BACS Conference 2023


The BACS Conference will take place in-person in London from 20 to 22 April 2023.
Registration is required and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.  


The theme of the 2023 conference is ‘Canada at home and abroad’ and papers on any aspect of Canada and the teaching and promotion of Canadian Studies are welcome, including the history, politics, literature, culture, and indigenous peoples of Canada and the individual provinces and territories within Canada.  Papers that focus on Canada’s relationships with other countries, and comparisons between Canada and other countries, are also welcome. Proposals for panels are especially welcome.

The conference will take place at Senate House, University of London, in the famous Bloomsbury district of central London. It will commence on Thursday 20 April at 2.00pm with registration and finish at 3.00pm, after the BACS AGM, on Saturday 22 April.

Unfortunately it will not be possible to include online presentations as part of the conference or to attend the conference online. But proposals for online papers and panels will be considered for the BACS-UCL online events programme that takes place throughout the year.

Conference proposals for presentations of individual papers (15-20 minutes long) or full panels (3/4 papers) should be sent to Tony McCulloch (BACS President) accompanied by an outline of each paper (100-200 words) and a brief bio of the presenter/s (100-200 words each). Any limitation on the attendance of the presenter/s should also be included so that individual and panel presentations can be timetabled on the most convenient day of the conference – either Friday 21 April or Saturday 22 April.

The initial deadline for paper proposals is Tuesday 28 February. 

Early submission of panel and paper proposals is encouraged.

Proposals to be sent to: by 28 February (initial deadline)

It is intended to produce an initial conference programme in early March so paper proposals are requested to be sent in by 28 February. A decision on individual and panel proposals will usually be made by the conference committee within 3 days of receipt.

Proposals received after 28 February will still be considered, subject to availability of space within the programme, but preference will be given to proposals received by that date.


Accommodation is not included in the charge for attending the conference (see charges below). The recommended hotel is the Tavistock Hotel, which is very near to Senate House, but there are many other hotels and guest houses in the area, including other hotels in the Imperial Group.  

Other nearby budget hotels include the Premier Inn and Travelodge, as well as a wide range of guest houses and more expensive hotels.


The first session of the conference, commencing 2.00pm, on Thursday 20 April will consist of a roundtable entitled ‘Constructing Canadian Identity from Abroad: How Externality Influences an Understanding of Canada’. The roundtable will be chaired by Christopher Kirkey (Director, Center for the Study of Canada, SUNY, Plattsburgh) and includes Christina Keppie (Professor of French and Linguistics, Western Washington University), Steven Hayward (Professor and Chair of English Department, Colorado College), Andrew Ives (Professor of North American Studies, Université de Caen Normandie), and Anne Trépanier (Associate Professor, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies & Department of French, Carleton University, Ottawa).

This will be followed by the Eccles Lecture, sponsored by the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the Canada-UK Foundation, based at Canada House, entitled: ‘The Secrets of Mary Boyd: Sex, Scandal, and the Control of Women's Bodies in Toronto in 1868’ and delivered by Jane McGaughey (Associate Professor and Johnson Chair of Quebec and Canadian Studies in the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec). A wine reception will follow.

Friday 21 April will include a Quebec lunchtime reception, and the award of the Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres, as well as a wide range of conference panels, including one on Quebec and the United States. entitled 'The Québec-United States Relationship: Political, Security, Economic, Cultural and Environmental Dynamics', featuring Christopher Kirkey (Director, Center for the Study of Canada, SUNY, Plattsburgh),  Stéphane Paquin (ÉNAP) and Frédérick Gagnon (UQÀM).

The conference dinner will take place on Friday evening, provisionally at the nearby Ambassadors Hotel (tbc).

Several more conference panels are planned to take place on the morning of Saturday 22 April, followed by the BACS AGM, after lunch. The conference is scheduled to end at about 3.00pm.

Registration is required and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.  


Full conference package, including refreshments, lunches and at least one wine reception (but not BACS membership or the conference dinner) - £190.00 (£95.00 concessions).  The concessionary rate applies to students, the unwaged and retirees.

Day rate - Thursday – £40.00 (£20.00 concessions);

Day rate - Friday, not including conference dinner- £100.00 (concessions £50.00);

Day rate - Saturday - £60.00 (concessions £30.00)

Conference dinner - £50.00 (Friday evening at nearby Ambassadors Hotel, location to be confirmed)


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)