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The Glocal City in Canadian Literature
 
International Conference

Universidad de Salamanca, June 6 -8 2011
 Despite the fact that most Canadians live in or close to large cities, the Canadian imaginary has historically fed upon mythologies of the North and the wilderness, as a result of the country's vast and awe-inspiring natural landscapes and the pivotal influence of nationalist cultural figures of the stature of Northrop Frye and Margaret Atwood.
This conference examines the classic paradigm of nature as the dominant cultural trope to understand Canadian identity while engaging the interdisciplinary and international impact of globalization on the city, the convergence site par excellence of the global and local forces at work in society. Canadian literature offers an invaluable ground to ponder on and assess how "Glocalization" (a term proposed by Edward W. Soja to refer to global/local interaction) in the city affects - whether by unsettling, de-territorrializing or re-territorializing - identity, politics, the economy, notions of ethnicity, ethics, gender, class, sexuality, civility, nationality, etc.
The conference provides a forum for a select group of  scholars, writers and other cultural and artistic agents from Europe and Canada to look at the literature emerging from Canada through the prism of glocalization and discuss its effects on the individual and society, as well as on the production and consumption of its culture.