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1. Institute for the Study of the Americas, Postgraduate Open Day, 15 February 2006
2. Prix du Quebec 2006 - Deadline extended to 15 February 2006
3. Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce seminar, 16 February 2006
4. Gender and the City: Conference, 24 February 2006
5. Beyond the Multiculturalism Debate: Conference, 1 March 2006
6. 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies, CFP, deadline 15 May 2006
7. News from the BACS Legal Studies Group
8. Transatlantic Studies Conference, CFP, deadline 12 April 2006 1. POSTGRADUATE OPEN DAY - INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS

Are you interested in learning more about the politics, history, society and culture of the United States, Canada, Latin America or the Caribbean?

The Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London is holding a Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 15 February, 3.00 - 6.00 pm (see http://www.americas.sas.ac.uk/postgraduate_study/openday.htm for details).
You can talk to staff and students, visit the library collections you're interested in, and find out about the following master's degree programmes

  • MA in Comparative American Studies (new)
  • MA in Area Studies (United States)
  • MA in Area Studies (Latin America)
  • MSc in US Politics and Contemporary History
  • MSc in United States Foreign Policy (new)
  • MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development
  • MSc in Latin American Politics
There is a wide range of courses to choose from in the disciplines of anthropology, history, politics and international relations, sociology, economics, development, geography and environment, culture and literature. The disciplines and countries of study are supported by library collections that boast 3 million titles with strengths in the humanities and social sciences and specialist collections on the countries and regions of the Americas.
For further details, please visit the Institute's website www.americas.sas.ac.uk, call 020 7862 8870, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it us, or visit 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA. We look forward to welcoming you.

2. PRIX DU QUÉBEC 2006 - Deadline extended to 15 February

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 in the areas of the humanities and social sciences (for travel, etc). Projects that incorporate Québec in a comparative approach (at least 50% of the focus must be on Québec) are also eligible.

One award will be given in each of the following categories
  • Masters and doctoral students
  • Researchers and academic staff (including postdoctoral researchers)
Please note that non-academic members of BACS and its specialist groups may also apply. The award is not intended to be used to cover tuition fees for postgraduate study. Applicants are expected to be members of the British Association for Canadian Studies (they may join at time of application).

The awards will be presented during the 31st Annual Conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies at New Hall, University of Cambridge, 19–21 April 2006. Successful applicants will be expected to present a paper on the outcome of their research at the BACS annual conference in 2007. It is expected that the award will be acknowledged in any subsequent publication(s).

Application procedure

Applicants should provide a brief outline of their proposed research (including methodology, contextual background, plan and outcomes). Successful applications will have the following characteristics: (i) investigate issues concerning Quebec (includes comparative research where the focus on Quebec is at least 50%); (ii) constitute an excellent research proposal (originality, coherence of arguments and methodology); (iii) display applicant’s abilities to deliver research (previous relevant background, experience, publications, etc); (iv) is of value to potential users outside or within the research community.

Two letters of recommendation from appropriate referees are also required and should be sent with the application. Referees should address the merits of the proposal and the ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the research.

Deadline: 15 February 2006 (decision within 28 days).
Maximum Length: 1000 words.

Please send 5 copies of the proposal to: Jodie Robson, Administrator, British Association for Canadian Studies, 21 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD. Proposals may be sent as Word attachments. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

3. CANADA - UNITED KINGDOM Chamber of Commerce
has pleasure in inviting you to a co-organised seminar with the Department of Trade & Industry and Schuman Associates

The seminar is ideal for companies wishing to bid successfully for EU projects. It is given by experienced delegates and covers everything from how to find out about new projects funded by the EU, writing a successful proposal, budgeting and how to get paid.

DATE: 16 February 2006
TIME: 9.30-16.30
VENUE: Royal Anglo Belgian Club, 60 Knightsbridge, London
DRESS: Lounge suit is required by the Club
MEMBERS & GUESTS: £30 (Inc VAT) sandwich lunch and drinks

Full programme and registration form available from:
Nancy Duncan
Events Co-ordinator
Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce
38 Grosvenor Street
London W1K 4DP
T: +44 (0)20 7258 6578
F: +44 (0)20 7258 6594
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4. GENDER AND THE CITY: a one day conference in Canadian studies

Friday 24 February 2006
Canada House, Trafalgar Square

Organized by
London Conference for Canadian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Institute for the Study of the Americas

9:25 Welcoming remarks from the High Commission

Session 1, 9:30 - 10:45
How spaces get gendered
Maureen Flanagan, Michigan State University
"The workshop of the home: Conflicting visions of the urban built environment in North America"
Robert C H Sweeny, Memorial University of Newfoundland
"Property and gender: Lessons from a nineteenth-century town"

Coffee, 10:45 - 11:15

Session 2, 11:15 - 12:30
Sex in the City
Valerie Korinek, University of Saskatchewan
"Having a gay old time in Winnipeg? Gender and sexual histories of a Prairie city"
Aurora Wallace, New York University
"The geography of girlwatching in postwar Montreal"

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30

Session 3, 1:30 - 2:45
Gender at Work and in Play
Craig Heron, York University
"Boys will be boys: Working-class masculinities in a factory town, 1890-1940"
Steve Penfold, University of Toronto
"A bevy of beauties, scantily clad: Re-gendering urban parades in twentieth-century Canada"

2:45 - 3:10

Session 4, 3:10 - 4:40
Keynote Address
Shirley Tillotson, Dalhousie University
"Gender, Justice, and the Emotions of Obligation: a view from the 1950s"

Comfort Break, 4:40 - 4:45

Session 5, 4:45 - 6:00
Writing the Gender of Canadian Cities
Linda Knowles, Independent Researcher, Southampton
"Kronk City: Canadian cities in the novels of Carol Shields"
Ceri Morgan, Keele University
"Spectacular sexualities on la Sainte-Catherine"

6:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:00 - Dinner

To find out more information and to register for the conference, please visit the ISA website at www.americas.sas.ac.uk/events/gendercity.htm or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 020 7862 8871

5. Beyond the Multiculturalism Debate: Immigrant Incorporation in the US and Britain
Wednesday, 1 March 2006, 2 pm-5 pm
Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 35 Tavistock Square. Room 12

Keynote Address: Professor Mary C. Waters, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Becoming New Yorkers: The Immigrant Second Generation in Young Adulthood

Panel and Commentary:
Dr. Miri Song, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent
New Ethnicities Online: second generation Britons' participation and mobilization
Professor Steven Vertovec, Professor of Anthropology and Director of COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society) at University of Oxford
Challenges of ‘Super-Diversity’
Professor Sarah Spencer, Associate Director of COMPAS at University of Oxford, and Commissioner on Britain’s Commission for Racial Equality
Migrants or Minorities? The integration agenda in the UK

To reserve a place please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

6. 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies

28 September - 1 October 2006, University of Graz

The University of Graz is organising the 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2006, 28 September – 1 October 2006. European students working on Master’s or PhD theses in Canadian Studies are invited to present their current research and to meet and exchange ideas with students from other European countries.
The seminar, to be held in the Department of Romance Philology in the cultural city of Graz, will be organised in a series of eight workshops chaired by scholars and postgraduate students in the field of Canadian Studies. The seminar will open in the morning of 29 September with a keynote address and will end in the late morning of 1 October. In the workshops, the participants will have the opportunity to present their latest research in the field of Canadian studies.
Papers may be in any of the following areas:
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Sociology
Contributions from all disciplines are welcome! Papers can be either in English or in French and should not exceed 20 minutes. Presentations will be followed by discussion.
How to apply: Anyone interested in participating should submit an abstract (300 words) indicating her/his topic of research or addressing any of the suggested topics, plus a short CV. Papers will be selected by the organising committee based on the abstract. Invitations to participants will be sent out as soon as possible after the selection has been made.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2006
Official languages: English and French
Registration fee: € 25.00 (incl. accommodation and meals); Note the maximum number of participants is 24.

Travel expenses: These are the responsibility of the participants. Please apply for financial assistance to your university or to your national Association for Canadian Studies. (Please note: if you intend to request travel assistance from BACS you must copy your application to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than 15 May 2006).

For information and submissions:
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ENCS conference, c/o Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Ertler
Institut für Romanistik
Universität Graz
Merangasse 70/III
A-8010 Graz


The group's new website can be found at:

The Venue but not the date of the 2006 conference has had to change due to Canada Day celebrations. The new venue is Macdonald House, 1 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1. The date remains as 30th June.


Please send individual proposals or proposals for a panel session(s) to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 12 April 2006. This year we’re centralising the submission of proposals, but would ask all those who normally recruit for History, IR, Literature and Culture, Race and Migration, Planning, Economics, Regeneration and the Environment, please do so as per normal. Panel sessions will consist of three 20 minute papers, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

The plenary speakers will be:
Josef Jarab, a Senator of the Czech Republic, recipient of the first Fulbright Woodrow Wilson Award in recognition of his work in promoting the understanding of America in Europe, a prolific writer, eminent scholar, and in 2002-2004 President of the European Association for American Studies. He will give a paper: ‘European American Studies - A Potential Not Fully Used for the Enhancement of Transatlantic Interests and Understanding’.
Robin Boyle, Professor of Urban Planning at Wayne State University, USA. A leading authority in his field with an impressive range of publications, Robin will present a paper: ‘Learning from New Orleans: The Condition of the American City’ (and lessons for Europe).
John Dumbrell, Professor of Politics, Leicester University. One of the leading UK specialists on US foreign policy and Anglo-American relations (TBC)

We encourage delegates to submit their papers to the Journal of Transatlantic Studies for consideration for publication after the conference. There will be a number of small bursaries available mainly to help young scholars and research students.

There will be an afternoon civic reception at Verdant Jute Works, one of the most impressive industrial museums in the UK.
'A place of legends and fairytales.' Family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and a royal residence since 1372. Childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare's famous play 'Macbeth'.
Take the option of a half-day trip to historic and beautiful Glamis: free transport: reduced entry charge: private tour: and tea in the 16th century kitchens. Leave conference centre at 2pm on Thursday 15 June, return early evening. Cost is £18 per person.
I look forward to greeting and meeting you all in June: Alan Dobson (Chair TSA)

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