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RE-THINKING THE HUMANITIES: A Books Launch and Colloquium

APRIL 13 & 14, 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Nathalie Des Rosiers, former President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, currently on secondment as General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Dr. Jerry Zaslove, former Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, and currently Simons Chair in Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University.

Confirmed Participants:

Dr. Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature in the School of English and Theatre Studies and Director of the TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph, co-editor with Daniel Coleman of The Culture of Research: Retooling the Humanities (forthcoming, University of Alberta Press, fall 2010).

Dr. Daniel Coleman, Canada Research Chair in Critical Ethnicity and Race Studies in the Department of English, McMaster University, and co-editor of The Culture of Research.

Dr. Ian Angus, former director of IH and Professor of Humanities at SFU, author of Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring press, 2009).

Dr. Janice Newson, Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology, York University and co-editor of Academic Callings: The University We Have Had, Now Have, and Could Have (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2010).

Dr. Claire Polster, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Regina and co-editor of Academic Callings.

Dr. Heather Zwicker, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta and co-editor of Not Drowning But Waving (forthcoming University of Alberta Press, spring 2011).

Dr. Jeanne Perreault, Professor of English, University of Calgary, and co-editor of Not Drowning But Waving.

Dr. Susan Brown, Associate Professor in SETS University of Guelph, key leader in The Orlando Project at the University of Alberta and co-editor of Not Drowning But Waving.

Dr. Jo-Ann Wallace, Professor of English and Film Studies and Chair of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Alberta and co-editor of Not Waving But Drowning.

Dr. Howard Woodhouse, Professor of Educational Foundations at U of S and author of Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market (Montreal and Kingston: McGill/Queen's UP).

Dr. Neil Ten Kortenaar, Director, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto.

Lindsay Parker, ABD in Comp. Lit., University of Alberta.

Plus our own Allison Muri and members of the Indigenous Humanities research group at the U of S: Marie Battiste, Sakej Henderson, Isobel Findlay, Lynne Bell, and Len Findlay.


Tuesday, April 12: 8-10 p.m.: Reception at Delta Bessborough Hotel, Salon Batoche Room

Wednesday and Thursday sessions will be held in the Neatby-Timlin Theatre [Arts 241], Arts Building, University of Saskatchewan campus, Saskatoon

Wednesday, April 13:

9:00-10:30 am: Opening Keynote: Nathalie Des Rosiers

10:30-11:00: Nutrition Break

11:00-12:30 pm: Not Drowning But Waving, Editorial Collective

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:30: Howard Woodhouse, Janice Newson, and Claire Polster: "The Endangered University"

3:30-4:00: Nutrition Break

4:00-5:30: Smaro Kamboureli and Daniel Coleman: "Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities"

7:00 pm: Colloquium Dinner

Thursday, April 14

9:00-10:30 am: Second Keynote: Jerry Zaslove

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:00: Ian Angus, and Allison Muri: "Education and Enlightenment"

12:00-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Indigenous Humanities Research Group

3:00-3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 pm: Neil Ten Kortenaar, Lindsay Parker, and Len Findlay: "Comparative Literature and Unilingual Internationalism"

7:00 pm: Party

Unpacking the University

The Humanities Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan was established in 1990 and is now into its fourth three-year term as an agency reporting to the  Vice-President (Research). It is one of over 60 members in North America, Europe, and Australia of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. The HRU is funded principally by its host university, but this funding is regularly supplemented by grants from the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada and from organizations such as the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

The HRU is committed to raising the profile of the Humanities on and off campus, to stimulating and supporting research by Humanists through colloquia and various publishing initiatives, and to promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. It usually sponsors two major academic conferences annually, as well as a variety of visiting and resident speakers and plays an active role in developing research grant proposals and in reconceptualizing relations between the Humanities and their various publics.  It has developed special emphases on Body Projects and on the Indigenous Humanities.  It is also closely involved in the activities of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada.

As attested by recent developments in the College of Arts and Science and recent discussions at the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, there is something of a crisis in the humanities in Canadian universities. Some of the traditional humanities disciplines are especially stressed--classics and modern European languages perhaps most of all--and need broadly based support and significant new resources if they are to preserve their core values and activities and develop connections with the so-called 'new' humanities and with other disciplines inside and outside the humanities. The humanities community on this campus needs to build on its considerable strengths and in a variety of ways, and the Humanities Research Unit has considerable experience in this area.

Please get in touch with if you think the HRU can help develop or support a humanities research initiative of any sort.

Humanities Research Unit
c/o English Department
University of Saskatchewan
Arts Building
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5
Telephone: (306) 966-5517    Telefax: (306) 966-5951
Director: L.M. Findlay Co-Director: Marie Battiste