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1. BACS News
2. Boundaries, Passages and Sanctuaries, Genova, 27-29 October 2006: Call for Papers
3. ICCS Summer Seminars
4. BACS Legal Studies Group, Anglo-Canadian Perspectives on Contract and Unjust Enrichment/Restitution, 30 June 2006
5. Quebec Cinema, Glasgow, 22-24 March 2007: Call for Papers
6. Pierre Savard Awards 2006/7

The British Association of Canadian Studies is currently undertaking a project aiming to produce a document discussing the present and future of Canadian Studies in Britain.  As a part of this project BACS is compiling a list of the books and articles published relating to Canadian Studies in the last 5 years.

While many of these publications are listed in AHRB reports, or on the internet, to ensure that we produce a thorough list we are asking for academics to send the citations of books and articles they have published during this time to the researcher in charge of completing this task.

Please send these citations as soon as possible by email to Tracie at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you.

2. Boundaries, Passages & Sanctuaries
Università di Genova, Genova, Italia
27-29 October 2006

Announcement & Call for papers

We are pleased to announce the first bi-national UK-Italy Canadian Studies conference. Proposals for papers and panels are invited from any area of enquiry (single disciplinary or multidisciplinary) on the theme of ‘Boundaries, Passages & Sanctuaries’. The aim of this international conference is to focus on Canada, either on its own or in a comparative context, in order to explore the nature and complexity of  topics related to crossing boundaries, what is transported, what is left behind, how the ‘new’ place does or does not become a haven, what is the relationship to place(s) of origin,  and what the future holds. The conference aims to draw together historical, political, social, environmental, cultural, individual and other factors in lively, multi- and inter-disciplinary debate and discussion.

Proposals to:
Jodie Robson, BACS Administrator
21 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Tel: + 44 (0) 131 662 1117
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7117 1875
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Email abstract/summary of 200-300 words AND  brief CV(s) of contributors (one-paragraph, also include title, institutional affiliation & address) by 15th May, 2006 in either English or French (i.e the official languages of Canada). All submissions will be acknowledged by email.

Postgraduate students are especially welcome to submit a proposal and there will be a concessionary conference fee for students and those who are unwaged. BACS and IACS regret that they are unable to assist participants with travel and accommodation costs.

Scientific Committee:

Itesh Sachdev, SOAS, Univ. of London   
Rachel Killick, University of Leeds   
Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster   
Tracie Scott, Birkbeck, Univ. of London   

Luigi Bruti Liberati, Università degli Studi di Milano
Luca Codignola, Università di Genova
Giancarlo Rolla, Università di Genova
Massimo Rubboli, Università di Genova

Organizing Committee:
Jodie Robson (UK), Carla Viale (Italy), Ilaria Tasso (Italy)

Registration: £50.00 (Sterling) or  € 73.00  (Euros).  Please note that this (i) excludes accommodation & meals, except for conference dinner and lunches; (ii) students and unwaged pay 50% of this rate.


The International Council for Canadian Studies offers, each August, two multidisciplinary, international summer seminars – one in Ottawa, and one in another region of Canada.

The number of participants at each seminar is limited to 26, and the group typically includes professors and senior graduate students from some 14 countries, providing a rich cultural and intellectual exchange.  The ICCS seminars have consisently received enthusiastic reviews: “it was a perfect mix of standard learning with hands-on seeing & experiencing”  and  “it also allowed me to make contact with other people interested in the country and the systematic study of its institutions, its culture, and problems.” 

This year the regional Summer Seminar will be hosted by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In anticipation that some participants may wish to attend both the Ottawa and the Halifax seminar, the dates of both have been coordinated to make such twinned participation possible.

Ottawa Seminar : Monday, August 14, 2006 - Friday, August 18, 2006
Day 1:  Issues in Canadian Current Affairs -- Aboriginal Peoples: One Past, One Future?
Day 2:  Canadian Literature – Sources of Information on Canada – Built and Natural Environments
Day 3: Canadian Federalism and the Charter – Citizenship, Immigration, Multiculturalism – Official languages
Day 4:  Fine Arts in Canada – Canadian Cinema
Day 5:  Thematic Sessions -- Canada in the World Today

Regional Seminar (Halifax, Nova Scotia) : Monday, August 21, 2006 - Friday, August 25, 2006 [optional tour to Wolfville and Bay of Fundy on Saturday, August 26, 2006]
Day 1:  Perspectives on Atlantic Canada
Day 2:  Media, Culture and Cultural Communities
Day 3:  Coastal Communities
Day 4:  Government and Federalism
Day 5:  The Oceans, Canadian Identity and Canadian Sovereignty

The cost of each seminar is Cdn$850, which includes accommodation in a single room in a university residence, breakfasts, lunches, one dinner, receptions, tours and lectures.

A limited number of scholarships are available, with preference given to individuals recommended by a Canadian Studies association. Interested individuals must send their application to their Canadian Studies association before April 30.

All applications should be received by the ICCS before May 15.  For more information and an application form visit http://www.iccs-ciec.ca/pages/4_ICCSprogs/e_seminar.html or write to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

4. The British Association for Canadian Studies Legal Group (BACS) will be holding an International One Day Conference at the Canadian High Commission, Macdonald House, 1 Grosvenor Square, London on Friday, 30 June 2006: Anglo-Canadian Perspectives on Contract and Unjust Enrichment/Restitution
This conference will examine how British and Canadian lawyers treat questions of contract and unjust enrichment/restitution and, in particular, the difficult borderline between contract and restitution.  The keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Waddams, Goodman/Schipper Chair, University of Toronto

Topics include:
Contract and unjust enrichment and the problem of classification,
Competing conceptions of “injustice” in English and Canadian unjust enrichment,
The primacy of contract in unjust enrichment claims,
Awarding damages for distress and loss of reputation in England and Canada, and
The doctrine of mistake in contract and unjust enrichment.

Conference Fees & Registration details:
£65 Standard Rate
£35 Students/Postgraduates
Fees include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To register for the conference, please contact Paula Giliker:
Dr. Paula Giliker, St Hilda’s College, Oxford OX4 1DY
Phone +44 (0) 1865 276840     Fax +44 (0) 1865 276816
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5. Quebec Cinema
An international conference
University of Glasgow, Scotland, 22-24 March 2007

Quebec cinema in the past four years has been on a roll, achieving record-breaking shares of the domestic box office, an Oscar for Denys Arcand's Les Invasions barbares, and international distribution for successes such as La Grande Seduction and C.R.A.Z.Y..

This major conference seeks not only to examine the texts and contexts associated with this current phenomenon, but also to establish a balance-sheet of the forty or fifty years of Quebec cinema's existence as such. The conference will also be concerned to look at Quebec cinema in its international context, and contributions are actively sought on its Atlantic, including Scottish, dimensions.

Proposals for papers are invited, of approximately 300 words, on any aspect of Quebec cinema, to reach us by 1 August 2006. Please contact Professor Bill Marshall, French Section, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QL, Scotland, UK; tel.: + 44 (0) 141 330 4590; fax: + 44 (0) 141 330 4234; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The languages of the conference are English and French.

6. The ICCS Pierre Savard Awards

These Awards are designed to recognize and promote each year outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic. The awards form part of a strategy that is aimed at promoting, especially throughout the Canadian academic community, works that have been written by members of the Canadian Studies international network. The awards are intended to designate exceptional books, which, being based on a Canadian topic, contribute to a better understanding of Canada. There are two categories:

Book written in French or English; and Book written in a language other than French or English.
For details see http://www.iccs-ciec.ca/pages/6_prizes/b_savard_awards.html. Deadline: October 31. Contact: Guy Leclair, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; tel: 613-789-7834.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO BACS: Since each Association may only recommend one book, it is necessary to hold a preliminary competition. Please send 3 copies of books for consideration to the National Office by 30 June 2006.

This issue of BACS E-News sent by:
Jodie Robson
BACS Administrator
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