Congress 2020 Keynote Speakers

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We were thrilled to feature two fabulous plenary speakers for our virtual events held in June 2020, with thanks to support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, English Studies in Canada, the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS), the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS), and Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Feministes (WGSRF).

Links to the recorded plenaries are provided below

Anthony Stewart

Anthony Stewart is John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature at Bucknell University. He is the author of George Orwell, Doubleness, and the Value of Decency (Routledge, 2003), You Must Be a Basketball Player: Rethinking Integration in the University (Fernwood, 2009), and Visitor: My Life in Canada (Fernwood, 2014). His latest book, Approximate Gestures: The Meaning of the Between in the Fiction of Percival Everettis due out in Spring 2020, with Louisiana State University Press. In 2018, he co-edited (with Joe Weixlmann) a special issue of African American Review, on the work of Percival Everett. He thinks his latest project may be a critical reflection on notions of home, as represented in the work of several African-descended writers who are not American but who write about ideas of home, whether that be United States or elsewhere.

Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue scripted the Canadian-Irish film of Room which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her fiction (short and long) ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fryHoodLandingTouchy Subjects) to the historical (SlammerkinThe Sealed LetterAstrayFrog Music).  Donoghue’s books for young readers are The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More Or Less. Her last novel for adults, The Wonder, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Future Conferences

Recent Conferences

2019: University of British Columbia, June 1-4

2018: University of Regina, May 26-29: program

2017: Ryerson University, May 27-30: program and room chart

2016: University of Calgary, May 28 -31: program

2015: University of Ottawa, May  30 May – 2 June 2015: program

2014: Brock University,  May 24 – 27: program

2013: University of Victoria, June 1- 4: program

2012: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, May 26 – 29: program

2011: University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, May 28 – 31: program

2010: Concordia University, May 28-31: program

Programs before 2010 were published in the March issues of our newsletter, and can be found on our newsletter page.