Program–Institutional Work: Mediating CanLit, May 3-5, 2019


Friday, May 3rd

Plenary Session (open to the public)

4-5:30 pm, Hamelin Hall (MHN) 509 (formerly the Arts building)

Lily Cho (Associate Professor and Chair of English at York University, Specializing in Canadian Literature, Asian North American Writing, Human Rights, Global Film Studies, Photography)

“Mass Capture and Institutional Adjacencies”


Reception: Café Nostalgica  6-8 pm


Saturday, May 4th

Session One: 9:00-10:30 am

1A: CanLit, Institutional Records, and Redress (Simard–SMD—129)

Chair: Bridgette Brown (Carleton University)

Marko Davidovic (University of Ottawa, MA 2017), “Literary Politics, Political Literature: Meanings, Mediations, and the Case of Maria Campbell”

Marisa Lewis (University of Ottawa), “Seeking a Pedagogy of Solidarity After ‘Institutional Failings’: The Case of the Air India Bombings”

1B: Authorship (SMD 123)

Chair: Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves (University of Ottawa)

Erin Ramlo (McMaster University), “Appropriation and Exclusion: Rereading the ‘Tribe’ of the Writers’ Union of Canada”

Catherine Umolac (York University), “‘Raw, Sore and Aching’”: The Development of a Realized Identity in Residential School Literature”

Joseph Pivato (Athabasca University), “Finding A Home for Ethnic Minority Writing”

Break: 10:30-10:45 am

Session Two: 10:45 am-12:15 pm

2A: Marketing and Publishing (SMD 129)

Chair: Julie Rak (University of Alberta)

Scott Herder (University of Toronto), “New Jackets for Old Books”

Tania Aguila-Way (University of Toronto), “Reading Shani Mootoo After Cereus Blooms at Night

Kristine Smitka (University of Alberta), “Nationalist Nostalgia: Canadian Publishing and Cultural Policy”

Session 2B: The CBC and Institutional Mediation of the Literary (SMD 123)

Chair: Dessa Bayrock (Carleton University)

Alec Follett (University of Guelph), “Novelists in the Lecture Hall: The Quest for Environmentally-Just Futures at the CBC Massey Lectures”

Paul Barrett (Concordia) and Sarah Roger (McMaster University), “Institutions of Public Canadian Literary Culture”

Gabrielle Etcheverry (Carleton University), “Contesting Canadian Latinities: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce and English Canada’s Institution of Literature”

Lunch: 12:15-1:15 pm

Session Three: 1:15-2:45 pm

3A: Feminists and Institutions: Post-Critique and Stuplimity (SMD 129)

Chair: Erin Wunker (Dalhousie University)

Andrea Beverley (Mount Allison University) and Kait Pinder (Acadia University), “Watching Feminist Work: Post-Critique and the 1983 Women and Words Conference”

Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier University), “Shock and AGH!: Stuplimity, Stickiness, and CanLit Objects”

Naava Smolash (Douglas College), “On Nurturance and Vulnerability in Academic Life”

3B: Literary Prizes (SMD 123)

Chair: Smaro Kamboureli (University of Toronto)

Olga Stein (York University), “About the Giller”

Will Smith (University of Stirling), “‘We continue to hope this city will consider the book useful…’: The Utility of the City of Toronto Book Awards as Institution”

Dessa Bayrock (Carleton University), “Canada Reads and the Work of Book Prizes in Canada”

Break: 2:45-3:00 pm

Session Four: 3:00-4:30 pm

Editing Scholarly Journals (SMD 129)

Chair: Jody Mason (Carleton University)

Cynthia Sugars (University of Ottawa), “Editing Studies in Canadian Literature

Eli MacLaren (McGill University), “Editing the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Marian Bredin (Brock University), “JCS as an Institution of Literary and Cultural Knowledge Production”

Plenary Event (open to the public): 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by community dinner

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (299 Montreal Rd.)

Interview with Louise Profeit-LeBlanc (storyteller from Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation and former Aboriginal Arts Coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts), conducted by Marie-Louise Perron (Métis, visual artist and former archivist with Library and Archives Canada)

Sunday, May 5th

Session Five: 10:00-11:30 am

Academic Institutions and Academic Literary Celebrity (MHN 509)

Chair: Tania Aguila-Way (University of Toronto)

Dale Tracy (Royal Military College), “Doing the Work with Metonymy: Reading Energies, Punching Up, and Improvising Collaboratively”

Lorraine York (McMaster University), “Canadian Academic Literary Celebrity and its Role in the CanLit Shit Show”

Smaro Kamboureli (University of Toronto), “Not an Obituary: CanLit at the Limit”

Break: 11:30-11:45 am

Plenary Panel (open to the public): 11:45 am-1 pm

Publishing Indigenous Writers (MHN 509)

Chair: Jennifer Blair (University of Ottawa)

Julie Rak (University of Alberta) and Keavy Martin (University of Alberta), “Government Agents, Literary Agents: Inuit Books and Government Intervention, 1968-1985”

Greg Younging (Theytus Books / UBC Okanagan) “Indigenizing Publishing Practices in Canada”

Lunch: 1:00-2:00 pm

Session Six

2:00-3:30 pm

Roundtable: Feminist Friendship and CanLit Institutions (MHN 509)

Chair: Naava Smolash (Douglas College)

Lucia Lorenzi (McMaster University), Hannah McGregor (Simon Fraser University), Brenna Clarke Gray (Douglas College), and Erin Wunker (Dalhousie University)