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LitMod co-hosts Research Symposium with the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People

March 09, 2018

On March 9, 2018, the Literatures of Modernity MA Program and the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP) co-hosted a research symposium at Ryerson University, entitled “Remix, Reconcile, Remediate, Represent: New Research Snapshots from the Field of Young People’s Cultures.” Chaired by Ryerson English Professor and President of ARCYP Dr. Naomi Hamer, the symposium included presentations by leading interdisciplinary scholars in the field of young people’s cultures, and provided opportunities for graduate students to workshop and receive feedback on their research in a supportive and interactive context.

From the LitMod cohort, Jessica Young delivered her paper “An(ne)ime and Transmedia Stories,” engaging with Japanese transmedia incarnations of Anne of Green Gables. Daniela Barrera Murcia critically challenged representations of Canadian multiculturalism in contemporary picture books in her paper “Depictions of Multiculturalism in Canadian Children’s Picture Books.” On the same panel, Emily Proulx presented “Adaptations of Autochthonous Spaces: An Analysis of Nancy Sheppard’s Alitji in the Dreamtime and Erin Taylor’s Alice’s Wonderful Adventures in Africa,” exploring two adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland that represent Indigeneity in troubling ways.

The day included both thematic presentation panels and a work-in-progress roundtable lead by discussants Dr. Lissa Paul (Brock University) and Dr. Elizabeth Marshall (Simon Fraser University) and featuring research-in-progress by both graduate students and established scholars from Brock University, McGill University, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Toronto, and York University. The symposium also included Dr. Catherine Ellis (History, Ryerson), Dr. Jason Boyd (English, Ryerson), and a number of students in the MA and PhD in Communication and Culture programs.