Students’ and graduate students’ Academic Conference within
5th Canadian Culture Festival
Icons and Symbols of Canada
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
16–18 November 2016
During the fifth edition of the 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, we wish to draw a particular attention to the Canadian icons and symbols - not only those recognizable throughout the world, but also the ones less known, but close to Canadians themselves. We’d like to dedicate his year’s students’ and graduate students’ Academic Conference, being held within the festival, to discussing the most iconic figures of Canada and Canadian symbols as well as confront different views and possibilities of interpreting the subject.
Maple leaf on the Canadian flag, beaver fur connected with the growth of colony in its beginnings, Queen of Canada, hockey as a national sport or the stone-made inuksuit – these are just a few symbols that instantly come to mind when discussing this country. However, there is more to it than just symbols, if it comes to defining Canada – Canada, above all, means its people, therefore it is equally important to notice its most iconic figures – throughout history as well as nowadays. If only considering literature, music industry or politics, there is a number of people that became icons in the eyes of Canadian society. Looking even deeper, it is noticeable without a doubt that similar examples can be found not only in the world-wide or nationwide context, but also on the level of provinces.
The subject of Canadian icons and symbol is in fact wide – however, it is in no case confined to the territorial aspect. Canada is a country that is culturally diverse – from Indigenous Peoples, though the Franco- and Anglophones, to immigrants coming from the entire world. Unlike the melting pot in the United States, its north neighbor is characterized by the concept of cultural mosaic, and every belonging culture has its own symbols, different from the ones common for the entire Canada. Therefore, we invite you to send abstracts for presentations that will discuss this year’s subject not only in its broader meaning, but also a more specific one and tackling less obvious issues. The specificity of the main matter allows to choose a question from a variety of fields – politics as well as society, arts as well as sport, history as well as the present time. At the same time, we encourage the participants to seek unconventional ways of approaching the subject, since it can help us create an interesting and diversified picture of Canada.
If you wish to participate, please fill in the application form available at https://goo.gl/forms/L0mXSbXbn6mOxZ9j1 . We accept proposals in both Polish and English. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016. Authors of accepted presentations will be contacted no later than November 2, 2016. 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 5, 2016. Non-presentation participation in the 5th 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.
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American Studies Students' Research Society of the Jagiellonian University