1. Le Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le Canada francophone (GRECF), Birkbeck College, University of London, University of Manchester, University of Glasgow
The local, the global, and interdisciplinary performance in the works of Robert Lepage/Proximité ouverture et relations interdisciplinaires dans l’oeuvre de Robert Lepage
Call for papers - Extended deadline 27 February 2006
Papers are invited for the first international conference on Robert Lepage’s work, to be held at Canada House, London, and Birkbeck College, University of London. The conference will be investigating the rich opus of Lepage’s practice. The area of interest reflects the diversity and flexibility of Lepage’s wide scope of engagements: from original projects to classic texts; from opera to film; from multimedia to new technology; as well as social, cultural and political interventions.
The proceedings of the conference will be published. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages (5000 words). The name of the author responsible for correspondence, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address should be included with submissions.
Dates: Opening June 1, 2006
Conference days June 1-3, 2006
Each participant will have 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion
The conference will have three different segments:
Manchester, May 30th-31st: Practical Workshops on the interdisciplinary work of Lepage
London, Canada House, June 1-2: Academic Papers (20 minutes)
London, Birkbeck, June 3, film presentations and papers
Please include Conference: Lepage in your subject line
Abstracts due: January 31, 2006 Extended deadline 27 February 2006
Responses: March 15, 2006
2. BACS News
Migrations, BACS 31 Annual Conference 19-21 April 2006
Keynote speakers include: Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh (LSE), Professor Marie McAndrew (
The LCCS website is now being hosted by BACS and can be accessed at www.lccs.canadian-studies.net
Memberships renewals and call for nominations to BACS Council
Renewals and nominations forms are being circulated with the BACS Newsletter. Nominations are invited for the posts of Hon. Treasurer and three councillors, all to serve for two years. Additional forms may be requested from the BACS office.
New fax number
The BACS office has a new fax number: 020 7117 1875
3. Beyond the Book
Open House 8th February @1-3pm
Strathcona Building, Rm 104
University of Birmingham
Beyond the Book: Mass Reading Events and Contemporary Cultures of Reading in the UK, USA and Canada is an AHRC-funded project directed from the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. Mass reading events encourage people of the same city, region or nation-state to read the same book through programs of themed activities and the mass media.
Beyond the Book is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, transnational study across the
A conference on reading and readers will be held in Birmingham in September 2007.
Visit us in person @ our Open House! For those in Birmingham and the surrounding area, there will be an Open House for three of the major research projects currently underway in the
4. PRIX DU QUEBEC 2006
The Prix du Quebec consists of two awards of 1,000 (each) offered by the Quebec Government Office in
One award will be given in each of the following categories:
Please note that non-academic members of BACS and its specialist groups may also apply. The award is not intended to be used to cover tuition fees for postgraduate study. Applicants are expected to be members of the British Association for Canadian Studies (they may join at time of application).
The awards will be presented during the 31st Annual Conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies at New Hall,
Applicants should provide a brief outline of their proposed research (including methodology, contextual background, plan and outcomes). Successful applications will have the following characteristics: (i) investigate issues concerning Quebec (includes comparative research where the focus on Quebec is at least 50%); (ii) constitute an excellent research proposal (originality, coherence of arguments and methodology); (iii) display applicants abilities to deliver research (previous relevant background, experience, publications, etc); (iv) is of value to potential users outside or within the research community.
Two letters of recommendation from appropriate referees are also required and should be sent with the application. Referees should address the merits of the proposal and the ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the research.
Maximum Length: 1000 words.
Please send 5 copies of the proposal to: Jodie Robson, Administrator, British Association for Canadian Studies,
5. THE GREAT DOMINION: Winston Churchill in
UK Publication Date:
I believe that some of the most interesting books about my father are those which are concerned with some specific period of his life or aspects of his character. I find it infinitely rewarding to look at some area of the whole when hitherto unnoticed details spring to life and colour. Such a book we have here in Professor Dilks engrossing study. Foreword by Lady Soames, Churchills daughter
The British Prime Minister never went to
In The Great Dominion (Thomas Allen Publishers, 20.00) British author and historian David Dilks uses previously neglected material and sources to record what Churchill thought, said and did in Canada - sometimes on small subjects, but more often on great.
It was in
The Great Dominion is a compelling mixture of comment, anecdote and historical facts, which provides us with a closer, more personal account of this aspect to Churchills life. His visits to
Churchills final farewell to The Great Dominion - in an era of post-war recovery and fading personal health - is poignantly described: Tears ran down his pink old cheeks, some in the crowd wept as openly and unashamedly. Defence Minister Claxton began singing For Hes a Jolly Good Fellow and more than 1,000 willing voices took it up. Then for a silent moment Sir Winston and the crowd stood staring at each other. It was the same old love affair it had always been; the people and their Winnie, and Winnie and his people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull from 1991 to 1999
Professor of International History at the University of Leeds for over 20 years
Worked for a number of politicians and others close to Churchill, including Sir Anthony Eden,
Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Cadogan
Served as President of the International Committee for the History of the Second
World War 1992 2000
Is the authorised biographer of Neville Chamberlain
Has written numerous historical books and articles