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Peter Lang

Reimagining Canada

Editors: Gregory Betts (Brock University); Carl Everton James (York University) and Ian McKay (McMaster University)

Canada, in all its messy manifestations, is in transition, but where is it going? With foundational myths eroded, identities fragmented, allegiances contested, the idea of Canada in the hearts and minds of those who live there is under intense scrutiny and careful criticism.

Canada’s place in the wider world is just as uncertain. Against a backdrop of Covid, decolonization, inflation, immigration, Indigenization and shifting global politics, what might Canada mean in five, ten or fifty years’ time?

Reimagining Canada seeks to understand the forces at work, and to ask what comes next. Taking a broad and inclusive approach to the study of Canadian culture, history and society, the series interrogates Canada’s past and present in order to suggest possibilities for the future. Relevant issues might include, but are not limited to: arts and culture; decolonization; digital spaces and media; the future of the Canadian constitution; globalization; healthcare and social services; immigration and multiculturalism; Indigenization; memory and memorialisation; and sovereignty.

The series is open to scholars and public intellectuals working in all areas of the humanities and social sciences, and aims to be interdisciplinary or even post-disciplinary in its approach. The editors are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and welcome contributions from scholars of marginalized groups and communities that tend to be disproportionately underrepresented within public discourses in Canada. As such, they strongly encourage scholars from these groups and communities to contribute to the series. Contributors are free to self-identify as desired.

Books in the series are aimed at a more general audience than the traditional academic monograph. Readers might include undergraduate students, academics working in other fields, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The series provides a platform for authors to reach a larger audience than usual, or to speak to new audiences; to deliver bold new arguments; to write unencumbered by the usual obligations for referencing; and to be exciting, provocative and even polemical.

The criteria for books in the series are:

  1. 25,000 to 40,000 words
  2. no more than five chapters
  3. reading list of no more than 20 items
  4. footnotes limited to bare minimum
  5. clear, accessible, exciting prose for the curious reader
  6. bold, timely, relevant and innovative

For more information, or if you’d like to discuss a proposal, please contact Philip Dunshea, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at p.dunshea@peterlang.com.