Lucia-Mihaela Grosu-Rădulescu lucia.grosu@
Lucia-Mihaela Grosu-Rădulescu lucia.grosu@
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies invites applications for the 2023-2024 Robarts Visiting Professorship at York University (Toronto, Ontario).* The Professorship is open to full-time (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members who have demonstrated scholarly expertise on Canada and a commitment to Canadian Studies, who are based outside the country, and who would like to work on a joint research project with one or many https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.yorku.ca/research/robarts/members-of-the-robarts-centre/faculty-associates/&source=gmail&ust=1677999492088000&usg=AOvVaw1LtVmpyrKAa51ooSD794kD">Robarts Centre Faculty Associate(s). Candidates who are planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2023-2024 will be given priority.
The Professorship will provide the selected faculty member with $2500 CAD in funding to cover travel and accommodations costs while in residence.** Visitors will also be offered office space in the Centre for the duration of the visit, and they will have access to York Libraries. The Archives of Ontario and the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections are also located on campus, and the Environment Canada Library is nearby. The Robarts Centre is also host to the secretariat of the International Council for Canadian Studies.
* The residency of the selected candidate and access to York University campuses will be partly determined and potentially limited by ongoing public health measures.
**PLEASE NOTE Visitors will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation related expenses incurred, up to $2500 CAD, upon completion of the visit, in accordance with York University travel reimbursement policy.
The application deadline is March 10, 2023.
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See this final call for papers for the eleventh conference of the Croatian Association for American Studies, which will be held on March 31, 2023 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. The conference topic is Media, American Culture, and Global Perspective: Images, Ideas, and Illusion.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended to February 1, 2023.
CFP: Writing the ‘Good Life’ in Narratives of Canada
Deadline: April 30, 2023
WRITING THE ‘GOOD LIFE’ IN NARRATIVES OF CANADA
Call for Papers for a special issue of
Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies
Volume 13, 2024
Guest Editors: Silvia Caporale Bizzini and María Jesús Llarena Ascanio
(Deadline: April 30, 2023)
In her book The Promise of Happiness (2010), Sara Ahmed explains how the concept of happiness is related to heteronormative notions of the “good life”: “The good life is the life that is lived in the right way, by doing the right things, over and over again” (Ahmed 2010, 36). Questioning the promise of a good life leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness (unlike happiness) can be productive for social change as it fosters a possibility to open to new affective spaces in the subject’s life. Ahmed describes individuals’ urges toward “the good life” as frequently grounded in attachments that, while often toxic and ultimately unfulfilling, are not recognized as such by the people who engage in these negative relations. Those feelings derive from the impossible emotional fantasy of living a good life—an emotional state that Lauren Berlant aptly defined as “cruel optimism,” a situation in which what people most desire is actually an obstacle to their flourishing. The cruelty comes from the fact that people tend to depend on “objects that block the very thriving that motivates our attachment in the first place” (Berlant 2012). Both notions of the good life and cruel optimism are connected to Kathleen Stewart’s “ordinary affects,” a “kind of contact zone where the over-determinations of circulations, events, conditions, technologies, and flows of power take place” (2007, 3). For Stewart, ordinary affects happen through unexpected events which may be shocking, perturbing, traumatic, or even funny, but which offer individuals the opportunity to move forward. The ordinary and the unexpected can merge to transform individuals’ lives and allow them to form new connections (2007, 95). In both Berlant’s and Stewart’s thinking, the unexpected has the power to redefine individuals’ inner landscapes and their perceptions of self—both of which are structured by a lifelong dynamic of intimate relationships and attachments.
The guest editors seek articles that analyze narratives of Canada that unravel the notions of the good life (Ahmed), and/or cruel optimism (Berlant), and/or ordinary affects and the unexpected (Stewart). Contributors are encouraged to examine how these notions articulate new places of critical potential in narratives of Canada.
Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:
• Narratives of dissent
• Insurgent utopias
• Indigenous resistance, reparation and resurgence
• Refugee writings
• Transnational narratives
• Queering Canada: gender, sexuality and beyond
• Feminist killjoys
• Posthuman approaches, dystopias, speculative realities
• Un/happiness and ugly feelings
• Environmental approaches to the good life
Canada & Beyond is a peer-reviewed, open access journal indexed in MLA. Modern Language Association Database, DIALNET, LATINDEX, ERIH+. You can learn more about the journal’s review process, style guide and past issues here: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/2254-1179&source=gmail&ust=1675122911023000&usg=AOvVaw0LhNPUuAuzUmdtiRomplZm">https://revistas.usal.
All submissions to Canada & Beyond must be original, unpublished work. Articles, between 6,000 and 7500 words in length, including notes and works cited, should follow the current MLA bibliographic format. Submissions should be uploaded to Canada & Beyond’s online submissions system (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/2254-1179/about/submissions&source=gmail&ust=1675122911023000&usg=AOvVaw2Tccj_5q8CdxDORWr-cpCT">https://revistas.usal.es/
Ahmed, Sara. 2010. The Promise of Happiness. Duke UP.
Berlant, Lauren. 2011. Cruel Optimism. Duke UP.
Berlant, Lauren. 2012. “Lauren Berlant on Her Book Cruel Optimism: The Wide Angle”. Accessed November 2022.
Stewart, Kathleen. 2007. Ordinary Affects. Duke UP.
This CFP is part of the work conducted within the joint international research projects The Premise of Happiness (PID2020-113190GB-C21) and Narrating Resilience (PID2020-113190GB-
The fall deadline for applying for CEACS conference grants has been extended to 31 December. Please see the CEACS website at “Grants” under “Grants, links, downloads” for details.