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Black Lives Matter


Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne (SCL/ÉLC) invites interdisciplinary contributions to this expansive cultural archive of abolitionist and anti-racist art, writing, scholarship, and activism. We welcome reflections on the history of art and activism on Turtle Island/Canada and contributions of new art, creative writing, literary-critical scholarship, manifestoes, and other cultural interventions. We particularly welcome contributions that connect the history of abolitionist and anti-racist activism on Turtle Island/Canada with the activism of the present moment. We are also open to reflections on the issue of special issues themselves as we recognize that Black Lives Matter should not have to be a special issue within the history of Canadian cultural institutions in general and literary critical journals in particular.

Other topics include but are not limited to:

  • Anti-Black racism in Canadian arts and cultural organizations
  • Anti-Black racism and public health
  • The intersections between Black Lives Matter and Indigenous decolonial struggles
  • Blackness in (and out of) the Canadian canon
  • The pedagogy of Black Canadian literature, from elementary to tertiary levels and beyond
  • The intersections of Black Pride and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities with BLM
  • The role of publishers and publications, and alternate means of publication
  • Disability, ableism, and making space in Black communities
  • Monumentalization: How do we remember and account for various histories?
  • Acknowledging the elders: ageism and its effects on community
  • Multilingualism: How does language affect BLM activism?
  • The effects of policing and various social agencies, such as child welfare institutions

English submissions of essays of 6000-8000 words, including Notes and Works Cited, should conform to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition; French submissions to Le guide du rédacteur (Translation Bureau, 1996).

We also welcome poetry, artwork, manifestoes, and other cultural interventions of varying lengths of less than 5000 words.

Please submit all work electronically via Word attachment to Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2021. For further details about submissions, visit the journal’s website at or contact: Camille Isaacs, OCAD University,, or Karina Vernon, University of Toronto,