Theorising the Canada-US Border


parisposterminiRegistration is now open for Theorising the Canada-US Border, a two day CCUSB symposium taking place 15-16 May, 2015, in Paris, France.

The symposium is the last of a three-year series of CCUSB events, which have taken place in London, Algoma, Niagara Falls, Nottingham and Calgary.

To find out more information and to register for the symposium, please visit the website, here:

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. The deadline for registration is Friday April 17th.


Workshop Report | Aesthetics and the Canada-US Border


3rd Culture and the Canada-US Border Workshop | Calgary, 19th and 20th September 2014



loft112Loft 112 sits in a liminal space in Calgary, on the edge of downtown, in the East Village, currently in the midst of gentrification. As a space dedicated to literary and artistic practice, it provided the perfect venue for the third workshop of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Culture and the Canada-US Border research network, focusing on aesthetics and the Canada-US border. Over two days, CCUSB network members and workshop participants were treated to four presentations of aesthetic sensitivity, constructive energy, and searing intellect. Continue reading

Aesthetics and the Canada-US Border


cropped-ccusblogo23.jpgThe third Culture and the Canada-US Border workshop will take place on Friday September 19th and the morning of September 20th, 2014, at Loft 112, a new creative space in Calgary’s East Village, with speakers Marcello Di Cintio, Aritha van Herk, Dylan Miner and Audra Simpson.

The workshop is held as part of a series of events organised by the Culture and the Canada-US Border research network. You can read more about our past events here.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, or would like any further information, please contact the local organiser, Dr Kelly Hewson:


Marcello Di Cintio is a Canadian writer. He won the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book Walls: Travels Along the Barricades

Aritha van Herk is an award-winning Canadian writer and public intellectual, and a Professor of Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Dylan A. T. Miner is an artist, activist, and art historian who focuses on Indigenous and anti-colonial issues. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where he coordinates a new Indigenous Contemporary Art Initiative.

Audra Simpson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, and the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States

A small number of travel assistance bursaries are available to assist postgraduate students to attend the workshop. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please contact Catherine Barter, the CCUSB network administrator:

Workshop Report | Security, Immigration, and the Cultures of the Canada-US Border


Workshop Audience


…nowhere is my natural anarchism more aroused than at national borders where patient and efficient public servants carry out their duties in matters on immigration and customs. I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?

John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)

Niagara Falls. So good they built it twice, once in Upper New York State, once in Ontario. In many respects it sums the border region up: both cities share the same natural resource, not just a thundering source of light and power, but a tourist attraction to boot. And yet the Falls are apprehended so very differently on each side, just as each city, though united in their appreciation for kitsch[1], has fared palpably differently. It is also, of course, the iconic site of oh-so-many cultural events and representations, which range from the heroic (cue Superman II) to the downright mad (tightrope walkers and barrel riders galore). Continue reading

Registration Open | Security, Immigration, and the Cultures of the Canada-US Border

Plane flying over Niagara Falls

The “Culture and the Canada-US Border” (CCUSB) research network are pleased to announce a second one-day workshop, on the theme of border security and immigration, to take place on Saturday May 31st 2014, at the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY.

The event, hosted in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, will feature presentations from Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria), Emily Gilbert (University of Toronto), Geoffrey Hale (University of Lethbridge), and Christopher Sands (Hudson Institute).

The workshop is free to attend, and if you require accommodation, you can book a room at the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel, with group rates available until April 23rd. Please see our website for full details, and to register for the event:

Note: a small amount of travel assistance funding, awarded on a first-come first-served basis, is available for graduate students wishing to attend the event. Please contact Catherine Barter for more information (

This event is part of a series of workshops and conferences organised by CCUSB, and will be followed in June by an international conference at the University of Nottingham. CCUSB is a Leverhulme Trust funded network, bringing together scholars in Europe and North America with research interests in cultural issues around the Canada-US Border. To learn more about the network and its activities, visit:

With any further queries, contact We look forward to seeing you there!

Padraig Kirwan on Indigenous Sovereignty

This  post, from Dr Padraig Kirwan (Goldsmiths, University of London) is based on a paper delivered at the first CCUSB Workshop in London in September 2012

Sovereignty. Self-determination. Autonomy. Nation. Native American Studies is currently being shaped dramatically by this particular set of terms, and the prevailing discourse aims to interrogate not only various senses of tribal self-determination, but also to re-examine earlier formulations of cultural, spiritual, political and artistic autonomy. Indeed, the publication of myriad nuanced and substantial works of scholarship focussing on the subject of sovereignty alone is testament to the critical role that definitions of indigenous self-determination and authority play within the field today. Continue reading