An international conference “Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and  Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives” will be taking place in April 26-28, 2017 at the University of  Silesia, Sosnowiec campus.  The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of complex  Indigenous cultures of North America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe is a joint project of Canadian Studies Centre and Department of American and Canadian Studies at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures,  the University of Silesia interdepartmental Research Group Theatrum,  and the Department of English and Indigenous Affairs Office, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada.

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A Conference Organized by the University of Silesia,  Poland  and the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
April 26-28, 2017, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec campus

Indigenous Expressions of Culture in Storytelling, Drama, Theatre and Performance –Traditional and Contemporary Canadian and  Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives

www.fraserus.edu.pl
https://www.facebook.com/indigenoustheatre2017poland/
Confirmed Speaker: Tomson Highway (Cree)

“Storytelling is at the  core of decolonizing,  because it is a process of remembering, visioning and creating a just reality […] [it] becomes a lens through which we can envision our way out of cognitive imperialism” (Simpson 89)

The first of the intended series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of the complexity of Indigenous cultures of North America and minor cultures of Eastern/Central Europe - is a joint project of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, Canadian Studies Centre, Department of American and Canadian Studies, Theatrum Research Group and the Centre for the Study of Minor Cultures at the University of Silesia (US), and the Department of English and Indigenous Affairs Office, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada.  As Canadian and Polish scholars and educators working in the fields of  Indigenous, minor, and transcultural literary and cultural studies, we propose that the first conference will explore the traditional and contemporary expressions of culture in Indigenous America,  specifically Canada, and in the Eastern/Central European territory of Upper Silesia, specifically Poland, with a primary focus on the  acts of resistance, survival and celebration of culture as enacted in storytelling, drama, theatre and performance (DTP). Performance is interpreted broadly including traditional and contemporary music and dance as well as festival events understood as modes of cultural storytelling. We envision the event as a meeting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars representing a variety of disciplines  and Indigenous Canadian and Upper Silesian storytellers, writers,  artists, performers,  educators and community members.

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Students interested in studying one semester at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada, are advised to contact dr hab. Eugenia Sojka, to discuss details of the application process as part of the international student exchange agreement. 

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Kamila Scheithauer’s M.A. thesis “Coming Back to the Roots: Struggle Against the Colonial Educational Legacy and the Process of Rediscovering Aboriginal Knowledge in Contemporary Canada,” written under  the supervision of  dr Eugenia Sojka, was awarded the main prize in the  Nancy Burke Best Canadian  M.A. Thesis Award in Poland. Fragments of the thesis will be published in the academic journal  TransCanadiana. Congratulations!

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Informujemy o drugiej edycji Ogólnopolskiego Konkursu Wiedzy o Kanadzie dla uczniów szkół ponadgimnazjalnych - „Discover Canada 2015”, który jest wspólną inicjatywą Zakładu Studiów Amerykańskich i Kanadyjskich przy Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych Uniwersytetu Śląskiego oraz I Liceum Ogólnokształcącego w ZSO w Żorach. Patronat nad konkursem objęli: Ambasador Kanady w Polsce, Konsul General Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Toronto, Rektor Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, oraz Prezydent Miasta Żory. Wśród nagród znajdują się cztery indeksy (dwa na studia w Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych, oraz dwa w Instytucie Języka Angielskiego) oraz wysokie nagrody pieniężne. Koordynatorką konkursu z ramienia Uniwersytetu Śląskiego jest dr Eugenia Sojka, kierownik Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich.

Department of American and Canadian Studies, The Canadian Studies Centre and the Canadian Studies Student Circle would like to invite all interested students to participate in the Days of Canadian Culture 204 (May 14 and 15 2014). The schedule of lectures and programs is available for download (PDF file).

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Information on lectures, May 13-14, 2013

MICHELLE LAFLAMME (University of Fraser Valley)

  • Half Blood, Mixed Blood, Half Breed - A Look at Racial Hybridity in Canadian Literature and Drama (13th May, 10:00-11:15).
  • Living, Writing and Staging Racial Hybridity (14th May, 11:30-12:15)

MONIQUE MOJICA (Toronto, playwright, artistic director of Chocolate Woman Collective, stage and film actress and social activist)

  • Indigenous Body/Indigenous Performance: a life in the Theatre (13th May, 13:15-14:10).
  • Scoring the Body Through Guna Aesthetic Principles: Indigenous Dramatic Arts in Theory, Process and Practice (14th May, 09:45-11:15)

 AGA MAKSIMOWSKA (Toronto, writer)

  • Meeting the writer via Skype and online conversation with the writer (13th May, 11:30-12:00).

MARIA BELEN MARTIN LUCAS (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Postcolonial and Transnational: The Politics of Genre and in Canadian Speculative Fiction (14th May, 15:00-16:00)

 

Information on workshops on May 15, 2013 (Wednesday)

Signing up for academic workshops

The workshops will take place on May 15, 2013. They will be taught by Prof. Michelle LaFlamme, University of Fraser Valley, and Monique Mojica, playwright, stage and film actress, artistic director of Chocolate Woman Collective.

Michelle LaFlamme: 9:45-13:00

  • Land, Love and Ceremony:  A look at Canadian Indigenous Plays  (Rez Sisters (T. Highway),  Ernestine Shushwap gets her Trout (T. Highway),   Baby Blues (Drew Hayden Taylor).

Monique Mojica: 13:15 -16:45

  • Stories From the Body/Stories from the Land.

Students interested to participate in the workshops are requested to contact Kinga Kowalska via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 7th. Unfortunately, the number of workshop participants is limited (25 for each workshop). Diplomas of Completion will be awarded to workshop participants.
Texts for prof. LaFlamme?s workshop are deposited for students in the Library Reading Room.

Download a detailed programme of the presentations (PDF) 

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Z przyjemnością informujemy, że Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich można teraz znalezć także na Facebooku!
Serdecznie zapraszamy do odwiedzania strony w celu uzyskania więcej informacji na temat kultury i literatury kanadyjskiej oraz wydarzeń oraganizowanych przez Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich!

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Sunday, 11 Nov. 2012

Meeting with Marek Kusiba

Canadian Studies Centre and Canadian Studies Student Circle invite everybody to a meeting entitled "Finding humanity in difference. Canadian traces of Ryszard Kapuściński" with Marek Kusiba, a Polish and Canadian poet and translator of Kapuściński's poetry. The meeting will take place on November 13 (Tuesday) at 3:00 pm, room: 2.1.

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Opiekunowie: mgr Alina Grygierczyk, mgr Rafał Madeja
Przewodnicząca Koła: Kinga Kowalska

Członkowie:

  • Anna Chyla
  • Karolina Juroszek
  • Patrycja Sokolowska
  • Ewa Krajewska
  • Aleksandra Lazarek
  • Dominika Sroka

Członkowie honorowi:

  • mgr Dominika Górecka
  • mgr Katarzyna Michalczyk
  • mgr Agnieszka Podruczna

Studenckie Koło Naukowe Kanadystów powstało w roku 2009 jako rozszerzenie działalności akademickiej prowadzonej przez Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich przy Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych. Do założenia Koła zainspirowały nas działalność naukowa i pasja dr Eugenii Sojki, dyrektora Centrum Studiów Kanadyjskich.

Liczba członków Koła początkowo wynosiła 11 osób, jednak stale się ona powiększa. Jesteśmy młodym, ale prężnie działającym kołem naukowym, które ma już na swoim koncie wiele sukcesów, takich jak wyjazd badawczy na Uniwersytet Vancouver Island, organizacja konferencji studenckiej w Szczyrku oraz spotkanie z ambasadorem Kanady w Polsce - Jego Ekscelencją Doktorem Danielem Costello. Czlonkiem Koła Kanadystów może zostać każdy student, który pragnie rozwijać swoje zainteresowania dotyczące tematów związanych ze Studiami Kanadyjskimi i dzielić się nimi z innymi.

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