Second call for papers NACS: 'A land shaped by Water' August 2015


A Land Shaped by Water: Perspectives on Canada

Turku, Finland, Wed 12 – Sat 15 August 2015

Submissions are invited for papers or posters for the eleventh Nordic international, cross-disciplinary Canadian Studies conference, to be held in Turku, Finland, in August 2015.

The theme of the conference – ‘A Land Shaped by Water: Perspectives on Canada’  – may be taken literally or metaphorically. We are looking especially, but not exclusively, for contributions  in the following fields:

literature / political science / the arts / history / international relations | aboriginal affairs / cultural studies / regional studies / cultural  geography / social ecology

Confirmed keynote speakers are

Luca Codignola – Università di Genova/St Mary’s University, Halifax ns:

                       Crossing the North Atlantic

Susanne Lalonde – Université de Montreal/ArcticNet

                       Sovereignty vis-à-vis open access in the Arctic

Patricia Sutherland – Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

                       Evidence for an early Norse presence in eastern Arctic Canada

Rita Wong – Emily Carr University/project ‘Downstream: a poetics of water’

                       The poetics and ecology of water

Xabier Agote on The San Juan, a 16th century Basque whaleship replica project

Paper presentations will be allowed 20 minutes + time for discussion, and will be organized in thematic, cross-disciplinary workshops potentially focussed on some of the following topics:


water, ice, snow & fog

the fur trade


trans-Atlantic & trans-Pacific contacts

the Northwest Passage and the Arctic



patterns of trade


the Great Lakes Basin

seas, lakes, waterways



fossil fuels and water resources



impact of hydro projects


acid rain

settlement patterns

An abstract of the proposal, maximum 150 words, with a brief CV of the author(s), maximum 40 words, should be submitted in MS Word format by 15 April 2015 to the Conference Committee at this email address:

Poster proposals may also be submitted, maximum 50 words + CV max 40 words. The Committee will aim to reply to authors by the end of April.