BACS Conference 2022

The 2022 BACS Conference took place via UCL Zoom from 21 to 23 April.

Thursday 21 April 2022

4:00pm: Welcome to conference

4:00pm - 5:30pm Session 1: The Canadian truckers' convoy

Chair: Patrick Holdich, Associate Fellow, UCL, and formerly Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Canadian truckers’ convoy and the transnational dimensions of extremist populism  

Wayne Hunt, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada 


6:00pm - 7:30pm Session 2: Indigenous issues

Chair: James Kennedy, University of Edinburgh

Moravian missionaries and the Lenape First Nation in Colonial Ontario 

Menja Holtz, History Institute, Technical University, Brunswick, Germany

The limits of the law: Aboriginal rights in the Canadian constitution 

Tracie Scott, Heriot Watt University, Dubai 

Friday 22 April 2022

4:00pm - 5:30pm Session 3: Canadian myths revisited

Chair: Maeve Conrick, University College Dublin

‘An intruder’ in the Classroom? Belonging and Desire in Jack Wang’s ‘The Valkyries’ 

Jason Blake, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Land of Peace, Order and Good Government – Deconstructing the Myth in the Canadian Western  

Vanja Polic, University of Zagreb, Croatia


6:00pm - 7:30pm Session 4: Canada, NATO, Ukraine

Chair: Hector Mackenzie, Carleton University and formerly Global Affairs, Canada

Canada, NATO and the Ukraine conflict 

Joel Sokolsky, Royal Military College of Canada, and JJ Jockel, St Lawrence University

Saturday 23 April 2022

2:00pm - 3:00pm Session 5: BACS AGM and election results

Chair: Tony McCulloch, BACS President and UCL Institute of the Americas


4:00pm - 5:50pm Session 6: The Blinding Sea

The Blinding Sea is an award-winning documentary film directed by Canadian film-maker George Tombs about Roald Amundsen, the Inuit and the Canadian Arctic.


6:00pm - 7:30pm Session 7: Discussion of The Blinding Sea

Chair: Tony McCulloch, University College London

Discussant: Annis May Timpson, Newnham College, Cambridge

Writer and director: George Tombs, The Blinding Sea

CONFERENCE END - Saturday 7:30pm

BACS Conference 2021

The annual BACS Conference took place online on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April 2021.

The conference was organised in conjunction with QAHN (Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network).

A video recording of the conference can be accessed here:

Day 1:

Day 2:

BACS membership and a BJCS subscription can be accessed and purchased via the link below.

BACS Conference Programme

Friday 16 April

4:00pm Welcome/Introduction (EST - 11:00am; PDT - 8:00am)

4:15 - 5:45 Session 1: Trans/national Literature and Print

Alexandra Abletshauser (University of Glasgow): ‘Edith Maude Eaton and Performative Nationality’

Zhen Liu (Shandong University): ‘Writing as another: Edith Eaton’s “Wing Sing of Los Angeles on His Travels”’

Rachael Alexander (University of Strathclyde): ‘Feminism and Nation: Periodical Identities and American and Canadian Feminist Magazines’

Chair: Faye Hammill (University of Glasgow, panel organiser)

5:45 - 6:00 Break

6:00 - 7:30 Session 2: Eccles Lecture (introduction by Jean Petrovic, Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library)

Professor Robert Dunbar (University of Edinburgh)

‘Indigenous Languages in Canada: Addressing the Challenges, Righting the Wrongs?’

Chair: James Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)

Saturday 17 April

1:00 - 2:00 Annual General Meeting (BACS members only)

4:00pm Welcome to Day 2 (EST - 11:00am; PDT - 8:00am)

4:15 - 5:45 Session 3: October Crisis of 1970

Steve Hewitt (University of Birmingham): ‘The October Crisis through the Eyes of James Cross’

Patrick Holdich (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK): ‘The October Crisis: the British government’s response’

Ceri Morgan (Keele University): ‘Writing the October Crisis’

Chair: Tony McCulloch (University College London, panel organiser)

5:45 - 6:00 Break

6:00 - 7:30 Session 4: Public Policy and Constitutional Questions in Canada (and the UK)

Daniel Béland (McGill University)

Karlo Basta (University of Edinburgh)

Chair: James Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)

English (UK)