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1. CONFERENCE: BACS Legal Studies Group, 22 June 2007
2. SEMINAR: Pushing the Boundaries: Options short of independence in Quebec and Scotland, 25 June 2007
2. ICCS AWARDS: Pierre Savard, Best Doctoral Thesis, Publishing Fund
3. CONFERENCE: War and Peace in Canadian History, Canada House, Friday 13 July 2007
4. CALL FOR PAPERS: Canada in the Americas, 7-9 April 2008.
5. BJCS: Books for review
Revista Canaria de Estudios ingleses
7. CALL FOR PAPERS: Borderlands: themes in teaching literatures of the Americas, 18 October 2007


Commonalities and Departures: Canadian-UK Perspectives in Legal History
Canada House, London, June 22nd 2007

(University of British Columbia)

Civilizing the Wild Places in Britain & Canada:
Lawyers and their Courts


Andrew Buck (Macquarie), Elizabeth Cassell (Essex), Matthew Harrington (Montreal), Steve Hedley (University College Cork), Jula Hughes (New Brunswick), Charlotte Skeet (Sussex), Catharine Macmillan (QMUL), John McLaren (Victoria), Nicole O

2. PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: Options short of independence in Quebec and Scotland

Constitution Unit Public Seminar - 25 June 2007 at 4pm

Guy Laforest, Professor of Political Science, Université Laval, Quebec &
James Mitchell, Professor of Government, Strathclyde University, Scotland

On 25 June, the Constitution Unit is hosting a seminar discussing and comparing the current constitutional status of Scotland and Quebec and the prospects for future reform. The two speakers at this event - the constitutional and political experts Professors Guy Laforest and James Mitchell - will assess the likelihood of independence for the 'stateless nations' of Scotland and Quebec, and discuss possible constitutional options short of independence that could strike a stable balance between the nationalist and unionist (or 'sovereigntist' and 'federalist') movements in the two countries.

The seminar will begin at 4pm and last for approximately an hour and a half. To register for this event please fill in the booking form at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/events or contact Victoria Spence on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 020 7679 4977.

The event will take place in the Council Room of the UCL School of Public Policy, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU. A map and travel information is available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/find


Please note that applications for the Publishing Fund, the Pierre Savard Awards and the Best Doctoral Thesis Award must be supported by BACS; please send a complete copy of your application to BACS by 1 August 2007. Applications which miss this deadline will not be eligible for submission to ICCS.

ICCS Publishing Fund

This fund assists foreign Canadianists by granting financial aid to a recognized scholarly or university press to publish scholarly monographs on Canada. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Collections of poetry, novels, plays, magazine articles or conference proceedings are not eligible. Manuscripts consisting of previously published texts, such as excerpts of books or articles, are eligible if a third of the texts have not previously been published. The Fund may also grant financial assistance for the translation from English or French into a third language and from a third language into French or English. In this case, conditions and procedures remain the same, but instead of a manuscript the press will submit a published monograph that it would like to see translated. The Publishing Fund does not fund translations from English to French or from French into English. Please see the ICCS website for details. Deadline to ICCS: October 31.

Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies

This ICCS Award is designed to recognize and promote each year an outstanding PhD thesis on a Canadian topic, written by a member (or one of his/her students) of a Canadian Studies Association or Associate Member, and which contributes to a better understanding of Canada. The award forms part of ICCS's strategy aimed at fostering a new generation of Canadianists, and underlines the value of their theses. For full details see the ICCS website. Deadline to ICCS: 15 November.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO BACS: Please note that applications must be supported by BACS; please send your application with 3 copies of the thesis to be considered to BACS by 1 August each year.

The ICCS Pierre Savard Awards

These Awards are designed to recognize and promote each year outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic. The awards form part of a strategy that is aimed at promoting, especially throughout the Canadian academic community, works that have been written by members of the Canadian Studies international network. The awards are intended to designate exceptional books, which, being based on a Canadian topic, contribute to a better understanding of Canada. There are two categories:

Book written in French or English; and Book written in a language other than French or English. For details see the ICCS website. Deadline to ICCS: October 31.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO BACS: Since each Association may only recommend one book, it is necessary to hold a preliminary competition. Please send your application with 3 copies of books for consideration to the BACS Office by 1 August.




9.30 am Registration/ Coffee

10.00 am Welcome by High Commission

10.05 am Session 1 – Vimy Ridge and the Legacy of War
Tony McCulloch, Canterbury Christ Church University
‘Vimy Ridge, 1917 – 2007: An Ambiguous Legacy?’
Stephen Badsey, Centre for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham
‘As others see us: the historical image of Canada and its armed forces since 1815’
Melanie Donnelly et al, Imperial War Museum
‘The “Their Past, Your Future” Project’

11.45 am Session 2 – The First World War and Its Aftermath
Diana Beaupre, Canterbury Christ Church University
‘On the way to Flanders Fields: The Canadian Expeditionary Force in Britain, 1914 – 1918’
Mary Conde, Queen Mary College, University of London
‘War in two Canadian women’s novels: Ann-Marie Macdonald’s Fall on Your Knees and Jane Urquhart’s The Underpainter’
Neville Sloane, University of East Anglia
‘Neville Chamberlain, appeasement and the role of the British Dominions’

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Session 3 – Canada, the Second World War and the UN
Dan Plesch, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
‘Canada’s role in the wartime United Nations alliance’
Tarah Brookfield, York University, Toronto
‘A respectable peacemaker: embracing the UN in early Cold War Canada’
Michael Carroll, University of Victoria, British Columbia
‘The United Nations Emergency Force: The origins and realities of Canadian peacekeeping’

4.00 pm Session 4 – Canada and the Post-war World
Hector Mackenzie, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa.
‘Another anniversary: Mackenzie King, the royal wedding and Canada’s Cold War policies, 1947 – 48’
Rizal Yaakop, Lakehead University and National University of Malaysia
‘Ethnic Security and the Politics of Consotionalism in Post Second World War Canada’
Joseph Jockel, St Lawrence University, New York
‘Canada and the Away Game: Afghanistan, Iraq and Canada-US security relations after 9/11’

5.30 pm Finish

6.00 pm Conference Dinner (optional)

Conference Details

To register for the conference please contact Tony McCulloch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Registration costs £20.00 (payable on the day) and includes lunch and refreshments.

Registration is free for presenters. Hotel accommodation can be booked online at the nearby Strand Palace Hotel.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published as volume 23 (2007-08) of the London Journal of Canadian Studies.


British Association for Canadian Studies 33rd Annual Conference
(Venue to be confirmed)
7–9 April 2008

Call for papers

The British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) is pleased to announce that the 2008 annual conference will take place on 7-9 April 2008. Proposals for 20-minute papers, to be presented in either English or French, are invited from any single disciplinary or multidisciplinary perspective on the theme of Canada in the Americas.

In 2008 Canada celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by Samuel de Champlain, marking the real start of the province of New France and thus of modern Canada.

To commemorate this event, BACS is seeking conference papers on:

• the cultural, economic, historical, political, social, scientific, and technological activities
• the interactions between First Nations, Europeans, the wider international community
• the connections between Old World and New, francophones and anglophones
• the relationships of modern Canada with the US, Latin America, the countries of the Arctic

which together have created Canada as a North American and western hemisphere society as it is today.

For 2008 BACS is planning a wider use of a ‘panel’ method of conference organisation with the aim of helping participants, through their shared reflection, to develop more effectively their individual and/or collaborative research. We therefore ask potential directors of such panels to make themselves known to Jodie as soon as possible and to submit their suggestions no later than 31 August 2007.

Meanwhile, as in the past, we remain happy to consider proposals for individual papers.

Enquiries and proposals to:

Jodie Robson, BACS Administrator
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

31 Tavistock Square
London WC1H
Tel: 020 7862 8687 / 01289 387331

Proposals (panel and individual) and deadline:

Email abstract(s) of 200-300 words; and brief CV(s) (must include title(s), institutional affiliation(s) and address(es) by 15 November 2007. Submissions will be acknowledged by email.

Postgraduate students are especially welcome to submit a proposal (panel organisers, please note) and there will be a concessionary conference fee for students. BACS regrets that it is unable to assist participants with travel and accommodation costs.


The current list can be found here on the BACS website.


This journal is currently accepting submissions for this special issue which will offer a focus on English Canadian literature and culture of the last quarter of the 20th century. The chronological and thematic starting point will be placed around the nationalist movement of the 1960s, when the supposed absence or weakness of a national sense becomes the touchstone for official discourses about the cultural identity of the country. Together with the use of the well-known connection between Canada and the wilderness, many texts of that period, draw on a victimized sense of the national, deliberately producing an image of Canadian identity as weak or "feminine" (a process later known as the feminization of national identity). At the time, that type of metaphor provides the country with the distinctive elements it is looking for, contributing thus to the creation of a sense of tradition that has survived to the present. In the following decades, however, artists and writers have repeatedly questioned such a model of the national identity, introducing alternative perspectives. Critics and writers in the fields of multiculturalism, environmentalism, neoregionalism, feminism and postcolonialism have revised and rewritten that notion of tradition, still fragile and in need of articulation. We could, in fact, suggest that the artistic and cultural flowering we are now experiencing in Canada at the beginning of the 21st century is, to a great extent, based on the dismantlement, from the above perspectives, of the few images constructed only 30 years ago to represent the nation.

Articles must deal with any aspect of the literary and cultural production of English Canada along those lines. The term 'literature' would be understood in the wider sense of 'text,' and could therefore include film and visual arts. New theoretical approaches, such as ecocriticism, geofeminism or planetarism will be most welcome, as well as those which trace interdisciplinary connections between theories and texts. The following is offered as an orientation of what the submitted articles should do:
  • Analyze the Canadian literary production in English between 1972 and 2001.
  • Articulate the relationship of this production with major contemporary
  • theoretical discourses, social contexts and movements in and outside Canada.
  • Study, retrieve and reclaim a corpus of texts/films as belonging to the
  • contemporary Canadian tradition.
  • Evaluate the influence of current social and theoretical paradigms, such as multiculturalism, new historicism, environmentalism and gender studies, on the current processes of construction and revision of the literary canon.
  • Trace lines of connection between literature, film, and visual arts, and
  • between literature and other disciplines such as history, philosophy,
  • geography.
Articles should be written in English, must have between 4500 and 5000 words (12pt Times Roman), including footnotes and the list of works cited, and must follow the latest MLA style sheet (http://www.docstyles.com/mlacrib.htm). For more specific details, please visit the "Information for Contributors" section at http://webpages.ull.es/users/rceing/. Articles must be submitted by email to Dr. Eva Darias Beautell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) before 31 OCTOBER 2007.
For further information. Please contact the Guest Editor: Eva Darias Beautell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

18 October 2007
University of Birmingham

Call for papers

The physical border between the United States and Mexico has been presented by Gloria Anzaldùa as a metaphor for physiological, sexual and spiritual borderlands "...which are physically present wherever two or more cultures edge each other, where people of different races occupy the same territory, where under, lower, middle, upper classes touch, where the space between two individuals shrinks with intimacy" (Anzaldùa 1999).

This concept of Borderlands is an appropriate metaphor of the multi-lingual, multi-state, multi-racial American continent(s).

Literatures of the Americas are taught students to students on a range of degree programmes, including English literature, American / US Studies, Modern Languages, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies and Comparative literature. This conference seeks to explore themes than run through contemporary and historical literatures across the Americas and how these impact on teaching.

Papers are invited from those teaching any aspect of American literatures on any programme of study. Papers which address any of the following key themes are particularly welcome.

Key questions and themes

To what extent does the ambiguous (English-language) use of the word 'American' problematise the idea of American literatures? How do our teaching practices address such notions of ambiguity?
Are there key themes across American literatures, e.g. immigration, colonialism, travel, slavery, nationhood, translation, civil rights?
What are the advantages and challenges of teaching literatures of the Americas from the vantage point of the UK?
How is interdisciplinarity incorporated into teaching literatures of the Americas?
To what extent do (or should) literature courses address the Americas as a coherent unit of study?
Is the linguistic diversity of the Americas a barrier or an asset to teaching its literatures?
How does current research on the literatures of the Americas inform teaching?

Please submit an abstract (150-200 words) to John Canning This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 13 July 2007.
The event is organised by the English Subject Centre and the Subject Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS).

For more information contact Dr John Canning
Academic Coordinator (Area Studies)
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
School of Humanities
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Tel: 023 8059 4814
Fax: 023 8059 4815

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