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1. FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS: Sixteenth European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies
2. CONFERENCE: Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures in Reading
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 27 – 29 September 2007

Canada's Past and Current Realities: Studying the Country’s Dynamics

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

European students working on Master’s 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 Committee’s 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.


31 August-2 September 2007 @ U of Birmingham, UK. [to be held in the Business School]

This is a major interdisciplinary conference on contemporary cultures of reading which includes papers on digital media, book groups, literary production, popular culture, event culture, reading as social change and contributions from practitioners as well as academics from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and over 20 countries. There are many papers from N American scholars and practitioners,. not the least of which are the two keynotes by Janice Radway (former president of the Associaton for American Studies) talking about girls' zine culture and Elizabeth Long (Chair of Sociology at Rice U), talking about the relationship between books and social movements (specifically Second Wave feminism in the US). There are 2 panels dedicated to Canadian research and several other Canadian academics participating in other sessions, so there is plenty here to whet the appetite of fellow Canadianists interested in readers, reading, literary and cultural production.

View the full programme online at: www.beyondthebookproject.org . You'll also find registration forms, travel information and contact details here. The conference fee is: £120 (waged); £80 (graduate students) - includes lunch and coffee/tea on all 3 days, as well as receptions and the downtown event co-organized with the Birmingham Book Festival.
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'Roget Falls in Love' -- a performance piece by Lynette Hunter, Professor of the History of Rhetoric & Performance, UC Davis
Roundtable on 'Creating Communities of Readers':
Jonathan Davidson [Artistic Director, Birmingham Book Festival & Director, Midland Creative Projects Limited]
Janice Douglas [Director of Youth Services and Community Relations, Vancouver Public Library, One Book, One Vancouver organizer]
Sharon Shaloo [Executive Director,Massachusetts Center for the Book, US]
Debbie Hicks [The Reading Agency, UK - tbc]

Plenary Panel on 'Reading As/And Social Change':
Jane Davis (Editor, The Reader & Director, Get Into Reading, Liverpool UK) "Community Glue: Why Reading Aloud Holds Us Together"
Kate McDonnell [Assistant Director, Get Into Reading, Liverpool, UK] "A Spoonful Of Story: How Shared Reading Can Help People With Health Problems"
Jenny Hartley (U of Roehampton) & Sarah Turvey (U of Roehampton) "What Can a Book Do Behind Bars?" (on reading groups in prisons)
Anne Peoples (Assistant Chief Librarian, Western Education and Library Board, Northern Ireland) 'Divided City: A Cross-Border Development Project'
LaCoya Katoe & Rebecca Cohen (Facilitators, Literature For All of US) Presentation on Literature for All of US: a community activist group in Chicago working with vulnerable teens.

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