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>CFP: Refractions of Canada in European Literature and Culture (3/31/03;
>7/20-7/23)
>
>organized by
>
>Klaus Stierstorfer, Duesseldorf  Annette Kern-Sthler,
>Duesseldorf  Heinz
>Antor, Cologne
>
>University of Duesseldorf, Germany
>20  23 July 2003
>
>Keynote Speakers
>Rudy Wiebe, Alberta, Canada
>Christopher Innes, University of York, Canada
>
>Ever since the first exploratory expeditions in the early modern period,
>North America has epitomized to Europeans a promise and the hope for the
>fulfilment of great expectations, be it of more freedom, wider spaces,
>greater wealth, social liberation, religious tolerance or simply a better
>life. Travellers across the Atlantic, in their minds or in real life,
>carried a whole cluster of images and iconic patterns of this New World,
>which have been subject to continual change, both as a result of the often
>breath-taking cultural and political developments in America, but also in
>response to the varying needs engendered by the changing historical
>situation in Europe.
>
>While numerous features in this dialogic intercontinental relationship will
>hold true for North America in its entirety, the vast northern territories
>which we know as Canada today began to emerge early on as a specific iconic
>location in European mind-maps, and they definitely acquired a distinctive
>profile after the formation of the United States of America. As a rich
>source of cultural exchange, an important partner in political and economic
>co-operation and, not least, a land of much-advertised tourist attractions,
>Canada has come to occupy an important position in the cultural discourses
>of many European nations.
>
>It is these refractions and images of Canada which the Conference to be held
>at the University of Duesseldorf in July 2003 will explore in European
>literature and culture. Paper topics will include literature; philosophy;
>language; life-writing and the concept of Heimat as well as the cultural
>impact of the World Wars. While there will be an emphasis on literary texts,
>other fields of cultural representation will also be included. Contributors
>will discuss their subjects from a variety of empirical and theoretical
>perspectives, presenting images and stereotypes, investigating the
>circumstances and strategies of their production, and discussing their
>immediate contextual functions and their wider repercussions on
>German-Canadian relations.
>
>The proceedings of this conference will be published by de Gruyter, Berlin
>and New York. We welcome submissions by scholars from all relevant fields.
>
>Conference Fees: Ǩ50,- (due 30 April 2003; after that, late registration fee
>Ǩ80,-)
>Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 31 March 2003
>Conference Registration: 30 April 2003
>
>Contact: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer (email:
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>  Dr. Annette Kern-Staehler (email: [log in to unmask])
>  Anglistik V, Philosophische Fakultaet, Univ, of Duesseldorf, D-40225
>Duesseldorf, Germany
>  Tel. ++49-(0)211-81-14588 or ++49-(0)69-4960364; Fax: ++49-(0)211-81-15601
  Please visit our website at www.canada-europe.uni-duesseldorf.de