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Europe – Canada

Transcultural Perspectives- Perspectives transculturelles

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Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg and Yvonne Völkl

As a result of its colonial past, Canadian culture has been shaped by French, British and other European influences; since the second half of the twentieth century, however, large-scale immigration from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as economic and cultural globalization and the recognition of the cultural significance of the country’s First Nations have transformed Canadian society, and this transformation has affected the European dimension of Canada’s cultural heritage, too. The publication addresses the role of this dimension in the collective consciousness of contemporary Canada and the complexities of Canadian-European political and cultural relations at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
En raison de son passé colonial, la culture canadienne a été façonnée par des influences françaises et britanniques ainsi que par d’autres cultures européennes. Cependant, à partir de la deuxième moitié du 20 e siècle, l’immigration importante de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, des Caraïbes, de l’Amérique latine et du Proche-Orient, la globalisation économique et culturelle ainsi que la reconnaissance officielle des Premières Nations ont transformé la société canadienne. Cette transformation a également eu des conséquences sur la dimension européenne de l’héritage culturel du Canada. Le livre aborde le rôle de cette dimension dans la conscience collective du Canada contemporain et la complexité des relations politiques et culturelles entre l’Europe et le Canada au début du 21 e siècle.

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As a result of its colonial past, Canada has been shaped by British and French culture. Since the late nineteenth century, however, other European influences and, since the second half of the twentieth-century, large-scale immigration from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as eco- nomic and cultural globalization and the recognition of Canada’s aboriginal her- itage have been vital factors in the development of Canadian society. The trans- formations which these factors have worked have affected the European dimen- sion of Canada’s cultural heritage, too. The present volume, which collects pa- pers read at a conference organized by the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Graz in December 2012, addresses the role of the European di- mension in the collective consciousness of contemporary Canada, and the com- plexities of Canadian-European cultural relations at the beginning of the twenty- first century. In spite of the fact that for both, Canada and Europe, economic and political relations with the BIC countries have substantially gained in im- portance beside the traditional transatlantic ones, Canadian-European cultural relations and exchanges still represent one of the most productive cultural dy- namics in today’s world. The essays in this collection deal with recent Canadian and European social and cultural developments in a trans-cultural context, focusing on the interrela- tion, interaction and blending of cultural phenomena across the Atlantic. In par- ticular, this includes migration and its rendering in literature, within the context of events in history and the sites...

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