Upcoming special issue, No. 182 Summer


Announcing our next special issue, The Great War and BC. Guest edited by Jim Wood. No. 182, Summer 2014

As we near the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, this issue of BC Studies examines the conflict's impact on Canada's "Pacific Province".  Though far removed from the fighting, British Columbia was forever changed by its experiences of the war of 1914-18.  In this issue, readers will rediscover the First World War and its impact on British Columbia's people, both soldiers and civilians, as well as its politics, industries, poetry, and memory.   


Rick McCandless in Vancouver Sun


Vaughn Palmer's column in the Vancouver Sun on October 11, 2013 quotes Rick McCandless's recent article in BC Studies, with attribution in his discussion of the inquiry into ICBC rates.

BC Studies issue no. 178 Summer 2013: Politics and Public Automobile Insurance in British Columbia, 1970-2010.

Read the article here.


BC Studies author Richard Rajala wins Theodore C. Blegen Award


We are pleased to announce that Richard Rajala has won the Forest History Society's 2013 Theodore C. Blegen Award for the best article in forest and convservation history for his contribution: 

"Streams Being Ruined from a Salmon Producing Standpoint: Clearcutting, Fish Habitat, and Forest Regulation in British Columbia, 1900-45" in BC Studies no. 176: 93-132.

Congratulations Rick!


Douglas College and BC Studies Conference, Transforming British Columbia, May 2-4, 2013


Douglas College is proud to host an international conference
in association with BC Studies on the theme:

Transforming British Columbia
May 2-4, 2013

In May 2013, Douglas College invites you to New Westminster to participate in the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference on the theme of Transforming British Columbia. Located within the Lower Mainland region, New Westminster is situated on the banks of the Fraser River, where vast runs of salmon have characterized and transformed the environment during their migrations between the coast and the interior over many millennia. "The traditional territory and home of the Qayquat Nation, the area has long been a focal place for Aboriginal peoples." New Westminster is also the onetime capital of colonial British Columbia, a port for trade and travel, a transportation hub linking the communities of the southern Fraser River region and beyond, and a modern city in the midst of urban revival and revitalization. Douglas College, as a place of learning and scholarship that is undergoing its own transformation within the British Columbia post-secondary landscape, is delighted to host the conference. 

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters from scholars and researchers across all disciplines reflecting on themes related to British Columbia’s environmental and cultural transformation across time and space, including:

-the transformation of space, people, cultures, transportation, identities, health and societies, economies, cities, and environments

-the transformative potential of sustainability

-the transformative possibilities of tricksters and shape-shifters 

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions are welcomed, as well as proposals that place British Columbia within transnational or comparative contexts. Studies from, and about Aboriginal communities are encouraged. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcome.

Sessions: Proposals for panels and roundtables require a short description (150 words) of the theme for the session, as well as brief abstracts (50 words) for each paper or presentation, and a one-page CV for each presenter.

Individual papers: Individual paper proposals should include an abstract (250 words) and a one-page CV.

Posters: Proposals for posters should include a brief description (50-100 words) of the theme and a one-page CV. 

Deadline for submissions: October 30, 2012

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:



Canadian History & Environment Summer School 2013



BC Studies editors Graeme Wynn and Richard Mackie will lead a field trip to Vancouver Island between 30 May and 2 June 2013. The deadline for applications is 26 April.

For details see:

B.C. Bestseller


Home Truths: Highlights from BC History edited by BC Studies' editors, Richard Mackie and Graeme Wynn is on the BC Bestseller's list for the week of February 24, 2013.

Congratulations Richard and Graeme.

You may order your copy here!