U.S.-Canada Relations in President Obama’s Second Administration: What will the next 4 years look like?

Date: January 29, 2013 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CIC-Edmonton branch present: U.S. General Consul for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, Peter Kujawinski

Location: One One Eight
11806 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T5K 0C1
Event Description: Come join CIC-Edmonton to hear U.S. Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories Peter Kujawinski beinterviewed on U.S.-Canada Relations by Global Edmonton’s Vassy Kapelos!

On January 21, U.S. President Barack Obama was sworn into office for a second term.  His inaugural address set out his vision for his nation.  Will Obama’s re-election signal a change in the direction of U.S.-Canada relations?  Will the major bilateral issues of the last administration such as the Keystone XL pipeline permit be affected?  What will this mean for Alberta and Canada? 

Registration:  This is a free event that does not require registration.  Everyone is welcome.

Event Contact: Marcie Hawranik | 

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 2012. The postmark deadline for submission is 22 March 2013.

All current members and those who join in advance of the deadline are eligible. Membership information can be found at our website. 

The award will be announced at the 2013 CAAS-sponsored conference, “‘Total Money Makeover’: Culture and the Economization of Everything,” (Waterloo, Ontario, 24-27 October 2013), organized by the University of Waterloo. See the conference CFP here. The recipient will also be congratulated in a future issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies, and their book cited on the CAAS webpage (for a list of recent winners of our prizes, see here.) 

Members who wish to be considered for the award should forward three copies of their book postmarked by 22 March 2012 to: 

Dr. Jennifer Harris President,
Canadian Association for American Studies
Department Of English Language and Literature
University of Waterloo
Hagey Hall of Humanities Building
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  N2L 3G1

December 20, 2012 CFP CAAS 2013:

"Total Money Makeover." The Canadian Association of American Studies calls for papers on economics and US culture.
For more information click here:

Postdoctoral Scholarship Opportunity

Within the framework of the “Einstein Visiting Fellows” program of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin has set up a work group under the title "Rethinking Crisis" directed by Prof. Nancy Fraser (New School for Social Research, New York).

Within this project, three Postdoctoral Scholarships are granted for the period of April 1, 2013 until December 31, 2014.

The scholarship amounts to 2.000 € per month. It is granted for the development of a research project within the project "Rethinking Crisis." Applicants must hold a doctorate in Political Science, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Law or related subjects. Very good command of English is presupposed and background in American studies is a plus.

Applications, in English and including a short outline of the planned research project, CV and copies of earned university degrees, must be sent electronically (pdf-files) by January 20, 2013 to both of the following addresses:

Information about the Graduate School of North American Studies can be found under


Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity and Indigeneity

The Culture and the Canada-US Border (CCUSB) network invites proposals for 20 minute papers, or full panels, for its inaugural conference to be held at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, from 24th-26th May 2013.

Deadline: November 30th 2012. Full CFP: 

Experts weigh in on what Obama's re-election means for Alberta

Global News: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
To view click here:

Fulbright Canada has new and exciting opportunities available to prominent and promising Canadian scholars interested in taking up a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the United States during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Research Chair awards carry a value of $25,000 for one semester, and allow scholars to conduct research, develop partnerships, and guest lecture at reputable American institutions.

 The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2012.
Please find the Fulbright Canada Chair Catalog attached, it enumerates the various Chairs available to Canadian scholars. I have also attached our alumni newsletter which details the competitions and relays stories from our alumni. I would encourage you to please share these opportunities with your scholars and faculty members, and direct any interested applicants to the website for more information and for eligibility requirements.

Visiting Research Chairs are available in the following fields:

Canadian Studies
 (at Berkeley, Kennesaw State University, Michigan State University and the University of Washington); 
Canada-U.S. relations (the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars), 
Innovation (self-placed at any U.S. institution); 
Military Social Work (University of Southern California); 
North American Studies (American University); 
Policy Studies (The University of Texas at Austin); 
Public Diplomacy (University of Southern California);
Quebec Studies (Institute of Quebec Studies at Suny Plattsburgh);
Nanotechnology Studies (UCLA); 
Transborder Studies (Arizona State University); 
War and Peace studies (Norwich University);
Field Open (UCSB and Vanderbilt University).

Fulbright Canada encourages and promotes bi-national collaborative research between Canada and the United States on a broad range of contemporary issues, in order to fulfill our mandate to enhance the relationship between our two countries.  We look forward to receiving applications from your scholars.  Should you have any further questions regarding the Visiting Research Chair Program, please direct them to 
Brad Hector, Program Officer for Scholars, or Kaitlyn Innes, Program Officer for Recruitment and Alumni Relations 

Witness History in the Making


Hundreds of students from 117 colleges and universities just recently had the opportunity to experience the National Political Conventions in Tampa and Charlotte. Now, students and faculty will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the U.S. Presidential Inauguration and witness history in the making and the political process in action – an experience that will open doors to students as they pursue their future careers.

Through site visits, tours, and special events, faculty and students from colleges across the country will have the unique opportunity to:


  • Witness history and democracy in action
  • Understand the media’s impact on the presidential campaigns
  • Build a professional network and explore potential career paths
  • Interact with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in politics and media

The learning does not have to end with the inauguration – some faculty and students have integrated these experiences into additional learning opportunities when they return to campus.


This program runs from January 12-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Students will have the unique opportunity to witness history and attend special events, including a reception at the National Press Club. The program fee of $1,995 includes housing and credit, when proper arrangements are made with your institution. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2012. For more information, please contact us at

For more information click here:

Visiting Professor Stephen Charbonneau
Tuesday, October 30
3:30 pm, HC L-3
"Exporting Fogo: War on Poverty, Social Crisis, and Participatory Culture" 

This lecture will review a series of state-sponsored experiments in communication that took place in the late sixties, as well as their reverberations more than three decades later. In the fall of 1968, a team of Canadian filmmakers – led by Colin Low and Julian Biggs – were hired by the Office of Economic Opportunity, the administrative headquarters of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” The purpose of this joint endeavor was to test the applicability of the "Fogo process," a new kind of participatory film practice developed in Fogo Island, Newfoundland, as a form of conflict mediation. Focusing on the filmmakers' collaborations with Mexican-American farm workers and the Black Panther Party, this talk will speak to both the limitations of the managerial liberal ethos animating these experiments at the time as well as to the subsequent recuperation of the films produced as repositories of lost histories.

Stephen Charbonneau is the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. Since 2007 he has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches courses in film history, theory, and aesthetics. His research interests include the history of documentary film, ethnography, cultural policy, and collectivist media practices. His work has been published in Jump CutJournal of Popular Film and Television,Journal of Popular CultureSpectatorChallenge for Change/Société nouvelle: The Collection, and Encyclopedia of Documentary Film

Wednesday, October 17 Greg Anderson, U of A Political Scientist, joins Global Edmonton to discuss the second US presidential debate. See the video here.

Your partner institution in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Pennsylvannia State University, wishes to alert you of a virtual seminar featuring Juan Cole:  Democratization, Religous Extremism, Fragile States, and Insurgencies:  Bush's Legacies to Obama and Challenges Ahead.  The University of Alberta will be participating in this virtual seminar with Dr. Eric Adams performing as the moderator for the University of Alberta participation.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), it was initiated in 2000 as a United Kingdom/United States university network but now comprises 18 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents. Its mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world. For your convenience, included here is a link to the U of A WUN webpage:
To participate in this event, please join Dr. Eric Adams in 2-33 Humanities Centre at 9:30 am on Friday, October 19, 2012.  To RSVP (optional), send an email to  Please note that a pre-reading has been provided and is attached to this email while further details are available in the attached poster advertisement.  Feel free to disseminate this information to interested students and researchers among your network.

A guest on Global Edmonton, UA Political Scientist Greg Anderson shares his thoughts on the recent US Presidential Debate. Professor Anderson says Obama missed his chance to the "seel the deal," but expects better in the next round. See the video here.

The University of Alberta is home to several new Fulbright scholars in the Fall 2012 term.  The AIAS is thrilled to welcome Fulbright Chair Jennifer Hunt (Sociology).  Find out more about Jennifer's work here.  Meanwhile, Stephen Charbonneau (Film Studies) and Donald Holly (Anthropology) talk about what this opportunity means to them here.

AIAS is a major sponsor of the upcoming conference on Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Abjection, Power, and Biopolitics, October 11-13, 2012. Hosted by the University of Alberta, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the array of negative cosmopolitanisms operating today—all those ways in which cosmopolitan subjects are still stigmatized, disempowered, excluded, and denied. Plenary Speakers include Timothy Brennan (Minnesota), Pheng Cheah (UC Berkeley), Sneja Gunew (UBC), and Peter Nyers (McMaster).
For more information, visit

AIAS joins UAlberta’s Centre for Constitutional Studies in welcoming David Frum to the 24th Annual McDonald Lecture in Constitutional Studies. The event will take place Thursday October 18, 2012, 5:00 p.m., 150 Telus Centre, University of Alberta. David Frum is a contributing editor for Newsweek, The Daily Beast and a CNN Commentator. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriots, published in April 2012. In a comparative look at judicial legitimacy in the United States and Canada, Frum will be speaking on "Judicial Legitimacy: How It Is Gained, How It is Lost.”

In partnership with Mount Royal University and the U.S. Consulate’s 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Speaker Series, the AIAS invites you to join us for an interactive Digital Video Conference. Dr. Kenneth Cosgrove, Fulbright Research Chair in North American Integration Studies, Suffolk University Professor, will speak on “Political Marketing and the Media in American Politics.” The event will take place Wednesday, September 26 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the University of Alberta, Humanities Centre 2-33.

The AIAS was pleased to sponsor the exciting multidisciplinary conference on “Petrocultures” September 6-9, 2012 at Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta. Petrocultures brought together scholars, writers, filmmakers, and artists from around the world who are engaged in an exploration of the social and cultural dimensions and impacts of oil and energy. More than 100 participants, from more than twelve countries, took part in the conference. Many of those participants, including Interim Director Michael O’Driscoll, then traveled north to Fort MacMurray to take a first-hand look at the oil sands and meet with local industry, government, First Nations, and Métis leaders.

AIAS was a major sponsor of the FolkwaysAlive! conference celebrating the centenary year of the birth of folk icon Woody Guthrie on August 9-10, 2012. In partnership with the Edmonton Folk Festival, the University of Alberta brought together scholars, musicians, industry experts, and fans at the Art Gallery of Alberta to remember the life and legacy of this unique and important performer.