of color and so really might be cause for concern. Crucially, this paper takes to task that popular sense that Northanger critiques the gothic to affirm the reasonableness of British life and instead argues that Austen employs the gothic to trouble such “reasoned” norms.

Bio: Danielle Martak is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at McMaster University and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
Scholar. Specializing in critical theory, her research interests include philosophies of emotion, the history and politics of “security”, modern and postmodern American literature, and liberatory education.

Mohammad Sharifi (Western University), “Naked Lunch: Cronenburg’s Haunted Artist as the Grotesque”

Abstract: David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991) is admittedly an unconventional adaptation of William Burroughs’ novel. In the film, the book is a work in progress, that monstrously transgresses the narrative boundaries to haunt the film, the writer, and in turn the reader/viewer. The writer is trapped in the world of Naked Lunch, and in turn, the viewer is stuck helpless in differentiating “reality” from “fiction” as officers welcome Lee and, through camera implication, the viewer to Annexia. This paper argues that Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch achieves a Gothic effect by reiterating the transgressive and contagious qualities of Burroughs’ book as a grotesque text. This adaptation does not emulate the text, but rather investigates the text’s relationship with the writer, its readers, and other texts.

Bio: Mohammad Sharifi did his Bachelor’s and Master’s in English Language and Literature in the University of Tehran. He is a PhD candidate at Western University. His PhD project looks at “schizophrenic grotesque,” narrative, and bodies in such American writers as William Burroughs, David Foster Wallace, and Bret Easton Ellis.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

GP Words and Music                                    LC 211

Carl Watts (Royal Military College), “Perilous Comparisons: Poetry Criticism and Pop-Rock Lyrics”

Abstract: Before and after Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, criticism comparing poetry and pop-rock lyrics has been equally cautious and disappointing. This paper seeks a way out of the quagmire by turning to Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry (2017), a general-interest case for the form that may also be instructive to poetry critics wishing to comment on pop-rock, that most populist of genres. It argues that Zapruder’s simplification of Negative Capability can be taken a step further when applied to the pop-rock lyric, allowing us to explain the latter’s appeal without referring to what is traditionally regarded as its content.

Bio: Carl Watts holds a PhD from Queen’s University and currently teaches at Royal Military College. His articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in many journals; he has also edited a digital edition of Laura Goodman Salverson’s The Dove and published a chapbook of poetry, REISSUE, on Frog Hollow Press.

Brenna Clarke Gray (Douglas College), “In Gord We Trust: Narratives of Mourning for Gord Downie in Canadian Popular and Social Media”

Abstract: A careful examination of popular and social media responses to the eighteen months of public grief for Gord Downie reveals a nation struggling with how to define itself in relation to its artists, its popular culture, an its own changing cultural landscape. While there is a well-developed body of scholarship on important components of celebrity mourning relevant to Downie’s death, rarely has celebrity mourning been read as nation building. This paper considers the existing body of celebrity death research and theorization in the context of national identity formation in Canada.

Bio: Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of New Brunswick. She is faculty in the English department at Douglas College. Recent publications include work on contemporary Canadian comics and representations of Canada in American comics.

Bronwyn Malloy (University of British Columbia), “‘Grit of Women’: (Re)Sounding Feminist Narratives in Christine Fellows’s Song Lyrics”

Abstract: Singer-songwriter Christine Fellows has been writing about and exemplifying the “Grit of Women” (Burning Daylight) since she released her first solo album in 2002. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fellows lends her “sans-serif voice” (Everett-Green) to the untold or forgotten stories of women at the margins of history. Fellow’s subject matter mirrors her collaborative, feminist artistic praxis. This paper moves through a series of close readings with the twin intentions of “holding…in the light” Fellows’s collaborative (song)writing, and critically encountering the experience of listening to songs about historically marginalized women.

Bio: Bronwyn Malloy is a fourth year, CGS-SSHRC-funded PhD Candidate at The University of British Columbia whose research focuses on contemporary poetry and alternative song. Bronwyn’s dissertation combines her interests in literary theory, music, and pedagogy. Bronwyn is also a course lecturer at Corpus Christi College.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

GP Refugee Narratives                                    LC 202

Leif Schenstead-Harris (Concordia), “Hybrid Appeals: Refugee Tales and Threads from the Refugee Crisis”

Abstract: Stories that concern refugees make considerable claims regarding the need for representational forms contained in literary discourse to carry societal weight; in other words, stories about refugees address themselves to the ongoing political and social crisis of migration. This paper considers two recent examples of “refugee literature”, the multiply-authored Refugee Tales (2016), a collection that adopts the Chaucerian pilgrimage format, and Kate Evans’ Threads from the Refugee Crisis (2017), a graphic novel in the vein of Joe Sacco’s Palestine (1996) that narrates its author’s experiences in the Calais Jungle. While both texts hybridize their literary form, they do so for with different political and aesthetic effects. Ultimately, this paper seeks to ascertain the relevance of these literary narratives to their seemingly direct objects of reference: communities of refugees, asylum seekers, and the reading public.

Bio: Leif Schenstead-Harris completed his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario in 2015, where he studied ghosts and hauntings in contemporary world poetry and drama. He is presently completing a graduate degree in public policy at Concordia University. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Caribbean-Irish Connections, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Weird Fiction Review, Mosaic, and Crossings.

Patricia Cove (Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus), “Risorgimento Refugees in Giovanni Ruffini’s Lorenzo Benoni (1853) and Doctor Antonio (1855)”

Abstract: As the Italian independence movement known as the Risorgimento, or ‘resurgence,’ progressed across the nineteenth century, stories of forced political exile rose to prominence in English-language writing on Italy. Italian refugee Giovanni Ruffini’s “Lorenzo Benoni” and “Doctor Antonio” illustrate Edward W. Said’s claim that exile is “a condition of terminal loss” (173). Focusing on his own history of political activism and nightmarish flight in the semi-autobiographical “Lorenzo Benoni” and imagining the life of an internally displaced Italian in “Doctor Antonio,” Ruffini transforms Italy into a site of political disaffection, failures of international solidarity, and emotional estrangement.

Bio: Patricia Cove recently completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria, where she pursued a book-length project, “Britain’s Risorgimento: Italian Politics and Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture.” Her research appears in “Journal of Victorian Culture,” “Nineteenth-Century Contexts,” “Victorian Literature and Culture,” “Gothic Studies,” and “European Romantic Review.”

Erin Goheen Glanville (Simon Fraser University), “Playing with Pitch Perfect Refugee Fiction: Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal in CanLit Context”

Abstract: This paper examines Lawrence Hill’s novel, The Illegal, as a contribution to critical literary refugee studies in Canada. Many recent Canadian novels about refugees emphasise characters’ interior journeys, contributing to a representation of refugee-ed people as trauma victims. As a funny, satirical, and plot-driven narrative with a boring main character, The Illegal turns the reader’s gaze from the refugee subject to the structures that they inhabit. Rather than contributing to conversations about refugee trauma and therapeutic re-voicing, this novel invites grounded critical analysis of the conflicted role that multiculturalism in Canada might play within a corrupt global asylum regime.

Bio: Erin Goheen Glanville is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Communication at SFU. Erin’s current project is a community collaboration around asylum discourse and dialogue. She runs workshops shaped by her doctoral research on refugee fiction as pedagogy and has published on narrative representations of refugees, globalisation, and diaspora fiction.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

GP Mapping North                                               CM 105

Christopher Long (University of Toronto), “‘A New Helvetia in Canada’: Elise von Koerber and the plan to colonize northern Ontario”

Abstract: My paper explores the work of Madam Elise von Koerber, who worked as an immigration agent between 1872 and 1879 and was thereby one of the first women employed by the Canadian government. Koerber demonstrated Victorian understanding of nation-building in her ambition to establish colonies in northern Ontario. She participated in Canadian colonization by attempting to “people the land” which was falsely assumed to be terra nullius. Koerber’s encouragement of farming communities reflected the expansionist policies of the Canadian government and she acted on the early Canadian nationalist belief that Canada’s population ought to be equal to its land mass.

Bio: Christopher Long is a graduate of York University where he completed a master’s degree in Canadian history under the supervision of Dr. Marcel Martel. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, training to become an archivist.

James Gifford (Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus), “‘To seek a home beyond the unknown sea’: Nineteenth Century Poetry, Philology, and Translation in Depictions of Western Canada”

Abstract: Edward Taylor Fletcher (1817–1897) was a Canadian poet, travel writer, surveyor, philologist, and translator. His writings are linguistically and culturally plural in the broadest sense, depicting Canada from Labrador to Vancouver Island. He translated literary, historical, and poetics materials from Icelandic, Finnish, Polish, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit while speaking English, French, German, Italian and other modern languages. His late long poems interweave Canadian landscapes with modern and ancient poetic traditions from the Kalavela, the Mahabharata, the Poetic Edda—I argue this marks his deep poetic contrast to the Confederation Poets as parallel to their contrasting nationalism and pluralism.

Bio: James Gifford is Associate Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. His books Personal Modernism and From the Elephant’s Back appeared in 2014 and 2015. In 2017 he became Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and in Fall 2017 was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès.

Julie Hollenbach (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University), “‘Smoothing Over Rough Places for Others’: Crafting Settler Colonial Society in 19th Century British Columbia”

Abstract: This paper examines the domestic leisure of the 19th century Anglo-Canadian O’Keefe family’s female members, arguing that practices of Victorian leisure – such as handicrafting – within the settler colonial context, functioned as part of colonialism’s domesticating processes whereby the unfamiliar and unsettled was appropriated and assimilated into the imperial status quo. This paper posits that the social practice of crafting and its resulting material culture functioned to perform colonialism; discipline gender, class, and race; domesticate and settle space; and build colonial societies.

Bio: Julie Hollenbach teaches sessionally at NSCAD University (Halifax). She received her PhD in Art History from Queen’s University in 2017. Her research explores women’s material culture and history, with a special interest in 19th and 20th century domestic amateur crafting as a social practice.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

BSP GSC Panel: Successful Sessionals             LC 207

Mark Kaethler (Medicine Hat College)

Mark Kaethler teaches English at Medicine Hat College and serves as the Assistant Project Director of mayoral shows for the Map of Early Modern London and the TEI Editor for the Q Collaborative. He is the co-editor of Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools (Routledge, 2018).

Ramanpreet Kaur (Western University)

 

Marc Mazur (Western University)

Marc Mazur is a Doctoral Candidate at Western University and the Newsletter Editor for the North American Society for Studies in Romanticism. Marc’s essays and reviews have been published in Critical Inquiry, Romantic Circles Praxis, and Analectica Hermeneutica. His dissertation is on the unpublished texts of British Romanticism.

Cameron Riddell (Western University)

Cameron Riddell is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of English at Western University.

Alicia Robinet (Western University)

Alicia Robinet is an Instructor at Huron and Brescia University Colleges at Western University, the ACCUTE Coordinator, and a PhD Candidate at Western University in the Department of English and Writing Studies.

Diana Samu-Visser (Western University)

Diana Samu-Visser is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of English at Western University.

Laura Schechter (U of Alberta)

Laura Schechter received her PhD in English from the University of Alberta, and her academic interests include early modern gender, court culture, and drama. She has published recently in Pedagogy and the edited collection Shakespeare’s Queens, and she is the past Coordinator for both ACCUTE and English Studies in Canada.

Jeff Weingarten (Fanshawe College)

Jeffrey Weingarten is a Professor of Language and Liberal Studies at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. As the author of dozens of reviews and articles published in literary magazines and journals across Canada, he is also the co-founder of The Bull Calf: Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Two: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

GP Poetics and Ethics of the Non-Human            LI 119

Lara Okihiro (University of Toronto), “Unpacking Lost Items: The Meaning of Objects and Dispossession in Sachiko Murakami’s Rebuild and Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps

Abstract: Analysing Sachiko Murakami’s Rebuild (2011) and Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps (2013) along side Walter Benjamin’s idea that objects deeply connect us to the past and make us feel responsible to the future, this paper considers the relationship between people and their objects in cases when people and communities have been forcibly dispossessed of their objects. I consider the multiple and profound meanings of the objects in the poems; what challenges the speakers in the poems face when they lose those intimate, cultural, and worldly items; and how these poems of dispossession challenge or supplement Benjamin’s notion.

Bio: Lara Okihiro received her MA from the University of London and was awarded her PhD in English from the University of Toronto in November 2017. She researches the relationships between people and things in literature, particularly issues of property loss, incarceration, and reconciliation in the Japanese Canadian Internment.

Kevin McNeilly (University of British Columbia), “Alive at the Same Time on the Same Planet: Kathleen Jamie and the Poetics of Attending”

Abstract: Recent work by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie has taken an ecological swerve, to present a sustained trajectory of interest: a fraught but careful troubling of interfaces between the non-human and the human. Shorelines and thresholds become key tropes in her writing, placeholders for zones of contact with and dehiscence in the perceptible world. Her trio of concerns—archeology, the medical humanities, and an unstable sense of the natural—coalesces to produce a practice of attending. Recording her “findings” and the asymmetries of finding out, her writing attends on and attends to our uncertain enmeshment with the earth under our feet.

Bio: Kevin McNeilly teaches in the Department of English at UBC. He is a researcher with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. His creative work can be accessed at kevinmcneilly.ca. His recent critical publications engage with writing by Robert Bringhurst and by Octavia Butler.

Session Two (note time just for this panel): 10:45 am-12:15 pm

JO CSRS-ACCUTE Indigenizing the Early Modern Period                       Library 107.33

Ashley Caranto Morford (University of Toronto), “Indigenizing the Early Modern: How Indigenous Storytelling Traditions Advanced Tudor Period Technologies”

Abstract: In this paper, I conduct an Indigenous studies reading of Tudor England that reveals the ways Indigenous peoples and their rich storytelling traditions actively progressed early modern English technologies. My focus is two-fold: firstly, I discuss how Indigenous storytelling advanced the treatment of sickness in Tudor England; secondly, I discuss the Indigenous coauthorship of certain Tudor period literature, reflecting especially on how Indigenous storytelling
traditions transformed these literatures. Through this indigenized reading of Tudor England, I assert the decolonial potentials that an Indigenous studies approach brings to the field of early modern studies.

Bio: Ashley Caranto Morford (she/her) is a queer of colour PhD student in English at the University of Toronto, where she is a guest on Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabe lands. Her work intersects Indigenous studies, digital humanities, and sexuality studies. She currently teaches in the University of Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, and has (co)facilitated classes, workshops, and reading groups on asexuality, decolonialism, and digital humanities.

Lauren Beck (Mount Allison University), “The Eastward Gaze: Indigenous Constructions of Europeanity before 1800”

Abstract: This presentation examines ways of revisiting works prepared by Indigenous and mixed-blood authors for European audiences for how they viewed and constructed Europe and Europeans. It will also meditate on the way gender is visualized as a tool of empowerment and disempowerment.

Bio: Dr. Lauren Beck is Canada Research Chair in Intercultural Encounter at Mount Allison University (Canada), editor of Terrae Incognitae, and scholar of the early-modern transatlantic world. Her research examines Indigenous-European encounters throughout the Americas before 1800.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

GP Prairie Poetry                                                LC 208

Nathan Dueck (College of the Rockies), “The Vice Versa Aesthetics in Robert Kroetsch’s The Sad Phoenician

Abstract: Robert Kroetsch concludes *The Sad Phoenician* with a reversal: “Or vice versa” (59). Those words counter any sense of closure in a long poem about relationships ending abruptly. The speaker, a “poet” lays blame for his break ups on communication breaking down. He calls himself “a kind of Phoenician” (Kroetsch 13) with reference to ancient Mediterranean traders who developed the earliest alphabet, only to see the Greeks steal it. “The Sad Phoenician of Love” (ibid) asserts that readers – like some women he knows – take language from him. In *The Sad Phoenician,* the act of interpretation relates to appropriation.

Bio: Nathan Dueck is an instructor of English and Creative Writing at the College of the Rockies. He is the author of *king’s(mère)* (Turnstone, 2004), *he’ll* (Pedlar, 2014), and *A Very Special Episode* (Buckrider, forthcoming). He previously published an essay on Kroetsch entitled “Verbal Parody of *The Studhorse Man* in *Seed Catalogue.*”

Christian Riegel (University of Regina), “Elegy, Spatiality, and Mourning in Dennis Cooley’s Fielding and Birk Sproxton’s Headframe: 2

Abstract: Canadian poets Dennis Cooley and Birk Sproxton share interests in mourning as a psychic, figurative, and spatial endeavour. For Cooley, in Fielding and for Sproxton, in Headframe: 2 the landscape and their dead fathers are inter-related concerns; as much as the landscape is paradoxically marked by the absence of their fathers, it becomes the site of figurative re-inscription. They draw from traditions of elegy as a mode of writing that has as its aim to give presence to the dead while it also acknowledges the limitations and failure of figuration to do more than signal the absence of the dead.

Bio: Christian Riegel is Professor of English at Campion College at the University of Regina. He has published the books Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning, Writing Grief: The Literary Work of Mourning, and Twenty-First Century Canadian Writers, amongst others.

Jordan Bolay (University of Calgary), “‘Nature Can Be So Damned Unnatural’: The Nature and Narrative of Politics and Agency in Robert Kroetsch’s The Words of My Roaring

Abstract: Johnnie Backstrom, the narrator of Kroetsch’s tall tale about prairie politics, The Words of My Roaring, exploits nature—specifically water—through his ludicrous platform based on the promise of rain in his bid for a seat as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Yet he is in turn exploited by nature—by his dependence on nature—and is rendered helpless by his own narrative, unable to talk his way out of the problems that his pursuits have procured. This trifecta of man, nature, and narrative yields unique commentaries on human agency both within political movements and the natural environment.

Bio: Jordan Bolay studies questions of trace—the politics of presence in the archive—as a doctoral candidate in the University of Calgary’s English Department.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

GP Early Modern: Pastoral, Play, & Poetry LI 120

Laura Schecter (University of Alberta), “Bad Debt, Better(?) Ancestors: Allusions to Jacob in The Merchant of Venice

Abstract: More than any other play by William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice is invested in religious identity, situating itself within the broader framework of Judeo-Christian relationships and biblical allusion. Few critics have examined the antagonistic Shylock’s own sense of his Jewishness, particularly as it pertains to the moneylender’s multiple references to the biblical patriarch Jacob. I argue that the relationship between contractual power and religious otherness is seen nowhere more clearly than in these allusions to Jacob, the trickster who is so often concerned with gaining the upper hand in pacts (but who also runs afoul of them).

Bio: Laura Schechter received her PhD in English from the University of Alberta, and her academic interests include early modern gender, court culture, and drama. She has published recently in Pedagogy and the edited collection Shakespeare’s Queens, and she is the past Coordinator for both ACCUTE and English Studies in Canada.

Nathan Szymanski (Simon Fraser University), “‘A Mayden-Queene, and now a manly King’: Queen Elizabeth I and Pastoral Elegy”

Abstract: This paper reads Elizabeth I’s relationship with the pastoral mode in order to show how her courtly poets deploy the mode in surprising ways immediately following her death in 1603. The essay first considers Elizabeth’s own self-fashioning as a milkmaid and shepherd before turning to three pastoral elegies “The Lamentation of Melpomene” (1603) by T.W., “Englandes Mourning Garment” (1603) by Henry Chettle, and “An Elegie vpon the death of the high and renowned Princesse, our late Soueraigne Elizabeth” (1603). Ultimately, the paper suggests that poets, in their elegies for Elizabeth, utilize an array of pastoral tropes and features, especially pastoral’s potential to signal queer and alternative sexualities.

Bio: Nathan Szymanski is currently a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University, where he is finishing his dissertation “Emulous Fellowship and the Elizabethan Pastoral Eclogue” (defence in December 2017). Besides books reviews, he has a co-written article forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance in the summer of 2018.

Tristan B. Taylor (University of Saskatchewan), “John Dernelly: Haberdasher and Poet”

Abstract: John Dernelly is a self-described haberdasher and citizen of London. With only one extant piece of writing discovered, little is known about the man beyond his will and his didactic poem on faith and business. His poem, although brief, reveals a great deal about religious preoccupations of the working class and specifically his own concern for spiritual well-being. This paper will examine the poem in relation to his will and probate to explore Early Modern preoccupations with faith, poetic impulses, and how this type of literary and documentary evidence can be used to recognize shifts in lay piety.

Bio: Tristan B. Taylor is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Saskatchewan. His dissertation explores genre and rhetoric in the life of Thomas Becket in the South English legendary. Key areas of his interest are manuscript studies, vernacular theory, hagiology, and reception theories.

Mark Kaethler (Medicine Hat College), “Buckingham’s Fake News and Middleton’s Political Awareness”

Abstract: Fake news is a common phrase in our contemporary media, but an earlier manifestation materialized in the Jacobean theatre following the dissolution of the Spanish Match, comprising marriage negotiations between England and Spain. Buckingham framed his and Prince Charles’s clandestine voyage to Spain as an effort to thwart rather than expedite these relations after the militant Protestant population of London applauded the plot’s failure. Thomas Middleton staged this fake news in his play A Game at Chess (1624), and this paper argues that its framework invites political awareness about this manipulative tactic through the medium of theatre.

Bio: Mark Kaethler teaches English at Medicine Hat College and serves as the Assistant Project Director of mayoral shows for the Map of Early Modern London and the TEI Editor for the Q Collaborative. He is the co-editor of Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools (Routledge, 2018).

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

GP Citizen Spaces                                                 LC 211

Rusaba Alam (University of British Columbia), “‘Negative Space’: Muslim Women and The Handmaid’s Tale

Abstract: Both Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and its Hulu television adaptation have been widely acclaimed for their timely resistance to a rising tide of misogynistic, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic politics. I suggest that The Handmaid’s Tale, generally read as a feminist narrative, should equally be understood as a Canadian nationalist text. By tracing Atwood’s shifting descriptions of the inspiration behind the handmaids’ iconic red dresses, I reveal her uneasy relationship to representations of Muslim women and the veil. Taking up examples of this unease in the critical treatment of The Handmaid’s Tale over the years, I consider the different ways in which the figure of the Muslim woman is instrumentalized in Canadian nationalist discourses.

Bio: Rusaba Alam is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Honours B.A. at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

Nasra Smith (York University), “‘The Salt of Remembrance’: Memory as Social and Material Space in Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter

Abstract: Mariama Ba’s epistolary novel So Long a Letter (1981), claims Shaun Irlam, is a “praxis of memory” situating Ramatoulaye’s painful process of remembering as “vocational,” while challenging polygamous marriages and traditional widowhood in Senegalese culture (76). Yet the novel also converges with African women’s rights, visions of a New Africa and the role of Islam and French colonialism, while bounded by class and caste prejudices. Though Irlam suggests it is a “genuinely historical novel,” this paper recognizes the contradictory social and material tensions in the aftermath of independence, as well as Rama’s interpretation of a new discursive space and time, for its dialectical potential (76). Framed through lingering legacies of colonial education and Eurocentrism, as well as Senghor-inspired Negritude and African feminism/womanism, I argue the novel invites a material analysis of culture, where the exigencies of gender, caste and national affiliations are attributes of a newly post-colonial bourgeois society. While the novel does not instantiate class consciousness, it nonetheless cites antagonistic class disparities, while recognizing memory as the centrality of experience. Thus, Rama’s memories are conflictual and heterogeneous while countering issues of social space—polygyny, domestic/private sphere, and patriarchal culture—, and material space—class/caste subjectivities, women’s mobility, and nationalism. The practise of memory, then is both situational and representational as Rama narrates her present condition without overcoming the differences that exist between her traditional, class-ridden reality and the progressive call for Africa’s future.

Irlam, Shaun. “Une Si Longue Lettre”: The Vocation of Memory and the Space of Writing.” Research in African Literatures, vol.29, no. 2, 1998, pp.76-93.

Bio: Nasra Smith is a PhD student in English at York University in Toronto, Canada, with a MA in English and MEd in Education. Her interests are in Postcolonial Literature, particularly African Literature and the Canadian Diaspora, and her dissertation focuses on literary multilingualism in pre- and post-colonial encounters.

Marisa Lewis (McMaster University), “Decolonizing the Black Mother-Citizen: Intersections between Citizenship and Solidarity in Maternal ‘Spaces’ in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen

Abstract: My paper approaches Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen (1974) with a critical reading of resistance in the context of postwar British welfarist scripts regarding maternity. I argue that Emecheta’s Nigerian heroine contests the welfare state’s oppression over maternity and children, and in doing so, she also contests her marginal position as a “second class citizen.” Engaging Isin and Nielsen’s theory of “acts of citizenship,” my analysis highlights how solidarity and resistance can become instructive tools for claiming citizenship both as legal status and affective practice, thereby provoking a series of questions about postwar British civic identities.

Bio: Marisa Lewis is a Master’s student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and her research interests include diaspora, Canadian citizenship, and conceptions of the nation.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

GP Zombie Banks and Recession Horror                          LC 202

Karen Macfarlane (Mount Saint Vincent University), “If you have ghosts: Haunting Neoliberal Real Estate in Paranormal Reality Television”

Abstract: Haunted house narratives are traditionally structured around “persistent themes of loss, memory, [and] retribution …”(Curtis). In contemporary paranormal reality television and web series, though, it is the haunted relationship to the concept of ownership that shapes the narratives. In this sense, ghosts become strangers who can (and do, in the age of failed mortgages) lay claim to the family home. The response to haunting in ghost hunting series, I argue, is shaped by an elaborate performance of a fantasy of restoration. This paper explores this fantasy as a direct response to the ways in which the house (as opposed to the “home”) has been reshaped in the popular imagination by neoliberal policies that caused the mortgage crisis.

Bio: Karen Macfarlane is Associate Professor in the department of English at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax Nova Scotia. Her most recent publications have been on neoliberalism and the crash of the housing market in the American Horror Story franchise (in Neoliberal Gothic. Manchester UP, 2016), and on textuality, empire and the monster “Here Be Monsters” in Text Matters (2016). She has also published on monsters in her discussions of reanimated Mummies in Fin de Siècle British Adventure Fiction, and of Lady Gaga. Her current research focuses on monsters in popular culture at the turn of the 19th/20th and the 20th/21st centuries.

Ross Bullen (OCAD University), “‘I Was Married to a Corpse’: Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Zombie Banks”

Abstract: I examine banking stories by William Wells Brown and Frederick Douglass as anachronistic examples of “zombie banks.” This term from the 1980s is used to describe a bank that is no longer financially viable but is “kept alive” via government credit. The situation was slightly different for Brown and Douglass, but in both instances their banks were given the appearance of viability despite having no cash reserves. The value of describing these banks as “zombie banks” is that the metaphor of the zombie – the “living dead” – perfectly captures the gothic connections between reproductive futurity, economics, and slavery in their texts.

Bio: Ross Bullen teaches writing, children’s literature, science fiction, and American literature at OCAD University in Toronto.

Lindsey Michael Banco (University of Saskatchewan), “Recession Horror: Popular American Genre Fiction and the Financial Crisis”

Abstract: The first part of this paper explores Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes and its sequels, Finders Keepers and End of Watch, as sites for dramatizing the economic anxieties of the 2010s, the long-standing woes of the American class system, and the recent spectral incarnations of terrorism. The second part of this paper examines recession-era haunted house stories–novels such as Dean Koontz’s 777 Shadow Street and Bentley Little’s The Haunted–which reconfigure the home as a specifically fiscal bugbear. These two types of genre fiction are useful indices of how monetary and class quandaries are expressed in popular American fiction.

Bio: Lindsey Michael Banco is the author of two books: Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature (Routledge, 2009) and The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer (University of Iowa Press, 2016). An associate professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, he is working on a project on horror fiction and film.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

GP City Streets                                             CM 105

Joel Baetz (Trent University), “Heather O’Neill’s Montreals”

Abstract: My paper examines “Lullabies for Little Criminals” for its vexed and shifting renditions of Montreal, specifically for the ways in which Baby (the novel’s flaneur) contends with and fails to match the city’s terrible realities–and then is rescued by more conventional fantasies of rural return. After reviewing the long history of Montreal in Canadian literature and examining O’Neill’s reputation as an urban writer, I will pay close attention to the shifting Montreals in “Lullabies,” and argue that the novel is conservative, following the conventional logic of the pastoral and preserving an image of the claustrophobic terrors of the city which are eased by the expansive and redemptive horizons of rural Canada.

Bio: Joel Baetz is a Senior Lecturer at Trent University. He has published articles on early Canadian poetry and contemporary fiction. He is author of “Battle Lines: English-Canadian Poetry and the First World War” (WLUP 2018), editor of “Canadian Poetry from World War One” (Oxford 2010), and associate editor of The Robertson Davies Digital Project.

Andre Furlani (Concordia), “Flanoter: The Montreal Pedestrian Narrates”

Abstract: Montreal’s contemporary literary flâneurs and flâneuses are on the prowl for the composite character of an officially bilingual but in fact exceptionally polyglot city that defies subordination to a unifying social script. Diversely situated in terms of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and language, the French and English novels of Leonard Cohen, Rawi Hage, André Carpentier, Gail Scott, and Régine Robin trace altered paths of civic participation, where personal freedoms and group obligations intersect and, just as freely, disentangle and separate. Transient assembly, rather than institutional partisan affiliation, becomes a pedestrian mode of political agility. They help modify Montreal in an insurgent urbanism that is remaking the contemporary North American city. And in the process they are remaking prose narrative conventions.

Bio: Andre Furlani is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Concordia University, and the author of Beckett after Wittgenstein and Guy Davenport: Postmodern and After (both Northwestern UP). Other recent publications on 20th century literature, philosophy, and social science have appeared in PMLA, Modernism/modernity, Philosophy and Literature, and Bréac. A chapter on pedestrian performance art appears in Speaking Memory: How Translation Shapes City Life (McGill-Queen’s UP). Forthcoming is a chapter on postwar American literature in The Oxford History of the Classical Reception in English Literature.

Jamie Paris (Corpus Christi College at UBC), “Healing and Re-storying the North End in Katherena Vermette’s The Break and North End Love Songs

Abstract: In Katherena Vermette’s North End Love Songs and The Break, she represents the North End with as much love and dignity as Alice Munro gives to Southern Ontario. Vermette “re-stories” the North End, creating what Jo-Anne Episkenew and Thomas King would call healing stories. These are stories of loss, violence, and the deep legacies of colonial violence, but they are also stories of love and the value of family bonds. Thus, this paper will argue that Vermette’s stories about the North End have the potential to be healing stories that can re-story the North End.

Bio: Dr. Paris is an Assistant Professor of English at Corpus Christi College at the University of Vancouver. His research primarily addresses the intersection of race, religion, and gender in early modern drama.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

JO CASDW-ACCUTE Graduate Students Workshop: Jobs in Writing (coffee and cookies)        LC 207

Nadine Fladd (Writing and Multimodal Communications Specialist at the University of Waterloo’s Writing Centre)

Bio: Nadine completed a PhD in Canadian literature in 2014, and joined University of Waterloo’s Writing and Communication Centre in 2015. As a Writing and Multimodal Communication Specialist she focuses on graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty support. She is currently acting co-director of the Writing and Communication Centre.

Boba Samuels (University of Toronto)

Bio: Dr. Boba Samuels is the Director of the Health Sciences Writing Centre at the University of Toronto, where she is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Boba’s pedagogical and research interests centre on writing pedagogy, disciplinary writing, rhetorical genre studies, and writing centre administration.

Myra Bloom (Communication Instructor, University of Toronto and Woodsworth College’s Academic Writing Centre)

Bio: Myra Bloom teaches writing at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the ethics and aesthetics of (self-)fictionalization in the work of Canadian and Québécois writers. She is currently working on a critical edition of Elizabeth Smart’s 1945 novel ‘By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’.

Sunday, May 27th, Session Three1:30pm-3:00pm

JO CSDH-ACCUTE Podcasting and the Transformation of Scholarly Communication                                     LI 119

April Clyburne-Sherin (The Method Podcast / SPARC), “An open source, peer reviewed podcasting model for more productive and inclusive communication about science: The Method Podcast”

Abstract: The Method is an open source, peer reviewed podcast that aims to improve our conversations about science, make them more inclusive, and more productive. It was inspired by how open source has enabled quality code through openness. We have built an open process of contribution, peer review, moderation, and reuse that encourages more diverse engagement. We adopted a process similar to software releases where episodes are versioned, updated, and released iteratively to enable continuous, living conversations that can build in specificity and quality over time. Science deserves better conversations and open podcasting can help create them.

Bio: April Clyburne-Sherin is an epidemiologist. She specializes in training for scientists in open research through her work at Center for Open Science, Sense About Science, and SPARC. She is co-founder of The Method (open source podcast), OOO Canada (network to promote OA, OER, open data), and OpenComm (open media network).

Ada S. Jaarsma (Mount Royal University), “Podcasting the Sonic Colour Line”

Abstract:  What’s at stake when we translate scholarly work into the realm of podcasting? Converting written work into audible form is no neutral act, especially given the stakes of sound for race, disability and norms surrounding authority and voice. This presentation explores the tensions between the promise and perils of academic podcasting. Using segments from my own audio project, I hope to explore these questions: how are ideas transformed, once they turn into “tape” that is then edited and framed through sound design? How, in turn, do audio projects contribute to public discourse, especially in the context of academic scholarly discussion?

Bio: Ada S. Jaarsma is an associate professor of philosophy at Mount Royal University, where she teaches courses in experimental humanities, critical theory and continental philosophy. She is the author of Kierkegaard after the Genome (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) and is the creator and producer of the podcast and audio project The Learning Gene.

Amanda Cooper and Stephen W. MacGregor (Queen’s University), “Cited: A tripartite co-production model for scholarly communication”

Abstract:  The purpose of this roundtable presentation is to contribute the interim findings from an ongoing project called CITED that is expanding our understanding of how researchers, journalists, and community members can build partnerships that bring research to bear on important societal issues. Through podcasts, CITED has developed, implemented, and refined a tripartite model for science communication. Within its 61-episode catalogue that launched in 2015, CITED has interviewed over 100 researchers and 100 non-academic stakeholders to collaboratively weave compelling narratives about salient societal issues. From those collaborative experiences, we present several lessons learned about podcasting as a form of scholarly communication.

Bio:  Dr. Amanda Cooper, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at Queen’s University, is the founder of RIPPLE (Research Informing Policy, Practice and Leadership in Education): a program of research, training and knowledge mobilization (KMb) aimed at learning more about hwo knowledge brokering can inrease research use and its impact in education by facilitating collaboration between multi-stakeholder networks. (www.ripplenetwork.ca).

Bio: Stephen MacGregor, a PhD student at Queen’s University, is the project lead for the research side of Cited — a radio program and podcast about research and higher education. His doctoral work is exploring how the lessons learned from successful research partnerships can be mobilized to support Canadian universities.

Katherine McLeod (Concordia University), “Broadcasting / Podcasting: Towards an Embodied Criticism”

Abstract: Podcasting makes and performs literary criticism, and in doing so transforms both the potential audience for scholarly work and the modes through which that work is received. The provocation that I bring to this discussion is a challenge to consider how this new medium of scholarly publication will stay firmly rooted in its medium —in its sound. Moreover, by calling into question print-based models of publication, could the podcast be a paradigm shift not only in the format of academic publication but also in how the body performs this work, noisily and out loud?

Bio: Dr. Katherine McLeod is an Assistant Professor, Limited Term Appointment, at Concordia University. She researches and teaches Canadian literature through sound, performance, and audio-visual archives.