The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, coming as it does in the aftermath of the landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is an ideal moment to re-examine the stories told of Canada’s past.

Restorying Canada will inspire bold challenges to historiographic conventions of how we remember, invite critique as well as celebration, and explore multiple media and genres for evoking and interrogating the past, privileging artistic creativity along with academic rigour.

Restorying Canada asks a few fundamental questions:

  • How does our understanding of our past impact our present?
  • What aspects of our nation’s history have gone un-told, been forgotten, or been systematically repressed?
  • How have the complex interrelationships among Canada’s religious communities changed?
  • Perhaps more troublingly, how have they remained the same?

We invite proposals for individual papers and full panels from scholars, graduate students, artists, writers, filmmakers, educators, journalists, public policy professionals, community activists and others. Proposals for both traditional and innovative forms of presentation are encouraged.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Creative and ritual practices of memorialization, reconciliation, and storytelling
  • Indigenous/settler relations, 1600 to the present
  • Religion as inspiration for utopian and dystopian visions
  • Museums, collectors, and material culture as agents of religion and public memory
  • “Secularism,” “multiculturalism” and “religion” as contested categories
  • Environmental, geographic, and ecological aspects of religious engagement
  • Religion, immigration, and the “values” of Canadians
  • Acculturation, appropriation, and the politics of “majority” and “minority” religions
  • Religion and changing economic practices/ideals

Submissions deadline: 3 March 2017

For more information, view the complete Call for Papers.

With Support From

Canadian Heritage

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation Religion and Diversity Project Religion & Public Memory in Multicultural Studies