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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

Central European University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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Name

Anna BRANACH-KALLAS

Country Poland
Residence Torun
Nationality Polish
Sex Female
Age 30
Educational background PhD (defended 28 May 2002) in Canadian Studies
Present position Lecturer
Employer Copernicus University Torun, Poland
Research interests Canadian literature. Gender & Historiographic metafiction
Current research  —
Conference participation .
  • 1st Polish Congress of Canadian Studies; ‘Visions of Canadian Studies: Teaching, Research, Methodology’ ; Warsaw, 1998
  • 1st International Conference of Central European Canadianists ‘Multiculturalism and Diversity in Canada - Voices from Central Europe’; Brno, Czech Republic, 1998
  • 2nd Canadian Studies Conference in Central Europe ‘Canada and the Millennium’, Budapest, 1999
  • 6th Triennial Conference of the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies ‘Rediscovering Canada’; Reykiavik, 1999.
  • 8th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies; Groningen, 1999.
  • 14th Leiden October Conference ‘The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing’; Leiden, 2000.
  • 1st International Polish Congress of Canadian Studies; ‘Exploring Canadian Identities’, Toruñ, 2001.
  • International Colloquium on the Work of Nancy Huston ‘Vision/Division’, Paris, 2001.
  • ‘Asking Questions About Americanisation’, Toruñ, 2001.
  • ‘Spoiling Cannibals’ Fun? Cannibalism and Cannibalisation in Culture and Elsewhere’, Ustroñ, 2001.
  • ‘Canadian Women’, Vilnius, 2001.
  • 2nd International Conference of Central European Canadianists ‘Individual Versus Community’, Bucharest, 2001.
Professional affiliation  —
Publications
  • ‘Crossing Frames: the Role of Historical Personages in Some Canadian Novels in the Feminine’. Canada and the Millennium. Ed. Anna Jakabfi. Uniwersytet Loránd Eötvös, Budapest, 1999: 141-148.
  • ‘Metafiction and History in Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Trough Slaughter and In the Skin of a Lion’. Rediscovering Canada: Image, Place and Text. Ed. Gudrun Björk Gudsteins. NACS Text Series 16. Reykjavik: NACS/ANES & IFLUI, 2001: 11-16.
  • ‘Canadian Adonis Does Not Rise From the Dead: An Analysis of Intertextuality in Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool’. International Journal of Indo-Canadian Studies Vol. 1 (2), July 2001: 46-57.
  • ‘Women’s Voices in Canadian Metafiction’. European Perspectives on Canadian Culture and Society. Ed. Jaap Lintvelt & W.M. Verhoeven. Canada Cahiers 10, Phoenix Press, ACSN/AECP-B, 2001: 79-87.
Excerpts from publications History as subject of literature has been very popular in both English and French-speaking Canada, whose history is relatively short but particularly eventful. The popularity of historiographic metafiction in Canada seems to result from the multiculturalism of Canadian society. Writers of different ethnic origins show that macrohistorical structures are always evasive; there is no single history but a plurality of truths. They focus on microhistorical situations of everyday life, which allows them to see the past as part of the present and the present as part of the past.
Case study for the summer course "Multicultural Canada: Postcolonialism in the Second World".

It introduces the versatile aspects of postcolonialism in the Canadian version, with a historical perspective, the First Nations'issue, Quebec, Americanisation (new colonisation) and the multicultural issues.

Statement of interest My field of research is Canadian literature in a postcolonial context. I am also very much interested in other postcolonial literatures (Australian, Indian, etc.) The topic of the course, interrogating the relation between postcolonial and postcommunist cultures is therefore of great interest to me, because it will allow me to draw comparisons between my region and the region that is the object of my research.
Personal message  —
Latest achievemnt PhD (defended 28 May 2002) in Canadian Studies
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Contact E-mail to: akallas2000@yahoo.com

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