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Summer Employment Opportunity: Writing Camp Instructor

**Deadline Extended until June 29th, 2015**

Creative Writing Summer Camp: Instructor

Carleton University

Dates: Full-time, August 10 – 28 + paid training

Rate of Pay: $11.00 – $13.00 /hr

Under the supervision of the camp director, creative writing camp instructors facilitate and administer camp activities, including writing exercises and games, for children aged 8-15 over a period of three weeks. Instructors must also attend training sessions and preparation meetings.


  • Applicants should have some experience with various genres of creative writing, including poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Consideration will also be given to applicants with experience in comics/graphic novels and/or oral storytelling.
  • Previous experience working in summer camps and/or teaching and supervising youth are considered assets.
  • Applicants must be prepared to supply a Police Record check.
  • Applicants must not have any prior commitments that would prevent them from participating in all required training and camp activities.
  • Applicants must have standard first aid and CPR certification before the first day of camp.

*Preference for this position will be given to students attending Carleton University and writers who have published one or more creative works (in the case of storytellers, preference will be given to storytellers who have been paid to perform).

Terms of Reference

  • Instructors will deliver lessons 2-4 times per week. Lesson plans and materials will be provided, though instructors are encouraged to experiment with the lesson plans in consultation with the camp director.
  • Instructors will attend every day of camp and act as counsellors. Instructors are expected to help campers during the exercises as required, as well as provide supervisory support during other camp activities.
  • Instructors may be required to participate in other camp activities during the week. These activities will not require preparation.
  • Instructors must attend wrap-up celebrations at the end of the summer.

Submit cover letter and resume to by June 29, 2015.


Where to Read at Carleton

by Rabia Singh

There are a few places in the world that are more readerly than others. It is a very subjective matter, the corner in which you sit down with the book (or e-book or laptop). The book chooses the spot for this particular reader just like the wand chooses the wizard (Mr. Potter). Since this winter will be the third that this reader will spend on Carleton campus, she has found some spots that suit her disposition.

The obvious one – The Library

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More specifically, this particular window on the third floor which is fifth or sixth from the wall. It has a beautiful view in every season, a conveniently close plug in point for chargers and is located on a silent floor. This marks the spot for all the dense theory that is hard to grapple with yet essential to understand. When the sentences get too long I break them down in chunks and digest each one as I look at the tree, the road and the canal. Take some food along as well if the sentences don’t provide all the nourishment.

Wordsworth’s summer palace- The Canal

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If you keep walking along the canal from the Stacie Building towards Loeb you will find paths that have been worn into the grass. If you follow these paths down to the canal you will find yourself here. I usually sit on a rock and bring a snack. I read poetry here. The Romantics, Elliot, Neruda, Walcott have all been here with me. Along with bugs, alas!

The Picnic Spot- Canal Part II

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This is the more conventional part of the reading spots along the Canal. It is a little removed from the centre though so the crowd isn’t thick here. The wind is usually strong and makes the pages flutter. I bring my novels here, especially during the summer. The readings are long but so are the days, the sun shines on your back (and/or face). Along with fellow readers I have taken Marquez, Chaucer, and even an anthology or two.

The Landscape Painting- Canal Part IIIcanal 5

This part is behind Dunton Tower and is the water body you see from the library window. Cyclists, joggers, dog walkers all pass you by as you sit on your bench. It’s especially pretty on a warm autumn day. I bring short reads here. Two to three page articles to be read for the class, short stories, or pieces I mean to read in short bites like Ash Wednesday, The Waste Land or even Shakespearean play- tragedies, not the comedies.

Getting Drunk On Books- Mike’s Place

Mikes Place

Yes, the noisy, crowded, tiny Mike’s Place. I only take the books I mean to absolutely relish here. A drink, a book and the noise is no longer bothersome; it’s a nice background to the beautiful narrative. The genre doesn’t matter here as long as it is something that drowns out the crowd. Read till you don’t hear the noise, and then take the bus home.

Res sweet res-Lennox and Addington House

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There are many advantages of living on residence, not the least of which is the views. Though I no longer enjoy the benefits of res-life, it is reading next to the corridor or the study-room windows that I miss the most. Cold sunny days were especially stunning in the glass exterior rooms that were toasty despite the plunging temperatures.

OffCampus Reading: The Commissionaire’s Park Commissaires Park

This is the park that nestles against the Dow’s lake and is a short walk from the campus. It is especially beautiful during the Tulip festival and if you can find a quiet spot near a tree after your walk, you may spend the entire day reading there as tourists walk by with their clicking cameras. I read the books that are a part of my research here. The essay doesn’t practically write itself(I wish!) but trudging through gnarly ideas that don’t make any sense yet becomes a lot more pleasant. Beware the tourist that wants a picture taken, look especially busy and troubled if you sense the possibility of a picture taking request. I go near the end of the festival, when the craze has worn off. The benches near the lake are also prime reading spots, I find them a tad too uncomfortable.

Most of these are summer spots, I know, but there are spots I don’t know of yet. It shall be my project this winter to find more readerly places around campus. There is a lot of reading ahead so more spots will be needed and more spots shall be found. I did not want to include writerly places; those are more dark and anxious spaces when deadlines are two weeks away.

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MA Colloquium

June 25, 2014

1811 Dunton Tower

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Please join us for the annual MA Colloquium where MAs share their research with fellow students and faculty. To view the conference program, including abstracts of the papers, click here.

Colloquium Poster

Stunning Performance – How did I pay only $5?!

by Steve McLeod

The Bacchus Players’ performance of Antigone, which I paid a paltry $5 to see, was stunningly good. I can honestly say that I have never before sat during an intermission with so much anticipation waiting for a play to resume. Antigone, directed by our very own Kim Sigouin, PhD candidate, with its incredibly powerful acting, inspired use of multimedia and space kept me spellbound and desperate for more.

As the playbook promises, Antigone lets loose the powerful themes of autocratic tyranny, ambition, resistance, love, loyalty, and that ever-slippery sense of righteousness. The Bacchus Players’ telling of the Sophocles’ tragedy situates its characters in a contemporary bunker, the deadly sounds of rockets whizzing towards and colliding with their targets, the sounds of sirens, all constantly sound in the background, resonating and adding a depth of realism to the performance of the actors and entrapping the audiences, like the characters, in the suffocating bunker amidst war. The dogged adherence of Creon, portrayed by Adrien Pyke, to his tyrannical edicts and the tenacity with which Antigone, passionately performed by Virginia Larose, holds to her sense of righteousness is amplified by the fact that they characters are trapped in such a space. There is no air between these characters and their convictions, tied as they are to their beliefs and their fated outcomes.

The direction, especially of Larose and Pyke, was inspired. The chorus wove in and out of the actions of the play seamlessly, bearing witness to the events as worried, conscientious, but banal and impotent bureaucrats. Both Larose and Pyke commanded the space of the stage and the attention of the audience from their first to their last moments. Perhaps their most powerful moments were when they both occupied the space of the stage at the same moment. Neither yielding to each others’ convictions, one felt that matter and anti-matter were coming into contact with each other – and in such a small space! In their final scene together, Antigone voices her woeful lamentations on her fate and nearly rests her chin, upon Creon’s shoulder, a daughter and her unyielding father – the audience held its breath!

The only visions of the outside world, that bears, in a manner, the effects of these characters’ determinations, are portrayed through the adept usage of television. Incredibly, the production team was able to secure the support of the CBC in order to film a short broadcast on the attack on Thebes by Polynices’ forces. The most powerful use of the medium was, without a doubt however, the silent, black and white depiction of the deaths of Antigone and Haemon, depicted in sync with the Messenger’s terrible revelations.

I cannot wait for the next performance of the Bacchus Player’s. There is so much talent in this group, so much focused passion!

PhD Colloquium — Wednesday, April 23rd

Please join us for the second annual PhD Colloquium!

THIS Wednesday, April 23rd

1:00-4:00 p.m.

2017 Dunton Tower

A reception will follow in the Gordon Wood Lounge.


Bridgette Brown, “‘Write; write; write’: The Canadian Magazine and the debate about Canadian Literature”

In this paper, I will interrogate the debate concerning Canadian literature carried out in The Canadian Magazine of Politics, Science, Art and Literature at the start of the Anglo Boer War (1899). When Canada was thrust into a colonial war, ideas of the nation and Canadian-ness were complex. Consequently, issues of defining a Canadian literature, through which to imagine and articulate the nation—sometimes within, and sometimes against, the Empire—became strong.

I will examine a specific episode in The Canadian Magazine’s history that includes articles from W.A. Fraser, editor John A. Cooper, and author Robert Barr, who debate their current state of Canadian letters. The opinion of these writers, although Liberal and Toronto-centric, is a dominant one, and I will show how these perspectives also received attention in the daily press, and other periodicals, contributing to an understanding of the magazine’s influence that formed an interesting site where Canadian literature is debated through the periodical press—against the backdrop of war.

Alexander Grammatikos, “Let Us Look At Them As They Are”: Lord Byron and Modern Greek Print Culture

On his first trip to Greece from 1809 to 1811, Lord Byron became intensely preoccupied with Modern Greek print culture, literature, and language. My paper probes that interest by examining Byron’s response to an 1810 Edinburgh Review article that begins as an even-handed analysis of Modern Greek literature but ends up disparaging Modern Greek writers and making the common claim that Modern Greek is a degenerated form of Ancient Greek. Although Byron’s interest in Modern Greek print culture, literature, and language remains a neglected aspect of the poet’s work, my paper argues that his championing of Modern Greek literature gestures toward his broader support for a stronger intercultural relationship between Greece and Britain. Further, I contend that Byron’s defense of Romaic (vernacular) Greek, which comes during a period when a Hellenic model of Greece is becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, acts as a rejection of non-Greeks’ attempts to classicize Modern Greece and illustrates the poet’s commitment to Modern, rather than Ancient, Greek culture.

Sarah Waisvisz, “Murky Memory: Perpetrators and Complex Political Victims from the Literary Haitian Diaspora”

My intention is to frame and give context to the ongoing debates in memory studies, trauma studies, and human rights studies about the role and validity of perpetrator memory and perpetrator narratives. The controversy about perpetrator memory is an example of the tensions in memory studies between what memories are valuable, legitimized, sanctioned, even remembered, and which are not. The often elusive “figure” of the perpetrator nevertheless inhabits all survivor narratives in some way, and I am interested in its embodied omni-presence and its lasting effect on survivors, including those who are complex political victims. This paper will consider how Mémoire d’une amnésique by Haitian-Canadian writer Jan J. Dominique reveals the ambiguity and paradoxes surrounding the figure of the perpetrator as well as the complexity of “dangerous memory.”




Antigone — co-directed by Kim Sigouin — April 24th-26th


Cegep Heritage College, 325 Boul. Cité des Jeunes in Gatineau, Qc

April 24th until the 26th


Tickets: 7 dollars at the door (the money goes towards keeping the theatre department alive and well for years to come)

Matt Jones in Arc Poetry Magazine: Poem of the Year?

Carleton MA student and In/Words Magazine Co-editor, Matt Jones, has just had two of his poems, “Wounded Village” and “Captain,” shortlisted for Arc poetry magazine‘s Poem of the Year contest, which has a grand prize of 5000$.

The grand prize is decided by the Arc editorial board, but readers are invited to vote in the Readers’ Choice award. To do so, just access the website at between the 18th and the 30th of March and cast your vote for your favorite poems.

Both Wounded Village and Captain are loosely based on Matt’s experiences in the military: gritty stories designed to increase awareness of veterans’ issues like PTSD and high rates of veteran suicide. Matt will personally be voting for Wounded Village since, he says, “it’s pretty spicy.”

Graduate Research Forum — March 6th!

Grad Research Forum (GRF) Register Now!

Registration closes on March 3rd. Final date to submit a poster is March 5th.

GRF is a fantastic way to share your graduate research in a creative and visual form. The style of presentation is up to you – choose a poster presentation or build another visual representation for research. The point is to be creative while conveying the main idea of your research project … and to have fun! All submissions will be placed on display in the River Building Atrium on March 6, 2014. We are seeking students from every department across the university to participate!  We also invite graduate departmental societies and research groups to host a table during the event (contact : .

Members of the Carleton and Ottawa communities will be invited to the forum to speak with graduate students and learn more about the research being done on campus. This is an exciting opportunity for students to make connections and gain experience demonstrating the value of their work. The GRF will also include an interdisciplinary panel and fun social events!

There are several prizes and awards! One prize of $100 will be awarded to the student with the most creative submission that best communicates his/her research. Another prize of $100 will be given to the department with the greatest representation of graduate student submissions and is intended to pay for a pizza lunch / social or to purchase an item for their departmental grad student lounge.

Three-Minute Thesis: Graduate Research Forum

Grad students can now register for the Three Minute Thesis & Graduate Research Forum (3MT-GRF). This year’s event will take place on March 6, 2014.

3 Minute Thesis & Graduate Research Forum (3MT – GRF) is an event for graduate students that showcases graduate research from across the faculties. Students have the choice of presenting their research in creative and engaging ways; either in the format of the 3 Minute Thesis presentation or in visual form (i.e. poster presentation, display, model etc.) to be displayed in the Graduate Research Forum. Together the 3MT – GRF celebrates graduate research at Carleton and will take place in the River Building Atrium and Room 2220.  The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) & the Graduate Students’ Association is pleased to co-host this event.

Two training sessions are scheduled for Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

For more information and to register, please go to THIS WEB PAGE OR email

cfp: Thinking as a Way of Life

Thinking as a Way of Life

Graduate Conference in Cultural, Social and Political Thought

University of Victoria (Unceded Lekwungen Territory), April 26-27th, 2014

In contrast to traditional notions of thinking as a practice of abstract contemplation, we suggest that thinking is always already an intervention into the social field within which it is necessarily embedded. Thinking is thus deeply political, carrying significant implications for how we live together. In this sense, we are called to reflect on, and perhaps challenge, the social, historical, and institutional boundaries that inform how we engage and relate to critical issues of our time. We are also called to venture beyond the comforts of traditional disciplinary arenas into less stable terrains, where new thought, new ways of life, and new worlds become possible. To this end, this conference invites submissions that creatively and irreverently explore how thinking involves the formation and cultivation of a ‘way of life’.

It is in the spirit of the Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program’s 25th anniversary that we would like to reflect and challenge, once again, thinking as a way of life in a 21st century context. Since 1989, participants in the CSPT program have critically engaged with, and sought creative intellectual alternatives to, contemporary manifestations of power across an array of problematics and political sites. In response to dominant regimes of disciplinary knowledge production, the CSPT community has been committed to an inter-, multi-, and anti-disciplinary style of thinking that allows for the cross-pollination of ideas between communities of knowledge. As such, it has fostered an academic environment dedicated to thinking (at) the limits of traditional frames of analysis, sites of study, and hierarchical epistemes. It is through this practice of thinking that CSPT’s critical potential lies, and through which it hopes to offer a contribution to emancipatory politics.

Broadly, we invite proposals that explore the intersection between power and knowledge, and the ways thinking impacts how we live together. More specifically, we ask, what modes of thinking are required or made possible in relation to new forms of capitalism, colonialism, biopolitics, heteronormativity, indigeneity, and technology? In what ways can inter- and multi-disciplinary research adequately address these shifting landscapes, especially when such work is, despite its efforts, often subject to those governing structures and disciplinary mechanisms that it seeks to destabilize? What are the structural and methodological conditions of possibility for thinking as an instance of political engagement today? Finally, what kinds of cultural, social, and political thought are of interest to those who are struggling to realize a world in which people are free to govern their own affairs? The theme of this conference, then, is at once critical and positive: we seek to explore relations of power in the hopes of thinking new ways of life and radical political formations.

This year’s CSPT conference will integrate the work of critical thinkers within and outside of the university. Our aim is to foster a multimedia and multi-disciplinary environment within which academics, artists, and members of various communities can explore together the political landscape within which thinking takes place, and the relation of knowledge to other forms of power and practice. As part of the exploration of thinking as a way of life, we strongly encourage applicants to playfully experiment with the format of their contributions.

Possible Topics

  • Art, Aesthetics, Resistance
  • Thresholds of Nature and Culture: Biopolitics, Posthumanism, Animality
  • The City, the State, the Global, the University: The Space and Time of Politics
  • Hacking Academia: Digital Technology, Network Sovereignty, and Coding Culture
  • Zones of Autonomous Thinking: Safer Spaces, Grassroots Movements, Open Communities of Knowledge
  • Epistemologies of Resistance, Methodologies of Capture
  • The Restructuring and Corporatization of the University
  • Critique and Co-optation
  • Settler Colonialism, Decolonization
  • Gender and Sexual Politics
  • Civic and Political Dis/Engagement
  • Subjectivity, Alterity, and Relationality

Please submit expressions of interest between 250-350 words to by February 15th 2014. These could include papers, presentations, performances, installations, or other works. Depending on our financial resources, a limited number of travel grants may be available for participants, please indicate if you would like to be considered for these funds.

Supported by the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program.