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Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space 25-27 April 2019, University College Dublin
Report by Gregory Betts, Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies

Collage of images from “The Echo” readings at the National Library, with readers Donato Mancini, Jordan Abel,
Liz Howard, Anne Simpson, Jane Munroe, Eilean ni Culeenan, and Christian Bok.

The Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space conference highlighted the mandate of the Craig Dobbin Foundation to promote collaborations and exchange between Canadian and Irish scholars and writers. The three-day T/S/P conference featured a diverse array of cutting-edge Canadian and Indigenous writers, academics, and performers. It was paired with a partner conference for primarily Irish writers and professors called “The Writer’s Voice”, co-organized by the Craig Dobbin Chair and Paul Perry of the Associated Writing Programmes of Ireland. These two events shared keynote presentations, receptions, and evening events, creating an important nexus for exchange and collaboration. All told, there were 122 presentations at T/S/P and 35 presentations at The Writer’s Voice, bringing approximately 150 writers and professors into a combined conversation. Furthermore, 35 non-presenting panel chairs were drawn from the Irish literary and academic communities. Needless to say, it was a robust, multifarious conversation that emerged across a rich myriad of fields, including new forms of textuality, new models of performance, sonic and digital spaces, decolonization, pedagogy, and archival practices. Christian Bok delivered a keynote address on examples of “scale,” encouraging artists to think beyond the page. D’bi.young Anitafrika delivered a keynote on the theme of antiracism, encouraging artists to create more empathetic cultural space. Other highlights include performances by The Sila Singers (Inuit throat-singers), SlapBang (Irish musicians), readings by seven Griffin Poetry Prize winners (Canadian, Indigenous, and Irish), and a keynote by address by Joshua Whitehead on different conceptions of Indigeneity. Poetry Ireland also hosted a “marathon” evening reading of 50 Canadian, Indigenous, and Irish poets that was both uproarious and great fun.

Emily Murphy and Katherine Macleod perform the history of flamenco in Canada
Supporters and Partner organizations for the conference included the Spoken Web Project (the largest contributor to the event), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Craig Dobbin Foundation, the College of Arts and Humanities at University College Dublin, Brock University, The School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin, the Humanities Research Institute at Brock University, Poetry Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the James Joyce Library, the National Folklore Collection, and the Association of Writing Programmes in Ireland.

Irish novelist and Head of Subject for Creative Writing at UCD, Paul Perry, has described it as a “generational event, totally unprecedented.”

Julie Morrissy, Christodoulos Makris, and Gregory Betts perform their collaborative poetry at “Riverrun” at Poetry Ireland.
19th Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland (ACSI)

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19th Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland (ACSI)
26th - 28th April 2018
Waterford Institute of Technology

Call for Papers:
Canadian Re-Generation(s)

Please address any general queries to Dr Julie Rodgers, ACSI President, email - or Mr John Maher, ACSI Treasurer, email -
We welcome submissions in French or English and the deadline for proposals is Friday 2nd February, 2018.

Bridging Divides: Art & Design in Canada

From left to right: Professor Brian Foss (UCD Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies), Rosalind Pepall (former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Dr Carol Payne (Carleton University), Professor Michael Brophy (President of ACSI), Dr Anna Hudson (York University), Professor Gerta Moray (University of Guelph), Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald (UCD), Dr Charles C. Hill (former Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada)

Conference on Immigration and Identity in Culture and Society

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Craig Dobbin/ACSI event: Bridging Divides: Art & Design in Canada

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7th Triennial International Conference
of the Central European Association for Canadian Studies

9 – 11 October 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

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7ème conférence triennale internationale
de l'Association d'études canadiennes en Europe centrale

9 – 11 octobre 2015, Zagreb, Croatie

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Colloque international / Congrès Etudes Canadiennes
« Regards croisés : Canada - Europe »

« Cross cultural perspectives – Canada – Europe »

10- 13 Juin 2015
Université de Nantes

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ACSI 2014 Conference Delegates on the way to the Aran Islands

At Dun Aengus on Aran

Dalhousie University – Université Sorbonne nouvelle / Paris 3

Summer Institute in Film Studies
Institut d’été d’études cinématographiques

“Le cinéma entre le local et le mondial” • “Global/Local Film”

July 7-14 juillet 2014, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)

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