BACS History and Politics Group: Canada’s Special Relationships

11 07 2011

The British Association of Canadian Studies has a “History and Politics” sub-group. The annual conference of the BACS History and Politics Group is being held on Friday 15 July 2011 and will take place between 10.30am and 5.00pm in the Senate Room, first floor, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. Refreshments and lunch will be available in the nearby Jessel Room. See

The theme of this year’s conference is “Canada’s Special Relationships”.
The event has been organised by the BACS History and Politics Group in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA), the London Canadian Studies Association (LoCSA) and the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA).

Registration is free – refreshments and a buffet lunch are provided.

There are nine papers – three per session – given by scholars based in Britain, Canada and the USA. The conference theme is Canada’s “special relationships”.

10.30am-11.00am Registration and Coffee
11.00am-12.30pm Session 1 – Canada, Britain and France – Chair: JJ Jockel (St Lawrence University)

Neville Sloane (New Brunswick College)  Canada and the St Pierre-Miquelon crisis of 1941  

Hector Mackenzie (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa) Mackenzie King and the British Commonwealth

Alan Dobson (University of Dundee)  Flying Between John Bull and Uncle Sam: Civil Aviation Diplomacy in World War Two
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm-3.00pm Session 2 – Canada and the USA

Douglas Eden (Institute for the Study of the Americas) TR and Canada

Francesca Akhtar (Canterbury Christ Church University)  Canada, the USA and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

Christopher  Kirkey (SUNY, Plattsburgh) and Michael Hawes  (Queen’s University) The Canada-US Relationship: Can we keep redefining “special”?

3.00pm-3.30pm Refreshments
3.30pm-5.00pm – Session 3 – Canada and the Wider World (NATO and NAFTA)

JJ Jockel (St Lawrence University, New York) Canada and the Netherlands in the Afghanistan War

Benjamin Zyla (Queen’s University, Kingston)  “Present at Evolution. A Trajectory of Canada’s special relations with NATO”

Joe McKinney (Baylor University, Texas) Canada’s special economic relationship with the USA – is it compatible with NAFTA?

Hotel accommodation is available at one of the Imperial hotels

The Imperial Hotel, Russell Square (£133 executive twin, £112 double, £84 single per night)
The President Hotel (£102 double, £77 single per night)
The Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square (£95 double, £69 single per night)

Registration There is no registration fee but to reserve a place at the conference and to receive programme details please email Dr Tony McCulloch, Chair of the BACS History and Politics Group, Canterbury Christ Church University,




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