CAAS 2017 CFP: “Uncertain Futures”

Uncertain Futures is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by OCAD University and the Canadian Association for American Studies. It will take place at OCAD University, in downtown Toronto, from October 27th to 29th, 2017. In her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin writes that “the future, in fiction, is a metaphor.” In uncertain times, we look… Read more →

Interview with Robert K. Martin

As mentioned in our recent post about the passing of Robert K. Martin, our journal, The Canadian Review of American Studies, published an interview with Robert, conducted by Bruce Tucker as part of a series commemorating the 25th  anniversary of the journal.  We thought it appropriate to post a copy of this interview now, as we reflect on Robert’s role… Read more →

In Memoriam – Robert K. Martin

Earlier this week, CAAS received the sad news that Robert K. Martin (Université de Montréal)–past president and a founding member of CAAS–has passed away.  In the coming weeks, we will be posting some tributes on our webpage, including an interview conducted with Robert for the Canadian Review for American Studies.  We will also be letting you know of plans for… Read more →

2011 Robert K. Martin book prize: call for submissions (postmark deadline: 17 March 2012)

The Canadian Association for American Studies is announcing the opening of this year’s competition for the annual Robert K. Martin Prize for the best monograph written by a current member of CAAS.  This year’s prize will be for books published with a copyright date of 2011.  The postmark deadline for submission is 17 March 2012. All current members and those… Read more →

CFP: Northeast MLA

Below, please find the CFP for the 44th Annual Northeast MLA (NeMLA) convention.  (CAAS has a long history of association with NeMLA: our current president was the American Lit director a few years past, and current VP and incoming president, Jennifer Harris, is also the incoming American Lit director!) Northeast Modern Language Association 44th Annual Convention March 21-24, 2013 in… Read more →

CAAS 2012: Geographies of Promise and Betrayal–Land and Place in US Studies (Deadline: 15 March 2012)

Hi everyone, I hope you are all still working off the excitement and energy of CAAS 2011, because we’d like to present the Call for Papers for CAAS 2012!  Next year’s conference will take place in Toronto, Ontario, co-hosted York University and the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto . … Read more →

CAAS Prizes Announcement

Hello everyone, It is with great pleasure that I announce this year’s winners for the Robert K. Martin Book Prize and the Ernest Redekop Essay Prize.  This is the inaugural year for these annual prizes, and we’ve started them with a stellar group of winners and honourable mentions, and I hope you’ll join with me in congratulating them all. Keep… Read more →

Update: Preliminary Conference Program, now with Dancing!

Update (12 Sept 5:16 p.m.): new program has been posted, with Banquet and Dance Party added! You can find a link to the preliminary conference program on our main site,  Please note that some changes are still possible. (Also, we should note there were some technical problems with the conference website, but these have been fixed.  Over the coming… Read more →

UPDATE: Aesthetics of Renewal Conference Website Now Live

UPDATE: Online hotel booking now available:  Book directly through this link to receive the CAAS conference discount at the Chateau Laurier.  The deadline for booking with the conference rate is October 15. The website for the 2011 CAAS-sponsored conference, “The Aesthetics of Renewal,” is now live:  On the website, you will find information about the plenary speakers, the… Read more →

Joint Session ACCUTE/ CAAS: American Literature’s New Frontiers (28-31 May 2012; 1 Nov 2011)

Joint Session Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English/ Canadian Association for American Studies: American Literature’s New Frontiers Organizer: Jennifer Harris (Mount Allison University) As Frederick Jackson Turner noted in 1893, the concept of frontiers has been central to American historic, geographic, and literary expressions. Turner’s “Frontier Thesis” has long been central to American Studies. Those frontiers might… Read more →