CanLit Guides at Congress: Launch Event and Roundtable

Congress 2018 at the University of Regina is fast approaching, and at that time we will be officially launching 16 new CanLit Guides chapters. In order to celebrate the launch and also to reflect on the project and how it relates to broader questions about research and pedagogy in CanLit, we will be hosting two events, both jointly sponsored by ACCUTE: a roundtable discussion on research and teaching Canadian literature, followed by an official launch event for the new CanLit Guides Chapters (details below).

These events will take place consecutively on Monday, May 28, in LC 215. ACCUTE’s program for Congress 2018 can be found here.


Roundtable: “Working at the Intersections of Research and Teaching”

10:30am-12:00pm, LC 215

This roundtable discussion amongst CanLit Guides authors and editors uses the CLG project as a case study to open questions around the relationship between research, teaching, and learning, and what constitutes changing notions of “legitimate” academic work. Questions for discussion include:

  • Where and how does teaching diverge from scholarship? Are they valued differently?
  • What challenges do we face in bringing research and teaching together? And what practical strategies can we share for bringing together these roles in new forms and practices?
  • How do we balance work in our fields of interest with obligations to and passions for teaching and learning?
  • How is academic work defined and valued in different disciplinary and institutional contexts?

The following CanLit Guides authors will be participating in this roundtable:

  • Brenna Clarke Gray (Douglas): “The Labour of Teaching CanLit”
  • Nathalie Cooke (McGill) and Shelley Boyd (Kwantlen): “When Pedagogy and Research Meet: Creating Intellectual Frameworks for the Study of Restaurant Literature”
  • Nadine Fladd (Waterloo): “The CanLit Guides workshop: making scholarship public and accessible for learners and researchers”
  • Lucia Lorenzi (McMaster): “Shifting the Access of Power: Bringing Marginalized Voices into Classrooms with Open Educational Resources”
  • Farah Moosa (VIU): “Transitions: Researching, Teaching, and Writing about Joy Kogawa’s Obasan”
  • Gillian Roberts (Nottingham): “Internationalizing and Interdisciplining Canadian Literary Studies”
  • Carl Watts (Royal Military College): “Double Apostrophes: CanLit Guides and the Voice of the Teacher-Scholar”

Launch Celebration: New CanLit Guides Chapters

12:00-1:30, LC 215 

We are excited to be launching 16 new chapters for CanLit Guides, an open-access teaching resource produced by Canadian Literature. We will be celebrating the culmination of collaborative work between our expert chapter authors and our team of editors that began at the CanLit Guides Workshop in 2016. The launch also marks a significant shift in how the CanLit Guides are produced: 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. Our 16 new chapters span a wide variety of topics of interest to scholars and teachers of Canadian literature, including:

  • The Periodical Press and Early Print Culture in Canada
  • Chinese Restaurant Literature
  • Intersections of Diasporic and Indigenous Literatures
  • Dionne Brand’s No Language Is Neutral
  • Marie Clements’ Burning Vision
  • Joy Kogawa’s Obasan
  • Official Multiculturalism and Funding Canadian Literature
  • Literary Censorship in Canada
  • and many more…

We hope you can join us to contribute your voices to the roundtable discussion and to help celebrate with our authors and editors the launch of these new chapters, which are now available on the CanLit Guides website (!