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Researching How Cultural Forms Support Reconciliation

Submitted by on 2019/02/27 – 8:30 am

Dear Colleagues,

Kevin Hood, Katherine Sinclair, Keestin O’Dell, and Paul Sopcak (MacEwan University), in collaboration with the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL) and with support from MacEwan University’s Research Office; the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity; the Social Innovation Institute; Student Affairs; and kihêw waciston; are organizing the symposium “Reading, Writing, Storytelling, Viewing: Researching How Cultural Forms Support Reconciliation.”

The symposium will be held at MacEwan University, July 2-5, 2019, and aims at exploring and promoting reconciliation by connecting Canadian Indigenous scholars with international scholars concerned with the effects of reading literature, writing poetry, storytelling and watching film on mental well-being and resilience. It will involve scholarly presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and a poster presentation session.

Confirmed presenters include: Jonathan Cohen (U Haifa), Dwayne Donald (U Alberta), Samah Elbelazi (Stanford U), David I. Hanauer (U Pennsylvania), Harold R. Johnson (independent author, Canada), Guan Soon Khoo (Roanoke College), Emy Koopman (independent scholar/author, Netherlands), Don Kuiken (U Alberta), Moniek Kuijpers (U Basel), Liz Fulton Lyne (Norquest College) & Allison Sivak (U Alberta), and Konstantin Mierau (U Groningen).

In addition to these presentations, we invite proposals for oral or poster presentations at the symposium. In reviewing proposals, the committee will consider (1) the proposal’s fit with the symposium theme; (2) innovativeness of the proposed presentation topic; and (3) the scholarly implications and significance of the proposed presentation topic.

To propose a presentation or poster for this conference, please submit the following information to by March 28, 2019:
1. A 200-word abstract of your presentation
2. A 50-word autobiographical statement
3. A list of up to 4 relevant references
4. Whether your proposal is for a poster or an oral presentation

Kind regards,
The Organizing Committee