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1. Call for Papers: 17th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies, 23-25 October 2008
2. Announcement: New Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas
3. Conference: BACS Legal Studies Group Conference, 4 July 2008, Canada House
4. Conference: War and Peace in Canadian History, 11 July 2008, Canada House
5. ICCS Awards
6. Call for papers: Tribal Fantasies
7. Conference CFP: Canadian Studies: The State of the Art, 13-15 February 2009
8. Conference CFP: TransCanada 3, 16-19 July 2009

1. CALL FOR PAPERS: 17th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2008

The Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland is organizing the 17th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2008. The seminar will be held at University College Dublin, starting at 3. p.m. on Thursday 23 October, and ending at midday on Saturday 25 October. European students working on masters or doctoral theses in Canadian Studies are invited to present their current research and to exchange ideas with students from other countries. The seminar will be organized in a series of workshops conducted by established European or Canadian scholars in the field of Canadian Studies. Contributions can be in either English or French, and should not exceed 15-20 minutes. It is planned to publish the best papers.

Further details:
How to apply? Anyone interested in participating should submit an abstract (1-2 pages) indicating the nature and topic of their research and outlining the nature of their findings, plus a short c.v. Papers will be selected on the basis of the abstract. Invitations to participate will be sent out as soon as possible after the selection process is over.

Official languages: English and French
Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2008
Number of students admitted: 30
Fees: A nominal fee of 55 euros will be used to defray organization and accommodation expenses.
Travel costs: please apply to your university or your national Association for Canadian Studies. Students from Central Europe needing assistance should indicate this in their application.
Accommodation: Accommodation and meals will be paid for by the European Network for Canadian Studies and Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland. Students will be lodged at a hotel for the nights of October 23rd and 24th (but may book additional nights accommodation, at a reduced rate, if desired)

Professor Vera Regan
University College Dublin
UCD School of Languages and Literatures
Belfield, Dublin 4; Ireland
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Please note: since there will be limited travel assistance available from BACS, please advise Jodie at BACS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) when submitting your proposal.

2. New Director for the Institute for the Study of the Americas

The Institute for the Study of the Americas, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director, Professor Maxine Molyneux, from 1 September 2008. She replaces Professor James Dunkerley, who leaves the Institute after ten years as Director. Professor Dunkerley says, ‘I am delighted by the appointment of Maxine Molyneux, whose concerns to promote high quality academic research are matched by her engagement in public policy, particularly in the field of development.’ Professor Molyneux is currently Professor of Sociology at ISA, where she directs the Master’s Programme in Globalisation and Latin American Development. She gained her Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Essex, where she taught Development and Latin American Studies, before moving to the Politics and Sociology Department of Birkbeck College, London. She joined the Institute of Latin American Studies in 1994 with the establishment of the School of Advanced Study. Professor Molyneux says ‘With the merger of two former Institutes of the School, ISA has redrawn the map of areas studies of the Americas in the UK. Its aim, to combine regional expertise on North and South America and the Caribbean, with a comparative, transnational perspective on the Americas as a whole, offers a distinctive and innovative approach to research and teaching, as well as highlighting the historical and contemporary links between the two hemispheres. ISA will seek to maintain and strengthen both of these elements over coming years’. Professor Molyneux’s research has been in the fields of political sociology and gender analysis. Her early work was on post colonial revolutions and on transitions from authoritarian rule in Latin America and the former Soviet Union. Recent work has engaged the debates over globalisation, human rights, citizenship, and social policy in Latin America. Her current research on social policy in Latin America analyses the changes that have taken place since the structural reforms of the 1980s in regard to social protection programmes. Among her books are:
  • * Women's Movements in International Perspective ILAS/Macmillan 2003;
  • * Gender Justice, Development and Rights (ed. with S. Razavi) Oxford University Press 2003;
  • * The Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America (ed. with E. Dore) Duke U.P. 2000;
  • * The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis (ed. with A. Cornwall) Routledge, 2007;
  • * Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-Based Development and Latin American NGOs in Latin America (with Sian Lazar) ITPG, 2003;
  • * Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America (ed. with N. Craske) Palgrave, 2002;
  • * The Ethiopian Revolution (with Fred Halliday), Verso/NLB London, 1982.
More details about the Institute are available at www.americas.sas.ac.uk.

3. Health, Law and Policy in Canada and the United Kingdom: Common Challenges, Divergent Directions?

BACS Legal Studies Group Conference, Canada House London, Friday 4 July 2008.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Martha Jackman (University of Ottawa). For further details, see attachment (Conference Programme and registration form) or the BACS Legal Studies Group website.


The Annual Conference of the BACS History Group will take place at Canada House on Friday 11 July from 10.00am to 4.30pm

10.00am Registration/Coffee/Welcome
10.30am Panel One - Canadian Experiences of War
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Panel Two – The Era of Mackenzie King
2.30pm Coffee
3.00pm Panel Three – Canada in the Post war World
4.30pm Close
6.00pm Conference Dinner (optional)

Each panel will consist of 3 presentations of about 20 minutes each on aspects of War and Peace in Canadian History, leaving 30 minutes for questions. Although most papers will obviously be historical, other approaches are welcome.

Registration costs £20, payable on the day. (Cash or cheque – made payable to Canterbury Christ Church University). No charge for presenters. Lunch and refreshments provided by Canadian High Commission and BACS History Group.Conference Dinner at a local restaurant is optional. The hotel recommended for the conference is the Strand Palace Hotel which is very near to Canada House. A single room can be booked on-line for £100 per night, tax included (www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk). There is no deposit – rooms are paid for at the hotel. Delegates must book their own rooms at the Strand Palace Hotel or elsewhere.

To attend the conference or to obtain further details please contact Tony McCulloch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Names of attendees must be known beforehand in order to gain access to Canada House.

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

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. CALL FOR PAPERS: Canadian Studies: The State of the Art
Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, 13-15 February 2009

Over the last generation the foci and subject matter of Canadian Studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry have changed dramatically. In part, changes in Canadian Studies are the product of changes in Canada itself. In part, they are the product of new research agendas and heuristics. What is the state of Canadian Studies today? What new research agendas should be developed? What older questions and heuristic frameworks retain their relevance? What are the core issues that should animate Canadian Studies today and into the future?

The Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University invites proposals for the third in its “Alternatives” conference series. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the current state and future trajectories of Canadian Studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry. Proposals that explore the potential of different approaches to Canadian Studies and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches are especially welcome. The Centre is particularly interested in proposals that address one or more of the following themes:

• New pedagogies and the teaching of Canadian Studies
• The place of the state in Canadian Studies
• Transnationalism, transculturalism and Canadian Studies
• The changing dynamics of Canadian political economy
• The cultural politics of diversity
• The study of Canadian class formation
• Canada’s place in the world
• Gender and sexuality and the study of Canada

The Centre for Canadian Studies plans, as well, that this conference will serve as a venue advance consideration of interaction between teachers and Canadian Studies programmes across Canada and their connections to each other.

Proposals for individual papers or panel sessions should be submitted to:
Dr. Andrew Nurse
Centre for Canadian Studies
Mount Allison University
63D York St.
Sackville, NB
E4L 1G9
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The Centre encourages the electronic submission of proposals. Proposals should include a brief abstract of the intended presentation or panel along with necessary contact information. Submissions due by: November 30, 2008. A selection of work from this conference will be published in the third volume of the Centre for Canadian Studies Alternatives series. Individuals interested in submission for publication are encouraged to contact the Centre for further information.

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, 16-19 July 2009

TransCanada Three will be organized around a set of related keywords to broaden and strengthen the discursive flows produced in the previous TransCanada conferences. It will pay explicit attention to literature, arts, and the media, but also to the educational, political, cultural, and physical ecologies that have helped, or may in the future help, Canada to renew itself and to embrace its emergent as well as its traditional selves. We would like to invite proposals that address the following keywords:

* First Nations: Treaty Rights and Justice in the Anglo-French history of Canada
* Acadia: Exile and Return
* Diasporas, Transnationalism / Transculturalism
* Radical and Transformative Methodologies and Pedagogies
* Hemispheric Studies
* Affective Geographies
* Ecology and Mobility

Please submit proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers for the research sessions that address the above themes or submit, along with other scholars, joint proposal/s for particular panels under the central keywords listed above. We also welcome proposals for artistic presentations (video, short film, photography, etc.) that can be showcased during the conference. TransCanada Three will again feature a special doctoral students' plenary session. Doctoral students who would like to be considered for this session should include a one-page dissertation abstract with their proposal.

Deadline for abstracts: August 15, 2008 / Notification of acceptance: Late October 2008.
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