20 Years of Brazil-Canada Interfaces
The XI International Congress of the Brazilian Association for Canadian Studies, to take place in Salvador-Bahia at the Federal University of Bahia from 24th to the 26th October 2011, will broaden the Association’s historical cooperation with traditional institutions of education, research, and extension, as well as developmental and promotional agencies, both domestic and international, at the same time that ABECAN officially celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its founding. By promoting this meeting between teachers, researchers, professionals and students from Brazil, Canada and other nations, ABECAN’s XI International Congress, whose theme is 20 Years of Brazil-Canada Interfaces, will once again provide a space for dialogue between different fields of knowledge from a comparative perspective, uniting North and South America.
In its eleventh International Congress, ABECAN will be contributing academically to discussion and reflection concerning new configurations of social, economic, political and cultural reality. The chosen theme – 20 Years of Brazil-Canada Interfaces – will promote discussion of the dilemmas of modernity, cultural diversity, the challenges of science and ways forward to full social, economic and cultural development among peoples. Our main goal is to debate the roles of Brazil and Canada in this process of producing knowledge for a better world. These are discussions that seek answers in regional, national and global spaces where the exchange of experiences and concrete actions of individuals and groups acquire visibility and make possible the delineation
of a new public environment.
For the construction of a “global society” with greater social equity and justice, with a higher quality of life for everyone, which both Brazil and Canada envision, the proposed academic debates during the Congress will reflect upon the new social reality, upon ways of organizing and living in society, upon the confluences and conflicts of interest among nations, and upon the challenges of science in the present day, through the following topic guidelines:
1. Brazil-Canada: international rights and relations policies;
2. The cultural scene in the Americas: cultural, linguistic, literary and gender studies from a comparative perspective;
3. Brazil-Canada: contemporary challenges in health, science and new technologies;
4.Brazil-Canada: ecology, environment, heritage and sustainable development;
5. Education and languages for citizenship;
6. Brazil-Canada: social and historical trajectories.
The topics proposed for the XI International Congress of the Brazilian Association for Canadian Studies further reinforce ABECAN’s role as a space for promoting debates and academic exchanges between Brazil and Canada. The discussion topics proposed for ABECAN’s XI International Congress – 20 years of Brazil-Canada Interfaces will testify to the processes of connection between different fields of knowledge wherein new networks of solidarity may produce new learning and lead us to a better understanding of the current scene – in Brazil, Canada and other countries worldwide. In its 20 years of existence, ABECAN has been recognised in the academic world both nationally and internationally as a valuable partner for promoting educational exchanges among students, teachers and researchers of Brazilian, Canadian, and other nationalities. The various meetings organized or supported by the Association, the publications bearing its official seal, besides the bi-annual publication of “Revista Interfaces Brasil-Canada”, now in its twelfth edition, all crown the efforts of this Association to promote academic dialogue among our innumerable associates and collaborators. Last but not least, the holding of ABECAN’s 11th International Congress will bring an opportunity to pay homage to all those who have contributed to making our Association an important academic partner for the promotion of dialogue between the Americas.