BACS Conference 2022

The annual BACS Conference will take place online from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 April.

Full details will be set out here shortly.

Registration to attend the conference is free and available via Eventbrite

BACS membership and a BJCS subscription for 2022 can also be purchased via the same link.

Concessions are available for students, retirees, and the unwaged.

BACS membership, 2022, standard                                £20.00

BACS membership, 2022, concessions                           £10.00

BJCS subscription, 2022, standard, for members          £30.00

BJCS subscription, 2022, concessions, for members     £15.00

BJCS subscription, 2022, standard, non members         £50.00

BJCS subscription, 2022, concessions, non members    £25.00

Past Events

BACS panel event - Quebec from without and from within

Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 6.00pm (UK time)


An online event via Zoom.

Tickets are free but registration via Eventbrite is required.

A distinguished panel of contributors to vol 33.2 (autumn 2021) of the British Journal for Canadian Studies on Quebec literature, and Q & A.

A short introduction to the journal issue at 6.00pm (UK time) will be followed by brief presentations on each of the articles.

The introduction and talks 1, 3 and 5 will be delivered in English.

Talks 2, 4 and 6 will be in French.

Introduction - As one element in the idea of a broader project relating to Canada as a whole, this BACS/BJCS bilingual event, bringing together scholars from Québec, England and Wales, considers a variety of views on French Canada and Québec in the works of French, American, British and Québécois writers from the 1860s through to the new millennium.

1: Maxime Prévost (University of Ottawa), ‘Ned Land et l’utopie compensatoire chez Jules Verne : à propos du Canadien de Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers' ('Ned Land and the compensatory utopia of Jules Verne: Portrait of a French Canadian in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’)

2: François-Emmanuel Boucher (Royal Militrary College, Kingston), ‘Le Canadien français d’Horace Mitchell Miner dans St. Denis. A French-Canadian Parish’ ('Horace Mitchell Miner's French Canadian in St Denis, A French-Canadian Parish')

3: Rachel Killick (University of Leeds), ‘Becoming Québécois: Édouard and the Duchesse de Langeais between Old Worlds and New in the work of Michel Tremblay’

4: Sophie Marcotte (Concordia University), ‘Fictional Representations of Rural Québec in John le Carré’s The Night Manager, Louis Hamelin’s Autour d’Éva and Gabriel Anctil’s Sur le 132.’

5: Ceri Morgan (Keele University) , ‘Québec’s new regional fiction: Louise Penny and Johanne Seymour ‘

6: Sylvain David (Université Laval) , ‘Une identité en creux. L’Incendie du Hilton de François Bon ('An identity in obverse. François Bon's " L’Incendie du Hilton"

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)

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