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Revisiting the Promise: Place and Space in African Canadian Communities

The Promised Land Community-University Research Alliance invites community researchers, educators, museum workers, students, artists and academics to submit proposals for presentations at its fourth annual Public Symposium, Revisiting the Promise: Place and Space in African Canadian Communities, to be held May 6-8, 2011 at the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The symposium will be built around two central themes:

  1. Multiple perspectives on African Canadian history and community, including comparative perspectives;
  2. Current social justice issues–including work on coerced or indentured labour, race, multiculturalism, the African diaspora and identity in Canada—and their historical context;

We seek a variety of submissions from a broad range of participants across the community-university alliance, and welcome proposals for discussion panels, research papers, poster presentations, artistic work and performance, or discussion of work-in-progress on collaborative initiatives in the areas of education, social justice and public history. Proposals that fit one of the Promised Land Project’s four areas of concentration (History and Archives; Education-Community Links; Media and Theatric Production; Multicultural Dialogue) are particularly encouraged.

Guidelines for submitting proposals

Please submit a 200-word proposal that describes the theme to be explored in your paper/presentation; the method or approach used to address it; and the format (paper, panel, poster, performance etc.) of your presentation. The proposal should also tell us how your presentation is related to the symposium themes, and identify the general area (History and Archives; Education-Community Links; Media and Theatrical Production; Multicultural Dialogue) to which your work will contribute. Proposals, along with your name, and contact information, should be sent via email by October 8, 2010, to Devin Andrews, Promised Land Project Community Coordinator, dandrewsplp@gmail.com Telephone 519.436-0119 x351. A decision from the program committee will be made by November 12, 2010. Some contributors to the symposium will be invited to submit papers for publication.

Find out more about the project.

2010 International Symposium

Immigration debates and the rise of human mobility in many European and North American countries, but as well in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa reflect a number of transnational discursive productions, such as the perception of porous national borders, socio-economic insecurity, and rising political instability. As a response to this rise in immigration flows and human mobility, many émigré-societies (excluding France) have heavily relied on multiculturalism as social policy response to deal with settlement’s related issues of new immigrants, but also to reflect on different social topics such as the meaning of citizenship, social justice, intercultural tensions and related social problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Les Cultural Studies dans les mondes francophones

Posted by lamacs On August - 10 - 2010

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri
Presses Université d’Ottawa, June 2010

Depuis trois décennies le monde anglo-saxon a considéré sérieusement les Cultural Studies comme une analyse des pratiques quotidiennes et de la production de sens.

Mais la production analytique en français dans cette discipline est restée presque absente. Les mondes francophones ont déjà vécu plusieurs événements qui auraient intéressé les Cultural Studies au XXIe siècle : les manifestations sociales de l’hiver 2006 et de l’automne 2007 en France, les mouvements migratoires d’Africains vers l’Europe et le débat sur « les accommodements raisonnables » au Québec entre autres. Pour tous ces événements, nous avions entendu s’élever plusieurs voix qui offraient des articulations généralistes de différentiation de nous à l’autre et des idiomes comme « ces gens-là », « les enfants issus d’immigration », « nous ne voulons pas accueillir la misère du monde » et bien d’autres. Read the rest of this entry »