What: USUA 2017 International Conference, organized by:

  • Department of American and Canadian Studies; Institute of English Cultures and Literatures; School of Polish Language and Culture, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland;
  • The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, Canada

Deadline: call for paper submission will start on november 1, 2017.

When/where: Szczyrk, Poland. 10-13 may 2018

Topic: A comparative perspective across Canada and East Europe.

For many decades the cultures of East/Central Europe have been either underrepresented or conspicuously absent from Western critics’ discussions. Comparative perspectives on East/Central Europe and Canada have been even scarcer. The discourse of “otherness” has been imposed on East/ Central European literary and artistic productions denying them significance and legitimacy. Citizens of these countries have experienced intense national, cultural and linguistic identity dilemmas. Both East/Central Europe and Canada have been historically multicultural although for many years the governments of these countries denied such representations.

We cordially invite interested scholars, writers, and artists to submit paper proposals on topics pertaining to the cultures of the region and its diasporas in Canada, as well as to the intercultural and transcultural dialogues between/among these cultures. Analyses of literary and artistic representations and enactments of these complex cultures are encouraged.

A long list of possible topics is available on the conference page, here.

Comparative papers will be given priority.

How to apply:

  1. submit here your proposal for a 20-min speech; and then
  2. register here to the conference.

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