Agenda 2014

The Canada Conference is by invitation only

Wednesday, April 30


6 p.m.        Welcome Dinner
                   North Dining Room, Harvard Faculty Club 20 Quincy  Street, Cambridge                

Thursday, May 1 -  Room 2, 2nd floor, Harvard Faculty Club 

8:30 a.m.   Tea, Coffee, Pastries  

9                 Two Views from Abroad

Ylva Habel, Södertörn University, Sweden
Notes from an Underground: Thinking Black Diaspora in Sweden

Ana Maria Fraile Marcos, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
The Glocality of African Canadian Literature

10                Mid-morning break

10:15          Black(ness) "Ice(d)"

David Chariandy, Simon Fraser University
'Post-Race' and Black Canadian Literature

Daniel McNeil, DePaul University
'A Second-Rate, Canadian Tone' African Canadian Criticism . . . Imported from Detroit? 

11:15           Precision & Performance

Doris Sommer, Harvard University
Slaps and Embraces: A Rhetoric of Particularism

Fathi Darrag, Shaqra University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Modern African Canadian Drama: A Trans-Historical Perspective

12:15 p.m.   Lunch - Buffet, Harvard Faculty Club

1                   Publishing and Editing

Andrew Steeves, Gaspereau Press
The Poem as Hammer: A Reflection on Publishing Africadian Poets

Peter James Hudson, Vanderbilt University
On Editing Black Canada

2                 Mid-afternoon coffee break

2:15            Red, Black, and Green

Shannon Prince, Harvard University
Green Like Me?

Karina Vernon, University of Toronto
Toward a History of Epistemologies for Thinking Critically about Black Native Relations in Canada 

3:15           'Race' in (Nova) Scotia and North End Halifax

Miasol Eguibar, University of Oviedo, Spain
Reading the Body Racial in (Nova) Scotian Fiction: Jackie Kay and Dorothy Mills-Proctor

Jacob Remes, Harvard University and SUNY Empire State College
Metaphors of Legibility: Africville and the Memory of Black Halifax

4:15           'Early' Africo-Can Intellectuals

Andrea Stone, Smith College
Ancient Ideals and the Healthy Self: Mary Ann Shadd's 'Plea for Emigration'

Marc Shell, Harvard University
'Neath-Empire, Stenography, and the Travails of Abraham Beverly Walker

6:45              Dinner - Sandrine's Bistro, 9 Holyoke Street, Cambridge

Friday, May 2
  - Room 2, 2nd Floor, Harvard Faculty Club

8:30 a.m.   Tea, Coffee, Pastries  

9                 Dub in Context; & D. Brand & A. Cooper

Afua Cooper, University of Toronto
Creolizing the Canadian Canon: Caribbean Dub Poetry in/and Canadian Literature

Maria Lúcia Milléo Martins, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)
Dionne Brand and Afua Cooper: Diaspora and Continuities Shaped by National/Regional Cultures

10               Mid-morning break

10:10         Hopkinson, et al

Carol B. Duncan, Wilfrid Laurier University
Religion and Identity in Nalo Hopkinson's 'Brown Girl in the Ring' and Octavia Butler's 'Parable of the Sower'

Maureen Moynagh, St. Francis Xavier College
Of 'Historical Fantasy' and Fantastic Histories: Nalo Hopkinson's Trans-American Imaginary

11:10         G. E. Clarke, et al

Maristela Campos, Federal University of Santa Catarina
To Hell with Pound: I Sing to Palmares: Revisiting Negritude in Clarke's and Trinidade's Poetry

Gordon Tesky, Harvard University
The Place of Spirit in the Modern Long Poem: Dennis Lee, Derek Walcott, George Elliott Clarke

12:10 p.m.  Lunch

1                  Closing Remarks from Dr. Clarke

2                  End

See also: 2014