British Association for Canadian Studies Newsletter
BACS E-NewsNovember 2011  
In This Issue
Generation Us, 31 October 2011, University of Leeds
Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement Conference
BACS Literature Group Call for Papers 2012
CLC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
ICCS Conference 2012
Canada: Landscapes and Landmarks
Changing Traditions in Canada
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Generation Us:
The Challenge of Global Warming

31 October 2011, University of Leeds

The Centre for Canadian Studies and the School of Earth and
Environment present 'Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming', a lecture on both the history and the future of the science of global warming. The acclaimed Canadian scientist and author, Andrew Weaver, will explore how international policy, media portrayal and technological solutions can all impact climate change, ultimately asking how modern society can turn the challenge of global warming to potential creativity and innovation. A poster for the event is attached.

The lecture will be held in Seminar Room 3.119, at the School of Earth and Environment, and will be followed by a drinks reception. This event is free, but please email Christine to register for the lecture and for the reception.

Andrew Weaver is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Meteorological Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He is the author of Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World (Penguin Canada, 2008) and Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming
(Orca Books, 2011).


Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement Conference

Macdonald House, Grosvenor Square, London, UK
18 November 2011

Since 2009, diplomats from Canada and the European Union have been in negotiations to produce a comprehensive trade agreement known as CETA. For people in the EU, the agreement would provide improved access to the Canadian market, a relatively small but prosperous country. For Canadians, CETA is perhaps even more important, for it provides alternatives to export dependency on the United States.

On 17 October, the ninth and final round of negotiations began.  It is now a good time for academics to discuss the agreement and its implications for Canadians and Europeans. A small conference about CETA has been organized. It will take place at Macdonald House in London, UK on 18 November. [Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street]

Programme: Canada-EU Trade Agreement Conference

1pm Brian Parrot,  Minister Counsellor (Commercial and Economic), Canadian High Commission. Welcome statement.

1:10pm  Alan Hallsworth,  Portsmouth Business School, and Tim Rooth, University of Portsmouth (40 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion). "Historical Perspectives on CETA"

2:00pm Malcolm Fairbrother, Lecturer in Global Policy and Politics, University of Bristol. "Canadian Trade Policies from the FTA to the CETA: Myths and Facts" (20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A)

2:30pm Andrew Smith, Coventry University. "Applying the Concepts of Cultural Distance and Imagined Communities to Understanding Canadian Economic Diplomacy"  (20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A)


3:15pm Robert Hage, (retired Canadian diplomat), "Changing Canada: the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement."   (20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A)

3:45pm Roundtable Discussion

4:15pm Conference Ends

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP Andrew Smith before 15 November 2010.

This conference has been generously supported by Coventry University, the London Canadian Studies Association (LoCSA), and the Canadian High Commission.

Past, Present and Future

BACS 37th Annual Conference

Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

2-4 April 2012

The British Association for Canadian Studies' Literature Group is pleased to issue the following Call for Papers for the 2012 BACS conference. We encourage contributions on any facet of the topic of Sustaining Canada in relation to Canadian literary and cultural study. Proposals for 20-minute papers, to be presented in either English or French, would be particularly welcome in the following areas:
  • Ecocriticism in a Canadian context
  • Narratives and/or poetics of environmentalism and activism
  • Indigenous literature and culture
  • Regional literature and culture
  • Border studies
  • Urban studies
  • Landscape
  • Representations of animals in Canadian culture
  • Settler-invader narratives
  • Travel literature
  • The impact of literature and culture upon the environment
  • Canadian culture in relation to different kinds of 'environment', e.g. domestic environment, national/international environment, linguistic environments, publishing or production contexts, etc.
  • Sustaining Canadian culture, materially and/or ideologically
  • Sustaining the culture of specific communities in Canada
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 page) which must include your title, institutional affiliation, email and mailing address by 20 November 2011.
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.


The CLC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) offers an annual $10,000 award to a postdoctoral fellow conducting, in English or in French, original, promising, and innovative research in Canadian literature of any region, language, era or genre. With a widening network of prominent associated scholars, the CLC offers a highly dynamic and active environment to postdoctoral fellows in their research and publication projects. For further information about the CLC's mandate and research activities, please visit the website.

The field of study will be in the following areas: Canadian (Anglophone or Francophone), Quebec, Aboriginal or Comparative Canadian Literatures, pursued in English or in French, in paper or digital format. The field is otherwise open.
Full-time postdoctoral study must be pursued for the period of the award.
The fellow must not hold or have held a tenured or a tenure-track position.
Applicants must apply for an external or university postdoctoral fellowship (SSHRC, Banting, Killam, Grant Notley, etc.) to be considered for the CLC Postdoctoral Award. In the event that the applicant is not successful with obtaining a fellowship, he or she can still hold the CLC Postdoctoral Award, providing personal means of subsistence are available.
The competition is open to Canadian and non-Canadian citizens.

Terms of Appointment
The appointment will be for one academic year, renewable for a second year upon approval of the CLC Executive.
The fellow will be expected to reside in Edmonton during the tenure of the appointment.
The fellow will work under the mentorship of a member of the CLC Executive Committee. Please consult the research profiles of Executive Members.
Delivery of one public lecture as well as regular participation in the various literary events of the CLC will be expected, including the coordination of some of the CLC's research activities, such as seminars, colloquia, workshops, or lectures.
Teaching in a relevant department or faculty may be available but is not obligatory or guaranteed.
Office space, computer access, and library privileges will be provided.

Application Process
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the CLC Director before submitting an application.
The completed online application must be accompanied by the following supporting material:
  • original undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
  • CV
  • one-page PhD dissertation abstract
  • writing sample (published article or doctoral thesis chapter)
  • postdoctoral project description and title (2/3 pages double spaced)
  • two signed, confidential letters of reference
  • one-page teaching statement (briefly detailing interests and experience)
Apart from original academic transcripts, all material may be submitted electronically. No applications or supporting material will be accepted or considered after the competition deadline. Applicants will be notified upon receipt of the application, which will be read by three members of the CLC Executive.

Competition deadline: January 31, 2012.
Result announced: March 5, 2012.


ICCS poster
Cultural Challenges of Migration in Canada

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) is pleased to announce that its next conference, entitled Cultural Challenges of Migration in Canada, will be held in Ottawa from May 22 to 24, 2012, in collaboration with the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton. 


Migration is a factor, which has played a central role in the construction of a Canadian identity. Concepts such as multiculturalism, interculturalism and transculturalism are inextricably linked with phenomena pertaining to migration, and the effects of these phenomena have made themselves felt in Canada's cultural dynamics. The question therefore arises as to which processes and channels of communication have been instrumental in transmitting these migratory dynamics, and in which form they have manifested themselves in Canadian everyday life and culture. What are the cultural challenges of migration in Canada in the context of "globalization"? Which are the areas where a specific cultural dimension has arisen which, in its turn, has acquired a model character within the global sphere linked to the knowledge-based society? Papers to be read at the symposium should address these questions with regard not only to scientific and popular media and communication, language and literature, music and the visual arts, but also to social and political sciences.


  1. The 21st Century Migration of Aboriginal Peoples: Identity Formation and Cultural Retention.
  2. Latino Migration and its Influence in Canadian Multiculturalism.
  3. Migration and Narrative - Narratives of Migration.
  4. Migrants' Views of and Reflections on their Life-Projects: Canadian Identity or Identities in a Pluralist Canada?
  5. Migration, Partnership and Social Cohesion.
  6. Cross-cultural exchange and interaction: their nature, limits and challenges for the immigrant and Canada as host society
  7. The Migrant Spirit.
  8. New Local Spaces of Intercultural Dialogue in Canada.
  9. Language Challenges in the Immigration Process.
  10. Cultural Challenges in the Migration Process on Canada's East Coast.
  11. Multiculturalisms in the Americas.
  12. For a Love of the Hunt-Mobility, Family Networks and Social Cohesion in a Plains Metis Transnational Brigade, 1840-1890.

Click here to see abstracts of sessions.

Canada: Landscapes and Landmarks


ACSI (Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland) will host the XVIth Biennial Conference in Dublin on 10-12 May 2012.  The theme for 2012 is: "Canada: Landscapes and Landmarks".

The image of the 'land' is an ongoing trope in both past and contemporary conceptions of Canada, from the national anthem, to the flag, to the symbols on coins, the land and nature remain linked to the Canadian sense of belonging as well as to the image of the nation abroad. Linguistic landscapes reflect the multi-faceted identities and cultural richness of the nations. If earlier portrayals of the land focused on a rugged, unspoiled landscape, such as in the paintings of the Group of Seven, contemporary  notions of identity, belonging and citizenship are established, contested and legitimized within sites and institutions of public culture, heritage and representation that reflect integration with the land transforming landscape into landmarks. The Highway of Heroes from the Trenton military base, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site in Québec, the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, The Rooms in St John's Newfoundland and Ireland Park in Toronto, are examples of landmarks that transform landscape into a built environment that endeavours to respect the land while using it as a site to commemorate, celebrate and promote Canadian identity. Similarly, in literature and the arts, the creation of the built environment and the interaction among those who share it is a recurrent theme.
We are seeking papers that consider the portrayal and interaction of the land and the landscape in social, cultural and literary spaces of representation. Possible topics could include (in French or English):
  • The land and landscape in the arts and literature
  • Linguistic and cultural landscapes within the official bilingualism of Canada
  • Spaces of memory and testimony
  • State museums/institutions and representations of citizenship, identity and belonging
  • Political management of the land and landscape
  • The transformation of the built environment and of public spaces
  • History, geography, heritage and the land and landscape
  • Public spaces as sites of difference and diversity
  • Diaspora, migrations, uprooting and 'heritage'
Abstracts should be submitted before the 30 November 2011 as a .doc or .rtf file. Abstracts should be no longer than 2 pages. On the first page note the name of your proposed paper, name, contact details and affiliated organisation; on the second page the title of your paper along with your anonymous abstract, 4 or 5 key words and cited references. The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. We welcome submissions in French or English. Abstracts should be written in the intended language of the paper. Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions). Proposals will be anonymously evaluated by at least two members of the scientific committee.
Changing Traditions in Canada

JUNE, 13-16, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNSA):

Canada prides itself on its capacity to adapt and meet new challenges. Its history, arts, and policies are marked with rapid changes in practises which broke and continue to break with widespread traditions. This conference is an opportunity to highlight the ongoing and recent changes in all fields: history, geography, literature, arts, demography, politics, urban development, environmental management, law, economics, foreign policy, immigration, religious practises...
Some issues, such as Canadian multiculturalism or the impacts of climate change in the Arctic, are already the focus of much attention. A great number of other areas of Canadian life are evolving quickly and can also fit into this cross-disciplinary conference.
Several areas of Canadian life have known or are experiencing rapid changes of interest for academics and decision makers:
  • Demographic transformations in immigration, fertility rate, and marriage (decreasing fertility, common-law couples, gay marriages...)
  • A fracture in the traditional political parties, both to the right and the left, with a potential rise in right wing.
  • The eruption of the paradigm of sustainable development in public life in the past decade and the increasing (exaggerated?) sensitivity to climate change.
  • Supply difficulties or crises in certain resources (cod, forest...) while mining values have increased greatly.
  • Economic transitions, with the near disappearance of textiles industries and a consolidation of the aeronautic, pharmaceutical and media sectors.
Which recent evolutions bred original and lasting changes, which current evolutions are creating new tendencies for tomorrow? The 2012 AFEC meeting is the 40th international conference in the history of the association, and it will focus primarily on current breaks with tradition or changes which have taken place within roughly the past 40 years. Where appropriate, estimating future impacts of changes ongoing today is encouraged. Where are they leading Canada? Comparative studies are also encouraged.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 10, 2011. Procedure and further information.