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

This event is now free to all.


10.00am Registration/Coffee/Welcome

10.30am Panel One - Canadian Experiences of War
Amy Tector, Université Libre de Brussels, Belgium
“The Spawn of Satan”: Menacing Depictions of Disabled Veterans in Canadian Fiction of the First World War

Kori Street, Mount Royal College, Calgary
“In Her Heart the Homing Instinct Springs Eternal”: Attitudes About Women Making Bombs and Being Bankers, Canada, 1914-1919

Andrew Horrall, NATO
“After Stiff Fighting”: A Dutch Village Commemorates its Liberators, 1947

12.00pm Lunch

1.00pm Panel Two – The Era of Mackenzie King
Galen Roger Perras, University of Ottawa
Fears of a Military Landscape: Canada and the Potential Militarisation of the Aleutian Archipelago, 1921-1941

Neville Sloane, New Brunswick College
Canada: The Atomic Broker, 1939-45

Hector Mackenzie, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, and Carleton University
King’s Exit: the Prime Minister and Canada’s International Relations, 1945-48

2.30pm Coffee

3.00pm Panel Three – Canada in the Post war World
Neil Chuka, Department of National Defence, Canada
Similar But Different: The Canadian Doctrinal Perspective on Counterinsurgency

Richard Gimblett, Command Historian of the Canadian Navy
Catalyst for Transformation: The Canadian Navy in Southwest Asia, 1990-2008

Joseph Jockel, St Lawrence University
Canada in NORAD, 1957-2007

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.

This event is free to all.

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.

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