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Contesting Canada's Future

Published on February 25, 2015

Trent University

May 21, 2015 – May 23, 2015


Registration is now open!

The preliminary program has now been posted.

Academics, activists, and artists will be gathering at Trent University in the spring of 2015 for an exploration of Canada in the new century.

Examining concerns ranging from the environment and science to Canadian art and music, from multiculturalism and diversity to social inequality and Canada's changing place in the global order, "Contesting Canada's Future" will engage scholars, thinkers, cultural producers, and activists in a three-day, multi-site and multi-format event. This interdisciplinary conference, centered at Trent and extending into venues across Peterborough, will include artist exhibitions, screenings, concerts and a host of other community and cultural events, along with panels, roundtables, and keynote speakers.

Since Trent University's founding half a century ago, the institution has been at the forefront of the study of Canada across all disciplines and research areas. Trent's first president, Professor T.H.B. Symons, founded the Journal of Canadian Studies and encouraged the establishment of interdisciplinary programs focusing on Canada, its peoples, its culture, and its environment. "Contesting Canada's Future" showcases the interdisciplinary study and academic strength that have come to shape and define Trent's identity, and the important work and legacy of Trent's founding president. On the cusp of Canada's sesquicentennial, and the 50th Anniversary of the University's creation, there is no better place to hold an examination of Canadian Studies than at Trent.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Miriam Toews, award-winning author;
  • environmental activist Maude Barlow;
  • Mary Simon, Canada's first ambassador for circumpolar affairs;
  • and Erica Lee, co-founder of Idle No More

There will also be special sessions:

  • Knowing Canada: Past, Present, Future;
  • Canada in the Global Context;
  • and Future of Work

Please check back for regular updates and announcements.

Images: "Water" wall and inset from the Nindinawemaaganidok/All My Relations mural project, Toronto. Artists: Natasha Naveau, Rosary Spence, Gwen Lane, Angela Malley, Judy Rheume, Gary M. Johnstone, Amanda Murray, Rebecca Baird, Cotee Harper, Graham Curry, Briana Stone, Lyndsey Lickers-Nyle Johnstone, Isaac Weber, Honey Smith, Shelby Rain McDonald, Paula Gonzalez-Ossa, Kalmplex, Adrion Corey Charles, Ron Razor, and Steven Henderson. Photos by Jennifer Tiberio.

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