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1. BACS News
2. Institute for the Study of the Americas Canadian Studies seminars, March 2006
3. Spanish Association for Canadian Studies conference
4. 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies
5. Special ECW issue on Citizenship and Cultural Belonging in Canadian Literature 1. BACS NEWS

i. The details of the ICCS Summer Seminars have been announced. See the ICCS website at details
A BACS award may be available to match ICCS funding; applications should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration.

ii. BACS Newsletter: It was agreed at a meeting of the BACS Council on 19 January that the Newsletter should in future be published twice a year, rather than each term. The next issue of the Newsletter (Volume 13, No 2, Summer 2006)will therefore appear in June/July. The subsequent issue (Volume 14, No 1, Winter 2006) will appear in December/January.

The BACS Council noted that the revised, glossy edition of the Newsletter had been well received by members. The deadline for news and other items for the next issue is 30 April 2006. Longer pieces, such as conference reports and information about the activities of centres and subject groups, are particularly welcome. Please send contributions to the This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

iii. History Group: It is planned to revive the History Group and to enlarge it into a History and Politics Group, commencing at the BACS Annual Conference in Cambridge, April 2006. If you are interested in joining the Group, or know of anyone else who might be, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Head of History and American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, via email.

iv. Call for papers: The annual Transatlantic Studies Conference will be held
at the University of Dundee from 12 to 15 June 2006. Papers on any aspect of transatlantic studies are welcome, including literary and cultural perspectives as well as those relating to history, society, politics, diplomacy, economics, etc. Papers with a Canadian focus are particularly sought as it is intended to produce a special edition of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies after the conference that will consist of articles on Canada (and possibly Latin America) in the context of transatlantic studies.
Proposals for papers should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 13 March if at all possible. Further details about the conference and registration forms can be obtained from the same address.

v. Books for Review.

2. The Institute for the Study of the Americas invites you to the following events in March:

09/03/2006 17:00 : Canada Seminar
Acceptance: Relations Between Immigrants and the Long-Settled in Winnipeg 1940-1990
Gerry Friesen, University of Manitoba
Convenors: Philip Buckner, Institute of Commonwealth Studies & Christopher Dummitt, Institute for the Study of the Americas
Seminar Room 12, Institute for the Study of the Americas
http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events/events.php?id=872
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30/03/2006 17:00 : Seminar / Informal Talk
Looking at the Quebec Act (1774) in a Family Way
Brian Young, McGill University
Institute of Commonwealth Studies - Russell Square
http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events/events.php?id=873
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For full programme please visit http://www.americas.sas.ac.uk/events/events.php. If you would like to receive a printed version of the programme, please email your details to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on 020 7862 8870.

3. Spanish Association for Canadian Studies conference
17-18 de Noviembre de 2006
Residencia La Cristalera - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Information at http://www.estudioscanadienses.org/xicongreso.html

4. 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies
28th September - 1st October 2006 at the University of Graz

The University of Graz is organising the 15th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2006, September 28th – October 1st. European students working on a 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 September 29 with a keynote address and will end in the late morning of October 1. 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: 15th 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. (NB If you wish to apply to BACS for assistance please send a copy of your submission to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 May 2006. A limited number of travel grants will be available.)

For information and submissions:
Email the This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
ENCS conference, c/o Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Ertler
Institut für Romanistik
Universität Graz
Merangasse 70/III
A–8010 Graz
Austria

5. Call for papers: Special ECW issue on Citizenship and Cultural Belonging in Canadian Literature
A TransCanada Project
Guest Editors: David Chariandy and Sophie McCall

Essays on Canadian Writing invites submissions for a forthcoming special TransCanada: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship, held June 23-26, 2005, in Vancouver. Recently, the term citizenship has migrated from its traditional home in political and legal discourses, and emerged as a highly conspicuous and powerful concept-metaphor in global debates on cultural belonging. We suggest that citizenship is supplementing or even replacing nationality or the nation as the dominant critical keyword in Canada's latest era of social change and security concerns. We are inviting papers that explore what is at stake in this turn to citizenship, particularly in light of shifting political and institutional structures informing the study of Canadian literature. Besides engaging with the challenges of reading citizenship in different periods of Canadian history, our issue aims to explore emergent claims and challenges to citizenship from First Nations, feminist, postcolonial, and queer studies scholarship. The special issue will be especially timely since 2007 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Canadian citizenship act.

Deadline for papers is August 31, 2006.
Full-length papers (@ 5000-9000 words) should follow the submissions
guidelines as posted on the ECW website. Information is
also available in the first pages of published copies of the journal.

Contributions should be mailed to:
Dr. Sophie McCall and Dr. David Chariandy
Department of English
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC
V5A 1S6
 


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