From May 25 to 26, 2016, Canadian Literature hosted scholars from across the country for the first CanLit Guides Workshop at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The workshop aimed to foster a sense of community amongst post-secondary educators specializing in Canadian literature, generate discussion on approaches to teaching CanLit, and produce new chapters for CanLit Guides (an open-access teaching resource produced by Canadian Literature).
The event marks a shift in how we produce CanLit Guides: previously, chapters in the guides were written in-house by editors and graduate students; now, we have transitioned to a system where area specialists write chapters. Prior to the workshop itself, participants drafted 16 new chapters on a wide range of topics (from Marie Clements’ Burning Vision to diasporic studies to comics and more). Then, participants gathered at UBC for a series of highly collaborative sessions to offer each other peer-review feedback on chapter drafts. Participants also discussed approaches to teaching and the future of CanLit Guides. The workshop was an opportunity for a community of academics to come together as teachers, share ideas about pedagogy, and translate research expertise into classroom learning.
Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our participants, the workshop was an energizing and productive event. Keep an eye out for new CanLit Guides chapters in the next year and, in the meantime, be sure to take a look at the newly redesigned website. Photos of the workshop can be found on Canadian Literature‘s Flickr page.
Canadian Literature would like to thank the following people and organizations for making the 2016 CanLit Guides Workshop such a success:
Sarah Banting, Shelley Boyd, Clint Burnham, Nathalie Cooke, Nadine Fladd, Brenna Gray, Ceilidh Hart, Tiffany Johnstone, Christine Kim, Lucia Lorenzi, Bronwyn Malloy, Sophie McCall, Brendan McCormack, Farah Moosa, Gillian Roberts, Shannon Smyrl, Katja Thieme, Camille Van der Marel, Carl Watts
Canadian Literature Team (Workshop Organizers)
Laura Moss, Kathryn Grafton, Donna Chin, Sheila Giffen, Josephine Lee, Christy Fong, Zoya Mirzaghitova
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- Hampton Fund (UBC Office of the Vice-President)
- UBC Faculty of Arts
- SFU English Department
- UBC English Department
- UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers Work Learn Program
- Green College
- UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
- SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity)
- Development and Alumni Engagement, Faculty of Arts, UBC
- Museum of Anthropology
- UBC Bookstore