Victorian Studies Association of Ontario-ACCUTE CFP

Many Happy Returns: The Anniversary in Victorian Britain

A Joint Panel of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO) and
the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Conference (ACCUTE)

Ryerson University, Toronto
27-30 May 2017

On the occasion of its own fiftieth anniversary, the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario invites proposals for the 2017 ACCUTE Conference that address the topic of anniversaries in and of Victorian culture. Literary representations of anniversaries and annual commemorations range from the mournful to the joyous and even laughable: Tennyson’s contemplation of Hallam’s absence every Christmas, Esther Summerson’s “most melancholy” childhood birthdays, triumphal Jubilee poetry, and Alice’s 364 un-birthdays. They describe a cultural space for the exercise of individual and collective memory, different practices of counting, religious and secular rituals, and totems of personal, national, and imperial devotion. Proposals might also consider the memorializing of events within literary works or the memorializing of literary works as events, or offer a retrospective analysis of a Victorian work on its anniversary.

We invite prospective panelists to interpret the topic broadly and imaginatively, and especially welcome papers adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Papers might address:

– anniversaries and birthdays in Victorian literature and culture
– memorials, commemorations, and the artefacts of commemoration
– Queen Victoria’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees
– critical reassessments of works or authors celebrating significant “birthdays” or “deathdays” in 2017
– the literary significance of 1867’s historical milestones (e.g., the Second Reform Act, Canadian Confederation)
– 150 years of the Royal Society of Arts’ commemorative “Blue Plaques” program (and other memorializing practices and monuments)
– the marking of recurring events, rituals, or moments
– the commodification of birthdays and anniversaries: food, gifts, and other celebratory objects

Questions and submissions should be sent to: Please submit the following as separate attachments by 1 November 2016:
–       a proposal of 300-500 words without personal identifying marks
–       an abstract of 100 words and a bio of 50 words
–       a 2017 Proposal Information Sheet, available on the ACCUTE website:
–       Speakers must be members of VSAO and ACCUTE at the time of the conference. The second oldest Victorian studies association in the world, the VSAO welcomes new members from universities, libraries, museums – all those who share an interest in Victorian culture. For more information about the VSAO, please visit

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HIP Announcement: Decolonizing 1867 – Call for CHA Papers

HIP Courtesy Cross-Posting:

Call for Participants:

Decolonizing 1867: Stories from the People

A Workshop in Canadian History

The L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association

Deadline for Proposals: 15 October 2016


Indigenous peoples have long been calling attention to the processes and effects of colonialism in the western hemisphere. With movements such as Idle No More, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and Black Lives Matter bringing discourses around colonization to the attention of settler Canadians, discussions and inquiries into what decolonization is and what it means have become increasingly visible. In a year in which the significant colonizing act of Canadian Confederation is celebrated, we invite participants to critically examine the year 1867 through the framework of decolonization.


Hosted by the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in May 2017, the Decolonizing 1867: Stories from the People workshop, organized by Kathryn Magee Labelle and Stacy Nation-Knapper, will highlight innovative work that examines 1867 from alternative perspectives that explore a more holistic historical approach to events in the territory that became Canada. A select number of submissions will be forwarded for consideration for an edited collection with the L.R. Wilson Rethinking Canada in the World Series (McGill-Queen’s University Press).


At this stage we invite proposals of 250 words by 15 October 2016. Invitations to present at the symposium will be issued upon acceptance by the CHA Annual Meeting organizing committee. The workshop will involve an in-depth discussion of each participant’s submission, with papers pre-circulated by 15 April. Participation in Decolonizing 1867: Stories from the People will not disqualify participants from submitting panels to the CHA Annual Meeting.


Creativity is encouraged. Submissions are not limited to traditional research papers, but may also include poster sessions, visual art, songs etc. Participants are encouraged to think broadly and critically about 1867 and the colonization process across the continent. Proposals that include gendered, transnational, environmental, race, and class analyses are encouraged.


The following questions may help guide submissions:

– What was happening in 1867 in areas that became Canada?

– Has Confederation been remembered in Indigenous communities? Why or why not?

– What are the specific legacies of 1867 for Indigenous communities?

– Was the event of Confederation discussed in Indigenous communities and if so, how?


Applicants should submit their proposals and a one-page CV to Stacy Nation-Knapper with the subject line Decolonizing 1867 to:

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Lecture by Dr. Arivalagan: Challenges faced by the Kaani tribes of Tamilnadu, South India

Lecture: Challenges faced by the Kaani tribes of Tamilnadu, South India

Native people of the Papanasam forests in the ‘Western Ghats’, Tamil Nadu, South India. The post-colonial Forest Department continues to makes their life more miserable in the name of Conservation. The Kaani tribe raises this issue to recover their subjectivity in the environmental historiography.

Dr. Arivalagan Murugeshapandian

Independent Researcher, affiliated to the University of Madras, South India.
2016 (Forthcoming), Beyond Colonialism: Towards a New environmental History of India.
2012, “Self” rather than the ‘Other’: Towards a Subjective Ethnography of Kani Community.

Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 4 PM – 6 PM

Venue: University of Toronto
170 George St, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada

Event Link:

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A message from CERLAC

“Deco Body, Deco City: Females Spectacles & Modernity in Mexico City, 1900 -1939
Ageth Sluis

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
2:00-4:00 PM
901 Kaneff Tower

In Deco Body, Deco City, Ageeth Sluis explores the effects of changing gender norms on the formation of urban space in Mexico City by linking aesthetic and architectural discourses to political and social developments. Through an analysis of the relationship between female migration to the city in the wake of the Mexican Revolution and gender performances on and off the stage, the book shows how a new transnational ideal female physique informed the physical shape of the city. By bridging the gap between indigenismo (pride in Mexico’s indigenous heritage) and mestizaje (privileging the ideal of race mixing), this new female deco body paved the way for mestizo modernity. This cultural history enriches our understanding of Mexico’s postrevolutionary decades and brings together social, gender, theater, and architectural history to demonstrate how changing gender norms formed the basis of a new urban modernity.

Abour Ageth Sluis: Ageeth Sluis is an associate professor of Latin American history and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her book – Deco Body/Deco City: Spectacle and Modernity in Mexico City, 1900-1939 – was published by the University of Nebraska Press, in 2016. Other work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Journal of Urban History, and The Americas. She is currently working on a new project that focuses on the books (and appeal) of Carlos Castaneda, the history of anthropology, New Age spirituality, popular imaginings of Mexico, and indigenismo.”

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International opportunities for students


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CRS Seminar: Legitimization of uncertainty: The Shaky Fate of Syrian migrants in Turkey and Europe; Sept 27, 2016; 2:30-4pm


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Invitation: “Reception Contexts” Event: Hosted by Dr. Christopher Kyriakides

Dr. Christopher Kyriakides – York’s Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, Department of Sociology – invites you to attend Reception Contexts;a one-day synergy event hosted in partnership with York’s Centre for Refugee Studies. Reception Contextswill connect graduate students, emerging and established scholars working in the broad areas of ethnic exclusion, racialization and immigration in Europe, North America and the Middle East so as to explore and consider how their work can help to shed light on exclusionary practices related to the reception of ‘Syrian refugees’ in various national contexts.

Please find attached details for this Event. To register for the event, please contact Natasha Singh:

We look forward to seeing you there.
*Dr. Christopher Kyriakides holds the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization. Working within the field of Critical Immigration and Refugee Studies, Kyriakides is principally engaged in a critique of ‘post-ality’ through the application of mixed-methods (including institutional, political, urban and communication/cyber ethnography) to the study of the relationship between geo-politics, public policy related to (anti)immigration and (anti)racism, and the neighbourhood negotiation of racism, racialization, nationalism and religious conflict.


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