Second Annual Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) Conference – Call For Papers

Theme: “Egypt’s Diasporas: Migration, Memory, and Political Activism in Canada and the United States.”

Date: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2018

Location: York University, Toronto, ON, Canada – Schulich Executive Learning Centre (ELC), Private Dining Room

The Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) conference returns, with a larger and more inclusive theme! The CCHP is a non-profit public history and community outreach organization which aims to identify, archive, digitize, preserve, and provide free access to source materials that reflect the knowledge, collective memory, and experiences of Egypt’s Coptic population, Coptic immigrants in Canada, and their descendants. The second annual CCHP conference aims to encourage scholarly collaboration and to unite junior researchers in the fields of Coptic Studies, Middle East Studies, and those researching Immigration, Ethnicity, Transnationalism, and Diaspora. We are seeking proposals for papers from a wide range of disciplinary, regional, thematic and methodological backgrounds. This is an excellent opportunity for both junior and established scholars to collaborate with colleagues from across Canada and the United States.

The conference will feature a keynote address on Friday by Dr. Carolyn Ramzy (Assistant Professor, Carleton University). An ethnomusicologist, Dr. Ramzy will present on the performative politics of belonging among Coptic Christians in Cairo and Brooklyn, NY. On Saturday evening, we will host the Canadian Premier of Brohane Alaouié’s Kafr Kassem (1975). Recently restored and subtitled in English by Al-Awda New York, this gripping account of the massacre of Palestinian villagers in October, 1956 will be followed by a panel discussion.

We will be accepting papers that engage with the theme of the conference: “Egypt’s Diasporas: Migration, Memory, and Political Activism in Canada and the United States.” We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • History and Historiography
  • Theory and Methodology
  • Theology, Religion, and Society
  • Public Memory and Commemoration
  • Law, Politics and Protest
  • Monasticism and Asceticism
  • Urban, Rural, and Environmental
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
  • Diaspora and Transnationalism
  • Public History and Education

Applicants are invited to submit 250 word proposals for individual papers. Submissions must be accompanied by a short biographical statement and contact information. The deadline for submissions is January 25th, 2018. Please note: there will be no registration fee and food and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to submit proposals, please email: cchpconference@gmail.com.

We would like to thank the Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and the Department of History at York University for their generous support.

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