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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