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1. Possible Quebec Studies post in Department of French, University of Leeds, UK
2. Challenges to Globalism, 21 February 2007
3. Prix du Quebec 2007
4. Rethinking Canadian History, 17-18 May 2007
5. Canada Exposed, ICCS Conference May 2008, Call for papers
6. Toronto, Ontario and the World, ACSUS conference, 14-18 November 2007, call for papers
 
1. Possible Quebec Studies post in Department of French, University of Leeds


Lecturer in French
UoL Grade 7

Applications are invited for a Lecturer post in the large, dynamic and interdisciplinary Department of French. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D or equivalent in a relevant discipline and a record of high quality publications commensurate with inclusion in RAE2008.  It is expected that the Department will appoint in one of two following areas: Quebec Culture and Society; 19th-Century French Literature. However, outstanding candidates whose research interests lie outside of these fields will be considered. The successful candidate will possess native or near-native competence in the French language and be able to demonstrate effective teaching skills and a range of delivery techniques.

Informal enquiries about this post may be directed to Dr David Platten, Head of French (tel: 0113 343 3483;  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and also, for Quebec Studies in particular, to Professor Rachel Killick, Chair of Quebec Studies (tel: 0113-343-3380; This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


2. CHALLENGES TO GLOBALISM
Joint Conference: Centre of Canadian Studies, Queens University Belfast
and Canadian Studies Research Programme, University of Ulster
Wednesday 21 February 2007, 16.00-20.00, Great Hall, Queens University Belfast

16.00   Welcome
        Dr Stephen Royle, Queens University Belfast
16.05   Introduction to Robert Wade (Dr Niall Majury, Queens University Belfast)
16.10   Reining in the world monetary non-system (Professor Robert Wade, London School of Economics)
16.50   Discussant Dr Satish Kumar (Queens University Belfast)
17.10   Introduction to Ash Amin (Dr Stephen Royle, Queen;s University Belfast)
17.15   Reassembling the political: contemporary global challenges and the left response (Professor Ash Amin, University of Durham)
17.55   Discussant Dr Peter Doran (Queens University Belfast)

18.15   Reception

18.45   Introduction to John Ralston Saul (Dr Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster)
18.50   The collapse of globalism: the way the world is turning (John Ralston Saul, Canadian Essayist and Philosopher)
19.30   Discussant Professor Colin Thain (University of Ulster)
19.50   Closing Remarks Dr Susan Hodgett (University of Ulster)

(see attached poster for contact information)

3. PRIX DU QU
ɂEC 2007

The Prix du Quc 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 Quc in the areas of the humanities and social sciences (for travel, etc). Projects that incorporate Quc in a comparative approach (at least 50% of the focus must be on Quc) 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

4. RETHINKING CANADIAN HISTORY
An international conference to re-conceptualize the discipline of Canadian History
17 - 18 May 2007
Venue: 17 May - Institute for the Study of the Americas
18 May - Canada House, Trafalgar Square
Supported by: British Academy, St Thomas University, Institute for the Study of the Americas, London Conference for Canadian Studies and Canadian Studies Programme, University of London

The aim of this conference is to encourage thought about the future direction of Canadian history. Since the 1970s Canadian historians have been absorbed in a debate over the relative merits of political and social history. The debate pits those who fear that Canadian history has become too narrowly self-referential in its focus on social history against those who champion the possibilities of social history and its detailed micro-studies of minorities and the underprivileged. The work of up-and-coming scholars, however, suggests that new perspectives are emerging.
This conference brings together eleven 'early career' Canadian historians who have concrete suggestions about ways the discipline can be opened up to different debates. The aim of the conference is to think through the discipline on a large scale, suggesting ways of integrating smaller sub-fields and encouraging new directions of study. A large part of our effort to open up Canadian history is to encourage a stronger commitment to comparative work and international scholarship.
We invite all those interested in the reshaping of Canadian history to attend the conference and take part in this process. We are especially keen to have the conversation that takes place during the conference play a significant role in reshaping the presenters' papers as the authors revise their work for publication in an edited collection.

Speakers
Michael Dawson, St Thomas University and Catherine Gidney, University of Waterloo, "Colouring Outside the Lines: An Un-Disciplined Approach to Rethinking Periodization in 'Modern' Canadian History"
Michel Ducharme, University of British Columbia, "A not so Unique Experience: Rethinking Canadian Intellectual History in an Atlantic Perspective"
Christopher Dummitt, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, "After Inclusiveness: The Future of Canadian History"
Magda Fahrni, Universit
e Quc ontreal, "Reflections on the Place of Quc in Historical Writing on Canada" 
Steven High, Canada Research Chair, Concordia University, "Sharing Authority: Public History and the Study of Canada" 
Steven Penfold, University of Toronto, "Imagining a Centenary Series for the New Millennium: On the (Im)Possibility of Canadian History" 
Adele Perry, Canada Research Chair, University of Manitoba, "Nation, Empire, and the Writing of (English) Canadian History" 
Katie Pickles, University of Canterbury, "Colonial Counterparts and Parallel Historiographies: Writing Women into History in Anglo-Canada and New Zealand"
Jeffrey McNairn, Canada Research Chair, Queen's University, "A Little Founders Chic of Our Own? Rethinking Political History and the Origins of Canadian Democracy"
Andrew Smith, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, "The British Connection and Canadian Progress"

Commentators
Professor James Dunkerley, Institute for the Study of the Americas; Professor Phillip Buckner, Institute of Commonwealth Studies; others TBA

Registration fees:      standard  40; students/unwaged  10; ISA students and staff - complimentary
To register or for more details about registration, please contact the ISA events organizer Olga Jimenez at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or on (+44) 20 7862 8871
For questions about the programme and the conference more generally, please contact one of the conference convenors:
Michael Dawson, St Thomas University ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Christopher Dummitt, Institute for the Study of the Americas ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Further conference details will be posted on the Canadian events link on the ISA website  at www.americas.sas.ac.uk/events

5. CANADA EXPOSED / LE CANADA D
ɃOUVERT
ICCS Conference, May 2008

Call for Papers

The ICCS is pleased to announce that its next conference will be held in Ottawa in May 2008, again in collaboration with the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton. Proposals for 20 minute papers, to be presented in either English of French, are invited from any single disciplinary or multidisciplinary perspective on the theme of Canada Exposed / Le Canada
ࠤ飯uvert.
The metaphors implicit in this dual title are manifold and challenging. The idea of exposure perhaps suggests first of all revelation, disclosure, unmasking. But it can also suggest being unprotected or vulnerable, as in exposed to the elements or to danger. And then there are the photographic and filmic connotations. The French
ࠤ飯uvert reinforces the notion of uncovering (as in la marlaisse les rochers ࠤ飯uvert), and of being out in the open. But it also carries financial connotations, of being overdrawn or unsecured.
What the conference will then firstly and somewhat provocatively seek to explore is the underbelly of Canada past and present: its scandals, failures, shortcomings, weak spots, blind spots. To what extent have these been swept under the carpet? To what extent have they been confronted? How have Canadians (pressure groups, literary figures, political cartoonists et al) responded to the malignant, the unsatisfactory, the indecent? And what does this tell us about Canadian society, past, present and future? However, the idea of revealing Canada does not necessarily have to be negative and there is scope, for example, for discussion of aspects of Canada that are simply forgotten, little known, or rarely brought into the open. And it is hoped that the notion of vulnerability will prompt analysis, particularly perhaps in terms of the environment or of social cohesion.
Finally, by virtue of its photographic and filmic connotations, the conference theme also has a strong visual arts dimension, and will welcome papers on how the brush, the lens, the chisel have exposed Canada to its people and to the world.

Deadline: June 30, 2007

Enquiries and proposals should be sent to the Academic Committee, ICCS 2008 Conference, International Council for Canadian Studies, 250 City Centre, S-303, Ottawa, ON, CANADA. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; tel: 613-789-7834; fax: 613-789-7830.


6. TORONTO, ONTARIO AND THE WORLD
19th ACSUS Biennial Conference, Toronto, November, 14-18, 2007

Every participant must be a 2007 ACSUS member or a member of an ICCS recognized Canadian studies association outside the United States. Secure on-line 2007 membership forms are available at www.acsus.org <http://www.acsus.org> for your convenience.   

PROPOSALS
Submissions must be made using the appropriate submission form available for download at www.acsus.org or by request at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Please use: Form A (individual data  - required of everyone); Form B (abstract for papers and posters); Form C (abstracts for pre-organized panels, roundtables, or workshops). Email submissions are preferred.

PAPERS:
Papers should reflect original scholarship in any disciplinary area of Canadian studies, and be in a form assuring clear and precise oral presentation. Panels are allotted 90 minutes and will usually contain three presentations (for which the time limitation will be 15 minutes each) and a discussant, leaving 30 minutes for audience participation. For those disciplinary panels where a discussant is not the norm, four papers can be accommodated with the same time limits for presentation, or three presenters may each have 20 minute time limits.

At the Toronto Biennial, authors will be limited to presenting one paper only: this rule will be enforced to ensure as many different paper presenters as possible despite the constraints and time pressures of the program. A presenter may, however, also serve as a chair, discussant or participant in a round table, but no one will be permitted more than two substantive slots on the program.

DISTRIBUTION OF PAPERS:
Every paper presenter is required to send a copy of a working paper-not necessarily the finished paper-to the chair, discussants, and other panel members by October 13, 2007. PAPERS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN DISTRIBUTED ON TIME MAY BE DROPPED FROM THE PROGRAM.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All proposals for papers must be accompanied by an ABSTRACT (Form B) of 200-400 words, typewritten and single spaced. The abstract should state the thesis or significance of the submission, its methodology, and goals.

We would prefer that proposals with abstracts and bios be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it < This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text38800 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it >. Bios should be 250 words or less. All materials must be received no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2007. All forms are available at www.acsus.org <http://www.acsus.org> on the Toronto Biennial Conference page.

In the event that you use regular mail, please send all documents to:
ACSUS 2007 PROGRAM, 1220 19th Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20036 USA

** Please do NOT send proposals to the Section Chairs. Acknowledgment of receipt of proposals will come directly from the ACSUS Office. Section Chairs will make their recommendations to the Program Chair by April 1. The Program Chair will mail acceptances to participants by May 1. A list of section chairs is available at www.acsus.org.

Michael Broadway (Toronto, Ontario and the World section chair)
Professor of Geography
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-227-2636
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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