Crediting Canada: Canada as an Economic World Leader?

20 09 2012

38th Annual British Association for Canadian Studies Conference

London, 3–5 April 2013
Call for papers

Canada was widely credited with avoiding the worst of the (ongoing) 2008 sub-prime recession by virtue of a prudent and robust banking system. A further combination of factors has led to booming demand for resource exports and the Canadian dollar has risen noticeably against weaker currencies.

In this conference we seek to examine the deeper roots of – and wider implications of – Canada’s “Triple A” image. How have writers, commentators and researchers – of all perspectives – come to view this new situation? A robust currency can imply losers as well as winners: for example, manufacturers see their prices rise in export markets. How have the cultural and creative industries fared? How is the public sector adjusting? How are Federal-Provincial relationships affected? What are the implications for sustainability, including the environment, of a dependence on resource development for Canada’s economic future? Spatially, which cities and regions are thriving and are any falling behind? What are the implications of “Triple A” for migrants and migration policy – but also for indigenous peoples? All who have social, cultural, political or economic insights into how Canada has become a “Triple A” place to live, work and play are invited to make contributions to our event.
The conference will take place in London over three days beginning with an opening evening reception and keynote address at the refurbished Canada House on Trafalgar Square. The second day will feature additional keynotes and panels related to the conference themes at Canada House. The final day of the conference will be held at the Eccles Centre of the British Library with panels related to the conference themes or to the wider field of Canadian studies.
The deadline for paper or panel proposals is Friday 30 November 2012.
Enquiries and proposals to:

Jodie Robson, BACS Administrator


Proposals (panel and individual) and deadline:

Email abstract(s) of 200–300 words and brief CV (please do not exceed one side of A4) which must include your title, institutional affiliation, email and mailing address by 30 November 2012. 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. BACS regrets that it is unable to assist participants with travel and accommodation costs.

“Canada Abroad”: Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, July 30-31, 2013

20 09 2012


AS: Canada’s Queen’s University acquired Herstmonceux Castle in the 1990s. Since then, it has served a base of operations for Queen’s students who want to spend a term in the UK and as a conference centre. They will be running a conference on Canadian studies next summer. The deadline for CFPs is rapidly approaching. 

Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, July 30-31, 2013
Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, United Kingdom, a leader in international education, is hosting a conference entitled “Canada Abroad”. The conference aims to explore questions related to Canada’s historic and current roles, in higher education, business, culture, sport, international relations and as a global leader. The conference will be held over two days, 30-31 July 2013. Established scholars, graduate students and professionals in relevant fields are invited to submit papers on issues related, but not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Canadian Education and Study Abroad
  • The State of Canadian Studies in Britain and Europe
  • Canadian Artists and Writers in an International Context
  • Canadians in International Sports
  • Canadian Business Abroad
  • Canada’s Role in WW1 and WW2
  • Canada’s Contemporary Role in International Affairs
  • The View from Abroad: International Perceptions of Canada

Proposals (250 word maximum) should include a working title and brief overview of the paper’s aims and objectives, along with a short biographical note. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012. Proposals for full panels (3-4 papers) and round tables are also welcome. The conference committee expects to publish a select number of papers from the conference and will be announcing further details at a later date.

Proposal submissions should be sent to: Dr. Scott McLean, Queen’s BISC, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Questionable Priorities

2 05 2012

I see that the Canadian government will be paying for Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canada this year. It is ironic that the same government has just decided to cancel all funding to the British Association for Canadian Studies, the organization that promotes awareness of Canada in Britain by, for instance, paying university libraries to stock books about Canada. In fact, the cancellation of the Understanding Canada program will curtail Canadian studies throughout the Commonwealth.  Given that Canada’s current government claims that it wishes to strengthen ties with Britain and the Commonwealth, it was an odd decision to end funding for the one body that combats the deplorable ignorance of and indifference to Canada that is so rampant in the UK. A professor of international relations here recently confessed to me that he “couldn’t name the President of Canada.”

You can read the official announcement of the cut here.