Seventeenth European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies

University College Dublin
October 23-25, 2008

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The Humanities Institute of Ireland is located on the Belfield Campus of University College Dublin (building 43).
The conference took place on the third floor, in the seminar room.
Delegates stayed in the Montrose Hotel (, opposite the Belfield Campus. See: directions

Thursday 23rd October

13:00–15:00    Conference Registration, Montrose Hotel

15:00               Opening of conference, Humanities Institute of Ireland, 3rd Floor Seminar Room

Ambassador of Canada to Ireland, HE Mr Patrick G. Binns [provisional]
Professor Mary Daly, Principal, College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin [provisional]
Professor Vera Regan, Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland

16:00–16:45    Panel 1

Helène Mercier (Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France)
“The Canadian Red Scare from the 1930s to the 1950”

Ramilia Muhitdinova (Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia)
“Problems of regulation of regional economic development in Canada”

Florence Cartigny (Université de Bordeaux 3, France)
“Converging or diverging health care policies in Western Canada (1990-2007)?”

16:45–17:15    Tea/Coffee break
17:15–18:00    Panel 2

Laszlo Zsolt Zsager, “The topic of Palaeo-Eskimo shamanism and the so-called Dorset miniature carvings”

Kalina Kukielko (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
“The artist in a media-driven society: Theory and Practice of Neo-Avant-Garde Art in the interpretation of Marshall McLuhan”

Isabella Martini (University of Pisa, Italy)
“Narrating Places: Space and Metaphor in the “Carette Sisters” short-story sequence by Mavis gallant”

19:00               Dinner, Montrose Hotel

Friday 24th October

6:30-8:45         Breakfast, Montrose Hotel

9:00–10:15      Panel 3

Osvaldo Lanzolla (l’Université de Bari, Italy)
“Les romans de Yollande Villemaire: une littérature sans confins”

Marie Lemercier (Université de Rouen, France)
“Staging Identities: Mutation and Dissemination in David Cronenberg’s Cinema”.

Dušan Stamenković (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
“Provincialism, Gothic and Grotesque in Canada and the USA: Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business and Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Elena Castellari, (University College Dublin, Ireland)
“The Italian community in Canada and Ireland: language practices”

Paula Donovan, (University College Cork, Ireland)
“Linguistic integration of Allophones into the bilingual landscape of Canada”

10:15–10:45    Tea/Coffee break

10:45–12:45    Panel 4

Laurie Hearty (Centre for Canadian Studies University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
“Achieving safe, liveable communities”

Yvonne Henkelmann (Helmut-Schmidt-University, Germany)
“Les connaissances linguistiques et chances sur le marché du travail des migrants qualifiés académiques vivant en Allemagne et au Canada”

Valerie Wallace (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
“’Convenanter Democracy’ in Upper Canada: a fresh look at the political ideas”

Yuliya Balytska (Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine)
“The UCC as the leading force of the Ukrainian publicly centred life in Canada”

12:45–14:00    Lunch

14:15–15:45    Panel 5

Katrin Urschel (NUI Galway, Ireland)
“We’re all Canadians: Nation-building and identity in Irish-Canadian poetry of the Confederating Period”

Martin Furlinger (University of Graz, Austria)
“L’oeuvre de Lise Tremblay dans le système littéraire canadien contemporain”

Thomas Snell (Newcastle University, UK)
“Representations of Aboriginal people’s identity and difference in French-Canadian literature”

15:45–16:15    Tea/Coffee break

16:15–17:15    Panel 6

Jenny Bingold (University of Cologne, Germany)
“Either I am Canadian, or the word means nothing": George Elliott Clarke's Creation of "Africadia" as a Critique of the Politics of Multiculturalism”

Kamila Klementowicz (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland)
“Postmodern Deconstruction of the Female Body in the Works of Three Canadian Women Artists”

18:00               Dinner, Montrose Hotel

19:15               Cultural Excursion / Sortie Culturelle: Walking Tour of Georgian Dublin and Dublin Pub Life (registration and payment at conference registration desk,  €12)

Saturday 25th October

6:30-8:45         Breakfast, Montrose Hotel

9:00–10:30      Panel 7

Will Smith (University of Nottingham, UK)
“Toronto-scape: Urban/Textual Space in Dionne Brand's Thirsty”

Suzanna Vajk (Université Pazmany Péter, Romania)
“Le mythe du voyage dans l’univers merveilleux, symbolique et folklorique des contes pour adultes québécois et acadiens (d’après l’œuvre de Jacques Ferron et d’Antonine Maillet)”

Christian Werthschulte (Rurh-Universitat Bochum, Germany)
“Where the Poppy Seeds Have Flowered: Reconfigurations of World War I in Contemporary Canadian Literature”

10:30–11:00    Tea/Coffee break

11:00–12:30    Panel 8

Petr Vurm (Université Masaryk, Brno, République Tchèque)
“Les enfants-hommes revisistés: la créativité ducharnienne au fil des ans”

Cristina Ivanovici (University of Birmingham, UK)
“In Search of Utopia: A Study of the Role of European Academic and Literary Communities of Readers in the Production and Evaluation of Margaret Atwood’s Utopian/ Dystopian Fiction”

Valya Georgieva (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
“The postmodern turn in literary immigrant experience in Canada. A comparative study”

12:30–14:00    Lunch

End of Conference

Directions to Montrose Hotel
map of area:
using google maps:

From the Airport

  • by taxi, approximately €35-€40 Euro
    duration approximately 30-40 minutes
  • by bus, one way €7, return €12
    Air Coach,, Leopardstown / Sandyford Route, departures every 10 minutes during day.
    Airport stop is just outside the arrivals hall door and across the pedestrian crossing (
    journey duration approximately 60-70 minutes, get off bus at N11 - UCD slip road stop, opposite Montrose Hotel

Map of University College Dublin

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