Call for papers 39th Conference GKS, Grainau February 16-18, 2018


    Annual Conference of the Association for
    Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries
    Call for Papers:
    GeschichteN HiStories HistoireS
    February 16 18, 2018, Grainau, Germany
    The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries aims to increase and disseminate
    a scholarly understanding of Canada. Its work is facilitated primarily through seven disciplinary
    sections, but it is decidedly multidisciplinary in outlook and seeks to explore avenues and topics of,
    and through transdisciplinary exchange. For its 2018 annual conference, the Association thus invites
    papers from any discipline that speak to the conference theme of GeschichteN HiStories
    HistoireS“ with a Canadian or comparative focus. (Papers can be presented in English, French or
    German.) We are particularly but not exclusively interested in the following aspects:
    Writing History and writing stories are as closely intertwined as telling about the past and
    storytelling. Histories try to reconstruct the past in a narrative form, and stories are hardly
    conceivable without references to the past or to various pasts. Both construct and contain narratives
    and with them social, cultural, ideological, and physical landscapes. Narratives tell us of people(s)
    and their interaction, with each other as well as with the physical and social environment they live in.
    And narrative constructions form a basis of any kind of scholarship.
    At the annual meeting of the Canadian Studies Association, we will explore differences, similarities,
    and interdependencies of narratives, stories and histories along these topics:
    1) Are Canadian (Hi)Stories different?
    Is Canadian history and writing about Canadian issues significantly different from that of other
    nations? Do Canadian authors, scholars, journalists and historians have different voices, are they
    voicing difference? How has the story of two “founding nations” and the fact that French Canada
    (and then Quebec) has developed its own national historiography influenced the writing of histories?
    How have Aboriginal oral and printed historical narratives influenced the perception of Canadian
    history? Are Canadian authors, scholars, journalists and historians looking beyond the arbitrary
    boundaries of the nation state or boundaries such as class, gender, and race? What are the
    narratives and ideas of the Canadian self, what is the nature of assumptions, (self-)images,
    narratives, maps, plans, documents and texts that construct Canada?
    2) Authenticity, Historical “Truth” and beyond
    How authentic can Canadian histories, stories of and about Canada be, how subjective need they
    to be? How do historians, scholars and other authors deal with multiperspectivity, contested and
    alternative histories, heterogeneous and plural forms of history? How do they deal with
    historiographic metafiction?
  • What is the relationship between truth and alternative facts in Canadian history, science, politics,
    media etc.? How do scholars and authors reflect upon the selection of their topics, their sources,
    their medium of expression, their own subjectivity and the goals they try to achieve?
    3) Voices not Heard
    Do Canadian historians, scholars, journalists and authors lend their pen to voices of those not
    heard and marginalized, of peoples that have no written record of their past, and possibly rely on
    transmediation? By what mechanisms are certain peoples and societal groups excluded and how do
    they gain a voice? How have these peoples and groups “taken the pen” and started “writing back”?
    And what role do alternative historical, cultural, societal, political, geographical, economic and
    literary discourses play?
    4) Inscribing (Hi)stories Authorship, Memories, City- and Landscapes
    Do historians, scholars and authors and their narratives matter, and if so, how and for whom? How
    important are the specific medium (print, radio/television, internet, art etc.) and the genre (oral
    traditions, auto-/biographies, speculative fiction, historiographic metafiction etc.) they use for the
    narratives chosen? What are the (hi)stories that shape Canadian landscapes, cityscapes, cultural
    memories and public spaces? And how are these (hi)stories inscribed in images, maps, social and
    institutional structures, landscapes and environments of Canada?
    Confirmed keynote speakers are:
    Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto)
    Andrée Lévesque (Archives Passe-Mémoires, Montreal History Group McGill University)
    Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia)
    Contact and abstract submission
    Paper proposals/abstracts of max 500 words should outline:
    methodology and theoretical approaches chosen,
    content/body of research
    which of the four main aspects outlined above the paper speaks to (if any).
    In addition, some short biographical information (max. 250 words) should be provided, specifying
    current institutional affiliation and position as well as research background with regard to the
    conference topic and/or four main aspects.
    Abstracts should be submitted no later than May 29, 2017 to the GKS Administration Office