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1. War and Peace in Canadian History, BACS History Group conference, 13 July 2007, Call for papers
2. Queen's University Belfast Centre of Canadian Studies - Essay Competition
3. Canadian Studies seminars in London, Spring 2007
4. Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK - awards
5. EU-Canada Call for Proposals 2007 - Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP)
a conference to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Call for papers
A one-day conference organised by the BACS History Group at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, on Friday 13 July 2007, 10.30am-5.00pm.

Taking as its starting point the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge and the recently released film "Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell" (www.yapfilms.com), the conference will explore the impact of war on Canadian history and its relationship with Canada's assumed role as peacemaker and peacekeeper.

Papers (maximum 30 minutes) are invited on any aspect of the main theme of the conference, including the broad theme of war and peace and specific events and issues, eg the South African War, First and Second World Wars, League of Nations, United Nations, Korea, Suez Crisis, 9/11, Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, etc. Although the conference is sponsored by the History Group, papers and perspectives from other disciplines, especially politics and international relations, will be welcomed.

It is intended that papers given at the conference or related to the conference theme will be published as Volume 22 of the London Journal of Canadian Studies in October 2007.

Registration for the conference (to include lunch and refreshments) will be 20 pounds sterling, payable on the day (no charge for
presenters). To propose a paper, to attend the conference or for further information (eg re hotel accommodation) please email Tony McCulloch, Director of Canadian Studies and Head of History and American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The deadline for papers is 18 May 2007.

2. Queen's University Belfast Centre of Canadian Studies Essay Competition

In its efforts to encourage work in Canadian Studies, the Centre of Canadian Studies is pleased to announce an Essay Competition. The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students currently enrolled at a university in either the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.

Essays may address any aspect of Canadian Studies.

The prize for the best essay is £250. The winner will be announced in the Autumn of 2007 at the annual Queens University Belfast Eaton Lecture (for further details, please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/CentreofCanadianStudies/).

The deadline for entries is September 1, 2007. Essays should be no more than 5000 words in length and should conform to a recognised style of documentation within the author’s discipline. The entries will be judged anonymously by the Management Committee of the Centre of Canadian Studies. Consequently, authors should complete and attach the Entry Form to their essay and ensure that their name does not appear on the essay itself. The judges’ decision on awarding the prize is final. The Management Committee reserve the right not to award the prize.

Essays must be e-mailed to Dr Stephen Royle, Director, Centre of Canadian Studies, Queens University Belfast (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and date-marked no later than September 1, 2007.

The Centre of Canadian Studies at Queens University Belfast has been officially recognised as a Centre of Canadian Studies since 1986. It is one of just four centres in the UK and two in Ireland. It encourages research and teaching about Canada within the University. It is distinctive for its outreach programmes, which aim to bring a greater understanding of Canadian issues and culture to the wider community. It also acts as a conduit, facilitating contact between communities and interest groups here and in Canada. The Centre accomplishes these objectives through a programme of seminars and conferences.

For further information please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/CentreofCanadianStudies/ or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


The joint Canadian Studies programme at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies/Institute for the Study of the Americas will be holding three seminars this term:

Thursday, 26 April 2007
5 p.m. Menzies Room, Institute for Commonwealth Studies
Mike Prince (University of Victoria): ‘Indigenous Peoples, Self-Determination and Constitutional Relations in Canada’
Mike Prince is the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria and has published extensively on the Canadian social policy over the past 25 years. He is probably best known for the book he published with J. J. Rice on the Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy, which has gone through several editions.

Thursday, 24 May 2007
(Joint seminar with the seminar at the Institute of Historical Research on ‘Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World 1600-1900’)
5:30 p.m. Senate House, University of London Room NG15 (close to IHR; there will be signs up)
Adele Perry (University of Manitoba): ‘Across the Seas: Kinship, Affection and Colonialism in a Translocal Family’
Adele Perry holds the Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History at the University of Manitoba and has published extensively on the history of colonialism and of gender in Canada. She is best known for her book on On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871.

Thursday, 7 June 2007
(Joint seminar with the American Studies seminar at the Institute for the Study of the Americas)
5 p.m. Institute for the Study of the Americas, Tavistock Square, Rm. 12.
Jonathan Paquin (University of Western Ontario): ‘Canada in the War on Terror’
Jonathan Paquin is a member of the Department of Political Science in King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. He has published a number of scholarly articles on Canadian-American relations and is currently studying American policies towards secessionist movements since the end of the Cold War.

Please also note for your diary this year’s annual conference on 17-18 May 2007 on the theme of ‘Rethinking Canadian History’. Details of the programme and a registration form can be found at www.americas.ac.uk (look under events/ Canada).

4. Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK Awards

Foundation for Canadian Studies UK Doctoral Studentships
Canada/UK University Partnerships Program (CUUPP)

Revised program guidelines and application forms for the above are available at http://www.canadian-studies-uk.org/

5. EU-Canada Call for Proposals 2007 - Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP)

The European Commission is pleased to announce a new call for proposals to develop Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP) between the European Union and Canada. This call is subject to the renewal of the EU-Canada co-operation agreement in higher education, training and youth.

EU-Canada Joint Study and/or Training Programmes

This Action provides support for consortia of EU and Canadian higher education institutions and vocational education and training institutions to promote and develop joint study and/or training programmes and to implement student/faculty mobility.
What is a consortium project?

Consortium projects in the sense of the EU-Canada programme involve transatlantic mobility of students in the framework of joint study programmes, underpinned by appropriate arrangements for mutual credit recognition, language and cultural preparation, and the necessary services and facilities. Consortium projects must, therefore, be student-centred rather than oriented towards research collaboration between partners. The main focus of activities must be on transatlantic rather than intra-European or intra-Canadian interactions.

Further details can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/eu-canada/call_en.html

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