CALJ Annual Conference 2021

Online/Virtual Gathering

May 27-28, 2021

Hosted by the University of Alberta



All times listed in Mountain Time (MT)

Thursday, May 27, 2021

10:00 - 11:00: Indigenous Sovereignty and Editing Practices [Open Session for Congress]

  • Deanna Reder, Associate Professor of English and Chair of Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Michelle CoupalCanada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures; and Associate Professor of English, University of Regina
  • Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba

Ideas, challenges, successes, and ways the scholarly community can best support Indigenous scholarship.

Michelle Coupal (Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation) is a scholar of Indigenous literatures. She is a Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Regina. Michelle has co-edited a collection of works by Vera Manuel, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry (2019). Michelle has also co-edited special journal issues for Studies in American Indian Literature (SAIL) and Studies in Canadian Literature. Her open-access website project, How to Teach Stories of Residential School, will be launched in 2021. 

Niigaan James Sinclair is Anishinaabe and originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) Indian Settlement near Selkirk, Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. He is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011), Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013) and The Winter We Danced: the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Arbeiter Ring Press, 2014). Currently at the University of Manitoba, Niigaan teaches courses in Indigenous literatures, cultures, histories, and politics and is a proud Treaty One member. 

Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and English at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the understudied archive of Indigenous literary work in Canada up to 1992 (see and she has co-edited several anthologies in Indigenous Literary Studies and helped found the Indigenous Editors Association in 2020. Currently she is guest-editing, with Michelle Coupal, a special issue for SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literature, to be released in 2022.

11:30 - 12:30: How do I get my journal out there?

  • Sonya Betz, Head, Library Publishing and Digital Production
    Services, University of Alberta
  • Émilie Paquin, Director of Research and Strategic Development of the
    Érudit Consortium
  • Elizabeth Brown, Manager of Publishing Relations, Project MUSE
  • Thane Chambers, Research Impact Librarian, University of Alberta

A conversation about the internationalization of Canadian research in journals, the impact of how journals are indexed, and discussion of metrics, citations, and keeping statistics!

Moderated by Odile Cisneros, Editor in chief of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos

Sonya Betz is the Head, Library Publishing and Digital Production Services at the University of Alberta Library. Her team manages the UofA's active and growing 62-journal diamond open access publishing program, which partners with editorial boards from scholarly associations and organizations across Canada. Sonya is an active member of the Library Publishing Coalition, a partner on the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Workflows Project, and is currently Chair of the Public Knowledge Project's Technical Committee.

Thane Chambers is the Head, Research Impact Services for the University of Alberta Library. Her work focuses on helping researchers tell the story of their research inside and outside of the academy and helping our institution understand and celebrate the research being done at the University of Alberta. 

Elizabeth Brown, Publisher Relations Manager, Project MUSE

Émilie Paquin is the Director of Research and Strategic Development of the Érudit Consortium. With Érudit since 2008, she has been in charge of production and publisher relations, and has also been involved in major digitization projects. She has contributed to Érudit’s successful funding strategies as well as strategic planning for a diversified, equitable and independent research dissemination system.

Odile Cisneros (PhD NYU) teaches in the Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With Richard Young, she coauthored a Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2011) and coedited Novas: Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos with A.S. Bessa (Northwestern UP, 2007). Prof. Cisneros specializes in the Latin American historical avant-gardes, modern and contemporary Brazilian poetry, Mexican literature, literary translation, and environmental approaches to literature. She is editor in chief of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, the leading journal in Hispanic studies in Canada.

1:00 - 1:45: Mentorship in Scholarly Publishing

  • Kim Solga, Director of Theatre Studies and Professor, English and Writing Studies, at Western University
  • Meredith Adinolfi, Vice President of Publishing Operations, Cell Press
  • Tom Olyhoek, Editor in Chief, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Ruijia Zhang, Editorial Coordinator, STEM Fellowship Journal

Editors and experienced mentors will join us for a discussion of mentorship programs and opportunities to assist graduate students and early-career researchers.

Moderated by: Adrian Stanley

Kim Solga is Director of Theatre Studies and Professor, English and Writing Studies, at Western University. She is the editor of six volumes of plays and essays; since 2016 she has served as General Editor of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada. She is also an award-winning teacher and founder of The Activist Classroom, available on Wordpress.

Meredith Adinolf is VP of Publishing Operations for Cell Press and oversees production and editorial operations for a growing journal portfolio in the life, physical, and medical sciences. She also contributes to the strategic vision of Cell Press and uses her Six Sigma certification to focus on workflow optimization. One of her professional passions is developing people through mentorship and career development programs. She is also the host of SSP’s early career podcast.

Tom Olyhoek is the Editor in Chief, Directory of Open Access Journals. After obtaining his PhD in molecular microbiology from Amsterdam University (1982) he has been at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin for 7 years. He has spent seven years in Kenya and Algeria doing research on malaria, sleeping sickness and meningococcal epidemics. Since 2012 he has been advocating open access and open science as Open Access working group coordinator for Open Knowledge International. In 2013 he became a member of the (DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) advisory board who were instrumental in redefining the criteria for being indexed in DOAJ. Since 2014 he is Editor in Chief at the DOAJ. From Jan 2018 his main task has been the managing of the global DOAJ ambassador program and global outreach activities including connecting to other open communities like the Creative Commons Global Network and OCSD Net.

Ruijia Zhang is a senior undergraduate student studying Honours Chemical Biology at McMaster University. She joined the SFJ team as a typesetter in 2019 and more recently assumed the role of Associate Editor at the end of 2020. As Associate Editor, she facilitates the early stages of the manuscript submission process and has accumulated extensive experience communicating directly with authors about their research and writing work. 

Adrian Stanley is Chief Innovation and Development Officer at JMIR Publications

Friday, May 28, 2021

10:00 - 11:00: Creative Scholarship

  • Sally Campbell Galman, editor at Jeunesse: Young People, Texts,
    Cultures and Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Violaine Iglesias, co-founder of Cadmore Media
  • Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University

Producing creative scholarship (podcasts, picture books, comics, soundworks, video), alternative methods of peer review, funding opportunities to support creative scholarship and more!

Moderated by Lauren Bosc

Sally Campbell Galman is an editor at Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures,  and a cartoonist, anthropologist, and Professor of child and family studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of the Shane the Lone Ethnographer series of methods comics. Her research focuses on supporting transgender and gender diverse children and their families. You can learn more about her work at

Violaine Iglesias, CEO & co-founder of Cadmore Media, which aims to spur the growth of streaming media in scholarly and professional communication. Violaine’s experience spans fifteen years in professional, scholarly and trade publishing including stints at technology provider GVPi, SAGE Publishing, Random House, and Flammarion.

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on podcasting as scholarly communication, systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry, and the history of magazines as serial media. She is the co-director of the Amplify Podcast Network, Canada’s first peer-reviewed podcast network, and the creator of the network’s pilot podcast, Secret Feminist Agenda. She is also the co-creator of Witch, Please, a feminist podcast on the Harry Potter world; the host of The SpokenWeb Podcast; and the co-editor of the book Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018).

11:30 - 12:30: French in an English-Dominated Academic World [Open Session for Congress]

  • Marc-André Éthier, Professor in the department of didactics at the University de Montréal, Editor-in-Chief, Revue des sciences de l’éducation
  • David Lefrançois, Professor in the department of the sciences of education at the université du Québec en Outaouais, director, Revue des sciences de l’éducation
  • Liette Vasseur, Professor in the department of Biology and Environment Sciences at Brock University, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Botany
  • Christian Lacroix, Professor in the department of biology at the University of Prince Edward Island, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Botany
  • Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Associate Professor in the department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, Editor-in- Chief, Anthropologica
  • Hélène Cazes, Professor in the Department of French at the University of Victoria, Director, Topiques, Études satoriennes

This round-table, held entirely in French, brings together editors from STEM, the Social Sciences, and Humanities to discuss some of the challenges French-language, bilingual, and national journals face with the use of French in an increasingly English-dominated Academic world. Discussion will focus on themes, such as the use of French in bilingual and national journals that publish overwhelmingly in English, difficulties in attracting French-language content and strategies to increase submissions, being francophone on predominantly anglophone editorial or advisory committees, to name a few.

Moderated by Emmanuel Hogg

1:00 - 1:45: "Whine and Wine"

As part of the planned program, the Committee is facilitating an informal “Wine and Whine” session, where members can visit virtual breakout rooms to discuss topics that we all find frustrating and/or difficult in our scholarly communication work and share tips with each other. There will also be a francophone space to discuss the need for French journals to organize and how CALJ can best assist.

Breakout room 1: Hosted by Michael Donaldson
Breakout room 2: Hosted by Eugenia Zuroski
Breakout room 3: Hosted by Emmanuel Hogg





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