CACS-ACÉC 2014 Conference schedule (.pdf version)

Download a .pdf version of the CACS-ACÉC 2014 Conference schedule here: ConferenceProgramFINAL(1).

Dispersions 2014: CACS-ACÉC On-line Conference Schedule now live

An online version of the CACS-ACÉC 2014 Conference Schedule is now available here; http://cacs-acec.ca/dispersions-conference-schedule/.

Please note that you can download abstracts for each panel. Look for a link toward the bottom of the page or panel menu. You can also tweet directly from the online schedule (look for the Twitter button in the top right). Our hashtags are #CACS14 and #ACEC14.

Roundtable Panel: Mixing Ingredients

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Mixing Ingredients: Bringing Food Research Outside the University

January 16, 2014, 7pm, Balsillie School of International Affairs (Rm 145)

Panelists
Andrew Bieler, Communication & Culture, York University

Michelle Coyne, Second Harvest, Toronto, Ontario

Charles Levkoe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University

Steffanie Scott, Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

Food connects us. This simple statement reveals how the food we consume, research, refuse to eat, or throw away structures our everyday local and global lives, This roundtable–comprised of academics, advocates, activists, organizers, and artists–will explore how food research moves across both disciplinary and institutional borders and takes up residence outside academic confines and discourses. This conversation will be an opportunity to explore how academic thinking can be translated through the study of food in such a way as to be useful outside of university structures.

 

Screening and Director’s Talk: Dal Puri Diaspora (2012)

dal puri email blankThe Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and the Cultural Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University presents a screening of Dal Puri Diaspora followed by a discussion with director Richard Fung.

7:00pm, January 17, 2014 at the Original Princes Cinema, 6 Princess St. W., Waterloo, ON. Free-Open to the Public

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to British and Dutch Caribbean colonies in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, Dal Puri Diaspora tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes.

Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based artist and writers. Among other honours, Richard has received the Toronto Art Award for Media Art, the Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art, and the Rockefeller and McKnight fellowships. He teaches at OCAD University.

Special thanks to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies Department, Dr. Mariam Pirbhai, and the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts for their support of this event.

CACS-ACÉC Keynote and Reception: January 18, 2014

All are welcome to attend the CACS-ACÉC Keynote by Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen at 5pm on Jan. 18, 2014 at the CIGI auditorium, 67 Erb St. W, Waterloo, ON (directions). The keynote will be followed by a reception.

CACS-ACÉC Keynote: Damage Control, and the Art of Governing through Freedom

Mimi Thi Nuguyen: Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, Gender and Women Studies, Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Damage Control elaborates upon liberalism as a practice and a principle for the rationalization of government, which claims at its heart freedom as the reference for its politics, as power’s problem. Indeed, an attachment to freedom is foundational to liberalism’s claim to a heightened attention to its presence or lapse, an attention that thereby continually commits free peoples to sustain or manufacture its presence in all directions, across the globe. Within a complex economy in which freedom and its others (such as bondage) or its fellows (such as security) are thus presumed transferable or exchangeable, examination, evaluation, calculation and choice unfold as liberal forms for organizing, assessing, and manufacturing freedom’s ideal presence and thereby correcting its absence. These forms configure persons, actions, and qualities such as freedom as objective, comparable and also governable. In other words, once the objects and subjects of liberal powers are standardized–for instance, freedom as rights, which can be exchanged in trade or political negotiations–they create possibilities for control and interference. Beginning with the gift of freedom and the wars that follow, Damage Control considers some of the forms then that are liberal violence’s moderating principle and uncanny justification.

Special thanks to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Communication Studies Department, Cultural Analysis and Social Thought MA Program, International Migration Research Centre, and the Faculty of Arts, Dean’s Office for their support.

Registration for CACS-ACÉC Conference is Now Open

Early bird registration for the upcoming CACS-ACÉC Biennial Conference is now open. You can register via our website here

Conference events will include a screening of Dal Puri Diaspora followed by a discussion with director Richard Fung at 7pm on Friday, January 17th.  The screening will take place at Waterloo’s independent Princess Cinemas. Our keynote speaker, Mimi Thi Nguyen, will be speaking on “Damage Control, and the Art of Governing through Freedom” on January 18th at 5pm at the CIGI Auditorium. The keynote will be followed by a reception. Check back here for updates. We look forward to seeing everyone in January.

CACS-ACÉC CFP Deadline Extended (Oct. 7, 2013)

cacsimagetype  The deadline for abstracts for the upcoming CACS-ACÉC conference has been extended to Oct. 7th, 2013. The CFPs (in English et   en français) are below. For more information and updates about the conference see; http://cacs-acec.ca/conference-2014/.

 

 

 

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CULTURAL STUDIES /ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE des ÉTUDES CULTURELLES
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014

January 16-19, 2014
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dispersions

The Canadian Association of Cultural Studies invites proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies from both current and future members for its upcoming conference.

The conference theme Dispersions encourages submissions devoted to exploring all forms of distributed culture. This may include papers that investigate dispersions of people, social groups and communities;  flows of cultural objects and materialities; or the dispersion of cultural studies scholars (so often now housed in vulnerable departments) across disciplines. We are curious about the implications of these dispersions. Do they result in fugitives? Or new forms of belonging? Do they constitute new forms of culture? Hybridities? Transgressions? Alienations? Transformations? Sedimentations? What does it mean to scavenge cultural belonging in the context of cultural dispersion? Is culture atavised? Or preserved? We hope to open up discussion and critical reflection about culture in the context of fragmentation, convergence, and accumulation.

We welcome papers that focus on (but are not limited to):

* Explorations at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, nationality
* Critical interventions into concepts of the transnational, transcultural, multicultural
* Examinations of unruly cultures, fugitive cultures, border cultures, diasporic cultures
* Distributed art cultures and practices (aesthetics; new mediations, etc.)
* Mobilities, immobilities, and constellations of flows
* Co-constitutions of animal subjects and animal culture
* Tensions between local and global cultures
* Dispersions of the unconscious
* Foodscapes and food cultures

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit electronically to cacs@wlu.ca an abstract (appended as a .doc or a .docx attachment) of no more than 300 words by October 7, 2013. Please include with your proposal, a paper title, your name and affiliation, 5-8 keywords that represent the major foci of your proposal. Notifications will be sent out by Oct. 30, 2013. Early bird registration for the conference will open Nov. 1, 2013 at http://cacs-acec.ca/. Regular registration fees will apply after Dec. 1, 2013
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CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CULTURAL STUDIES /
ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE des ÉTUDES CULTURELLES

APPEL DE COMMUNICATION :
COLLOQUE NATIONAL 2014

16-19 Janvier 2014
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dispersions

En vue de son prochain colloque, l’Association Canadienne des Études Culturelles invite ses membres ainsi que de futurs membres à soumettre des propositions de communication sur tous les sujets relevant des études culturelles. Le thème du colloque, Dispersions, encourage des communications qui explorent l’ensemble des formes de distribution de culture. Les communications peuvent porter sur la dispersion des personnes, des groupes sociaux et des communautés, sur les flux d’objets culturels et des matérialités ou bien encore sur la dispersion des chercheurs mêmes en études culturelles parmi d’autres disciplines (se retrouvant souvent au sein de départements plus vulnérables). Quelles sont les conséquences et les implications de ces dispersions ? Aboutissent-elles à la figure du fugitif ? Ou bien alors à de nouvelles formes d’appartenance ? Ces dispersions annoncent-elles de nouvelles formes de culture ? Quelles sont les hybridités, les transgressions, les aliénations, les transformations et les sédimentations qui résultent de ces dispersions de culture et comment s’opèrent-elles ? Et puis, que cela signifie-t-il que de chercher des appartenances culturelles dans le contexte de la dispersion de culture ? La culture est-elle atavique ? Se préserve-t-elle ? Nous souhaitons établir un espace de discussion, de réflexion et de critique sur la culture dans un contexte de fragmentation, de convergence et d’accumulation. Nous invitons des communications portant sur les thématiques suivantes (mais qui ne se limitent pas à cette liste) :

*Des enquêtes à l’intersection des questions de race, de genre, de sexualité, de religion, d’ethnicité, de nationalité.
*Des interventions critiques sur les concepts de transnational, transculturel, multiculturel.
*Des observations sur des cultures indisciplinées et turbulentes, sur des cultures fugitives, frontalières et diasporiques.
*La distribution de pratiques et de cultures artistiques (esthétique, nouvelles médiations, etc.).
*Les mobilités, les immobilités et la configuration des flux.
*La co-constitution des sujets animaux et leur culture.
*Les tensions entre cultures locales et globales.
*Les dispersions de l’inconscient.
*Les cultures alimentaires et les paysages de l’alimentation.

Soumission de résumé:

Veuillez soumettre un résumé par voie électronique à cacs@wlu.ca (en attaché sous format .doc ou .docx) ne dépassant pas 300 mots avant le 7 octobre 2013. Veuillez inclure le titre de la communication, le nom et l’affiliation de l’auteur(e) ainsi que 5 à 8 mots-clés qui décrivent au mieux le propos de la communication. Les avis de sélection seront envoyés d’ici le 30 octobre 2013. L’inscription en ligne sera ouverte à partir du 1er novembre 2013 à l’adresse suivante : http://cacs-acec.ca/. Les frais réguliers d’inscription seront appliqués après le 1er décembre 2013.

Announcment: Mimi Thi Nguyen Keynote for CACS-ACÉC 2014 Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen will be a keynote speaker for the CACS-ACÉC conference in January 2014 (Jan. 16-19).

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke, 2012) and co-editor (with Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu) of Alien Encounters: Popular Culture In Asian America (Duke, 2007), Nguyen sees her work emerging from the frame of transnational feminist cultural studies. Nguyen has been involved with zine culture since 1991 and has produced several zines, including Race Riot. In 2012 she went on the first POC Zine Project/Race Riot Tour.

more to come…

 

Dispersions

Our next conference will be held Jan. 16-19, 2014 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). We welcome proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies from our current and future members. Our call for papers can be found here et pour la version française, cliquez ici.

The conference theme Dispersions encourages submissions devoted to exploring all forms of distributed culture. This may include papers that investigate dispersions of people, social groups and communities; flows of cultural objects and materialities; or the dispersion of cultural studies scholars (so often now housed in vulnerable departments) across disciplines. We are curious about the implications of these dispersions. Do they result in fugitives? Or new forms of belonging? Do they constitute new forms of culture? Hybridities? Transgressions? Alienations? Transformations? Sedimentations? What does it mean to scavenge cultural belonging in the context of cultural dispersion? Is culture atavised? Or preserved? We hope to open up discussion and critical reflection about culture in the context of fragmentation, convergence, and accumulation.

This conference is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), approximately 110km from Toronto. The city is easily accessed from Toronto Pearson Airport. There are also direct flights into the Waterloo International Airport from Chicago, Ottawa, and Calgary (with connections to Vancouver, Edmonton, and other major western cities). VIA Rail service runs to the city from Montreal, Toronto and points west (Windsor, London, etc.). GO train and bus service also connects Waterloo to Toronto.  Further information about Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Waterloo Region (including transportation and accommodation) will be available on our website; http://cacs-acec.ca/conference-2014/. Check back for updates.

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Le thème du colloque, Dispersions, encourage des communications qui explorent l’ensemble des formes de distribution de culture. Les communications peuvent porter sur la dispersion des personnes, des groupes sociaux et des communautés, sur les flux d’objets culturels et des matérialités ou bien encore sur la dispersion des chercheurs mêmes en études culturelles parmi d’autres disciplines (se retrouvant souvent au sein de départements plus vulnérables). Quelles sont les conséquences et les implications de ces dispersions ? Aboutissent-elles à la figure du fugitif? Ou bien alors à de nouvelles formes d’appartenance ? Ces dispersions annoncent-elles de nouvelles formes de culture ? Quelles sont les hybridités, les transgressions, les aliénations, les transformations et les sédimentations qui résultent de ces dispersions de culture et comment s’opèrent-elles ? Et puis, que cela signifie-t-il que de chercher des appartenances culturelles dans le contexte de la dispersion de culture ? La culture est-elle atavique ? Se préserve-t-elle ? Nous souhaitons établir un espace de discussion, de réflexion et de critique sur la culture dans un contexte de fragmentation, de convergence et d’accumulation.

Le colloque aura lieu à l’Université Wilfrid Laurier située à Waterloo, en Ontario (Canada). Waterloo se trouve dans le sudouest de l’Ontario, à environ 110 km de Toronto. La ville est facilement accessible de l’Aéroport International Toronto Pearson. Il existe également des vols directs vers l’Aéroport International de Waterloo en provenance de Chicago, Ottawa et Calgary (avec des connections à Vancouver, Edmonton et d’autres villes importantes). VIA RAIL offre des services en provenance de Montréal, Ottawa et Toronto qui continuent vers l’ouest (London, Windsor, etc.). De plus amples informations sur l’Université Wilfrid Laurier et sur la région de Waterloo (dont les modalités de transports et d’hébergement) seront bientôt disponibles sur notre site http://cacs-acec.ca/conference-2014/.

 

New website

We’re happy to launch our new website in anticipation of the upcoming conference Dispersions this January 16-19.