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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Department of American and Canadian Studies and Canadian Studies Centre invites all  interested students and faculty to participate in the Day of Canadian Culture 2016 (May 12th). The schedule of lectures, presentations and a workshop devoted to the analysis of Canadian literature,  entitled “Critical and Creative Analysis of Canadian Literature, can be found in the attachment. Our keynote speaker and workshop leader this year is dr. Tegan Zimmerman,  professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia. The event will give us a chance to meet dr. Zimmerman  who in the Fall semester 2016-2017  will be a teaching at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures three Special Topics courses (The Woman’s Historical Novel in Canada (1980 to the Present); The History and Politics of Women’s Studies and Feminism in Canada; Canadian Drama: 1960s to the Present); she will be also involved in other activities of our Canadian Studies Centre in the form of two creative writing and research projects (notably “the feminist intervention in Canadian popular culture by producing popular culture”).  The  Day of Canadian Culture  program and selected texts from Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie to be analyzed during the workshop can be found in the attachments. Students interested in the workshop are requested to contact prof. Eugenia Sojka  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

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Department of American and Canadian Studies and Canadian Studies Centre invites all interested students and faculty to participate in the Days of Canadian Culture 2015 (May 06-07, 2015). The themes of the 2015 Days of Canadian Culture are: “Indigenous identity as expressed in personal narratives and video-filmmaking “ and “English Canadian theatre and television – expanding identity programming.” Our keynote speakers are Shirley Hardman, University of the Fraser Valley, representing Stó:lō Nation from the West Coast of Canada and dr. Lindsay Thistle, Trent University. The Ambassador of Canada to Poland, Ms Alexandra Bugailiskis, will honour us with her presence and opening speech on May 6th 2015 at 10 am. The schedule of lectures, theatrical performance and film screenings is available in the attachment.

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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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