Serbian association for canadian studies (sacs) Activities Conference participation • Jelena Novaković, Vladimir Gvozden



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SERBIAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANADIAN STUDIES (SACS)
1. Activities
- Conference participation
Jelena Novaković, Vladimir Gvozden: Organisation of the 5th International Conference Modern Canada: Prejudices, Stereotypes, Authenticity/ Le Canada moderne: préjugés, stéréotypes, authenticité, Belgrade, 20th-22nd April, 2011, Megatrend University, Belgrade.

Papers presented by SACS members at the 5th International Conference Modern Canada: Prejudices, Stereotypes, Authenticity/ Le Canada moderne: préjugés, stéréotypes, authenticité:

Jelena Novaković, Université de Belgrade : Marginalité et écriture : Le Cahier noir de Michel Tremblay

Tanja Cvetković, University of Niš : ‘The imaginary Indian’ in Emma Lee Warrior’s Compatriots

Vladimir Gvozden, University of Novi Sad : Canadian Views on Multiculturalism in the context of South-Eastern Europe

Vesna Lopičić, University of Niš :Authenticity Threatened by Prejudice and Stereotype: “A Long Story” by Beth Brant

Milena Kostić, University of Niš :The Authenticity of Native Poetry in Canada

Snezana Moretić-Micić, University of Belgrade :Postmodern Concepts of Canadian Identity

Ljiljana Matić, Université de Novi Sad : Rencontre des autochtones et des Inuits et mythification de l’adolescence dans Maïna de Dominique Demers

Aleksandra Jovanović, University of Belgrade: The Problem of Authenticity of Self in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction

Nadežda Stojković, University of Niš : Compiling Identity out of Pieces in Ann Michaels ’Fugitive Pieces‘

Predrag Dedeić, Belgrade Banking Academy, Belgrade : Contract Law in the Common Law Jurisdictions In Canada

Other conference participations :

Tanja Cvetković: ”The Serbian Translation of Robert Kroetsch’s The Studhorse Man”, the paper presented at the First International Conference on English Studies English Language and Anglophone Literatures Today (ELALT), 19 March, 2011, English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad.

Milena Kostić, Vesna Lopicic: „Race and Gender in Emily Pauline Johnson’s A Red Girl’s Reasoning“, the paper presented at the First International Conference on English Studies English Language and Anglophone Literatures Today (ELALT), 19 March, 2011, English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad.
- Lecturing/teaching outside the home university
- Outreach


  • Cultural activities

• April, Nis: Poetry reading by Fraser Sutherland and Colin Carberry organised by SKC and professor Vesna Lopicic.

• April, Belgrade: Poetry reading by Fraser Sutherland and Colin Carberry organised by Kolarceva zaduzbina and professor Radojka Vukcevic.
2. Academic publications

Ljiljana Matić: Le lys dans la neige : essais de littérature québécoise, Novi Sad, Filozofski fakultet, 2010, 229 p.

Jelena Novaković, Slobodan Pajović, Vladimir Gvozden (Ed.): (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives /Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives canadiennes. Proceedings of 4th International Conference of Serbian Association for Canadian Studies (14-16 April 2009), Belgrade: Megatrend University, 2011, 271 p.

Jelena Novaković : « Le personnage de l’écrivain dans L’Emprise de Gaétan Brulotte », (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives /Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 43-51.

Vesna Lopičić : « The Power of the Ethnic Stereotype : Reconnecting or Disconnecting ? », (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives /Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 63-74.

Predrag Dedeić: “Corporate Governance in Canada: Recent Changes and the Best Practice”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives /Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 111-113.

Radojka Vukčević: “Margaret Atwood’s Strange Things: The power of Words in (Re) Connecting Through Diversity”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives /Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 137-141.

Tanja Cvetković: „’How Should I Read These?’First Nations Voices in Canadian Literature”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 143-149.

Milena Kostić: “Intercultural Sensitivity: Serbian Diaspora in Canada”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 151-161.

Milena Kostić: “Cohen’s Poetry, Bond’s and Rich’s Essays: A View from Serbia”, Managing Diversity and Social Cohesion: the Canadian Experience / Diversité culturelle et cohesion sociale: L’expérience canadienne. Proceedings of 5th International conference of Central European Canadianists, 16-18 October 2009, Sofia, published by Masaryk University, Brno, 2010, p. 262-270.

Snežana Moretić-Mićić: “Identifying Canadian Literature: One Possible Definition”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 163-173.

Nadezda Stojković: “A Personal Attempt at Integrating Cultural Diversity – The Example of Eva Hoffman”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 167-173.

Maja Ćuk: “(Re)Connecting through Our True Stories: Immigrant Identities in Silvija Jestrovic’s Literary Works”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 175-187.

Biljana Dojčinović: “’Lady Bruton’s Timely Plot’: Modernism, Imperialism and Canada”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 195-198.

Ljiljana Matić: “Daniel Danis, chanter québécois de la nature”, (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 205-215.

Jelena Antić : « Comment la figure de l’Ange du foyer traverse-t-elle les romans d’Anne Hébert Kamouraska et Les Fous de Bassan », (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 231-236.

Diana Popović : « Le problème de l’identité culturelle dans le roman L’Ingratitude de Ying Chen », (Re)Connecting Through Diversity: Canadian Perspectives/Les Relations dans la Diversité: Perspectives Canadiennes, Belgrade : Megatrend University, 2011, p. 243-254.

Diana Popović: „L’écriture emphatique de Ljubica Milicević“, L’écrire et l’écriture des écrivains d’expression française de l’Europe du Sud-Est, coord. Mihaela Chapelan, Paul Miclǎu, Bucureşti, Université Spiru Haret - Faculté des lettres, Agence universitaire de la francophonie, Editura Fundaţiei Romania de Mâine, 2011, p. 87-97.

Milica Zivkovic : “Difference and Identity : Varieties of Experience in Canadian Fiction”, Managing Diversity and Social Cohesion: the Canadian Experience / Diversité culturelle et cohesion sociale: L’expérience canadienne. Proceedings of 5th International conference of Central European Canadianists, 16-18 October 2009, Sofia, published by Masaryk University, Brno, 2010, p. 465-473.

3. Translations and special issues of journals
4. Young Canadianists

- New courses

Jelena Novaković: “La littérature francophone III”. Facultée de Philologie, Université de Belgrade. Nouveau cours de master, second semestre.

Vesna Lopicic: « Literature of Serbian Diaspora in Canada ». University of Nis, Faculty of Philosophy. Master course, one year course.
5. Collaborative activities
- Collaborative activities with local Canadian Government mission
BGRAD opens exhibition featuring two Canadian artists On February 1, The Embassy Political Counsellor Kenneth Sooley opened "The Iwano Project X" exhibit in Novi Sad’s Contemporary Art Museum. The exhibition featured artists from all around the world, including two from Canada: Ranko Pavic and Maja Padrov. The event garnered good media coverage, including a report on local TV and national daily paper Politika.

Screening of Canada-Serbia co-production film A special screening of the Canada-Serbia co production "6 Days Dark" took place on January 26 in Belgrade’s "Akademija 28" cinema. The film was shot in Serbia during summer 2010.

Belgrade premiere of Robert Lepage’s Polygraph On February 15, the premiere of Robert Lepage’s play Polygraph, adapted by Marie Brassard and staged by Serbian director Vladimir Popadić was performed in Belgrade’s JDP (Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište) theatre. The Belgrade audience is quite familiar with Lepage’s work as he received the Award for Best Theatre Director for his play The Blue Dragon performed by his Ex-Machina company during the Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF) in 2009.

Canada participates in the 13th KUB EDUCO International Education Fair The Embassy of Canada participated in the three-day KUB EDUCO Fair in Belgrade and Podgorica (Montenegro), from February 18 to 22. During the Belgrade event, which featured more than 40 exhibitors, the stand and seminar presentation on study programs in Canada attracted the largest audience and was rated as one of the most successful. Similarly high levels of interest for high school, under-, and post-graduate studies were noted in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. For the first time ever in this region, Ottawa’s Ashbury College participated with its own booth, raising excellent interest in high school education in Canada.
Four Canadian films at 39th International Film Festival in Belgrade The 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival (FEST) runs from February 25 to March 6, and features four Canadian films: "Barney's Version" (Director: Richard J. Lewis), "Act of Dishonour" (Director: Nelofer Pazira), "10 1/2" (Director: Daniel Grou) and "Incendies" (Director: Denis Villeneuve).

Strong Canadian presence at 8th Belgrade EDUfair Following the successful experience as guest of honour at the 2010 Belgrade International Educational Fair (EDUFair), Canada had another well organized and successful presence at the 8th EDUfair (International Education Fair), which took place from March 11-13, 2011. Canada's stand was well attended and local media noted that it was among the "most impressive stands" at the event. EDUFair was an opportunity to once again highlight Canada as a study destination for Serbian students. The Canada stand featured presentations from Ottawa-based Algonquin College and Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic.

"Flood" of Canadian artists and exhibitions to Serbia Several Canadian artists performed in Serbia during the last two weeks, including Toronto-based ATRIUM Theatre’s performance of "Chekhov for Two" at the Slavija Theatre Festival in Belgrade on March 15 and Pinchas Zukerman's Chamber Players' masterful concert at Kolarac Music Hall on March 13. On March 15 southern city of Niš, featured the opening of the exhibition Centre Choc by Gallerie Presse Papier from Trois Rivières -- part of the Embassy’s activities to celebrate La Francophonie in Serbia. 

Two Canadian films at 58th Belgrade documentary and short film festival, March 30 - April 03 This year, two Canadian films will be screened at Belgrade's 58th documentary and short film festival: “Ville Marie” (Director, Camera, Editing: Alexandre Larose) and “Living Downstream” (Director, Camera, Editing: Chanda Cevannes).
Numerous Canadian cultural events in Serbia and in Montenegro during late March
During late March numerous Canadian artists performed in Serbia and Montenegro and a number of public events were organized by the Embassy. On March 31st, an exhibition entitled Centre Choc from Trois Rivières-based Gallerie Presse Papier opened in Serbia’ second largest city, Novi Sad. One of the exhibiting artists, Élisabeth Mathieu, gave lectures in Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis. Two Canadian films, Ville Marie and Living Downstream were screened at Belgrade's 58th documentary and short film festival, which took place from March 30 - April 03. As part of its Francophonie 2011 programming BGRAD sponsored a regional mini-tour by Canadian mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej, who performed a selection of pieces by French composers as well as arrangements of tradition Quebec folksongs. The tour included concerts in Serbia (Belgrade, Subotica, and Novi Sad) and Montenegro (Podgorica and Kotor).

Canadian conductor, poets, and film in Serbia On April 19, a Canadian poetry evening, entitled Canadian Poetry Today, was featured as a side event of the 5th Canadian Studies Conference. Two Canadian poets, Fraser Sutherland and Colin Carberry, read their work at Kolarac Hall. Toronto-based conductor Nurhan Arman directed the Belgrade Philharmonic on April 14 and 15 at concerts in Belgrade and Novi Sad. The Canadian film Living Downstream was screened at Belgrade's 58th documentary and short film festival, where it won the Festival's critics award.

5th Canadian Studies Conference in Belgrade The 5th Canadian Studies Conference was held in Belgrade from April 20-22, organized by the Serbian Association for Canadian Studies and Megatrend University, with support from the Embassy. The opening ceremony was held at the official residence featuring Canadian historian Professor Margaret MacMillan as the keynote speaker. During the conference participants had a chance to look at the Canadian Studies book exhibit at Megatrend University. These books were donated by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and will tour local universities prior to being donated as a supplement to the already existing Canadiana library in the Canadian Studies Centre at Megatrend University.

Renowned Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan presents her book in Belgrade Renowned Canadian historian, professor, and member of the Order of Canada Margaret MacMillan was in Belgrade from April 20-23 to promote her book Peacemakers: Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. The visit was supported by the Embassy and Professor MacMillan was a guest of Belgrade's Faculty of Political Science where she spoke to a packed auditorium.

Canadian artists at First International Printmaking Triennial in Belgrade, June 01-30, 2011 From June 1-30 the first edition of the Belgrade International Printmaking Triennial will feature works and different aesthetic visions from 12 Canadian artists . The aim of the exhibitions is to portray meeting points of traditional and contemporary art tendencies of both renowned and young graphic artists from 36 countries. This will be an opportunity to examine printmaking art as a potential communication bridge between Serbia and the world.The Triennial is organized by the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia with the support of the Serbian Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society and the Secretariat of Culture of Belgrade. Among others, the following Canadian artists will present their work: Benoit Perreault, Elisabeth Mathieu, Guy Langevin, Jo Ann Lanneville, Alexandra Haeseker, Valerie Guimond, Mylène Gervais, Isabelle Clermont, Louise Boisvert, Derek Michael Besant, Aline Beaudoin and Alejandra Basanes.

Understanding Canada Seminar On June 7, 2011, the Embassy of Canada and the Serbian Association for Canadian Studies held a joint seminar on Studying in Canada and Canadian Studies programs: Understanding Canada / Comprendre le Canada in the Embassy's library, also known as Canada Place. The seminar was attended by professors, associates, and researchers from local educational institutions as well as postgraduate and final-year students of undergraduate programs interested in multidisciplinary studies on Canada both in French or/and English.The seminar was well-attended and participants also had a chance to familiarize themselves with general information on studying in Canada and work & study programs.


6. Recognition

- Grants, awards, prizes of a short-term (and often individual) nature


  1. Research projects

• CEACS project “Translating Canada” which is, for Serbian Part, led by Professor Jelena Novaković. Participants: Milena Kostić, Tanja Cvetković, Ljiljana Matić, Diana Popović, Nikola Milojević.



8. Cultural activities related to Canada

9. Other


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