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1. Prix du Quebec 2007
2. Conference, The Canadian Metropolis, 16-17 February 2007
3. Area Studies and the Globalising World, 27 February 2007
4. BACS News
        i) BACS Conference, 11-13 April 2007
        ii) BACS Council elections
        iii) Note about calls for papers received
5. ISA Postgraduate Day, 7 February 2007
6. European Graduate Seminar, 27-29 September 2007
7. BACS Legal Studies Group conference, 22 June 2007, Call for papers
8. Forthcoming seminars at ICS
9. ICCS forum, May 2007

The Prix du Quebec consists of two awards of 1,000 (each) offered by the Quc Government Office in London and administered by BACS. It is designed to assist researchers based in the UK to carry out research related to Quebec in the areas of the humanities and social sciences (for travel, etc). Projects that incorporate Quebec in a comparative approach (at least 50% of the focus must be on Quebec) are also eligible.

One award will be given in each of the following categories:
        * Masters and doctoral students
        * Researchers and academic staff (including postdoctoral researchers)
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 Annual conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies in April, and successful applicants will be expected to present a paper on the outcome of their research at the next BACS annual conference. It is expected that the award will be acknowledged in any subsequent publication(s).

Application procedure
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. A brief (one-page) CV should be included.
Deadline: 1 March 2007  (decision within 28 days).
Maximum Length: 1000 words.
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.
Applications should be sent by email, please (including referees letters), to
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If further information is required, please contact
        Jodie Robson, Administrator, British Association for Canadian Studies, 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA. Tel (voicemail): 020 7862 8687 or 01289 387331

2. THE CANADIAN METROPOLIS, 16-17 February 2007

Conference organised by the London Conference for Canadian Studies, Le Groupe de recherche et d
des sur le Canada francophone (le GRECF), and the Urban Studies Group of the British Association for Canadian Studies. Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February 2007
The aim of this conference is to combine social science, architectural and cultural studies perspectives on the analysis of contemporary change in major Canadian cities, exploring the connections between diversity, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism on the one hand and economic change, creativity and urban regeneration on the other.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (subject to alterations in order and timing)
Friday 16th February, at the Canadian High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London SW1

9.30    Registration and Coffee
10.00   Welcome to the conference
10.15   Dan Hiebert (UBC): Immigration and the transformation of Canadian metropolitan areas
11.15   Comfort Break
11.30   Stephen Shaw (London Metropolitan University): Ethnoscapes as cultural attractions in Canadian World Cities
        Scott Rodgers (Kings College London): Mediating new cities of diversity: The Toronto Star and
        Torontos reading publics
1.00    Lunch
2.00    Annick Germain (INRS Urbanisation, Culture et Soci
): Mopole fragmentou mopole cosmopolite?
        Limmigration montr
aise et ses quartiers
3.0     Tea
3.30    Ken Hirschkop (University of Waterloo): How many cultures are there in multiculturalism?:
        the imagining of ethnicity in Toronto
        Charlie Mansfield (University of Newcastle / University of Edinburgh): Constructing Urban Space in
        French-language Literature: Montreal in the Twenty-First Century and the Writing of Monique Proulx
5.00    Reception hosted by the Canadian High Commission

Saturday 17th February, at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1

9.30    Registration
9.45    Betsy Donald (Queens University, Kingston, Ontario): Cities and the New Economy: the creative class and
        quality of life in Toronto and Boston
10.45   Coffee
11.15   Graeme Evans and Jo Foord (London Metropolitan University): Creative Toronto and City Growth
        Rachel Granger (Coventry University): Place sensibilities: on the trail of Richard Floridas creative professionals     
1.00    Lunch
        During the lunch break there will be an informal planning meeting for the new BACS Urban Studies Group,
        convened by Stephen Shaw, which all who are interested are invited to attend.
2.00    Helena Gradadolnik (LSE): FrontierSpace the role of architectural activism in Canadian cities
2.45    Break
3.00    Nicolas Douay (LUniversit
e Montr / LUniversitaul Cezanne (Aix-Marseille 3)): Metropolization in Montreal:
        Whats the Plan?
        Ceri Morgan (University of Keele): Youth Disaffection in the Global City: The Montreal of the Bof Generation
4.30    Closing Remarks

Registration: please download and print the registration form (PDF) attached to this issue of E-News.


This high-profile international conference is jointly organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies, the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, the Canadian High Commission and the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA). Keynote speakers are Lord Giddens (London  School of Economics) and John Ralston Saul, Co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.   There is a charge of  27.00 to attend the conference. A full programme and downloadable registration form is available at   http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2616

Provisional programme for 27 February 2007

10.00 - 10.30   Registration and coffee
10.30 - 11.15   Keynote Speaker: Lord Giddens, London School of Economics
        Author of Runaway World: How Globalization is Reshaping Our Lives
11.15 - 12.45   Higher Education Panel
        Chair: Michael Kelly (Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, University of Southampton)
        Panel: Itesh Sachdev (SOAS); Elspeth Jones (Leeds Metropolitan University);
        David Sadler (Director of Networks - Higher Education Academy)
12.45 - 13.30   Lunch
13.30 - 14.15   Area Studies, Globalisation and British Library resources
        Matthew Shaw and Dorian Hayes
14.15 - 15.00   Keynote Speaker: John Ralston Saul, Essayist and Novelist
        Author of The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World
15.00 - 15.30   Tea
15.30 - 17.00   Area studies, Globalisation and 21stC diplomacy
        Chair: James Dunkerley (Institute for the Study of the Americas)
        Panel: Frank Pieke (University of Oxford), John Dumbrell (Durham University),
        Yasir Suleiman (University of Edinburgh)

British Library Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB


BACS Conference, 11-13 April 2007
: Keynote speakers include: Eden Robinson, author of Blood Sports (2006) and Monkey Beach (2000), and David Wall, Professor of Law at the University of Leeds and author of Cyberspace Crime. Registration forms and further information are downloadable from the BACS website, and will be mailed to members. A draft programme will be uploaded to the website shortly.

BACS Council elections: Nominations are invited for the following posts: President-Elect, Hon. Secretary and 3 councillors. Nominations must be made by and for members in good standing. Nomination forms will be mailed to BACS members, or can be requested by emailing the BACS office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Calls for papers: new calls for papers are regularly posted to the BACS website, and can be found in the News and Calls for papers sections at the top of the page. Calls for papers for Canadian Studies events which take place in the UK will also appear in the BACS E-News whenever possible.


The Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, invites everyone interested in studying the Americas:  
Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean to its Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 7 February 2007.
For the programme and to book a place, visit http://www.americas.sas.ac.uk/postgraduate_study/

The Institute offers 7 Master's programmes:

MA in Area Studies (Comparative American Studies)
MA in Area Studies (Latin America)
MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development
MSc in Latin American Politics
MA in Area Studies (United States)
MSc in US Foreign Policy
MSc in US Politics and Contemporary History
Institute for the Study of the Americas
31 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HA
tel. 020 7862 8870
www.americas.sas.ac.uk <http://www.americas.sas.ac.uk/>
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Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 27 29 September 2007

Canada's Past and Current Realities: Studying the Countrys Dynamics

Hosted by the European Network for Canadian Studies and the Russian Association for Canadian Studies

European students working on Masters or PhD theses in Canadian Studies are invited to present their current research. The proposed papers may be linked to the following areas:
        * Canadian History
        * Canadian Society
        * Canadian Economy, Trade and Foreign Relations
        * Canadian Culture and Literature
        * Canadian Ethnicities and Languages
        * Canadian Political Science
Seminar working languages: English and French. Maximum 26 participants. Application with abstracts (maximum 400 words) and short CVs must be sent to the Selection Committee ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2007. The Selection Committees decision will be announced before 31 July 2007. Priority will be given to students who have not previously attended the ENCS seminar.
Terms: The hosts will provide accommodation and meals during the Seminar. There are no registration fees, but travel expenses are the responsibility of the participants who should apply for financial assistance to their university or national association for Canadian Studies.
For more information please contact:
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        ENCS Conference, c/o Dr Vassili Sokolov
        Institute for US and Canadian Studies
        Russian Academy of Sciences
        Khlebny per. 2/3
        Moscow 123995 Russia

BACS members please note: limited funds are available for travel assistance; awards will depend on the number of students attending and may only cover part of an airfare.

Canada House, London, 22 June 2007

Call for papers: Canadian and British Perspectives in Legal History: Commonalities and Departures

Keynote speaker:  Professor Wesley Pue (University of British Columbia)

The conference organisers welcome proposals for papers in any area of British or Canadian legal history, but would especially welcome those with a comparative element.  Proposals should be sent to Dr Charlotte Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and should be accompanied by a 200-word abstract.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 23rd March 2007

Conference Fees & Registration details:
        65 Standard Rate
        35 Students/Postgraduates
        Fees include lunch and refreshments.

To register for the conference, please complete the registration form and return to:
Dr. Charlotte Smith, School of Law, University of Reading, Foxhill House, Whiteknights Road, Early, Reading, RG6 7BA,  UK     This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel (+44) 0118 378 5410 Fax (+44) 0118 378 4543


February 2007
Gentlemanly Capitalism, the "Rules of the Game", and the Dominions: London Financiers' Perceptions of Australia and Canada, 1900-1914
Andrew Dilley, King's College
Monday 19 February, 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: International Relations Room (Institute of Historical Research)
Convenor: Andrew Porter, Kings College, London
Joint event with the Imperial History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research

March 2007
Nationalism in the Americas
Keynote speaker: Ramsay Cook, Professor Emeritus, York University: Nationalism in Canada
Friday 2 March, 15:00 - 18:00
Venue: Seminar Room 12, ISA
Nicola Miller, University College London
Manuel Madriaga, Sheffield Hallam University
Sarah Radcliffe, Cambridge University

The Influence of the Boer War on Canadas Participation in WWI
Carmen Miller, McGill University
Thursday 22 March, 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: Menzies & Hancock Rooms (ICwS)
Convenors: Christopher Dummitt, ISA and Phil Buckner, ICwS

May 2007
Rethinking Canadian History
A two-day conference. For details of the programme, please consult Chris Dummitt (ISA)
Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May, 09:30 - 18:00
Canadian Conference
Venues: 17 May - ISA, Room 12
18 May Canada House, Trafalgar Square

Further information and registration forms can be found at http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events/events.php?aoi_id=76


The ICCS is planning a Forum on the nature and future of Canadian Studies, to be held in Edmonton in May. The idea of the Forum, which was prompted by the perceived need to understand where Canadian Studies are heading and where they should be heading, actually predates the Treasury Board decision that caused so much concern last year.  However, that decision even if since revoked -  has had the effect of lending  a new urgency to the whole debate and challenges us to reflect on what we, as Canadianists, are doing and what we might want to do.
In fact, as individuals or collectively, we face many challenges.  If some such as the issue of Canadian Government funding are shared, others are specific to certain areas, countries, institutions.  There is much talk at present, for example, about the effect of the Bologna Process on the teaching of Canadian Studies in Europe.  In the UK, ironically, the Research Assessment Exercise can actually have the effect of frustrating research on Canada.  And not a few of us will know of institutions where support and resources for Canadian Studies have been cut or withdrawn altogether.
A Forum such as the one proposed can hardly seek to come up with answers to all the challenges and all their complex, concomitant issues that we confront.  But it surely can, and ought to help with certain key questions  There is, for example, the question of how to ensure that sufficient numbers of new, young Canadianists are coming through pour assurer la rel
.  What strategies can be devised, in a fast changing global scene, to attract and retain new talent?  It would be useful to examine how best to realize the potential of e-learning or distance learning. Outreach, too, is an issue of major significance. 
A major task of the Forum will be to re-examine the role of the ICCS (and the national associations) vis-
is the explicit and implicit exigencies of DFAIT.  To what extent can we, without imperilling cherished ideals such as academic freedom, pursue a realpolitik that will mean, in effect, a widening of the definition of Canadian Studies?  In fact, if properly managed, the possibilities are invigorating and exciting, and there is every reason to be positive about them. It is very much in our own interest to consider new paths, new strategies, new perspectives, and, more particularly,  to engage with concrete, realistic proposals.
Planning for the Forum and the absolute need to allow the active participation of all those who attend - is currently under way.  Certain points still need to be resolved. Not least, for example, how best to effect that active participation? What questions should be discussed?  Since the Forum is of importance to us all, the organizers would greatly welcome your input.  What are the concerns that you would like to see addressed?  Which questions, in your view, are of most significance?  Do you have any suggestions regarding the shape of the Forum?  Do get in touch with your ideas and suggestions: they will be invaluable in helping us make the Forum as representative and as pertinent as possible.
Christopher Rolfe

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