A Sino-Canada Literary Forum: Literature and Our EnvironmentExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — 2:01 PM EDT

Organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, at Renison University College, October 25, 2014

poster for Sino-CanadaAll of us share a common environment on this planet, yet as individuals we create, shape and experience our own unique environments. In recent years, as the meaning of the word “environment” itself has undergone a transformation, we have seen literary criticism delve into the ways in which our environments help shape literature as well as how literature responds to a vast variety of influences from our political, cultural and natural environments. So, what is the current state of the interplay between literature and our environment?

On October 25, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo will host an international literary symposium entitled “A Sino-Canada Literary Forum: Literature and our Environment”. The main theme of the symposium will be an exploration of the intersection of literature and environment in Chinese and Canadian literature. Among the thought-provoking topics slated for discussion are literature and the urban environment, a sense of place and space in literature, writing about nature, and the role of faith and beliefs in literature. 

The delegation from China is composed of award winning authors, publishers, journalists, and literary critics including Tashi Dawa, Yucheng Jin, Zhanjun Shi, Aizhen Cui, Yunlei Li, Xingeng Chen, Honglin Liu, Zhuoning Lu, and Xuanlong Zhou. They will meet with Canadian novelists Dorris Heffron (Chair of TWUC in 2013), Susan Swan (Chair of TWUC 2007), Ann Ireland, Dennis Bock (winner of 2014 the Annual Best Foreign Novel Award in China) , and poets Harry Thurston (current TWUC Chair) and Allan Cooper.  The conference will be hosted by Dr. Darrol Bryant, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Renison University College, and Professor Yan Li, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo.

The Chinese delegates will also participate in events co-organized by the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, where Canadian writer Jonathan Campbell  will host a China Forum on the afternoon of Sunday October 26, 2014.   http://ifoa.org/events/china-ifoa

The Chinese delegates will then meet with Chinese community members at an event sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Seneca College and the Chinese Pen Society of Canada. On Tuesday October 28, 2014,  the delegates will participate in further discussions and cultural activities organized by the Confucius Institute in Quebec and the Centre Internationaliste Ryerson Foundation Aubin (CIRFA) in Montreal.

 

文学与我们的环境

滑铁卢大学孔子学院等机构联合举办国际研讨会系列交流活动

滑铁卢大学孔子学院将于2014年10月25日举办一场名为“中加文学论坛:文学与我们的环境”的国际研讨会。本次会议邀请了两国著名的学者与作家。来自中国的代表有获奖作者、文学批评家、出版社和学术刊物专家。包括小说家扎西达娃、金宇澄、评论家施战军、李云雷、《文艺报》副主编崔艾真、上海《文学报》总编陈歆耕、《世界华文文学论坛》主编刘红林、中国世界华文文学学会副会长陆卓宁教授、人民文学出版社副主编周绚隆等。加拿大作家包括历任加拿大作协主席杜丽丝•海芙蓉、苏珊•丝婉、现任作协主席及诗人哈瑞•瑟思东、诗人艾兰•库波、获奖小说家安•爱瑞兰、以及今年度赢得中国颁发的21世纪年度最佳外国小说将得主丹尼斯•鲍克。会议由滑铁卢大学瑞纳森学院荣誉教授戴罗·勃兰特与滑铁卢大学孔子学院院长李彦教授共同主持。

自古以来文学离不开大自然,而人文环境与文学领域的环扣,更是息息相关且相辅相成。近年来有关於环境与文学之间的微妙关系,将我们的注意力逐渐地集中到两者之间的 “合而不同”。诚如中国社会科学院文学所杨匡汉教授所言 , “ 我们在不同的环境中创造文学, 在“同”(大自然、大千世界)和“不同”(社会、人文、地域)的环境中写作 , 也在文学领域中找到 “道法自然” 和 “文贵天然” 的微妙精神。” 究竟文学如何深切地影响我们周遭的环境 ,  而环境又如何密切地影响著文学的信念与信仰 , 文学中的地域感和空间感 ,其不可分离性却又各自塑造文化人文的特色 , 是此次环境与文学对话的主题。

中方代表将在会后前往多伦多,参加由第35届多伦多国际作家节举办的“中国专场”讨论 , 以及由圣力嘉孔子学院、魁北克孔子学院、加拿大中国笔会、奥宾基金会国际主义中心等机构举办的各类文学交流活动。

国际作家节的“中国专场”讨论会定于10月26日星期日下午1点进行。曾经旅居北京的加拿大作家、《红色摇滚乐》的作者Jonathan Campbell将主持讨论。地点:Lakeside Terrace235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.  详情如下:

http://ifoa.org/events/china-ifoa

星期日晚7至9点,加拿大中国笔会将与圣力嘉孔子学院共同举办华裔文学交流会。欢迎社区群众参加。 地点:Radisson Admiral Hotel - Toronto Harbourfront ,249 Queen's Quay West, Toronto

其后,中国作协代表团一行将赴蒙特利尔,参加由魁北克孔子学院和奥宾基金会国际主义中心举办的文化交流活动。

(滑铁卢大学孔子学院供稿)

Location 
REN - Renison University College

240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4
Canada

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