Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sara Ross

The Diary of Anne Frank – Copyright Fight

Anne Frank from Wikimedia

A photograph of Anne Frank (source: Wikimedia)

The Diary of Anne Frank, the quintessential work about the horrors of war, is undergoing a battle of its own right now, with the book set to enter the public domain before the end of the year. With the copyright on the book about the expire, the Anne Frank Foundation, which owns the copyright, is now arguing that her father – Otto Frank – was a co-author on his daughter’s journal. If their argument were to succeed, the European copyright would be extended through 2050. Anne Frank, whose family was forced to hide from the Nazi occupiers of the Netherlands in an Amsterdam attic, has to this date been recognized as the sole author of her diary.

The argument being put forward by the Foundation is that the father’s “editing, merging and trimming entries” could qualify him as a co-author. He was also the author of the Prologue that accompanied the book’s first publication. Yet Otto Frank died in 1980, never having claimed authorship or copyright over his daughter’s work. According to some sources, the Anne Frank Museum and the foundation that supports it, are expected to oppose the move, in an effort to make the work free to the public. Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps at the age of 15 after her family was caught. The original version, unedited by her father, could likely enter the public domain in Europe regardless of the decision.

Sara Ross

Upcoming CBA Webinar – Music Infringement: Would the “Blurred Lines” Case Be Different in Canada?

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The Canadian Bar Association is hosting an online professional development webinar on intellectual property entitled Music Infringement: Would the “Blurred Lines” Case Be Different in Canada? The event will be held online between 12:30pm and 1:30pm EST on November 25, 2015. The fee for members is $125 and the non-members fee is $250. Presenters will include Genereaux Law founder William Genereaux and Russell D. Dufault of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg. To read more about the upcoming webinar, you can visit the Canadian Bar Association website here.

Sara Ross

Aga Khan lecture: World Monuments and the Protection of the World’s Architectural Treasures

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The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is holding a lecture this evening at 8pm, provided by the World Monuments Fund’s Vice President for International Affairs George McNeely, entitled World Monuments and the Protection of the World’s Architectural Treasures. The illustrated discussion will cover the history of the organization and discuss it’s 50th anniversary. To read more about the event, visit the museum’s website here. Tickets are $25 per person, with $18 discount student tickets available.

Sara Ross

Books News: The Ways of the World by David Harvey


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David Harvey, the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York is set to release his latest book The Ways of the World, with a pre-set publication date of January 14, 2016. This exciting new anthology has compiled Harvey’s most influential works into one volume. The abstract was written as follows:

This book presents a sequence of landmark works in David Harvey’s intellectual journey over five decades. It shows how experiencing the riots, despair and injustice of 1970s Baltimore led him to seek an explanation of capitalist inequalities via Marx and to a sustained intellectual engagement that has made him the world’s leading exponent of Marx’s work. The book takes the reader through the development of his unique synthesis of Marxist method and geographical understanding that has allowed him to develop a series of powerful insights into the ways of the world, from the new mechanics of imperialism, crises in financial markets and the effectiveness of car strikers in Oxford, to the links between nature and change, why Sacré Coeur was built in Paris, and the meaning of the postmodern condition. David Harvey is renowned for originality, acumen and the transformative value of his insights. This book shows why.

For more information or to pre-order this work, you can visit the publisher’s website here.

Sara Ross

Film Premiere: Guardians of Eternity

Still from Guardians of Eternity

Still from the film Guardians of Eternity

The Lakehead University campus in Thunder Bay will be hosting the premiere screening of the film Guardians of Eternity on December 10, 2015 at 7pm. The SSHRC-funded film was executive produced by Lakehead Professor Ronald Harpelle in partnership with the Yellowknife Dene First Nation, as a part of the Toxic Legacies Project. According to the film’s synopsis:

Situated in Canada’s far north, Yellowknife’s Giant Mine produced 7 million ounces of gold between 1948 and 1999. They took the gold away and left 237,000 tonnes of arsenic behind, enough to poison the entire planet several times over. Mary Rose, an aboriginal woman of the Dene people, lives in a community next to the abandoned mine. Originally the site of the mine was a traditional hunting ground where the abundance of nature flourished – now it is a toxic site for all time. Her people have become the guardians of eternity since the only way scientists believe we can manage the arsenic is to freeze it and filter water from the mine – in perpetuity. Realizing the enormity of the problem, Mary Rose sounds the alarm to her people: how will they communicate this grave danger to generations that will follow in 1000 years, in 100,000 years that there is a poison hidden under the mine? What language will our future ancestors even speak? How will we transmit the hidden danger? Build pyramids? Carve petroglyphs? She and her community need to arm themselves first with knowledge, then pass on that knowledge to future generations. She is determined to learn what she can from other aboriginal peoples that have dealt with environmental disasters, and scientists who are experts on arsenic and nuclear wastes. Her people have transmitted knowledge since time immemorial via legends. Perhaps Mary Rose needs to create a new legend about the monster that lurks beneath the Giant mine, a legend that can be transmitted from generation to generation to save the lives of her future great grand-children.

To read more about the event or to watch the film’s trailer, you can visit the Lakehead University website here.

Sara Ross

Call For Papers: 7th Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society

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The Association for Law, Property and Society has announced its call for papers for their upcoming annual conference. While previous conferences have been held in both Canada and the United States, this year’s conference will be held at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland between May 20th-21st, 2016. ALPS conferences are always preceded by a day-trip on the day before the conference for attendees, which is planned this year for the afternoon of May 19th. ALPS has written further that,

LPS accepts both individual paper submissions and proposals for fully formed panels (usually 3 to 5 presenters). Submissions may be for full paper drafts or early works-in-progress. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 250 words that indicates the name of the submitting scholar, the scholar’s institution, and an email contact for the scholar. If submitting a fully formed panel, please insure that an abstract for each paper is included in the submission and that each abstract clearly identifies the fully formed panel the paper is a part of.
Submissions are due February 1, 2016. For more information about the conference, you can visit the conference’s call for papers, or the conference’s website here:


Sara Ross

Harbourfront Centre Dance Performance: Badke

Badke photo from Flickr

Image from Badke (Source: Flickr)

The Canadian premiere of the dance performance Badke will be held between February 17th-20th at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, a piece performed by Les ballets C de la B and the KVS dance company, both of Brussels. Before the February 17th show a pre-show tea will occur, where a discussion of the show will be held with University of Toronto Scholars-in-Residence Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi. Following the second show, on February 18th, a post-show discussion will be held between the audience and the performers. The description of the show includes the following:

The title Badke is a play on the Arabic social folk dance “dabke.” The performance assembles a group of Palestinian dancers — diasporic artists, many of whom have trained outside of Palestine — to practice the traditional dance and infuse it with new proposals, vocabularies and ideas.

With this simple yet elegant structure, Badke expresses the universal desire to belong, and uses the language of dance in an urgent negotiation between the traditional and contemporary, the local and global. This work is a highly energetic, politically charged and stylistically diverse experience in which the artists incorporate movement from circus, capoeira and hip hop.

To read more about he upcoming performance, visit the Harbourfront Centre website here.

Sara Ross

Koffler Centre talk: Post-Secular Ideas in Contemporary Culture

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The Koffler Centre for the Arts will be hosting a panel entitled Post-Secular Ideas in Contemporary Culture at Shaw Street’s Artscape Youngplace on November 22nd, 2015 at 2pm. The description of the event is as follows:

While generating prolific philosophical and artistic traditions throughout history, the dichotomy of religious and secular thought also lies at the core of many social and political divides. In a discussion inspired by Isabel Rocamora’s film works, Mark Cauchi (Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, York University) and John Caruana (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ryerson University) will examine the ways in which contemporary artistic, intellectual and social developments challenge the opposition between the secular and the religious.

To read more about this free event, visit the Koffler Centre website here.

Sara Ross

The Prime Ministers Statue Project – Special Advisory Committee Formed

John A. MacDonald statue, Parliament buildings

Statue of John A. MacDonald on Parliament Hill (Credit: Wikimedia user Miesianiacal)

The Prime Ministers Statue Project at Wilfred Laurier University has taken another step forward to its uncertain future, with the formation of a Special Advisory Committee, composed of professors, administrators, and students, formed by University President Max Blouw. The project was approved by the Board of Governors on June 25, 2015, however a motion opposing the project was approved by the Senate in October. The committee will report back to the University President, who will present its results to the Senate in order to determine whether or not the campus will go forward with the project. According to the university:

Earlier this year, a group of citizens approached the university with a proposal to situate a collection of statues depicting all of Canada’s past prime ministers on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Intended as a sesquicentennial project to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, a key component of the proposal includes an educational program aimed at raising awareness among Canadians of our history as a country since Confederation in 1867.

To read more about the project and its future, you can read about it at the university’s website.

Sara Ross

Call For Streams: London Conference in Critical Thought

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The 2016 London Conference in Critical Thought will be held between June 24-25, 2016 at Birkbeck College of the University of London. The deadline for stream submissions is December 1, 2015, and the accepted streams will form the basis for the conference’s call for papers, to be released in early 2016. The full call for streams is copied below:

The call for streams is now open for the 5th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT). The conference is a space for those who share theoretical approaches and interests, but who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline. LCCT is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchical, and accessible event which makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and foster new avenues for critically orientated scholarship and collaboration.

There is no pre-determined theme for the conference. Instead, we encourage people to apply to organise thematic streams which attract responses from across disciplines. Stream proposals form the basis of our call for papers, and as such, are at the heart of the academic tone and content of each year’s conference.

We welcome submissions that seek to stimulate a range of cross-disciplinary responses. Our definition of critical thought is not prescriptive and the conference as a whole should reflect the state of contemporary critical thought. Previous streams have been on diverse topics such as: New Materialisms; Dissenting Methods; Transdisciplinary Law and Culture; Radical Transfeminism; The Politics and Practice of “Just Making Things”; Re-thinking Political Violence; Memory and Law; Eating as Encounter; Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice. A full list of past streams, panels, and papers can be found on the past conferences pages.

Stream organisers are integral to the working of the conference; those whose proposals are accepted will be expected to take an active role as stream coordinators working in the LCCT organising collective. Further guidance, including what it means to be a stream organiser, how streams and papers are selected, examples of successful proposals, and more information on the ethos and organising structure of LCCT can be found on our website. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

To read more about the upcoming conference you can visit their website here: