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Congratulations to BACS President, Susan Hodgett, who has been elected Secretary of ICCS.

The list of books for review in the BJCS is available now on the BACS website.

The deadline for application to BACS for all ICCS awards is now
14 September 2009. See below for further details.

A final reminder that the annual conference of the
BACS History Group takes place on Friday 17 July. More details.



Democracy as a work in progress:
the intellectual and cultural dynamics of the Canadian idea

BACS 35th Annual Conference
Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK
6-8 April 2010

Conference information and the call for papers in English and French can be found here.





5th October 2009, Canadian High Commission, London UK

The British Association of Canadian Studies is pleased to announce a workshop to re-launch its Aboriginal Studies Circle. Many diverse indigenous populations around the globe have been the victims of marginalization as they confront the vast array of issues resulting from both historical injustices and contemporary global challenges. This workshop seeks to bring together academics and other professionals with an interest in indigenous studies to discuss the broad issues that affect indigenous peoples both in Canada and elsewhere.  Through building an interdisciplinary network, it is hoped that discussions of the challenges facing indigenous peoples can be drawn from the periphery of contemporary political, social, cultural, and legal discourses and brought into the mainstream.




ICCS awards

The deadline for submission to BACS for the following awards is 14 September 2009:

  • Graduate Student Scholarships
  • Publishing Fund
  • Pierre Savard Award
  • Best doctoral thesis in Canadian Studies
More information is available on the ICCS website.




1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective

The capture of Quebec City by British forces led by General James Wolfe in September 1759 had global consequences. It marked the beginning of the end of the French Empire in North America and led to a fundamental reshaping of British attitudes and policies towards their American colonies. It therefore seems appropriate in 2009 on the 250th anniversary of the fall of Quebec city to re-examine in the light of recent scholarship not only what happened on the Plains of Abraham but also its broader implications and the historical memories of the Conquest in Quebec, Canada, Britain, France and the USA.

This will be the focus of 1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective. The conference is sponsored by the Canadian Studies programme at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas (both part of the School of the Advanced Studies at the University of London) and will be held in London from Thursday, 17 September - Saturday, 19 September 2009.

On Thursday and Friday the sessions will be held in Canada House, the home of the Canadian High Commission, in Trafalgar Square, and on Saturday in the University of London Geography Department in Bedford Way.  A detailed timetable will not be released until about a month before the event but you can find a list of the contributors and the titles of their papers and a copy of the registration form at the website of the Institute for the Study for the Americas.



Ageing Societies
The Dynamics of Demographic Change in Canada

Call for Papers

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) will hold its next biennial, international conference in Montreal during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to be held at Concordia University from May 28 to June 4, 2010. Proposals for twenty minute papers, to be presented in either English of French, are invited from disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or comparative perspectives on the theme of Ageing Societies - The Dynamics of Demographic Change in Canada.

Further details are on the ICCS website.



Summer events

Margaret Atwood tour

The author will be touring to promote her new novel, The Year of the Flood this summer; Provisional appearance include St John's Church, Edinburgh (30 August), Edinburgh Book Festival (sold out), Manchester Cathedral (1 September), St James's Piccadilly (2/3 September), Cardiff Cathedral (4 September), St Michael's Church Bath (6 September), Ely Cathedral (7 September) and St George's Bristol (9 September).

by Michael Healey  Directed by Eleanor Rhode. Designed by Sophie Mosberger.

The London debut of multi-award-winning playwright Michael Healey, one of Canada's leading dramatists.

What happens when someone is overwhelmed with the desire to help?   

A minority government is on the verge of collapse; a ruthless oil executive tells the truth to a reporter; an effusive young law clerk engages in an excruciating post-coital chat with an aging judge; and a spectacular battle wages over a bucket of fried chicken. Through four interconnected stories, Michael Healey questions the idea of the selfless act. Politically-charged, sharply-written and hilarious, Generous is a tour-de-force from one of Canada's most successful playwrights.

Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED Box Office 0844 847 1652.   
Sundays and Mondays, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 August 2009.
Evenings at 7.30pm. Tickets £13, £9 concessions
Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours.


British Journal of Canadian Studies - Books for review

The list of books available for review in the BJCS is now available on the BACS website.




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