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Conference Program

Canada: Current and Future Challenges/ Canada: Défis actuels et futurs

International Conference Organized by




to be held at the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Loránd University  (address: 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5) and at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary (address: 1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 6.)         

on November 23rd and 24th, 2023


DAY 1                                                                                                              November 23 (Thursday)

Venue: Eötvös Loránd University, R5 Building, 3rd floor, room 356 (address: 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5)

13:30-14:00 Conference registration

14:00-14:30 Opening – welcome speeches

14:30-15:30 Keynote 1 Don Sparling (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) Canada: New Challenges, Old Challenges [Moderator: János Kenyeres]

15:30-17:00 Session 1 (Chair: János Kenyeres)

Miklós Vassányi: Jean Bourdon’s Baleful Voyage along the Labrador Coast in 1657: A Case of Cross-Cultural Clash

Laura Suszta: It is very common to see those jugglers blowing into…” – Shamanic Healing among the Denesuline Indigenous Nation in the 18th Century

Attila Takács: Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling: Exploring the Unique Female Inuit Perspective in Before Tomorrow (Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu 2008)

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-19:00 Session 2 (Chair: Miklós Vassányi)

Szabó F. Andrea: The Canadian Military in the Canadian News Media

János Kenyeres: Unpacking the Controversies: Cultural Appropriation in the Canadian Art Scene

Dalibor Zila: Sauver la Terre à travers Aquariums J. D. Kurtness   

DAY 2                                                                                                              November 24 (Friday) 

Venue: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, R6 Building, room P.05 (1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 6.)

9:00-10:30 Session 3 (Chair: Jason Blake)

Andel Starcevic: Immigrant multilingualism in Francophone Canada and in Croatia

Szonja Greilinger: Carleigh Baker’s “Last Woman” (2020) in Translation

Fruzsina Kovács: Translation Grants of the Canada Council for the Arts in Central Europe between 1998 and 2022

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Session 4 (Chair: Judit Nagy)

Gertrud Szamosi: Transnational Voices in Shauna-Singh Baldwin’s We Are Not in Pakistan

Rasha Deirani: Hyphenated Identities of Second Generation Korean Canadian Immigrants

Vitaliy Makar: Canada as a “home” of immigrants and refugees

12:30-13:30 Lunch break*

13:30-15:00 Session 5 (Chair: Dóra Bernhardt)

Aleksandra Vukelic: Gothic Metamorphoses in Camilla Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet

Octavian More: “A mess of heart I’m grateful to possess” —traumatic indigeneity in Rebecca Thomas’s poetry

Rita Nándori: Nunavut, an Experiment in Arctic Sovereignty

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 6 (Chair: Don Sparling)

Jason Blake: Flash Fiction and the CanLit Classroom

Mátyás Bánhegyi-Dóra Bernhardt- Judit Nagy: Canadian Culture through Multimedial Sources: A Reader

Dóra Bernhardt: Character education in Canada

17:00-18:00 Keynote 2: Miklós Vassányi A Cultural Historical Journey to Times and Places of the Earliest Contact: First Nations in the Laurentian Labrador and Southern Québec

18:15-20:00 Film club

*Recommended place: Loyola Café (1085 Budapest, Horánszky u. 20.) a 5-10 minute walk from the conference venue. (2-course menu lunch available for 1,650 HUF)