To mark the 35th anniversary of Canadian multiculturalism policy and the 10th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) will be holding its annual conference on the theme of Diasporas and Discovery in Vancouver, BC, October 21-22, 2006. The conference will explore the contemporary meaning of diasporas and the role of modern diasporas in today’s civil society, as well as issues related to the founding and settlement of Canada, its regions, cities and towns.
First Nations, French and British peoples have often been identified as founding peoples. Canada is frequently described as a country of immigrants where its ethnocultural communities have also played vital parts in building the nation. Are these interpretations of the roles and contributions of these groups to the development of contemporary Canada in a state of flux? There is no longer a consensus on the founding and defining moments in Canada’s development – instead, assessments may vary according to generation and region. Moreover, ethnocultural groups often made an important contribution to Canada as diaspora communities initially, preserving and transmitting the custom and traditions of their countries of origin while adjusting to the Canadian context.
We invite paper submissions from a wide range of disciplines; for example, the origins of Canada, settlement issues, diaspora communities, and the role of space and place in shaping our historical memory, and any related topics. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2006, and early submissions are encouraged. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, should be submitted as Word attachments or in the body of an email, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place ‘Vancouver Conference’ in the subject line, and please include a brief biographical statement of no more than 100 words.
The Association for Canadian Studies will cover travel and registration expenses for those individuals presenting a paper at the conference.
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