Gateways North: Expansion, Convergence, and Change

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 3 May 2012

Where: Manitoba, Canada


This one-day symposium will focus on economic, social, cultural, and environmental trends and developments within The Pas and northern Manitoba. 2012 marks what would have been Glenn Gould's 80th birthday as well as the 45th anniversary of his landmark CBC broadcast "The Idea of North," a radio documentary inspired by his train journey through northern Manitoba to Churchill. Symposium organizers are interested in presentations on Gould's relationship to the North or on conceptualizing the North and invite proposals from scholars, artists, storytellers, writers, and poets on areas including:

  • Agricultural development;

  • Broadcasting and radio in northern communities;

  • Critical Aboriginal perspectives;

  • Education in the North;

  • Environmental issues and biodiversity in northern Manitoba;

  • Expansion and resource development north of the 52nd parallel;

  • Fur trade and origins of northern communities;

  • Glenn Gould's "Idea of the North;"

  • Immigration and migration issues; and

  • Literary and artistic representations of northern Manitoba.

Performance pieces, artistic/video installations, and other creative approaches are encouraged.

Proposals for 20-minute individual or panel presentations and abstracts of 250 words, accompanied with biographical information of no more than one page, should be submitted by email to: gatewaysnorth [at]

Submission deadline: 3 February 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Keith Hyde

Email: khyde [at]

Phone: 204-627-8670