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1. BACS News
2. Conference: Managing Diversity of Respecting Our Differences, University of Ulster, 23 May 2008
3. Vacancy: Quebec Studies, Carleton University
4. Seminar: ISA, May 2008
5. Call for Papers: Tribal Fantasies
6. Call for Papers: TransCanada Two
7. Call for Papers: International conference, Rouen-Quebec, four centuries of relationship, 13-14 November 2008

1. BACS News

BJCS Books for review
The May 2008 list of books available for review is attached to this message.

Eccles Lecture 2007
Hunting, Shooting and Phishing: New Cybercrime Challenges for CyberCanadians in the 21st Century, the 2007 Eccles Lecture, given by Professor David Wall at St Aidan's College University of Durham, is available to view electronically at http://www.bl.uk/eccles/pdf/bacs2007.pdf

BACS E-News and Newsletter
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2. Social and Policy Research Institute / Canadian Studies Research Programme
Managing Diversity and Respecting Our Differences: Modern Challenges for Ireland and Canada
University of Ulster Jordanstown, Friday 23 May 2008 - Loughview Suite 9.45am

A one day conference to bring together major Canadian and Irish theorists, practitioners, academics and policy makers to discuss matters of mutual concern in Canada and Ireland (north and south) relating to policy on diversity.

10am Welcome: Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett

CANADA - How successful is multiculturalism and policy in relation to managing diversity in Canada?

Session One - Chair, Arthur Aughey, University of Ulster
10.15am Will Kymlicka - Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen's University Kingston, Ontario. "Ethnicity, Race and Religion in Canadian Multiculturalism".
11.15am Tea/Coffee
Session Two - Chair, Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster
11.30am Robert Orr - Minister (Immigration), Canadian High Commission, London.
"Can Diversity be Managed? A Canadian Perspective".
12.15pm Joan Andrew - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario, "Integrating Newcomers to Ontario"

1pm Lunch

IRELAND - How successful is multiculturalism and policy in relation to managing diversity in Ireland North and South?

Session Three - Chair, Bob Osborne, University of Ulster
1.45pm Duncan Morrow - Chief Executive Officer, Community Relations Council
Northern Ireland
2.30pm Philip Watt - Director, National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, Dublin, "An Intercultural approach to integration - emerging developments in Ireland".
3.15pm Tea/Coffee
Session Four - Chair, Sile O'Connor, University of Ulster
3.30pm Panel Discussion - Immigration, Integration: Experience & Reality in Ireland and Canada.
Anna Lo, MBE, MLA
Patrick Yu, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities
Neil Jarman, Director, Institute for Conflict Research, Belfast
Joan Andrew, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontairo

4.30pm Summing up - Arthur Aughey, University of Ulster
Managing diversity in three jurisdictions: what might we learn from each
4.40pm Close

With the assistance of the Government of Canada/avec l'aide du Gouvernement du
Canada and The Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK

Places are free but on a first come , first served basis. To attend please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 20th May

3. Québec Studies, Carleton University

Carleton University’s School of Canadian Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning 1 July 2009. The oldest institution of its kind in Canada, the School is committed to providing a rigorous, critical, and informed context for innovative and timely research on important Canadian issues. Our vibrant interdisciplinarity provides a unique environment for the development of socially and culturally relevant projects for both faculty and students. The successful candidate’s general field of expertise will be Québec Studies with research interests in identity, memory, space and place. Applicants must be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a range of courses, from our large first-year introductory class and second-year critical nationalism course to graduate seminars in interdisciplinary theories and methods. She or he will be expected to supervise graduate students in a broad spectrum of related areas, and develop a program of research to advance the discipline of Canadian Studies through significant peer-reviewed publications. While courses at the School of Canadian Studies are taught in English, the successful candidate must have the ability to work in English and French. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand or near completion, a strong commitment to scholarship reflected in publications, an active research profile and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Complete applications, including curriculum vitae, writing sample and teaching dossier should be sent to Dr André Loiselle, Director, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately. Initial screening of applications will begin on 1 October 2008, and continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The applications of Canadians and Permanent Residents will be considered first. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship, including but not limited to women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. This position is subject to budgetary approval.

4. The Institute for the Study of the Americas Seminars

The Institute for the Study of the Americas invites you to its seminars and conferences in May. All events are free and open to the public. For the full programme of ISA events, please visit http://www.americas.sas.ac.uk/events.php

Should you have any questions about these events, please contact Olga Jimenez on 020 7862 8871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday 8 - Friday 9 May, 18:00
The American Way of Life: Images of the United States
For programme, visit http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events/programmes/imagesofunitedstates.php

Tuesday 13 May, 17:00 - 19:00
Native Theatre and Re/Visions of the American West
Jaye T. Darby, Co-Director, Project HOOP, University of California, Los Angeles
Venue: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA

Thursday 15 May, 17:00 - 19:00
Privacy and the Public Man: The Strange Story of the Mackenzie King Diaries
Christopher Dummitt, Trent University
Venue: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA

5. Tribal Fantasies: ‘Native Americans’ in the European Imagination 1900-present

Call for Papers

This collection aims to investigate European re-imaginings of Indigenous American peoples and cultures in the last century. We invite abstracts of 250-350 words on any such re-imagining, including (but by no means restricted to):

• Depictions of tribal/indigenous culture and/or religion in European literature, art and film
• “American Indian hobbyist” movements
• Use of tribal/indigenous imagery in political movements
• The influence of tribal/indigenous design on European fashion
• Native American cartoons
• Native Americans as symbol of American hegemony
• Native Americans as symbol of resistance to American hegemony
• Images of the Native in 20th century philosophy
• The New Age industry
• Tribal rhythms in popular music
• The Ostern / Red Western

The history of European appropriation of Indigenous lands and cultures in the Americas is long and frequently bloody. In the twentieth century, however, as European countries ceased to have formal colonial interests in the Americas, so formal direct contact between Native and European largely ceased. But the image of the Native American, as much a product of the colonial imagination as any deep understanding of the disparate indigenous cultures of the Americas, has proved enduring.

We welcome contributions from all European countries and would be particularly interested in transnational or trans-European articles. Essays will be 6,000-8,000 words, referenced MLA endnote style.

Please send abstracts to both James Mackay at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and David Stirrup at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , by Monday, September 29th, 2008.

6. TransCanada Two: Call for Papers

Canadian Literature and TransCanada Institute (U of Guelph) invite submissions for a special issue on the various shifts Canadian literature has undergone as an institution. How does the destabilization of the “national” myth as a result of transnational forces and globalization affect Canadian literature as a viable category of critical investigation and teaching? What are the politics that inform and shape the production of knowledge in the area of Canadian literature? How can we articulate the problematics of Canadian literature as a discipline or area study? Such questions as "is Canada post-colonial?" intersect with formulations such as "multicultural citizenship," "white civility," or "recovering Canada" in ways that require new mappings of this shifting field. In this context, how do such area studies as First Nations literature, Asian Canadian literature or other diasporic literatures in Canada inflect Canadian literature as an institution?

We invite submissions that critically examine the disciplinary and institutional frameworks within which Canadian literature is produced, disseminated, and taught from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008

Please submit your paper to:

Canadian Literature
UBC - Buchanan E158
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Please visit Canadian Literature’s website for specific submission guidelines before sending.

7. Colloque international/International Conference
« Quatre siècles de relations Rouen-Québec : de l’événement au récit »/ « Rouen-Québec, four centuries of relationship: history and narration »

Université de Rouen, IPEC, 13-14 novembre 2008/November 13-14, 2008

Appel à Communications/ Call for Papers

On its 25th anniversary, the Multidisciplinary Institute of Canadian Studies of the University of Rouen (IPEC) proposes to organize a two-day international conference on the special relations linking Rouen and Quebec City, Normandy and Quebec, from a historical and cultural point of view.
The construction of European houses at Tadoussac, Port-Royal and Quebec, especially the Habitation of 1608, was the start of a French post which was to give rise to a colony on American land. The conference proposes to discuss those events which led to economic, geographical and ethnographic discoveries as well as a literary and artistic tradition still going on today. It will extend to the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec, the mythification referring to this foundation and historical and various other ways of presenting the beginnings of Canada. We welcome papers bearing on all aspects and expressions of this complex adventure, and especially on the relationship sustained for four centuries between Rouen, the ecclesiastical and commercal seat of the colonial enterprise, and Quebec, the meeting plac e of two civilizations.
This conference will also host meetings with writers and artists from either side of the Atlantic, cultural events depending on the programme of local cultural institutions and a round table on cultural policies on the two cities/regions. An excursion will be proposed to participants on November 15, 2008.

The languages of the conference will be English and French.
Proposals for 20-minute papers (a 500-word abstract with a brief bio-bibliographical note and complete references with postal and email addresses) should be sent by email only to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 15, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be given in early July.

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