Dianne Draper, professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary researches in the areas of water resources, tourism growth, protected areas, and community sustainability. She has held a previous appointment in the Geography Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she was also cross-appointed to the Ocean Sciences Institute and was an associate with the Newfoundland Oceans Research and Development Corporation.
As a geographer, I have a very broad perspective on the world and how it operates,” Draper says. “I try to understand how people can make more effective decisions so that use of our natural resources results in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable outcomes.” She and her students strive to answer some pretty big questions: “What’s this world really like and how does it operate on a sustainable basis?” She is the author and co-author of books and numerous articles, e.g. Our environment from a Canadian perspective and Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences.
John A. Hall is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University in Montreal. His work in sociology deals with state-building and nation-building, with an emphasis on European history. Prof. Hall has held previous posts at Southampton University, the London School of Economics and Harvard University. Visiting Research Professor (1999-2002) at Queen's University in Belfast, and the Fowler Hamilton Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford in 2003. He was an Invited Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (SCASSS) in Uppsala, Sweden. The long list of his publications includes: The World of States (co-authored with J. Campbell, Bloomsbury, 2015), Nationalism and War (co-edited with S. Malesevic, Cambridge University Press, 2013), The Importance of Being Civil: The Struggle for Political Decency (Princeton University Press, 2013), or Is America Breaking Apart? (Princeton University Press, 1999). His book titled Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography was published in 2010 and long-listed for the Orwell Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, John Hall was awarded the Prix Marcel Vincent (2004) and the Innis-Gérin Medal (2016).
Paul-André Linteau is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1969-2017) where he is still Associate Professor. A specialist of post-Confederation Canadian history, he has published survey books (Quebec : a History ; Quebec since 1930 ; Histoire du Canada). An expert on urban history, he has conducted extensive research on Montreal (Histoire de Montréal depuis la Confédération ; The History of Montreal ; Sainte-Catherine Street ; Place Ville Marie : Montreal’s Shining Landmark ; Traces de l’histoire de Montréal and Une histoire de Montréal). He also dealt with immigration history (Transposer la France : L’immigration française au Canada (1870-1914)).
He is the author of numerous books and articles, published in eleven countries.
A fellow of the Royal society of Canada, he received many awards, including the International Award of Excellence in Canadian Studies, Prix du Québec Léon-Gérin, Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Prix Lionel-Groulx. For his distinguished scientific contributions that have revolutionized how the history of Quebec and Canada is approached, specifically with respect to urban history, he recived the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec in 2018.
Kurt Spenrath is a writer, producer and, director. He has won awards from Kuala Lumpur to Bucharest, and San Francisco to Plymouth. His personal mantra is a quote from one of his heroes, “Explore the dominant culture through the lens of the sub-culture”.
2018 sees the premiere of three new projects: Searching for Winnetou, an exploration of the German obsession with Native North Americans; Queen of the Oilsands, a television series about the first transgender oil executive to come out of the closet in an extremely conservative region of Canada, and Snow Warrior, an NFB film about the world’s northernmost year-round bicycle couriers. Kurt’s films have covered everything from Quechua people in the Andes being introduced to the concept of a chimney, to the first quadruple amputee to be certified as an open-water scuba diver, and the culture of the tar sands.This is his first appearance in Prague since directing and performing In a World Created by a Drunken God at Theatre Ypsilon.
The CEACS brings together university teachers, researchers and students from the Central European region (interpreted broadly) who are doing work related to Canada. At the present time the association has 190 members, coming from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia; a few individuals come from a scattering of other countries. Every three years the association holds a major international multidisciplinary conference.