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Prix du Québec
Eccles Centre Fellowships
BACS Conference 2010
Le GRECF Conference
BJCS Special Issue
North Atlantic Triangle Conference
Edinburgh Seminars
BACS Council
TSA Conference 2010
ICCS Web Resources Portal
North American History Network
Canada: A Literary Tour

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 by facilitating a research visit to Québec.

One award will be given in each of the following categories:

●     Masters and doctoral students
●     Researchers and academic staff (including postdoctoral researchers)
Deadline: 15 February of each year

For further information and application procedure please see theBACS website.

Eccles Centre Fellowships 2010

Applications for the 2010 fellowship awards are now open.

Four copies of applicatons (in hard copy) should be submitted by 5pm on 28 February 2010.

Democracy as a work in progress:
the intellectual and cultural dynamics of 
the Canadian idea
BACS 35th Annual Conference, New Hall Cambridge
6-8 April 2010

Registration forms are now available on the conference website and a draft programme will follow shortly. 

Le GRECF Conference

Heartlands and Hinterlands: Re-Imagining Quebec's Exurbias /

Arrière-pays et pays du coeur: Réinventer l'ex-urbanité québécoise

Gold Room and Gilles Landry Salon, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London 
January 15/le 15 janvier, 2010

BJCS Special Issue

September 2010

A selection of papers from the Canada House conference on 17 July 2009 and the TSA conference in Canterbury 13-16 July 2009 is being published as a special issue of the British Journal of Canadian Studiesin September 2010, being edited by Tony McCulloch. The theme of the special issue is "100 Years of Canadian Foreign Policy, 1909-2009". There is still time for one or two more papers to be considered  by the deadline of 30 April 2010. For further information please contact Tony McCulloch.

North Atlantic Triangle Conference, 

Canada House, London, 16 July 2010

The British Association for Canadian Studies is pleased to announce that the annual conference of the BACS History, Politics and IR Group will take place on Friday 17 July 2010 to follow on from the TSA conference 13-16 July in Durham. The one-day conference will begin at 10.30am and finish at 5.00pm and will take place at Canada House, situated next to Trafalgar Square, near Charing Cross station.

The conference theme will be "The North Atlantic Triangle - a Canadian myth?" examining the debate over the nature of the role played by Canada in relations between Britain and the USA. The conference has already attracted leading scholars from Canada, Britain and the USA. Funding is being sought for the travel, accommodation and registration costs of speakers and chairs. It is hoped that this funding will cover transport from Durham (if required)and accommodation for 2 nights in London (Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July) . If you are interested in attending or giving a paper please contact Tony McCulloch.

It is intended that some or all of the conference papers will be included in a collection of essays about the North Atlantic Triangle to be published as a book or as a journal special issue in 2011 or 2012.

Seminars in Edinburgh

The Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce its next exciting series of Open Research Seminars, Thursdays 17.00-18.30, beginning January 21.  All welcome. For more information see the spring programme.


BACS Council

Papers for nominations to BACS Council have been mailed to BACS members. The post of Hon. Treasurer is vacant and up to three Councillors are required, to attend 2/3 meetings per year, including the annual conference. Councillors may also be involved in the organisation of the BACS Conference. Additonal copies of the nominations forms may also be downloaded. If you would like to discuss what is involved in being a member of Council, please contact the President, Dr Susan Hodgett.

Membership renewal forms have also been mailed to all members - don't forget to renew your subscription! If you have lost your renewal form, you can download a copy here.

TSA Conference


Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference at Van Mildert College, Durham University, 12 - 15 July 2010 

The Chairman of the TSA, Prof Alan Dobson (University of Dundee) and Conference Chair for 2010 Prof John Dumbrell (Durham University) would like to extend an invitation to the 2010 Transatlantic Studies Association Conference. 

2010 plenary speakers will be: Mitch Lerner (Ohio State University) & Rob Kroes (University of Amsterdam), plus a multi-disciplinary Roundtable on Vietnam and Transatlantic Relations chaired by John Dumbrell (Durham University). Panel proposals and individual papers are welcome for any of the general or sub-panels. A 300 word abstract and brief CV should be submitted to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson by 30 April 2010. For further information, see the TSA's newwebsite.


If you are thinking of presenting a paper at the TSA conference that will have a Canadian dimension please inform Tony McCulloch as soon as possible. Some assistance may be available for expenses of delegates presenting papers that include substantial Canadian content, especially in the case of papers included in the "special relationships" panel.

ICCS Web Resources Portal

The ICCS is pleased to announce the launch of its Web Resources Portal. This portal contains:

  • Canadian Electronic Library (giving access to over 8000 books on Canada, this library has controlled access, which requires a username and password)
  • International Journal of Canadian Studies
  • E-stats access (Statistics Canada's databases)
  • ICCS' Web Resources Document (linking Canadianists to over 70 useful web resources)
Important notice: If you wish to access the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL), you must register to obtain a username and password. When you click on the CEL link, a message to register will appear. Once you have registered, a message will be sent to your association (to its secretariat and/or president). This message will request a confirmation that you are a valid member of your association. You will be granted access upon a receipt by the ICCS of a confirmation of your membership status (within 24-48 hours), at which time you will receive an e-mail containing a username and password.

If you have any questions, please contact Guy Leclair at ICCS or if you encounter technical difficulties, you may contact ICCS Webmaster, Michael Jamieson.

Proposed network of teachers of North American History

Do you teach North American History? If so, this network is for you!

Catherine Armstrong (MMU) is developing a nation-wide network of university teachers of North American history (any topic, any period, both undergraduate and postgraduate level). The group will come together on a regular basis to share experiences and best practice on teaching methods, facilitating the development of innovative approaches to our topic including e-learning.
The network is open to all teachers of North American history whether based in History, American Studies or other departments and it welcomes scholars at every career stage from postgraduate tutor through to professor.
If you are interested in participating in such a network please email Catherine with your institutional affiliation and a short description of your areas of teaching expertise/interest. If there is a good response a gathering of the network will be organised for later in this academic year.
Please pass this information on to any colleagues who are interested in the history of North America.

Contact: Dr Catherine Armstrong, Lecturer in American History, Manchester Metropolitan University. 
Canada: A Literary Tour

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the virtual exhibition Canada: A Literary Tour, a project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Canadian Culture Online Program. 

Canada: A Literary Tour offers a glimpse into the contours and context of our national literary achievement. The poetry and prose that define Canadian literature are often inspired by the land, the streets and even the buildings in which an author lives and writes. In turn, the author's literary creation gives new meaning to these places.

This virtual exhibition takes you on a literary tour of Canada by highlighting inspirational and imagined sites that depict a resonant topography of words and ideas. Featuring original manuscript material and never-before-seen photographs from Library and Archives Canada's collections, the website tells the story of our cities and landscapes through the voices of prominent authors who have shaped Canada's literary culture. 

Finborough Theatre
5-30 January 2010

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. 


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