The Studio in Canadian Literary Cultures

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About the Studio

McMaster has a long heritage of significant research and teaching in the Canadian Literatures and Cultures, from Carl Ballstadt's pioneering work on early Canadian writing to the focus of Mills Memorial Library on creating a significant archive collection of Canadian literary materials (and recently highlighting historical perspectives on publishing in Canada). The Studio in Canadian Literary Cultures benefits from this heritage and features the activities of the community of scholars that has formed first around the Canada Research Chair in Diversity in Canadian Literary Cultures (2000-2010), and now the Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature (2010-ongoing), both housed in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. The Studio aims to facilitate and maintain a lively community of scholars, from undergraduate and graduate students to postdoctoral fellows and full-time professors, who wish to share their work and develop projects that grow out of and invigorate each others' individual learning and research.

The revamped Studio website hosts several venues (in the form of categorized blog posts, a forum and Twitter account) for members to discuss work, consult on problems they are working on and provide updates on new developments. Members are also encouraged to share information on research opportunities, professional development and relevant national and international conferences. Please contact the Studio's Administrator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with any questions, or should you experience any technical difficulties.

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To date, members of the Studio have:

  • Produced the "Different Knowings" video interview series (2011-2012).

  • Organized the "Displacements: Borders, Mobility, Statelessness" conference, March 7-9, 2008, featuring speakers such as Anne McNevin, Maroussia Ahmed, Barbara Jackman, Peter Nyers, Rick Monture, Shelley Niro, Petronila Cleto, Smaro Kamboureli and Jamila Ghaddar.  An edited volume, derives from the conference, is forthcoming from the University of Alberta Press in 2012.

  • Hosted the Dub Poetry Festival, October 2007, featuring spoken-word artists from Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and Hamilton.

  • Co-edited a special issue of The Journal of West Indian Literature on the topic "Rooting and Routing Caribbean Canadian Writing" (Spring 2006), including essays and interviews by Olive Senior, Nalo Hopkinson, Hyacinth Simpson, Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Patricia Saunders, George Elliot Clarke, Roger Ferreira, Elizabeth Jackson, Susan Gingell, Kristen Mahlis, Sarah Casteel, David Chariandy, John Corr, Jordan Stouck, and Kim Robinson. 

  • Organized the "ReCalling Early Canada" conference (2003), and published the subsequent book under the same title (University of Alberta Press, 2005).

  • Organized the "Race ... Into the 21st Century" conference (2001) and published a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing (2002) under the same title. 


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