środa, 26 sierpnia 2015


Students and graduate student Academic Conference within
4th Canadian Culture Festival
Canada and the World
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
18–20 November 2015

The fourth edition of the annual Canadian Culture Festival, organized by the American Studies Students' Research Society of the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora will focus on the presence of Canada and its representatives in the international arena. Our goal is to emphasize the dedication and the importance of Canadians in the world, not only in the international relations, but also in the fields such as culture and science.

Since the beginnings of settlement in North America, residents of the area were actively involved in the global trade – due to beavers’ fur they remained, for a long time, one of the most important economic partners of France . In following centuries, first as a part of Great Britain, later as an independent nation, Canadian forces participated in many international conflicts, as well as in many United Nations’ peacekeeping missions. It was Canadians who, in the 1920s, were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering medical properties of insulin; in 1940s they created an electric wheelchair and still remain one of the strongest forces in the medical equipment market. Nowadays, Canada is one of the most influential nations in the world and the homeland of many famous and recognizable writers (Alice Munro), directors (David Cronenberg) and musicians (Leonard Cohen).

During this year's conference, organized as a part of Canadian Culture Festival in Krakow , we will tackle the issue of Canada from a different, global perspective. Where Canadians can be found in the world's history of 19th and 20th century? Is the Maple-Leaf State considered as a serious player in the contemporary international relations? What inventions and scientific achievements do we owe to Canadians? Which Canadian artist has gained the biggest international acclaim? We would like the conference “Canada and the World” to have an interdisciplinary character, therefore we wish to invite people from different fields: international relations, history, political science, cultural relations, law, sociology, philology, as well as other members of humanistic and social studies, to participate.

If you wish to participate, please fill in the application form available at http://goo.gl/forms/bLUaOohDFi. We accept proposals in both Polish and English. The deadline for submissions is October 25, 2015. Authors of accepted presentations will be contacted no later than October 31, 2015. Please note that the presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. The conference fee for the presenters is 80 PLN, which must be paid by the accepted speakers no later than November 6, 2015. Non-presentation participation in the 4th Canadian Culture Festival is free of charge.

After the conference we plan to publish a peer-reviewed post-conference book; the speakers who will participate in the event will be notified about the details.

Should you have questions, please contact us at festiwalkulturykanadyjskiej@gmail.com. For the updated information please visit our website: www.festiwalkulturykanadyjskiej.pl or the Facebook fanpage: facebook.com/festiwalkulturykanadyjskiej.

American Studies Students' Research Society of the Jagiellonian University