Welcome and Oki

Chinook: A Scholarly Journal of Romance Studies is based in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Department at the University of Lethbridge in the heart of Western Canada. Our name comes from the temperate chinook winds that bring warmth and inspiration to our region from afar. They are a symbol of a generous and collegial exchange of ideas as well as a primal form of language and communication carried aloft for all to hear.

We are primarily a journal concerned with Romance Studies.  The scope of our interest focusses on literature including theatre and extends to relevant interdisciplinary and comparative approaches including those drawing on film studies, history, sociology, anthropology, gender and cultural studies as well as philosophy across the centuries (medieval to present).  At this time, we can only accept papers written in English, French and Spanish, but we welcome articles touching on the literature and language of any Romance tradition.

We will publish regularly around broad themes and encourage the submission of proceedings of relevant conferences and colloquia that take place across North America but with priority given to those with roots in Western Canada.

Indigenous Territory Statement

Welcome to our journal hosted by the University of Lethbridge.  We acknowledge that Iniskim, the University of Lethbridge, is located on traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory within the Treaty 7 region. We honour the Aboriginal peoples of this land who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community. As teachers, researchers and writers, we recognize that language is an element of cultural hegemony and also of resistance. We commit to raising awareness of the role languages play in colonization and decolonization and respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous languages of this area.