Editing Modernism in Canada


Conference on Editorial Problems, 2010

University of Toronto
23–24 October 2010

Download the offical program [PDF].

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. Sean Latham, Past President of the Modernist Studies Association, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 October 2010 in the Jackman Humanities Building, home of the University of Toronto’s Department of English. The Jackman Humanities Building is located at the corner of Bloor Street West and St. George Street; its official address is 170 St. George Street. All conference sessions will be held in room 100, which is located to the right of the building’s main lobby, just inside the building’s main entrance.

Conference registration is now closed. To inquire about late registration, please contact Colin Hill.

Registration fees will be collected in the lobby of the Jackman Humanities Building when you check in and receive your conference package during the registration session, between 8:00 and 8:45am on Saturday, 23 October. The conference fees ($80 for regular participants, $20 for students) can be paid in cash or by cheque (payable to The University of Toronto). Receipts will be issued when payment is received. Please note that we are unable to accept advance payment or payments in forms other than those listed above. If you are unable to attend the registration session, you may pay your fees to one of the conference organizers during one of the breaks in the conference program.

All meals are provided to registered conference participants for the duration of the conference, and, with the exception of Saturday’s banquet, will be served on site. Saturday’s banquet will take place at L’Espresso Bar Mercurio—a bistro conveniently located across the street from the conference venue at 321 Bloor Street West. Please note that SSHRC does not allow us to include alcohol in our conference budget; alcoholic beverages will be available at the Saturday banquet, but must be paid for by individual participants. A complimentary wine and dessert reception, paid for with non-SSHRC funds, will take place after the keynote address on Saturday night.

Conference presenters have rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn, Bloor-Yorkville, located at 280 Bloor Street West, next door to the conference venue. EMiC-affiliated presenters have their rooms paid for by the project; any ancillary hotel expenses will have to be paid for by the presenter. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for accommodations for non-EMiC presenters or EMiC participants who attend the conference but who are not included in the program. If you have any questions about your room booking or meals, please contact our conference assistant Kailin Wright.

EMiC-affiliated presenters are responsible for choosing, arranging, and initially paying for their own travel. These presenters are eligible to receive reimbursement for travel expenses (train, bus, or air, as well as shuttle, taxi, or personal vehicle). Presenters are expected to use the most economical forms of travel available. Unfortunately, we cannot fund non-EMiC presenters or EMiC participants who attend the conference but who are not included in the program.

You must complete and submit the Travel Claim Form along with all travel documents (receipts, boarding passes, ticket stubs) to be eligible for reimbursement. The refund process takes 4-6 weeks and cannot be initiated until after the conference. Send your completed form to Editing Modernism in Canada, Department of English, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P9. Questions about your travel reimbursement should be directed to the project administrator, Vanessa Lent.

One small but worthwhile feature of the conference will be a book table that will display publications by conference participants. We invite you to lend us a single copy of one or more of your books for display on the book table. You may deliver the book(s) to us in person when you pick up your registration package. After the final session on Sunday, you may reclaim your book(s); or you may leave them behind and we will mail any unclaimed books back to their lenders. We very much hope you’ll consider allowing us to display your work at this event. Should you have any questions or concerns about this request please email Colin Hill.

Selected papers by conference participants will be collected in a planned peer-reviewed volume of essays, which will be published as part of the University of Toronto Press’s Conference on Editorial Problems series. It will be edited by the EMiC project director, Dean Irvine, in collaboration with EMiC postdoctoral fellow Matt Huculak and graduate fellow Vanessa Lent. In addition, we will publish a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing with contributions from a selection of the conference’s panel and roundtable participants. This journal issue will also be open to submissions from the EMiC community. It will be edited by the project director in collaboration with EMiC postdoctoral fellow Meagan Timney and graduate fellow Bart Vautour.

Conference participants are invited to submit for consideration papers that have been revised and expanded to article length (6000-8000 words). Once the editors have received all submissions, they will be vetted and arranged for consideration as part of one of the two publications. Please send an expression of your intent to submit a paper by 30 November 2010. Completed papers must be submitted by 1 March 2011, and they must follow the new MLA style guidelines. Expressions of intent and finished papers should be submitted electronically to emic@dal.ca.

If you have any other questions, please contact one of our conference organizers:

General queries and registration: Colin Hill (colin.hill@utoronto.ca)

Accommodation and meals: Kailin Wright (kailin.wright@utoronto.ca)

Audio-visual equipment: Brandon McFarlane (brandon.mcfarlane@utoronto.ca)

Travel reimbursement: Vanessa Lent (emic@dal.ca)

Publications and submissions: Dean Irvine (dean.irvine@dal.ca)


Saturday, October 23

8:00-8:45: Registration

8:45-9:00 : Introduction and Welcome
Colin Hill and Dean Irvine

9-10:30: Technologies and Collaboration I

Chair: Alan Galey (University of Toronto)

Pericles Lewis (Yale University), Creating an Online Research Community: The Modernism Lab

Meagan Timney (University of Victoria), Image Markup Tool 2.0

Elizabeth Popham (Trent University), Mixing Media:  The Evolution of E.J. Pratt’s Behind the Log

10:30-11:00: Break

11-12:30: Event, Ethnography, Performance

Chair: Vanessa Lent (Dalhousie University)

Marc Fortin (Queen’s University), Marius Barbeau’s The Downfall of Temlaham: Archival Problems Lead to Editorial Possibilities

Kailin Wright (University of Toronto), Bringing the Text to Life? Editing the Modernist Canadian Play The God of Gods

Bart Vautour (Dalhousie University), Modernist Events: Theorizing an Event-based Editorial Practice

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Recovery and Repression

Chair: Bart Vautour (Dalhousie University)

Ben Lefebvre (University of Worcester), Editing L.M. Montgomery across the Scholarly/Trade Divide

Tony Tremblay (St. Thomas University), The Editorial Problem of Reception: Travails of the New Brunswick Literary Modernists

Gregory Betts (Brock University), When Out in Front Gets Left Behind: Reading/Reaching Canada’s Early Avant-Garde Through the Archives

3:00-3:30: Break

3:30-5: Emerging Scholar Roundtable

Moderator: Dean Irvine (Dalhousie University)

Brandon McFarlane (University of Toronto), Editing Urbanism in Canada

Cameron Anstee (Carleton University), “Because it brought the world to us”: A History of the Contact Poetry Readings

Ian Sampson (Simon Fraser University), Publishing Concrete Poetry in Canada: Earle Birney and Ganglia Press

Jeff Weingarten (McGill University), Unity and Conflict: Modernism, Marxism, and F. R. Scott’s Library

Hannah McGregor (University of Guelph), Editing without Author[ity]: Notes Toward a Multimedia Martha Ostenso Archive

Andrea Hasenbank (University of Alberta), Between Politics and Poetics: Canadian Manifestos, 1910-1960

5-6:30 Break/free time

6:30-8:30 Dinner at Bar Mercurio L’Espresso

8:30-9:30: Keynote Speaker

Sean Latham (University of Tulsa), Unpacking My Digital Library: Programs, Modernisms, Magazines

9:30-10:30: Dessert and Wine Reception

Sunday, October 24

9-10:30: Editions in Progress

Chair: Emily Ballantyne (Dalhousie University)

Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson University), Editorial Recovery: The Collected Poetry of Miriam Waddington

Peter Webb (Concordia University), “Hours in These Rooms”: Editing Eli Mandel for the Contemporary Reader

Melissa Dalgliesh (York University), Editing Ernest Buckler’s The Mountain and the Valley

10:30-11:00: Break

11-12:30: Technologies and Collaboration II

Chair: Matt Huculak (Dalhousie University)

Tanya Clement (University of Maryland), An Immodest Proposal: Towards a Multi-national, Multi-lingual, Collaborative, Scholarly Electronic Edition Comparing the Life Writings of Dadaist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Canadian Frederick Philip Grove

Sophie Marcotte (Concordia University), Le projet HyperRoy

Vanessa Lent (Dalhousie University), The Experiential-Learning Model and By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Ravit H. David, Contextualizing Advertising in Canadian Modernist Periodicals

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: P.K. Page/Irwin Roundtable

Moderator: Zailig Pollock (Trent University)

Sandra Djwa (Simon Fraser University), Socializing Page

Emily Ballantyne (Dalhousie University), Genetic Editing in a Digital Environment

Meagan Timney (University of Victoria), The Digital Page

Tim Inkster (Porcupine’s Quill), Publishing Page

Margaret Steffler (Trent University), Editing the Travel Writings

Suzanne Bailey (Trent University), Editing the Brazilian Journal

Michèle Rackham (McGill University), Editing P.K. Irwin’s Visual Art

3:00-3:30: Break

3:30-5: Sheila Watson and Wilfred Watson Roundtable

Moderator: Shirley Neuman (University of Toronto)

Fred Flahiff (University of Toronto), Editing Sheila Watson’s Journals

Alicia Fahey (Trent University), Editing The Double Hook

Samuel Pane (Université de Montréal), Charting the Landscape of the Moon: An Electronic Edition of Sheila Watson’s Unpublished Novel

Paul Tiessen (Wilfrid Laurier University), Comparative Communities and Collaborations: Malcolm Lowry and Sheila Watson

Kristin Fast and Paul Hjartarson (University of Alberta), Editing the Writing of Sheila Watson and Wilfred Watson: Two Writers, Two Projects, Two (Digital) Archives

Kristine Smitka (University of Alberta), Marshall McLuhan’s Decades-Long Dialogue with Sheila and Wilfred Watson