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Indigenous Futurisms – Workshop with Chelsea Vowel

Author photo by Zachary Ayotte

Workshop for PhD and advanced MA students

Date: February 19, 2024

Location: Helene-Richter-Saal, UniCampus, Hof 8, Department of English and American Studies

Chelsea Vowel, Métis writer from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, is coming to the University of Vienna to offer a workshop on Indigenous Futurisms for MA and PhD students. Students interested in Indigenous futurisms and Indigenous speculative writing are encouraged to apply for this workshop, which will be an opportunity to receive critical input on their own work and to gain new perspectives on Indigenous theory and writing. The workshop will begin with an opening talk by Chelsea Vowel on the intersection between theory and fiction writing. Students will then have the opportunity to present their own work and get a response and feedback from our guest. To close, Chelsea Vowel will read from her recent short story collection Buffalo is the New Buffalo.

Please submit abstracts incl. project title (max. 300 words) and a short biographical note to by January 15, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their participation in the workshop by the end of January 2024.

Please find the full call for papers here.

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Parent to six children, she has a BEd, LLB, and MA. She is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust. Her most recent work is the short story collection Buffalo is the New Buffalo, published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2022.

Organizers: Stefanie Schäfer, Markus Schwarz, Barbara Gföllner, Alexandra Ganser


2023: Heather Carroll - The Red Dress | La Robe Rouge

December 1-5, 2023

Centre for Canadian Studies (ZKS)
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 8.3 / 1090 Wien
Department for English and American Studies, University of Vienna

The Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna is thrilled to welcome Canadian Inuit Scottish artist Heather Carroll with her project “La Robe Rouge: Hitting the Road. Educate, Enable, Empower. The Path towards Healing” to Vienna during the UN campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

La Robe Rouge is a travelling exhibition/installation that addresses domestic violence and more specifically speaks to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) issue in Canada and those indigenous children buried in unmarked graves, victims of the residential schools in Canada.

For many years now I have been in dialogue with my First Nations friends in British Columbia concerning the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children dilemma in Canada and have had many discussions with friends and family members concerning the effects of the residential schools on their survivors, their parents and the generations that followed.

In essence, the installation is about domestic violence and violence against women and children. The problem exists throughout every level of society regardless of economic status, from the desperately poor to the extreme rich. Despite the subject, I envisage the installation to be serene, soothing and exuding a powerful force. It is meant to promote healing and to send out a message of hope and empowerment.”

Heather Carroll’s La Robe Rouge will be on display in Hof 8.3 of Uni-Campus at the University of Vienna, outside of the Department of English and American Studies, on weekdays between December 1-5. All are welcome to attend a brief opening on Friday, Dec. 1, at 12:15, followed by an artist talk titled “Finding the Patterns: Indigenous Women of Canada,” to be held in Room 5 of the Department of English and American Studies. During the time of the installation, Heather will also offer beading workshops for students.

Feel free and join us for the lecture and/or to visit the installation by Heather Carroll.

The project is organized by the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Austria.

Heather Carroll’s website:

2023: The 6th Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies

The Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna is proud to announce the 6th Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies, to be delivered on June 29, 2023, by Dr. Andrea Davis of York University. Dr. Davis will present her talk, titled "Black Women’s (Im)Mobilities: Memory, History and Diasporic Entanglements," at the Hofburg (Schreyvogelsaal), starting at 6:00 pm.

This year's lecture is organized in partnership with the "Mobile Cultures and Societies: Interdisciplinary Studies on Transnational Formations" Research Platform, the “GAIN - Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities” Research Platform, and the Embassy of Canada to Austria.
The event is free and open to the public.
We hope to see you there!

2023 GKS Conference: March 3-5, 2023

Since 1981 GKS - the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien in den deutschsprachigen Ländern / GKS) - has been hosting its annual conference in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The theme of this year's conference is "Solidarities. Networks – Convivialities – Confrontations." It will take place on March 3-5, 2023, in Grainau, Germany.

For detailedinformation, see:


13. Kongress des Frankoromanistenverbands, Wien
Vortragsvorschläge für den Frankoromanistentag (21.–24. September 2022) zum Thema „Populaire! Populär?" können bis 15.1. eingereicht werden.
Besonders hervorben möchten wir die von Daniel Winkler mitorganisierte Sektion „Cultures populaires postcoloniales : critique du colonialisme, décolonisation et #BlackLivesMatter / Postkoloniale Popkulturen: Kolonialismuskritik, Dekolonialisierung und #BlackLivesMatter."


Activities of the GKS Emerging Scholars Forum 

Chaque année, la Relève Académique (NWF) de la GKS organise plusieurs activités dans le cadre du colloque annuel de la GKS à Grainau, en Allemagne. Pour le colloque de 2023, nous organisons un panel et un colloque, ainsi que des activités culturelles et sociales. Les candidats intéressés peuvent soumettre des propositions pour l’un des deux formats suivants : (1) panel sur les solidarités dans la SFF canadienne, la fanfiction, et la fiction d’horreur, et (2) second colloque des émergent.e.s.
Date limite pour les soumissions : 31 août 2022

Every year, the Emerging Scholars' Forum (NWF) of the GKS organizes several activities as part of the annual GKS conference in Grainau, Germany. For the 2023 conference, we are organizing a panel and a colloquium, as well as cultural and social activities. Interested applicants may submit proposals for any of the two following formats: (1) panel on Solidarities in Canadian SFF, Fan, and Horror Fiction, and (2) 2nd Emerging Scholars Colloquium.
Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2022

Full CFP:


Ecologies – Environments – Ethics
The 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS) will take place on February 18-20, 2022 in Grainau, Germany (or as a virtual conference). Paper proposals/abstracts of max. 500 words can be submitted in French or English and will be accepted until June 15, 2021. 

Canada: Near and Far
The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States is now accepting paper and panel proposals for their 26th biennial conference from March 24-27, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Comprehending Canada
The faculty of arts at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic is offering an interdisciplinary Canadian Studies course from June 17 to June 30, 2021. The course includes synchronous and asynchronous online activities and has a 6 ECTS study load. International students have the opportunity to register until June 15. However, there is a limit on the number of participants, and students will be accepted on first come, first served basis. 

The international conference “Indigenous Resistance in the Digital Age: the Politics of Language, Media and Culture” (University of Naples "L'Orientale", conference convenor: Anna Mongibello) will be held online on Zoom, 27-30 October 2021. The deadline for submitting an abstract is June 30, 2021.

Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies 2021
The fifth VLCS, "CANADA IS … WHAT?! A ‘crowd-sourced’ and tactile inquiry into our collective notions of ‘Canada,’" by Helene Vosters will take place on June 2, 2021 (2pm CET, Zoom). To register for this online event, please send an e-mail to by May 31, 2021.

Littératures inuites
Le Laboratoire international de recherche sur l’imaginaire du Nord, de l’hiver et de l’Arctique, dirigé à l’Université du Québec à Montréal par le professeur Daniel Chartier (CRILCQ, UQAM), vient de lancer un site Web ( sur les littératures inuites du Nunavik, du Nunavut, du Groenland et du Nunatsiavut.

Virtual Canadian Studies
VCS offers interdisciplinary virtual Canadian Studies courses in the fields of English Studies, French Linguistics, Geography, History, and Native Studies. The schedule for the summer term 2021 has just been published. Further details, such as course descriptions and instructions for the registration process are available on the website of the GKS.  

Le cinéma québécois à l’honneur. Édition virtuelle
À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la Francophonie, la Déléguée générale du Québec pour l’Allemagne, l’Autriche et la Suisse, Mme Elisa Valentin, a le plaisir de vous inviter à découvrir une sélection de films québécois. Les films seront mis à votre disposition en ligne à partir de vendredi le 19 mars 2021 à 18 h pour 72 h. Nous vous prions de vous inscrire pour les films de votre choix sur : Lien de réservation avant le 17 mars.

Joint Academy Day with the Royal Society of Canada
At this year's 'Joint Academy Day' on March 18, global challenges such as climate change will be discussed from perspectives on this side and the other side of the Atlantic. The webinar event is open to the public and gives an insight into the societally current research topics that representatives of the Royal Society of Canada and the Austrian Academy of Sciences are working on.

Issue 41 of ZKS (Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien) is available now. The special issue considers Futures of Canadian Studies and includes contributions from various disciplines by George Elliott Clarke, Munroe Eagles, Larissa Lai, Yvan Lamonde, Catherine Mavrikakis, Anne Trépanier, and Graeme Wynn.

Austrian Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta
The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies is accepting applications for the next Austrian Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta until January 1, 2021. 


New ZKS Executive Director
Stefanie Schäfer joined the Department of English and American Studies in September 2020 as a Marie Curie research fellow. We are delighted to announce that, for the duration of her fellowship, she will also take over the role of executive director and thus coordinator of the University of Vienna's Zentrum für Kanada-Studien from Alexandra Ganser.
Information about her project on cowgirl mobilities and additional research interests can be found here:

Art & Design Universities Canada Event
Art & Design Universities Canada is a new consortium of the country’s four specialized art and design universities: Alberta University of the Arts (Calgary, Alberta), Emily Carr University of Art & Design (Vancouver, British Columbia), NSCAD University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and OCAD University (Toronto, Ontario). Their main mission is to promote the importance of pursuing a creative post-secondary education (Undergraduate or Graduate) in Canada. The Europe Information Session would be a great way for prospective applicants from the continent to learn more about why to study art, design, and media in a specialized Canadian institution. Registration required.

 Bewerbungsfristen für diverse Förderpreise bis 15.11.2020 verlängert 

Stiftung für Kanada-Studien 
1. Reisestipendien für Promovierende
2. Reisestipendien für bereits promovierte Wissenschaftler*innen
3. Reisestipendien für die Vorbereitung von Projektanträgen

Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien
- die Reisestipendien der GKS
- den Prix d'Excellence du Gouvernement du Québec
- den Jürgen-und-Freia-Saße-Preis

Prix d'Excellence du Québec
Die Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS) vergibt in Kooperation mit der Association internationale des études québécoises (AIÉQ) wie jedes Jahr den Prix d’Excellence du Gouvernement du Québec. Der von der Regierung von Québec gestiftete und durch die Vertretung der Regierung von Québec in München zu überreichende Preis ist mit maximal 3.000 kanadischen Dollar dotiert und richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen, die an einer deutschen, österreichischen oder schweizerischen Universität eine hervorragende Abschlussarbeit im Bereich der Québec-Studien eingereicht oder eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit (Monographie, Sammlung, Nachschlagewerk o.ä.) in derselben Disziplin publiziert haben.
Alle in deutscher oder französischer Sprache verfassten und vor dem 19. Februar 2019 eingereichten akademischen Abschlussarbeiten für Master, Diplom, Staatsexamen oder Promotion aus dem Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften) oder zum selben Zeitpunkt publizierten Werke sind zur Bewerbung zugelassen, solange der Schwerpunkt auf einem für Québec interessanten Bereich liegt (z.B. Kultur-, Literatur-, Sprach-, Politik-, Gesellschafts- oder Geschichtswissenschaften, etc.).  Die Deadline ist der 1. November 2020.

First European Summer School in Canadian Studies
cancelled due to Covid-19

Eine Veranstaltung zur Literatur Québecs, die das TOLEDO-Programm Ende Mai als Liveveranstaltung gemeinsam mit dem LCB und der Vertretung der Regierung von Québec realisieren wollte, findet nun im virtuellen Raum auf und statt, und ist somit auch für nicht in Berlin Anwesende zugänglich. 

Programm: Montag, 25. Mai
21 Uhr
Literatur aus dem Reservat – Fiktion und Wirklichkeit „echter Indianer“ im heutigen Québec
Sonja Finck und Frank Heibert geben erste Einblicke in ihr TOLEDO-Journal rund um die Übersetzung des Panoramaromans „Stories aus Kitchike – Der große Absturz“ (erscheint im Secession Verlag) von Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui und führen ein Gespräch mit dem Autor.
22 Uhr
Minderheiten in Québec und ihre Literatur
Der Journalist Cornelius Wüllenkemper führt ein Video-Gespräch mit dem Montréaler Autor Rodney Saint-Eloi, Gründer des Verlags „Mémoires d’encrier“, sehr profiliert u.a. in der indigenen Literatur sowie der Literaturszene haitianischen Ursprungs.
23 Uhr
“The Lonely Hearts Hotel” von Heather O’Neill – anglophone Literatur in Québec
Sherry Simon, Autorin des Buches „Cities in Translation“, im Gespräch mit Heather O’Neill über ihre Erfahrungen als anglophone Autorin in  Montréal und ihren Roman „The Lonely Hearts Hotel“ sowie mit Gesine Schröder, die das Buch für den Aufbau Verlag übersetzt.


Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies 2019
The fourth Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies will take place on December 5 at 12:15pm in seminar room 5 of the Department of English and American Studies. Elisabeth Tutschek (Université de Montréal) will deliver the talk "Negotiating Family Histories Across Generations: Two Examples from Contemporary Canadian and Anglo-Québec Writing."

The ÖAW Commission "The North Atlantic Triangle" has invited Prof. David Staines (University of Ottawa) to give a talk on "Indigenous Voices in Canadian Fiction.”
10 December, 4pm (Department of English and American Studies, Besprechungszimmer, 2nd floor)

Prof. Staines will also participate in a discussion on the work of Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro in Prof. Zacharasiewicz’s course "Crossing of Borders and Cultural Circulation: Canada and the American South."
11 December, 2:15pm (Department of English and American Studies, seminar room 6, 1st floor)

International Conference on Leonard Cohen 
Maynooth University’s departments of Philosophy, Music, and English, together with the Arts and Humanities Institute, are delighted to host a two-day international conference on Leonard Cohen. This ground-breaking event will bring together scholars and experts from across the world to discuss the music, poetry, philosophy, religion, and life of Leonard Cohen. Abstracts are due on December 1, 2019

Festival der frankophonen Comics
Renowned Canadian cartoonist and animator Guy Delisle will participate in the book fair Buch Wien 19 (November 6-10).  

Student Exchange in Canada
Students of the University of Vienna have the chance to apply for an exchange program at a Canadian partner university. The deadline is on November 15, 2019. Further details about the institutions and the application process can be found on the International Office website.

Une métropole Québécoise et canadienne - Montréal et ses représentations de diversité
Elisabeth Tutschek will offer a literature seminar on Montreal and its representations of diversity from November 15 to December 16. Registration closes on October 31.

Special Exhibit at the State Hall of the Austrian National Library
“Novae Franciae accurata Delineatio,” a rare 1655 map of the French colonies in present-day Canada is currently on display in the State Hall of the Austrian National Libray. Only two complete copies of the map have survived worldwide.

"Queer Acadian Quest for Legitimacy: Language, Gender and Power Dynamics" 
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Isabelle LeBlanc (Département d'études françaises Université de Moncton)
Tuesday, 18 June, 6pm, Sensengasse 3a, Hörsaal 1 (first floor)

Guest lecture
“Belonging in Unbelonging: Im/mobilities in Dionne Brand's Writing“ by Tegan Zimmerman, assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Stephens College
Wednesday, June 5, 2.30-4.00pm, SR2 (Department of English and American Studies)

Guest lecture
“Teaching Indigenous Law in Intense Comparison to State Law: Questions and Challenges” by Jeremy Webber, Professor of Law at the University of Victoria
4 April (5pm, HS A, IKSA, NIG, 4th floor)

 "Linguistic insecurity and the legitimate speaker. The case of Francophones in Canada (Acadie)"
Einladung zum Kanada-Vortrag am Institut für Sprachwissenschaft 
Vortragende: Prof. Dr. Annette Boudreau (Université de Moncton, Canada)
Zeit: Dienstag, 18. März 2019, 18 Uhr 30
Ort: Sensengasse 3a, Hörsaal 1 (1. Stock)
Gäste sind wie immer herzlich willkommen!


Catherine Lemieux
Une affection rare (Éditions Triptyque 2018)
Donnerstag, 20. September von 18:00 bis 20:00 
Librairie Gallimard, 3700, Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2X2V4

Virtual Canadian Studies
Current courses (winter term 2018/2019)

  • VCS Linguistique « Les variétés du français canadien », Dr. Edith Szlezák, Regensburg.
  • VCS Linguistique: « Les identités linguistiques en francophonie (politique/ culture/ langue », Dr. Alex Demeulenaere, Trier.
  • VCS Native Studies: „Indigenous Nations of Canada – Plateau Region“, Dr. des. Renate Bartl, München.

For further details and to register online please visit: 
CÉRIUM International Summmer School at Université de Montréal this June 18-23
Queer Studies : genre et traduction is a graduate course held in French and English that will offer masterclasses and workshops by experts in the fields of Translation, Literary and Cultural Studies, Feminist Theroy, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Trans Studies as well as North American, Canadian, and Québec Studies.
More information can be found here.
Journée d’étude:

(Antilles - Afrique - Québec)
Le 18 juin 2018, Université Charles, Prague, République tchèque.
Dans le cadre d’un séminaire annuel organisé par Milena Fučíková à l’Université Charles (le 18 juin 2018), nous lançons un appel à communication effectué sur le thème « Le lecteur - un acteur » dans la littérature francophone (Antilles - Afrique - Québec) sur l’ensemble des oeuvres romanesques des auteurs antillais, africains et québécois dans une optique littéraire et comparatiste.
Le lecteur des récits des auteurs « francophones » a-t-il un statut particulier ? Source de jeu ou d’autofiction, thème narratif ou image littéraire, est-il convié à une lecture active ? Les auteurs francophones reconnus en France comme à l’étranger incarnent-ils par excellence l’exigence que requiert une littérature qui privilégie le « faire » au détriment du « dire » ?
Telles sont les questions qui sous-tendent et orientent les axes de réflexion critique et littéraire de notre journée d’étude.
La langue de communication: le français.
Références bibliographiques
Umberto, ECO, Lector in fabula ou la Coopération interprétative dans les textes narratifs [1979], tr. fr. Paris, Grasset, 1985.
Umberto, ECO, Les Limites de l’interprétation [1990], tr. fr., Paris, Grasset, 1992.
Wolfgang, ISER, L’Acte de lecture [1972], Bruxelles, Mardaga, 1985.
Hans Robert, JAUSS, Pour une esthétique de la réception, tr. fr. Paris, Gallimard, 1978.
Les propositions de communication, comprenant vos nom, prénom, et coordonnées professionnelles, sont à envoyer avant le 1 mai 2018 à Milena FUČÍKOVÁ (
Les communications peuvent être de 15 à 25 minutes : merci d’indiquer le temps dont vous souhaitez disposer.
Milena Fučíková - 
Université Charles, Prague, République tchèque.


Kanada beim Comic Festival der Frankophonie im Rahmen der BUCH WIEN

Seit 2013 organisiert das Institut Français d’Autriche in Zusammenarbeit mit den Botschaften von Belgien und der Schweiz ein Comic Festival der Frankophonie. Die Veranstaltung zielt darauf ab, französischsprachige Comic-AutorInnen aller Nationalitäten in ihrer gesamten Vielfalt dem österreichischen Publikum näherzubringen. Zudem soll das Festival auch Brücken zwischen französischsprachigen und österreichischen AutorInnen schlagen. 2017 nimmt das Festival zum ersten Mal an der BUCH WIEN teil und lädt auch die kanadische Illustratorin Isabelle Arsenault dazu ein. Cuno Affolter (CH), Konservator des Comic-Zentrums der Stadt Lausanne, wird sich als Experte und Moderator beteiligen.

BD - Comic frankophone - Der Festivalabend
(mit Konsekutivdolmetschung FR/DE)
Eintritt frei!
9. November 2017
19:00 Uhr
Hauptbücherei | Büchereien Wien
Urban-Loritz-Platz 2A
1070 Wien

Stand BD – Comic francophone
9. November – 12. November 2017
Messe Wien, Halle D,
Stand Nr. A 17

Interview mit Isabelle Arsenault
10. November 2017
14:30 Uhr - 15:00 Uhr
DIE WASNERIN-Bühne (Messe Wien, Halle D)
(Konsekutivdolmetschung FR/DE)

Signierstunde mit Isabelle Arsenault

10. November 2017
15:15 Uhr – 16:15 Uhr

Wir freuen uns, Sie mit allen AutorInnen und ihren Büchern an unserem Stand „BD – Comic francophone“ begrüßen zu dürfen!

Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec The Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair and the Institut nordique du Quebec are launching a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec on October 10th! It is free, online and open to everyone! This MOOC offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern Quebec, a territory that is also the traditional home of several Indigenous peoples. The course will provide participants a better understanding of the cultures of northern populations, the place the North occupies in the collective imagination, and its sociopolitical development. This course is for anyone interested in Northern Quebec and in learning more about its territory, history, societies, and issues.

You can register online until October 30, 2017: 

Non-EU Teaching Mobility 2017
Prof. Sarah Phillips Casteel (Carleton University, Ottawa) will hold a short-term teaching visit during the summer term of 2017 at the Department of English and American Studies. Her course, entitled "Caribbean Postslavery Literature," will deal with contemporary Caribbean fiction, poetry, historical texts and paintings; by considering classic slave narratives as well neoslave narratives, Prof. Casteel wants to draw the students's attention to the ways in which the Middle Passage continues to shape the present. The reading list for this class will include, among others, Dionne Brand, Jean Rhys, Olaudah Equiano, Andrea Levy, and Caryl Phillips.
Käthe-Leichter-Guest Professor 2018

Prof. Tegan Zimmerman (Stephens College, Missouri) will hold a teaching appointment at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna from April to June 2018. She has previously held appointments at Okanagan College, the University of London, and the University of Alberta. She specializes in contemporary women's historical fiction, contemporary gender studies and literary theory. Prof. Zimmerman has published a monograph entitled Writing Back Through Our Mothers: A Transnational Feminist Study on the Woman's Historical Novel, and a second one forthcoming in 2018 titled Matria Redux: The Caribbean in Women's Historical Novels. At U of Vienna, Prof. Zimmerman will offer classes on "The Development of the Francophone Woman's Novel in Canada," "The Postcolonial Caribbean Woman's Historical Novel," and "Contemporary Feminist Theorizing."


"Argent sale: La revanche de l'impur dans Speak White de Michèle Lalonde et La marche de France Théorêt"
Guest lecture by Dr. des. Catherine Lemieux (Montréal) as part of Prof. Jörg Türschmann's literature seminar on "La littérature franco-canadienne"
November 22, 2016
Department of Romance Studies, University of Vienna
Seminar Room 7, 5:15pm

"Beyond the 49th Parallel: The Canadian West as Myth and Spectacle"
Guest lecture by Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena) as part of Prof. Alexandra Ganser's literature seminar on "Recent Trends in Canadian Literature"
October 17, 2016
Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna
Seminar Room 4, 4pm

13th Annual Grad Student Conference of the Young Scholars' Forum, Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries
June 24-26 2016
University of Vienna, Department of Romance Studies
Key-note address by Prof. Dr. Martin Löschnigg (University of Graz)
Reading by Canadian poet and writer Michael Crummey (Newfoundland)
For more information, please visit:

Poliversale 2016: Das 4. Internationale Wiener Lyrik-Fest der Alten Schmiede
Canadian poet, essayist, and professor Anne Carson reads from her book Decreation (2005; English/French) on June 27, 16 at 8pm at Alte Schmiede
For more information, please visit:


"The Diversity of Canadian Fiction"
Renowned Canadianist
Prof. David STAINES

to teach at the University of Vienna
May 9-23, 2016

Professor of English, literary critic, writer, and editor Prof. David Staines (University of Ottawa) will hold a short-term teaching visit during the summer term of 2016 at the department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.
He will teach a literature course entitled "The Diversity of Canadian Fiction" which will take place as a 2-week blocked course from May 9-23, 2016.
In this class, students will learn about some of the most famous Canadian authors and their works, such as Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Thomas King, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje.

Vienna Lectures in Canadian Studies / Conférences de Vienne en Études Canadiennes (VLCS/CVEC)

The Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna has initiated a new lecture series entitled “Vienna Lectures in Canadian Studies / Conférences de Vienne en Études Canadiennes,” which will be hosted annually by one of the Centre’s two directing departments. For the series’ inaugural lecture on January 21, 2016, Prof. Dr. Jörg Türschmann (Department of Romance Languages) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser (Department of English and American Studies) hosted Prof. Ruth Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture, Professor of Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, and one of the leading experts in Native North American art and (visual) culture.

In her talk, entitled “‘Between Rocks and Hard Places’: Indigenous Lands, Settler Art Histories, and the ‘Battle for the Woodlands,’” Prof. Phillips discussed the history and development of indigenous art, from rock paintings as the earliest places of human literacy to modern art installations such as those initiated by Ojibwe performance artist and sculptor Bonnie Divine. As such, Prof. Phillips engaged with the history of erasure of indigenous markings, and the necessity for and importance of reestablishing bonds between people and paintings. 

During her stay in Vienna, Prof. Phillips and three First Nations PhD-candidates from the University of Ottawa traveling with her also visited the Great-Lakes collection at the Weltmuseum Wien to conduct research for their own projects. 

The next Vienna Lecture in Canadian Studies will be hosted by the Department of Romance Languages. All VLCS will be published as Vienna Working Papers in Canadian Studies on the Centre for Canadian Studies’ homepage.


"Artistic and Cultural Entanglement: An Indigenous Practice of Looking/Indigenous Views of the Other"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Gerald McMaster (OCAD University, Toronto)
Department of English and American Studies, 19 May 2015
"Staging the Rez: Native Canadian Drama and Performance"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Klára Kolínská (Charles University Prague)
Department of English and American Studies, 19 January 2015


"'This is why I'm remembering': Indigenous Autobiographies in the US and Canada"
Guest Lecture, Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky (University of Münster)
Department of English and American Studies, 3 November 2014
"Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor"
International Conference
US Embassy, Vienna & University of Vienna, 20-23 June 2014
Click here for the conference website, including a picture gallery!
A volume of conference proceedings is in preparation.


Migration nach und Integration in Kanada: ein Modell für Österreich?
Fachtagung Interdisziplinäre Kanadistik
Department of English and American Studies, 5 May 2012

Behandelt wurde das Thema Migration nach und Integration in Kanada mit der Frage, ob und inwieweit Kanada Modell für Österreich sein soll.



Essay Presentation
Austrian Academy of Sciences, 16 June 2011
The following three essays were presented at the ÖAW Jour Fixe for cultural studies in connection with the FWF-funded project "Canadian Literature: Transatlantic, Transcontinental, Transcultural" supervised by em. Univ. Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.
"The Utopian Imagination of Space in the Transnational Region of the Pacific Northwest," Mag. Georg Drennig
"The Landscape of the Prairies across the US-Canadian Border: Growth, Cather and Ostenso," Mag. Helen Kopetzky
"Nurturing Mother and Destructive Power: Literary Approaches to the Unstable Force of Nature on the Canadian West Coast," Mag. Martina Rössler
Interdisziplinäre Kanadistik im Unterricht
Workshop für LehrerInnen und Interessierte
Department of English and American Studies, 5 May 2011
ExpertInnen aus Deutschland und Österreich boten im Rahmen eines ganztägigen Workshops Vorträge über aktuelle Fragen, die kanadische Gesellschaft und Kultur betreffend.


"Cultural Circulation: Canadian Writers and Authors from the American South - A Dialogue"
International Colloquium
University of Vienna & Austrian Academy of Sciences, 24-26 October 2010
"Go For Gold"
Event der kanadischen Botschaft
26 February 2010
Anlässlich der olympischen Spiele in Vancouver und Whistler 2010 lud seine Exzellenz Dr. John Barrett, Botschafter von Kanada in Österreich, zu einem Abend unter dem Motto "Go for Gold." Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung wurden o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Moser und 11 weiteren Personen Auszeichnungen für besondere Verdienste um die kanadisch-österreichischen Beziehungen verliehen.


Fluid Exile: Dr. Eugen Banauch im Interview
Universität Wien, 16 November 2009
Im Rahmen seiner publizierten Dissertation "Fluid Exile. Jewish Exile Writers in Canada 1940-2006" setzt sich Dr. Eugen Banauch mit österreichischen und deutschen jüdischen Schriftstellern im kanadischen Exil auseinander. Die Online-Zeitung der Universität Wien hat ihn dazu interviewt.  
"Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction"
International Colloquium
University of Vienna & Austrian Academy of Sciences, 16-18 October 2009
Die Schriftstellerin und Literaturkritikerin Aritha van Herk hielt die keynote lecture, an die sich Vorträge von ExpertInnen aus dem Bereich der Reiseliteraturforschung anschlossen. Am 17. Oktober sprach Margaret Atwood im Rahmen des Kolloquiums zu den TeilnehmerInnen.
Genauere Informationen über den Ablauf und das Programm des Kolloquiums finden Sie hier.
Gastprofessur im WS 2009/10: PD Dr. Jutta Ernst (Universität des Saarlandes)
In Zusammenarbeit mit der Abteilung für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft.