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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Benjamin Authers (email@example.com) before Dec 1st, 2016. To assist with planning, earlier abstracts are welcomed and will be evaluated when they are submitted.
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.
Registration is $75 for participants in full-time employment and $50 for students. Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and a reception following the workshop, as well as a 2-year membership of the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand and a subscription to the Association’s journal, Australasian Canadian Studies.
Payment for the Workshop can be made with PayPal, here:
Full-time Emplyoyed Registration: $75
Student Registration: $50
Time and Location:
The Workshop will take place on Monday 8th December, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 5:30 pm with a reception sponsored by the Canadian High Commission, Canberra. The Workshop and reception will take place in Room 1.04 of Coombs Extension Building (Building #8), on Fellows Road, Australian National University (ANU) campus, in Canberra, Australia. Details of the building (including a link to the relevant campus map) can be found here: http://campusmap.anu.edu.au/displaybldg.asp?no=8
Canberra has a number of accommodation options. University House is located across the road from the venue (http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/), and some of the University Colleges offer accommodation from late November (http://rcc.anu.edu.au/summer.php). There are also a number of hotels nearby: hotels in Civic, Canberra City, or New Acton will be easily walkable. Please see http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/ for further information on accommodation options and general information on visiting Canberra.
For more information please contact:
Dr Benjamin Authers Benjamin.Authers@anu.edu.au
Dr Robyn Morris firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 8th August, 2014.
The Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand holds conferences biennially (in even years).