Photo - 2008
The University of Manitoba and the University of Iceland signed a partnership agreement on November 15, 1999 that provides for an exchange of professors and students, and that will create a series of conferences to examine the relationships between Iceland and Canada.
The conference is intended to bring together students and professors and put them in contact with the community in Manitoba that is interested in Iceland. Though the participants are experts in their fields, their papers have been designed to appeal to a broad community and are not narrowly academic. The traditional topics of language and literature will be complemented by the subjects of education, history, medicine, law, gender studies, and anthropology.
2012 Partnership Conference to be held at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, August 23-24, 2012.
September 2010 - The Canada-Iceland Conference: Earthly and Cultural Metamorphoses
Icelandic Collection, University of Manitoba, September 17-19, 2010:
Earthly and Cultural Metamorphoses
August 2008 - The Canada-Iceland Conference : Man, Culture and Nature in Canada and Iceland.
According to reliable sources, the 6th Partnership Conference was a success, striking a creative balance between an academic pursuit and artful gatherings. The spirit of generosity was also evident, and well received by the participants arriving from Canada. This time around, the conference's program
was centered on the theme of Man, Culture and Nature in a Canadian and Icelandic connection. As to be expected, the generous banner invited a wide range of subjects from various disciplines. The culture and history of Manitoba was on the conference's map, as were the reflections on the relation between man and nature in Icelandic contemporary society, culture and art. A number of papers centered on the literature of Canada and Iceland and the various ways in which the writers respond to nature and the environment. There were also some attempts at drawing a map of cross-cultural enterprises, focusing on the role of the fine arts in contemporary representation of cultural awareness. There were also more scientific approaches to nature. One session was devoted to geosciences and satellite applications, which have been used in the research of volcanic activity, a subject close to home on an island once referred to by a poet as the grave of fire. Every conference should have at least one paper delivered on the magical aspects of space, seen from the perspective of mathematics, which was the case this time.
Last but not least, this time around, the conference presented a dense approach to the art of film. Dr. George Toles, a Distingued Professor in English and the Chair of Film Studies at the University of Manitoba, gave the keynote talk. His longtime collaborator, the filmmaker and University of Manitoba's Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence, Guy Maddin, was also present for the viewing of his most recent and awarded film, My Winnipeg.
Past conferences held:
October 2006 : Women and Knowledge, University of Manitoba
You can read David Jón Fuller's story on the Women and Knowledge conference on the Lögberg Heimskringla
March 2005 : Cutlure and Science-Mutually Reinforcing, University of Iceland
October 2003 : Cutting Edges, University of Manitoba