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: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/err-by-shane-rhodes/article591095 . 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; http://arcpoetry.ca/?p=6644
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: http://bit.ly/12F3Z8N.
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 email@example.com 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.
. 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
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