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1. Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas
2. Eccles Centre Fellowships 2008 - deadline 1 February 2008
3. BACS subscriptions and Gift Aid
4. Prix du Quebec 2008 - deadline
5. London Journal of Canadian Studies
6. LLAS E-Bulletin

1. DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS, University of London, UK

The Institute for the Study of the Americas wishes to appoint a new Director to succeed Professor James Dunkerley.

Applications are invited from scholars of international standing who specialise in the study of any region or country of the Americas from the perspective of history, the social sciences or development studies. The appointee will have a broad vision of the Americas as a whole and be sympathetic to comparative approaches to the study of the region. He or she will develop the wide-ranging academic activities of the Institute and provide strong intellectual and organizational leadership in order to promote the Institute’s national and international standing.

For further information about the role (including details of the method of application), please go to www.london.ac.uk/735.html. Information about the Institute is available at www.americas.sas.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5:30pm on Monday 14th January 2008.


2. ECCLES CENTRE FELLOWSHIPS 2008

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellows in North American Studies

Three awards to be made to post-doctoral scholars normally resident in the UK, outside the M25, whose research, in any field of North American Studies, entails the use of the British Library collection. The award holder must plan to be in research residence at the British Library for a minimum of one month. The British Library website, including public access to the catalogues, can be found at http://www.bl.uk. Enquiries regarding North American holdings can be directed in the first instance to Dr Matthew Shaw (US curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Dr Dorian Hayes (Canadian curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or to the Eccles Centre This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow will be entitled to an award of £2,000 for travel and other expenses connected with the research visit to London. The detailed administration of this award will be managed by the British Association for American Studies. The award holder will have privileged access to the collections and the curatorial expertise of the British Library.

Eccles Centre Postgraduate Awards in North American Studies

At least five awards to be made to graduate students normally resident in the UK, outside the M25, whose research, in any field of North American Studies, entails the use of the British Library collection. The award holder must plan to be in research residence at the British Library for a minimum of one month. The British Library website, including public access to the catalogues, can be found at http://www.bl.uk. Enquiries regarding North American holdings can be directed in the first instance to Dr Matthew Shaw (US curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Dr Dorian Hayes (Canadian curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or to the Eccles Centre This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellows will be entitled to an award of £400 for travel and other expenses connected with the research visit to London. The detailed administration of this award will be managed by the British Association for American Studies.

Eccles Centre Visiting Professor in North American Studies.

One award to be made to post-doctoral scholar resident in the USA or Canada whose research, in any field of North American Studies, entails the use of the British Library collection. The award holder must plan to be in research residence at the British Library for a minimum of three months. The British Library website, including public access to the catalogues, can be found at http://www.bl.uk. Enquiries regarding North American holdings can be directed in the first instance to Dr Matthew Shaw (US curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Dr Dorian Hayes (Canadian curator) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or to the Eccles Centre This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Eccles Centre Visiting Professor will be entitled to an award of £6,000 for travel and other expenses connected with the research visit to London. The British Association for American Studies will manage the detailed administration of this award. The award holder will have privileged access to the collections, dedicated work space and the curatorial expertise of the British Library.

It is anticipated that the Eccles Visiting Professor is likely to beon research sabbatical from his/her university/college in North America, and that the award will supplement other research funds in order to help the professor undertake a period of research at the British Library.

Application Process

All award holders will agree to acknowledge the support provided by the Eccles Centre Visiting Professorship in any publication resulting from this research visit, and to inform the Eccles Centre of any such publications. If the opportunity arises, it is expected that the award holders will present their work at an appropriate Eccles Centre/British Library seminar or conference. 

Applications should be in the form of a brief CV (no more than two pages), and a document explaining the nature of the North American Studies research being proposed at the British Library (no more than two pages).

FOUR Applications must reach Dr. Ian Scott, English and American Studies Subject Area, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK by February 1st, 2008 for research visits to take place in the period March-December 2008. Applications by fax will not be accepted but email attachments will ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), so long as it conforms to the guidelines set out above.

No extra funding will be available. Candidates must ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover their own needs and the needs of any dependants during their stay.

None of the organisations or individuals connected with this award are in a position to arrange travel or organise accommodation for award holders.


3. BACS SUBSCRIPTIONS AND GIFT AID

If you are a UK income tax-payer you may like to Gift Aid your BACS subscription. There is now a form which can be downloaded from the BACS website membership section that will allow us to claim 28p in the pound on your subscription. If you have already sent this year's subscription but would still like to complete the form, we can still make a claim. Next year we will send out the Declaration to UK members with membership renewal forms.


4. PRIX DU QUEBEC 2008

The Prix du Québec takes on particular significance in 2008, the year in which Quebec City will celebrate its 400th anniversary, and BACS and the Quebec Delegation in London look forward to receiving a strong application for these prestigious prizes. All applications are welcome, including those from applicants unsuccessful in recent previous competitions.   

The Prix du Québec consists of two awards of £1,000 (each) offered by the Québec Government Office in London and administered by BACS.
It is designed to assist researchers based in the UK to carry out research related to Québec in the areas of the humanities and social sciences by facilitating a research visit to Québec. Projects that incorporate Québec in a comparative approach (at least 50 % of the focus must be on Québec) 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 applicant’s 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 February 2008 (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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
If further information is required, please contact Jodie Robson, Administrator, British Association for Canadian Studies, 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA, tel and voicemail 020 7862 8687, or c/o 2 Ancroft Southmoor, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2TD, tel 01289 387331, mobile 07772 111 638.


5. LONDON JOURNAL OF CANADIAN STUDIES

Volumes 21 (Canada in Moving Images, edited by Aleksander Dundjerovich) and 22 (Gender and the City, edited by Christopher Dummitt) of the LJCS are now available online through the BACS website.

6. SUBJECT CENTRE FOR LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS AND AREA STUDIES

This month's ebulletin is now available on the subject centre website at: http://www.llas.ac.uk/e-bulletin.aspx



 


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