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EMiC] Editing Modernism in Canada
Conference on Editorial Problems
University of Toronto
23-24 October 2010

The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence in transnational modernist studies and the emergence of a new generation of scholars working on Canadian modernist literature and drama. This period has seen the publication of critical monographs, biographies, essay collections, anthologies, and critical editions, the organization of several international conferences, and the launch of major collaborative research projects. The Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project plays a leading role in this emergent generation of modernist studies. For its first major public event, EMiC is hosting the Conference on Editorial Problems at the University of Toronto, 23-24 October 2010. Sean Latham, Past President of the Modernist Studies Association, will deliver the keynote address.

We invite proposals not only from EMiC-affiliated researchers (co-applicants, collaborators, postdocs, and graduate fellows) but also from unaffiliated scholars whose work in the fields of modernist literature and theatre, scholarly editing, book history, and the digital humanities intersects with our project. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: case studies of digital or print editions in progress; rationales for prospective or hypothetical editions in print or digital media; exhibitions of collaborative digital editing tools and publication engines; reports on experiential-learning pedagogies used to train students and new scholars in editorial theory and practice; strategies for the development of relationships among universities, publishers, the media, public libraries and non-profit cultural organizations (book clubs, reading groups, reading series, literary festivals) to promote Canada's modernists; re-assessments of canons and curricula posed by the introduction and/or reinterpretation of Canadian modernist texts in new critical editions; analyses of series of editions (New Canadian Library, Laurentian Library, Collected Works of A.M. Klein, Collected Works of E.J. Pratt, etc.) and how these series have shaped editorial and critical practice; findings based on research into the archives of modernist authors, their editors and anthologists, and their publishers.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers for panels or 5-minute position papers for roundtables. Panel sessions will feature the standard sequence of 3 or 4 speakers delivering 15-20 minute talks followed by a question period and discussion. Roundtables will consist of 5 or 6 speakers gathered around issues or topics of common concern in order to generate discussion among the participants and with the audience. Roundtable participants will be asked to deliver short (5 minute) position statements in response to questions distributed in advance by the session organizer, and they will take turns responding to the moderator's and audience's questions and comments.

Selected papers by conference participants will be collected in a planned volume of conference proceedings, which will be published as part of the University of Toronto Press's Conference on Editorial Problems series and co-edited by the conference convenors. In addition to this collection, we will publish a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing with contributions from a select group of the conference's panel and roundtable participants.

A limited number of subventions for EMiC participants (co-applicants, collaborators, postdocs, and graduate fellows) and affiliated students will be available to defray travel and accommodation expenses. For eligibility guidelines see the Travel Subventions page of the project website.

Please submit 500-word proposal, 100-word abstract, and 50-word biographical statement via email to the conference organizers, Dean Irvine ( and Colin Hill (, by 15 March 2010.

For more information about the EMiC project, please visit our website at or contact us at

EMiC is funded by a Strategic Knowledge Cluster grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference Starts: October 23, 2010
Conference Ends: October 24, 2010

CFP Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010

For more information, contact: Dean Irvine