ACSANZ Conference: Constituting Canada: Interdisciplinary approaches to an idea


On 13 and 14 July, at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, ACSANZ held a conference marking 150 years since the inception of the Canadian state. “Constituting Canada: Interdisciplinary approaches to an idea” brought together academics from Australia, Canada, and beyond to discuss Canada’s contested history, contemporary challenges, and future possibilities.

While the British North America Act, 1867, marks the politico-legal origin of modern Canada, the papers presented at the conference illustrated the possibilities of thinking interdisciplinarily about Canadian Studies through its various constitutions. Participants spoke from disciplines including law, politics, history, geography, society, and culture, rethinking key events, texts, and ideas and bringing attention to issues and stories otherwise occluded in the Canada 150 celebrations.

We were also privileged to hold a keynote address by Associate Professor Eric Adams, from the University of Alberta, and a roundtable on Indigenous Reconciliation with talks by Associate Professors Sarah Maddison, University of Melbourne, and Karen Drake, York University.

The Roundtable considered the complexities of Indigenous reconciliation from both Canadian and Australian perspectives.

Professor Maddison spoke on ‘Reconciliation, resistance and refusal in settler colonial states’, arguing that the apparent ‘failure’ of reconciliation in settler colonial states is inherent to the logics of liberal settler colonialism. These logics shape reconciliation as primarily an ideational rather than a structural process, to be pursued through education rather than legal or structural change. In this view, reconciliation is driven by a deep desire to restore moral and political legitimacy to settler institutions by drawing the Indigenous population into the wider polity. This drive has meant that, despite arguably good intentions, reconciliation remains a means of justifying colonial sovereignty and domination, which continues to be resisted by Indigenous peoples. Ultimately, Professor Maddison considered an Indigenous right of refusal as a moment of new political possibility.

In her paper, Professor Drake asked whether the logic of liberalism contributes to reconciliation. Resistance to Indigenous rights in Canada, she notes, is routinely grounded in liberal logic, employed both implicitly and explicitly in colloquial discourse and the jurisprudence on Aboriginal rights. The result is a restrictive, frozen rights conception of Aboriginal rights. The response of some liberals has been to attempt to use the premises of liberalism to justify Aboriginal rights. Rather than this, however, Professor Drake asks whether the Canadian state’s assertion of sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and Indigenous territories is legitimate on liberal grounds. Arguing that it is not, she posits that Aboriginal rights have the potential to correct this illegitimacy, which can be exposed using the logic of liberalism.

The roundtable was followed by a reception hosted by the Canadian High Commission in Canberra.

The following morning, Professor Adams’s keynote, titled “Constitutional Stories: Japanese Canadians and the Constitution of Canada”, argued that constitutions exist in stories. In it, he posited that constitutional stories – whether in formal judgments and statutes, media reports, scholarly writing, or cultural products – shape the fundamental understanding of our legal and political institutions, but also of our legal and political selves. In particular, he explored how the constitutional history of Japanese Canadians – in both its well-known and hidden dimensions –revealed the significance of the constitutional stories we tell, and those we leave buried in archives. In doing so, he suggested that we might see the capacity of constitutional history as integral once again to a full understanding of Canadian constitutional law, culture, and politics.

The organising committee (Robyn Morris, Marie-Eve Loiselle, Margaret Stephenson, and Benjamin Authers) would like to thank all the participants for coming, and for their enthusiasm and intellectual generosity over the course of the conference. We would also like to thank the Canadian High Commission in Canberra and the Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies at the University of Wollongong for their financial support: the High Commissioner, His Excellency Vice Admiral Paul Maddison, and his staff, in particular Mary Lou Hayman, Karen May, Chantelle Wiles, and Robin Mulder, as well as Debra Dudek, Director of the Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies, all helped make the event a success.

Papers from the conference will be published in 2018, as part of a special issue of Australasian Canadian Studies



Nic Clarke | Assistant Historian at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada

Unwanted Warriors: The Rejected Volunteers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Unwanted Warriors: The Rejected Volunteers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force is the first book to consider the mechanics of the Canadian military medical examination during the First World War, the physical and psychological characteristics that the Canadian military authorities believed made a fighting man, and how constructions of military fitness evolved as the war dragged on. In doing so, it not only highlights how concepts of (dis)ability shift according to circumstance, but also uncovers the history of Canada’s first casualties of the war – men who tried to enlist but were deemed “unfit for service.”

Monday 13 March, 2017 5pm
Lecture theatre 315, Building 206 (Arts 1)



For more information and full abstract visit

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Congratulations to Stewart Gill


We would like to congratulate former ACSANZ President and current President-elect of ICCS Professor Stewart Gill for his recognition on the Queen's Birthday Honours list with an Order of Australia Medal for services to tertiary education and to the community.



Constituting Canada: Interdisciplinary approaches to an idea


A conference hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ)

Venue:          University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Date:             Thursday 13th July – Friday 14th July, 2017

Keynote:      Associate Professor Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

2017 marks 150 years since the inception of the Canadian state with the British North America Act, 1867, and 35 years since 1982’s constitutional patriation, including the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While legal acts serve as focal points for the creation (and re-creation) of the Canadian state, the connotations of Canada’s constitutive documents operate across law, politics, history, geography, society, and culture, with consequences for the past, present, and future. To engage with the manifold cultural-legal meanings that constitutions and their anniversaries evoke and contest, the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) invites abstracts for papers that address the idea of constitutions and Canada.

The conference will ask how nations, states, and peoples in Canada have been constituted, and investigate the significance of constitutive moments in the Canadian context. Participants are invited to reflect on questions that include, but are not limited by:

  • How do constitutive documents represent, legitimate, or deny Indigenous, multicultural, gendered, and federal histories and claims?
  • How has Canada’s constitutional model and history shaped Canada, and how have these changes resonated internationally?
  • How do the arts constitute Canada and its communities? How are constitutive texts and histories reflected upon in the arts, and how are the arts shaping Canada's legal consciousness?
  • How has the Canadian Constitution addressed its imposition upon pre-contact societies with their own legal and political orders?
  • What does the presence (or absence) of rights language in foundational documents like constitutions mean for their legal and affective power?
  • How do we remember and represent the creation of states and nations, and what does it mean to celebrate such a contested moment in time?
  • What attributes of Canada’s Constitution and its experience that have special resonance for Australia and New Zealand?
  • What possibilities does constitutional change offer for imagining and re-imagining the Canada?

Contributions from across disciplines that deal with all aspects of Canada and Canadian Studies, including from a comparative perspective, are welcomed.

Please email an abstract and brief bio to Dr Robyn Morris ( and Dr Benjamin Authers ( before Dec 1st, 2016. To assist with planning, earlier abstracts are welcomed and will be evaluated when they are submitted.



Russian Association for Canadian Studies (RACS)

L'Association Russe des Etudes Canadiennes (AREC)

Dear colleagues: We hope that the new 2016 year begins well for you and we shall continue our mutually beneficial cooperation in Canada Studies area.

The next RACS conference “Russia and Canada: Economics, Politics, Multiculturalism” in cooperation with the ICCS, Institute of the USA and Canada, Centre “Moscow-Québec”, Ministry for Foreign Affairs takes place in the end of September – beg, of October 2016. The issues dedicated to the Russian-Canadian cooperation in the Arctic will be included in the discussion as well.

The 2-day conference shall be held in the Conference Hall of the Institute of the USA and Canada in Moscow.

As a follow-up we can offer a trip to Saint-Petersburg to participate in a round-table discussion “Contemporary Issues of Canadian Studies”

Honorary Chairman of the Conference Committee

The Past RACS President Academic Sergei M. Rogov

Contact: RACS President- Tatyana R. Kuzmina, PhD Moscow cell: 8 – 985- 502-4497


Please, DOWNLOAD AND FILL OUT THE CONFERENCE FORM and send it to the contact above before March, 1, 2016. Due to the current situation – participants cover their travel expenses and accommodation themselves. The conference fee is 100 CAD. Members of the ICCS or relevant national associations do not pay the conference fee.

The conference papers shall be published in English and Russian in the RACS Canadian Studies Journal.

Other RACS 2016 events April 2016 – Round Table Discussion “Russia and Canada: Cooperation in the Academic Sphere” in cooperation with the Canada Studies Dep? Association CERBA and the Centre “Moscow-Québec” and participation of regional RACS chapters (i.e. Kazan Chapter) Applications shall be accepted in a written form to the above RACS address up to April, 1, 2016. The selected materials shall be published in RAC’s editions.


Reminder: Deadline for ICCS Scholarships and Awards:

November 24, 2015.



The ICCS Graduate Student Scholarships, worth a maximum amount of $4,000, are offered each year to a dozen of students, helping them to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site, other than their own, doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies. All applications must be submitted to the ICCS by November 24, 2015.

More information is available at


The ICCS Postdoctoral Fellowships give the opportunity to young scholars, who have completed a doctoral thesis on a topic primarily related to Canada and are not employed in a full-time university teaching position, to visit a university with a Canadian Studies program for a teaching or research fellowship. The length of the stay will be of a minimum of one month and maximum of three months. During that stay, the student will receive $2,500 per month, plus the cost of a return airline ticket for a maximum of CAD$10,000. The application deadline is November 24, 2015.

For more information, please see: /


The Governor General's International Award for Canadian Studies is intended for a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarship and to the development of Canadian Studies internationally. Nominations must be submitted no later than November 24, 2015.

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The Pierre Savard Awards are designed to recognize and promote each year outstanding scholarly monographs, written by members of the Canadian Studies international network, that contribute to a better understanding of Canada. There are two categories: Book written in French or English and Book written in a language other than French or English. The deadline for submitting applications to the ICCS is November 24, 2015.

For additional information:


This ICCS Award is designed to recognize and promote each year an outstanding PhD thesis on a Canadian topic, written by a member (or one of his/her students) of a Canadian Studies Association or Associate Member, and which contributes to a better understanding of Canada. The deadline for submission is November 24, 2015.

For more information:

PUBLIC LECTURE – Hollywood North


A/Prof Helen Leung,

SFU The RUPC in conjunction with the Asian Cultural Research Network welcomes you to the following event:

Public Lecture: “Hollywood North and Its Transpacific Turn: Exploring Film Location and Urban Identity”

A/Prof Helen Leung, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Abstract: As “Hollywood North,” Vancouver has long served as a versatile site for runaway productions, generating more than $1 billion in annual revenue for the province and viewed as a model for other cities to develop their own film service industry. At the same time, this success is viewed with ambivalence by many cultural producers. It is frequently lamented that Vancouver “never plays itself” on screen. Most often, it serves as “no place” or “any place” for foreign productions that value the city’s tax incentive, skilled labour force, and convenient time zone more than its distinctive cultural character. Dependence on Hollywood also renders the industry vulnerable to competition from other cities and susceptible to uncontrollable external factors such as an unfavourable exchange rate or protectionist domestic U.S. policies. Given Vancouver’s long history of Asian migration, with deep kinship ties that continue to facilitate mobility of labour and capital across the pacific, it is no surprise that both the state and the industry are exploring alternative initiatives and partnerships with Asia’s rising film industries.

This lecture examines Vancouver’s transpacific film initiatives and their significance for the city’s economic as well as cultural aspirations. It takes a close-up look at the works of Holiday Pictures, an independent production company that has been striking an interesting balance between line producing Asian films, negotiating Asia-Canada co-productions, as well as nurturing local Asian Canadian filmmakers whose films use Vancouver as a setting rather than mere location. Arguing for Vancouver as not just a local case but exemplary of dilemmas faced by “film cities” around the world in an era of globalization, the lecture will also explore the impact of film location sites on a city’s urban character, cultural identity, and sense of place.

Date: Wednesday 2 September, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Venue: Theatre D, Old Arts (Building 149), The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Speaker Bio: Helen Hok-Sze Leung (BA, Oxford; MA, Ph.D. UW-Madison) is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. She has published widely on queer cinema and is the author of Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong and Farewell My Concubine: A Queer Film Classics.She co-edits the Queer Asia book series at Hong Kong University Press and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas (Routledge) and TSQ:Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke). She is currently working on two research projects: Vancouver as Asian City, which examines transpacific connections in Vancouver’s film and culture industries; and The Sound of Queer Cinema, which explores queer cinema through sonic perspectives. Between 2015-2016, she is the Faculty of Arts Visiting Scholar at the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.

RSVP: This is a free and public lecture. To register for this event, please visit the event registration web page.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Research Unit in Public Cultures and the Asia Cultural Research Network in conjunction with the Media, Mobilities, and Identities in the Asia-Pacific Conference.


Solving a 170 year-old mystery


REMEMBRANCE & REPRESENTATION: CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN WORLD WAR I WORKSHOP 8th December 2014 at The Australian National University Convened by Dr Ben Authers and Dr Robyn Morris


In accordance with the ACSANZ Constitution and Guidelines for the Election of ACSANZ Office-Holders, I, Stewart Gill, hereby call for nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Committee Member (2 positions) of ACSANZ for 2015-2017.

Each nomination must specify the name of the candidate, the position nominated for, the names and contact details of a nominator and seconder and a signed statement by the candidate of no more than 100 words. Only current financial members of ACSANZ are eligible for election or as nominator or seconder of a candidate for election. The Returning Officer may contact the nominator and seconder to verify the nomination.

Nominators should copy and paste the form provided below and submit the form via email to the Returning Officer, Stewart Gill, at  by no later than 15th  November ,  2014.

Nominations may also be forwarded by mail to the address below:

Stewart Gill
Principal, Emmanuel College
The University of Queensland
Sir William MacGregor Drive
St Lucia, Queensland 4067








Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America

Call for Papers and Workshop Panels

2015 Annual Conference

Dallas, Texas

29-31 January, 2014

In partnership with the John Goodwin Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU), ANZSANA will hold its annual conference in Dallas, Texas. ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies as well as comparative studies involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America. It welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panels by groups of scholars.

The DEADLINE for submission of paper and panel proposals is 10 NOVEMBER 2014. Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 1 December 2014. Paper proposals must include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, a curriculum vitae (CV), the title, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Panel proposals must include similar information for each of the proposed papers and authors. ANZSANA welcomes submissions from graduate students and offers a limited number of travel grants to facilitate their participation. Graduate students must indicate their status as such in their paper proposals in order to be considered for a grant. Please send all proposals to ANZSANA President Dave Snow at Documents must be attached as either a Word or PDF document.

Conference panels will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Lumen near the SMU Campus. The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies located at the University of Texas at Austin will host a welcome reception for the conference at the Hotel Lumen from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 29. A formal banquet dinner will be held on Friday, January 30. The keynote speaker will be Geoffrey Garrett, the Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference registration fee does not include the cost of dinner. Details about the dinner’s cost and location will soon be provided at

A conference registration fee of USD $180.00 includes a one-year ANZSANA membership as well as breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. The Hotel Lumen, located just across from the SMU campus, will offer conference attendees a special rate of $169/night (plus taxes) for a single room. For more information on the hotel, visit or call 214-219-2400. More information on ANZSANA, including conference updates and a conference registration form, will become available at

Remembrance and Representation: Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in World War I


A workshop hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) with support of the Canadian High Commission and Australian National University.

Venue: Australian National University
Date: Sunday 7th Dec – Monday 8th Dec

World War I holds a potent place in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, a place that will be the subject of significant discussion and debate in the coming years’ commemorations of the centenary of the War. Each country has significant moments in their national mythologies tied to WWI campaigns, including Gallipoli for Australia and New Zealand and Vimy Ridge for Canada. A moment of maturation, the Great War often also stands as a point at which some in the colonies saw themselves outgrowing Britain, its military failures denoting—perhaps for the first time—a broader sense of the limits of British cultural, moral, and social hegemony.

The commemoration of the centenary of the War and each nation’s involvement in it is also likely to provoke critique and controversy. Its shifting and contested meanings should prompt acts of remembering and memorialisation not only against the backdrop of WWI itself, but also withinthe context of contemporary Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This anniversary offers the space for a multidisciplinary debate in which to considerwhat WWI means in relation to contemporary military actions and the diverse roles that the three states have in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, as well as in conflict

This workshop seeks papers that explore the complex ways in which New Zealand, Canada, and Australia represent and remember WWI. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  WWI: defining nationhood and independence
  • Race, cultural difference, and nation in WWI
  • Writing war
  • Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Central Powers
  • War and modernism
  • Changing statehoods
  • War, law, and rights
  • WWI and peace
  • Wartime femininities and masculinities
  • Imperial relationships
  • The home front during WWI
  • Memorials in film, fiction, and fact
  • The impact of WWI on today’s foreign and defence policy

Papers will be of 15 minutes duration. Selected articles from this workshop will be published in a special issue of Australasian Canadian Studies, April 2015.

Please send 250 word abstracts to both workshop convenors:

Dr Benjamin Authers

Dr Robyn Morris robynm@uow, by Friday, 8th August, 2014.

ACSANZ 2014 Postgraduate Travel Grant:

$2500 (AUD)

ACSANZ invites applications from postgraduate students for its 2014 Postgraduate Travel Grant.

Valued at $2500(AUD), the Grant is intended to assist emerging researchers in attending a conference or undertaking academic research in Canada. 

The Grant is open to ACSANZ members who are enrolled full-time in a PhD or Masters program in Australia and New Zealand, and whose research has at least 30% Canadian content.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work with the Editor of Australasian Canadian Studies with a view to publishing their research as a refereed article in the Association’s journal. 

Applications should include:

  •     A description of your project and the conference and/or research you are interested in undertaking (up to 500 words)
  •     Conference abstract and acceptance (if appropriate)
  •     A two-page resume
  •     Name and contact details of an academic supervisor


Applications should be sent to by September 30th, 2014.

70% of the Grant will be awarded in advance, with the remaining 30% issued on receipt of proof of appropriate expenses (airfare, accommodation, conference registration, etc.).

Applicants will be notified of the result on or before November 30th, 2014. 


International Council for Canadian Studies


The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) is pleased to announce that the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies will be presented to Claude Couture next May 31st during the ICCS banquet to be held in Ottawa. Each year, this award honours a researcher who makes an important contribution to the international development of Canadian studies.

The ICCS members wish to extend their warmest congratulations to Professor Couture, who notably has been Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies, the ICCS scholarly journal, from 2005 to 2014. To see the press release, click here.



The ICCS Graduate Student Scholarships, worth a maximum amount of $4000, are bestowed each year to outstanding students, helping them to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site, other than their own, doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies. 

The ICCS is pleased to announce that the recipients for the 2014 scholarships are:

  • Darlis MOJARRIETA, from University of Sydney (Australia), for “A Comparative Study of Selection Methods for Permanent Economic Migration”
  • Xingshu LIU, from Beijing Foreign Studies University (China), for “Quebec Interculturalism”
  • Agata Helena TROCIUK, from University of Limoges (France) and University of Montréal (Canada), for “Pour une approche linguistique des recherches identitaires dans le roman québécois contemporain”
  • Frederic HANUSCH, from University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), for “Democratic and Systemic Performance: the Climate Case”
  • Eva-Maria MÜLLER, from Ustus Liebig University Giessen (Germany), for “Vertical Empires: Commodification and Resistance in Contemporary Austrian and Canadian Mountain Literature” and
  • Julia DAY, University of Washington (USA), for “West African Music and Identity in Montreal’s African Québécois Community”

The ICCS members wish to convey their congratulations to the recipients.  




NACS and the American Studies Association Norway (ASANOR) invite talks and panels for their 2014 conference at the University of Tromsø (Norway), Campus Alta from September 19 to 21, 2014. The topic of the conference will be “Connections and Exchanges: America in an Intercontinental North”. Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts by April 17, 2014. More information is available here:



In the context of the ACSI biennial conference, the Québec Government Office in London will grant a € 1,000 award to a member of ACSI who lives in Ireland, in order to facilitate a research visit to Québec. Research proposals (and indeed the research itself) may be conducted through either French or English. Applications should be received by April 14, 2014. Further details are available here:



ABECAN is pleased to announce that Sandra Regina Goulart de Almeida, former President of ABECAN, was elected Vice-Chancellor at one of the most important universities of Brazil: the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Source (in Portuguese):




The first Robarts Centre interdisciplinary graduate student conference, "Canada: Place, Space and the Politics of Identity", will take place on April 4, 2014, in the Kaneff Tower, at York University (Canada).

The conference will feature presentations and panels from various visiting English, Visual Arts, History, Theatre and Performance Studies, Music and Political Science programs; as well as York University Students from LA & PS and Fine Arts. For more information on the conference, click here:



Organised by the Faculté de droit of Université Laval and the Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales (GRSP) UQAM, “The Québec Conference, 1864 – 150 Years Later: Understanding the Founding of the Canadian Federation” will take place October 16-18, 2014, at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (Canada).

For more information on the event, click here:

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE by a guest of Te Piringa—Faculty of Law.

When Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” in 1944, Indian Residential Schools in Canada had been operating for more than half a century. Generations of Aboriginal children were forced to attend the Schools, which became the locus of widespread abuse, while communities where deprived of their children. With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission underway, genocide is being widely used as a descriptor for the many crimes of the IRS system. Did the Canadian government commit genocide in the Schools? This talk explores legal and academic meanings of genocide, and whether the IRS system can be seen as genocidal, before turning to the prospects for reconciliation in Canada. It also addresses the sometimes conflictual nature of group memories and understandings of history between Aboriginal and settler peoples.

David B MacDonald is professor of political science at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has written three books related to issues of genocide, collective identity, and the politics of memory, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on similar themes. He has also co-edited three books, and recently co-authored a political science textbook. His books include Thinking History, Fighting Evil (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield), and Identity Politics in the Age of Genocide (Routledge). Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant, Professor MacDonald is comparing models of indigenous-settler relations and debates about multiculturalism in Canada and New Zealand during his sabbatical. Before moving to Guelph, he was a faculty member at the University of Otago and the Graduate School of Management – Paris. He has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Sponsored by Canadian-NZ Studies Unit

ACSANZ and the Centre for Canadian Australian Studies (CCAS) sponsor award-winning Canadian Poet, Shane Rhodes visit to UOW. .

Shane Rhodes, a Canadian multi-award winning poet and editor and teacher visited the University of Wollongong (UOW) on September, 18, 2013. Shane’s visit was sponsored by the Association for Canadian studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) and the Centre for Canadian Australian Studies (CCAS) at UOW. Shane is the prestigious 2013 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence and is travelling to regional centres as part of his three month residency in Australia. He was selected as the 2013 Poet in residence because of his ongoing project into humanitarian issues, with a particular focus on the histories of colonialism in Australia and Canada.

Shane’s presentations, involve a combination of slideshow with poetry readings and discussion of his work. While in Australia, Shane has done a number of readings around Queensland and participated in the Brisbane International Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival. He has engaged with writers and academics, both Indigenous and non-indigenous, who are interested in investigating race and history and present colonisation and settlement.

Shane is the author of five books of poetry including his most recent X (2013), and Err (2011 and a finalist for the City of Ottawa book award) both with Nightwood Editions. Shane has also published three earlier books with NeWest Press: The Bindery (winner of the Lampman Scott Award), holding pattern (winner of the Lampman Scott Award), and The Wireless Room (winner of the Alberta Book Award for poetry). In addition to these prizes, Shane’s poetry has won the P. K. Page Founder's Award for Poetry and a National Magazine Gold Award. Shane’s poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2011 and 2012, Breathing Fire II, and Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets. Shane is also the poetry editor for Arc, Canada’s national poetry magazine.For a review of Shane’s last book, Err, see: . His next book, X, will be coming out in in October, 2013; it is poetry looking at colonisation, settlement and Canada's ongoing settler, Metis, First Nations and Inuit relations.

In the UOW talk, Shane spoke about his interest in what is termed “found poetry”. This includes phrases from historical documents and blogs on contemporary and contentious issues, for example, which he pieces together so that individual phrases become thought-provoking poetry. This poetry speaks to issues of how colonialism, as an example of his research focus, impacts upon our contemporary world view. For an essay on ‘found poetry’ please go to;

In March 2013, Graeme Wynn, Professor of Geography and McLean Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia, delivered three lectures under the title
"Navigating a Wasting World': Perspectives on Environmentalism and Sustainability in Canada".

They are now available on YouTube at the following link:


Professor Stewart Gill and Professor Ken Wiltshire AO

invite you to a seminar led by

Ms Marie-Louise Hannan
Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner
Consulate General of Canada in Sydney

‘Securing Canada's Place in the Asia-Pacific’

Date: Friday 20 September 2013  

Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Venue: Emmanuel College
Sir William MacGregor Drive
St Lucia Qld 4067

A light lunch will be served prior to the seminar.

Marie-Louise Hannan is Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate General in Sydney, Australia. She is responsible for leading the commercial-economic program for Canada in Australia in several key sectors, and for advancing Canada’s prosperity agenda through international business connections.

Ms. Hannan joined the Canadian foreign service in 1997 and has represented Canada on postings to Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States, as well as assignments to China and India. Her most recent foreign assignment was as Senior Trade Commissioner in Boston.

At headquarters in Ottawa, Marie-Louise has worked in several geographic and functional areas including the China desk, Trade Commissioner Service renewal, and has served as senior policy advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment and Innovation. From 2011-2012, she worked as a foreign policy analyst at Canada’s Privy Council Office, where she was responsible for the United States and energy files.

Marie-Louise Hannan holds a Joint Honours degree in Linguistics and East Asian Studies from McGill University and a Master’s in Computational Linguistics from the Université de Montréal. She studied Mandarin Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University and is a fluent Chinese speaker

RSVP to Sharon Burridge by Thursday 19 September 2013
Tel: 07 3871 9362

Please note there is extremely limited parking available inside College grounds.


ACSANZ Postgraduate Travel Grant

ACSANZ invites applications from postgraduate students for its new Postgraduate Travel Grant.

Valued at $2500(AUD), the Grant is intended to assist emerging researchers in attending a conference or undertaking academic research in Canada. 

The Grant is open to ACSANZ members who are enrolled full-time in a PhD or Masters program in Australia and New Zealand, and whose research has at least 30% Canadian content.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work with the editor of Australasian Canadian Studies with a view to publishing their research as a refereed article in the Association’s journal. 

Applications should include:

  • A description of your project and the conference and/or research you are interested in undertaking (up to 500 words)
  • Conference abstract and acceptance (if appropriate)
  • A two-page resume
  • Name and contact details of an academic supervisor

Applications should be sent to by September 30th, 2013.

70% of the Grant will be awarded in advance, with the remaining 30% issued on receipt of proof of appropriate expenses (airfare, accommodation, conference registration, etc.).


Dear ACSANZ members,

Please find below information regarding the ACSANZ funding support initiative.

Applications for funding support in Australia and New Zealand:

ACSANZ will provide a small number of bursaries to support your Canadian studies activities including workshops or visiting scholars' keynotes.  This amount is up to $250 AUD. Applicants must be current ACSANZ members.

Application process:

Please provide:

.       a brief description of your event

.       specify what the bursary will cover

.       institutional affiliation

.       date of event

Applications are to be no more than one A4 page and can be emailed to:

There will be three rounds for funding. The first due by April 30, 2013, the second by August 31st, 2013 and the third, by Nov 30, 2013 which can cover events in early 2014.

Upon approval of the application, you will be provided with the ACSANZ logo. We request proof of badging during your event and a report or images will then be posted on the ACSANZ web and Facebook page. Please remember to use the ACSANZ Facebook page to circulate news on any Canadian studies events at your institution.


If you have not yet renewed your 2013 membership please visit our Join ACSANZ page and click on 'Join or Renew'

Your continuing membership is vital to the longevity of our association and it will contribute to the publication of our journal, Australasian Canadian Studies, and a number of initiatives and centres designed to further promote Canadian studies in Australia and New Zealand.

With best wishes,


Dr Robyn Morris
President, Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand
PO Box U163
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, NSW
2500 Australia Phone: (02) 4221 8031


ACSANZ is pleased to announce its new Executive Committee:

President: Robyn Morris

Vice President: Robert Joseph

Secretary: Margaret Stephenson

General Members: Bradford Morse and Benjamin Authers

Past President and Acting Treasurer: Debra Dudek