Canada Study Day 2018

Abstracts und Info Re Personen

Dr. Adam Sneyd, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Guelph, Canada

"Commodity Politics: Contesting Responsibility in Cameroon"

Abstract:

In this talk, Dr. Adam Sneyd will discuss initial findings from a research project that he is leading in Cameroon on the politics of palm oil, cocoa, sugar, gold and the oil pipeline. His recently completed PhD student, Dr. Steffi Hamann, a Bremen graduate, conducted field research for this project. The talk focuses on the new politics associated with 'responsibility'. Stakeholders in commodity projects make increasing use of this term. In what ways, if any, is the new politics of more 'responsible' commodities changing business-as-usual in Cameroon?

Zur Person:

Adam Sneyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He continues to be interested in knowing more about the politics of commodities, the politics of development, and the politics of science in the African context. He has written two academic books on the politics of cotton. The first - Governing Cotton - focused on the challenges associated with cotton and poverty reduction across Sub-Saharan Africa. The second - Cotton - was published in 2016, and analyzed the global politics that envelop this important commodity. His academic articles have been published in journals including Third World Quarterly, Development and Change, and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies.

Adam has contributed analyses linked to his research program to the Financial Times magazine This is Africa, and to Think Africa Press and African Arguments. He has moderated a high-level plenary at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on cotton in Africa, and is a member of the Academic and Scientific Advisory Council of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and the Scientific Program Committee of the Next Einstein Forum. A detailed list of his papers, op-eds, analyses, policy briefs, book reviews and glossary articles can be found on his academia.edu site.

During the 2017/18 academic year, Adam will be instructing the Master's-level IDS Seminar, IDEV*6100, the IDS PhD-level core course on Theories and Debates in Development, IDEV*6800, POLS*6730 on the Politics of Development and Underdevelopment, and a third-year undergraduate course on the Political Economy of International Relations, POLS*3790. He tweets from @adamsneyd

Source: https://uoguelph.academia.edu/AdamSneyd 09.04.2018


Prof. Laurent McFalls, PhD, Université de Montréal, Canada

“Révolutions tranquilles… ou sans lendemains? Le Québec entre progressisme et paralysie“

Abstract/Résumé:

Depuis la défaite des Patriotes en 1837-38, le Québec a connu plusieurs moments d’élan et d'échec révolutionnaires, le plus récent étant le « Printemps d’érable » de 2012. Cette conférence explorera les causes et conséquences de ses mouvements progressistes, de leur timidité, et du non aboutissement des projets national et (social) démocratique dans un Québec qui toutefois réussit à dépasser le reste du Canada dans la réalisation de ses prétentions progressistes. La conférence s’appuiera notamment sur l’analyse de feu Fernand Dumont du discours national québécois et de ses blocages intrinsèques.

Since the defeat of the Patriotes in 1837-38, Quebec has experienced several failed revolutions, the most recent being the « Maple Spring » of 2012. This talk will explore the causes and consequences of these progressive movements, of their timidity, and the failures of the nationalist and (social) democratic in a Quebec which has nonetheless succeeded in surpassing the rest of Canada in making try on its progressive pretensions. The talk will notably draw on the late Fernand Dumont’s analysis of the Quebec national discourse and its inherent contradictions.

Zur Person:

Laurence McFalls (PhD, Harvard) est depuis 1991 professeur de science politique à l’Université de Montréal où il dirige également le Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes et le Groupe de formation à la recherche international « Diversity ». Ses recherches et publications portent sur les causes et les suites de l’effondrement du communisme en RDA, les épistémologies et théories sociales de Max Weber et Michel Foucault, et la critique du néolibéralisme et sa mode de domination « thérapeutique ». Depuis 2014 il travaille en collaboration avec un cinéaste documentariste sur le « Open Memory Box », une (anti)archive numérique basée sur 415 heures de films de famille tournés en RDA.

Laurence McFalls (PhD, Harvard)  has since 1991 been professor of political science at Université de Montréal, where he also directs the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies and the International Research Training Group « Diversity ». His research and publications address the causes and consequences of the collapse of communism in the GDR, the epistemologies and social theories of Max Weber and Michel Foucault, and a critique of neoliberalism and its « therapeutic » mode of domination. Since 2014 he has been working in collaboration with a documentary filmmaker on the « Open Memory Box » an online digital (anti-)archive based on 415 hours of home movies made in the GDR.


Prof. Dr. Ursula Moser, Universität Innsbruck, Österreich

La diverCity Montréal ou: Dany Laferrière et la constitution littéraire de la ville

Die Stadt Montréal ist hunderte und aberhunderte Male Gegenstand literarischer Bearbeitung geworden, von Gabrielle Roy‘s Stadttext Bonheur d’occasion (1945) bis zu den Textstädten postmoderner Prägung Dany Laferrières. Der aus Haiti stammende Autor, der 1976 nach Montréal kam, ab 1990 in Miami lebte, um sich 2002 (bzw. 2004) ein zweites Mal in Montréal niederzulassen, kehrt auch in seinem literarischen Werk immer wieder nach Montréal zurück. In dem Vortrag geht es zum einen um die für Laferrière charakteristische Stadtkonstitution in seinen ersten Montréal-Romanen, zum anderen um die ganz spezifische Gestaltung der diverCity (Melanie U. Pooch  2016) in einem der späteren Texte, Je suis un écrivain  japonais (2008). Dabei entsteht das Bild einer Stadt, die sich in die Koordinaten “Globalisierung”, “global city” und “kulturelle Diversität” einschreibt.

The city of Montreal has been the subject of countless literary compositions and transformations, from Gabrielle Roy’s ‘city text’ Bonheur d’occasion (1945) to the postmodern ‘text cities’ created by Dany Laferrière. Born in Haiti, Laferrière came to Montreal in 1976, moved to Miami in 1990, and settled down in Montreal a second time in 2002 (2004 respectively). Just like his biography, his literary work keeps returning to Montreal. The lecture focuses on how Laferrière constitutes the ‘text city’ Montreal in his early novels; it then sheds lights on the specific constitution of the diverCity Montreal (Melanie U. Pooch  2016) in one of the author’s more recent texts, Je suis un écrivain  japonais (2008). In this novel, Laferrière defines the city of Montreal by means of three coordinates: “globalisation”, “global city”, and “cultural diversity”.

Ursula Mathis-Moser

emeritierte Universitätsprofessorin für Französische und spanische Literaturwissenschaft an der Universität Innsbruck. Gründerin (1997) und Leiterin (laufend) des Zentrums für Kanadastudien der Universität Innsbruck; weiterhin Gründerin (1985) und Leiterin (–2015) des Archivs für Textmusikforschung; Gründerin (1995) und Leiterin (–2015) des Centre d'étude de la chanson québécoise; federführend im Forschungszentrum „Kulturen in Kontakt“ und im Forschungsschwerpunkt „Kulturelle Begegnungen – Kulturelle Konflikte“ der Universität Innsbruck.

Forschungsschwerpunkte: französische Literatur, frankophone Literaturen (Québec, Karibik); Transkulturalität, Migrationsliteraturen; Postkoloniale Theorien; Intermedialität, Text and Music Studies.

Zahlreiche Preise und Auszeichnungen, darunter der Prix Jean Éthier-Blais de critique littéraire (2004), der Ordre des francophones d’Amérique (2012), der Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2013) und der Ordre national du Mérite (2014).

Publikationen (Auswahl): Dany Laferrière: La dérive américaine, 2003; La littérature 'française' contemporaine. Contact de cultures et créativité (Hg.),2007; Passages et ancrages en France. Dictionnaire des écrivains migrants de langue française (1981-2011) (Hg.), 2012; La chanson française à la lumière des (r)évolutions médiatiques (Hg.), 2015; Die Krise schreiben. Vier kanadische Feministinnen nehmen Stellung (Hg.), 2016; Écrire au‐delà de la fin des temps? Les littératures au Canada et au Québec (Hg.), 2017.

Ursula Mathis-Moser

Professor emerita (2015) of French and Spanish Literatures at the University of Innsbruck. Founder (1997) and director of the Canadian Studies Centre of the University of Innsbruck (ongoing); besides, founder (1985) and director (2015) of the Archives of Text and Music Studies; founder (1995) and director (2015) of the Centre d'étude de la chanson québécoise; coordinator of the research centre “Cultures in Contact” and co-responsible for the research platform “Cultural Encounterss – Cultural Conflicts” of the University of Innsbruck.

Areas of research: French literature, francophone literatures (Quebec, the Caribbean); transculturality, migrant literatures; postcolonial theory; intermediality, text and music studies.

Several distinctions and awards, among them the Prix Jean Éthier-Blais de critique littéraire (2004), the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique (2012), the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2013) and the Ordre national du Mérite (2014).

Publications (choice): Dany Laferrière: La dérive américaine, 2003; La littérature 'française' contemporaine. Contact de cultures et créativité (dir.),2007; Passages et ancrages en France. Dictionnaire des écrivains migrants de langue française (1981-2011) (dir.), 2012; La chanson française à la lumière des (r)évolutions médiatiques (dir.), 2015; Die Krise schreiben. Vier kanadische Feministinnen nehmen Stellung (dir.), 2016; Écrire au‐delà de la fin des temps? Les littératures au Canada et au Québec (dir.), 2017.


Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, Universität Bremen

„Indigenous Cultures, Conflicts, and Canada in Shirley Cheechoo’s film Johnny Tootall

Abstract/Résumé:

This presentation will introduce the film Johnny Tootall, directed and written by the Cree filmmaker Shirley Cheechoo. The film won Best Film at the 2005 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and it stars the well-known Aboriginal actors Adam Beach, Alex Rice, Nathanial Arcand, and Sheila Tousey. The film is set in the fictional community of Ahous First Nations on Vancouver Island, which strongly resembles the Nuu-chah-nulth community of Ahousaht. With the eponymous character Johnny Tootall, the film comments on a number of conflicts and issues involving Indigenous people in Canada, such as clear cutting of primal rain forest, Indigenous participation in global wars, cultural identities, repatriation of cultural artifacts, and relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Der Vortrag führt in den Film Johnny Tootall ein, bei dem die Cree Filmemacherin Shirley Cheechoo Regie führte und das Drehbuch verfasste. Johnny Tootall, besetzt mit denbekannten indigenen Schauspieler*innen Adam Beach, Alex Rice, Nathanial Arcand und Sheila Tousey, gewann 2005 den Preis für den besten Film beim American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Der Film spielt in der fiktionalen Gemeinschaft der Ahous First Nations auf Vancouver Island, welche der Nuu-chah-nulth Gemeinschaft der Ahousaht First Nations sehr ähnelt. Mit der titelgebenden Figur Johnny Tootall thematisiert der Film eine Reihe von Konflikten und Problemen der indigenen Bevölkerung in Kanada, wie zum Bespiel die Abholzung des Regenwalds, indigene Beteiligung an globalen Kriegen, kulturelle Identitäten, Rückführung kultureller Artefakte und die Beziehungen zwischen indigenen und nicht-indigenen Gemeinschaften.

Cette présentation exposera le film Johnny Tootall, réalisé et écrit par la cinéaste crie Shirley Cheechoo. Le film a remporté le prix du meilleur film au American Indian Film Festival 2005 à San Francisco et met en vedette les acteurs célèbres autochtones Adam Beach, Alex Rice, Nathanial Arcand et Sheila Tousey. Le film se déroule dans la communauté fictive des Premières nations Ahous sur l'île de Vancouver qui ressemble beaucoup à la communauté Nuu-chah-nulth d'Ahousaht. Avec le personnage éponyme Johnny Tootall, le film traite un certain nombre de conflits et de questions concernant les peuples autochtones du Canada, comme la déforestation de la forêt tropicale primitive, la participation autochtone aux guerres mondiales, les identités culturelles, le rapatriement des artefacts culturels et les relations entre les communautés autochtones et non autochtones.

Zur Person:

Kerstin Knopf holds an MA (1997) in American/Canadian, Hispanic and Scandinavian Studies, a PhD (2003) and a second PhD (Habilitation 2012) from the University of Greifswald in Germany. She studied and researched also in Los Angeles (USA), Gothenburg (Sweden), Regina, Ottawa and Toronto (Canada). She taught North American literature, film, and media in Greifswald, Rostock and Mainz and is now full professor for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany. Her main research interests are Indigenous film and literature worldwide, Postcolonial Studies focusing on North America, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, African Diaspora Studies, American and Canadian romantic literature, American prison literature, and Women and Gender Studies. She published Decolonizing the Lens of Power: Indigenous Films in North America (Rodopi 2008), edited North America in the 21st Century: Tribal, Local, and Global (WVT 2011), Aboriginal Canada Revisited (U of Ottawa P, 2008), and other books.


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