Taking a look at history of Okanagan soldiers


The Greater Vernon Museum & Archives’ first presentation of the 2017 Speaker Series is to be given by UBC Okanagan history professor Dr. Jim Wood.

Also see: BC Studies 182 (Summer 2014) The Great War, guest edited by Jim Wood





Check out our new blog feature by Angie Bain, Lower Nicola Indian Band:

Most research starts with a simple question, but as we learn more about archival collections and the communities and people that make use of them, our research can take us on unexpected journeys with unexpected results.  Just as I would have never thought to look for maps important to my community at an archives like the APS, each question that other communities ask may bring them far from home. To begin our journey together with this blog Archive Matters I have shared my story.  My goal moving forward with this blog is simple.  With the help of other researchers, archivists, community knowledge holders and interested parties I want to help other communities find documents that will make a difference to their own work.  Let us see where this journey takes us next. 


New Directions in Transpacific Cultural Research


New Directions in Transpacific Cultural Research

A Public Symposium Organized by the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research

Feb 9-10, 2017
Harbour Centre 1400, Segal Centre Room
SFU Vancouver, 555 West Hastings

Free and open to the public. Registration required. Register here.

Keynote Lectures
Chua Beng Huat, Provost’s Chair Professor, National University of Singapore
“Reflections on Institutionalizing a Transnational Cultural Studies”

Lisa Yoneyama, Professor, University of Toronto
“Genealogy of the Transpacific”

Plenary Presentations
John Nguyet Erni, Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Postcolonial Queer Pacific: Notes on a Transnational Rights-based Legal Intervention”

Audrey Yue, Professor, University of Melbourne
“The Junior Partnerships of Australia Singapore Screen Co-productions: Towards a New Model for Transpacific Cultural Research” 

Andy Chih-Ming Wang, Associate Research Fellow, Academia Sinica
“Transpacific Affect: Reflective Sadness in Chen Junzhi’s Taipei Father/New York Mother”

Nadine Attewell, Associate Professor, McMaster University
“Intimate Geographies, Transpacific Worldings, and the Pulse of the Archive”

View detailed program here.  

This event is funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant and generously co-sponsored by:
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Science
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology
The David Lam Centre for International Communication
School of Communication
Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Call for SOUNDS


BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly is seeking sound clips, soundscapes, or other types of audio accompanied by a written component (article, essay, poem, story, etc.). Contributions will be peer reviewed and published online and in print. They should engage with sound studies, anthropology of sound, musicology, ethnomusicology, urban studies, storytelling, communication or any other disciplines / approaches that engage with the topic of sound. Projects may be approached from various perspectives (environmental activism, phenomenological, historical, sociological, political, ethical, etc.) and through various forms (narrative, storytelling, sounds of the environment, noises, urban sounds, etc.). Sound clips may be submitted in raw and/or processed form(s). Yet, they should all be connected to sonic expressions, phenomenon and explorations in/about/of British Columbia.

Sonic components (wav. format) will be published on our Soundcloud page. Written components (max 1500-2000 words) should relate directly to the soundscape(s) / sound clip(s) submitted.

Please send questions and submissions to Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (


A soundscape can be any sound, or sound composites heard in an environment. It can also refer to a sonic/musical composition that can be site-specific, and/or related to a particular question, issue, intention, creative process, etc. 

BC Studies Conference CFP


(Un)Settling British Columbia


BC Studies Conference
Vancouver Island University, on the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo, British Columbia
May 4-6, 2017

In the prize-winning book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel strikes a hopeful note by suggesting that “the flood waters of colonialism are, at long last, receding” (223). Nonetheless, the arrival and settlement of non-Indigenous peoples and species in North America utterly transformed relationships and environments, and the legacies of colonialism remain profound. Unsettling British Columbia means acknowledging and confronting these legacies, disturbing traditional perspectives of the province, and reexamining its economic, social and political systems.

As unsettling as this may be for some, it is necessary if Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians are to build a better future for all. For BC Studies 2017, we seek papers that explore relationships and tensions between the settled and the unsettled in British Columbia’s past, present, and future.

Themes and ideas that this conference addresses include:

Colonialism and resistance

Treaties and treaty-maki
Land - its uses and meanin
Truth and Reconciliation

Energy past, present, and/or futu
Gender roles, identities, and expressions

Immigration and identities

British Columbia in Confederation

Indigenizing the Academy in BC

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters from scholars and researchers across all disciplines, and encourage multi-disciplinary or thematic panels on any topic related to British Columbia (including comparative/transnational studies). Student proposals are encouraged, as are proposals for interactive workshops or roundtables.

Panels, roundtables, workshops: a short description (100 words) of the theme for the session, as well as abstracts (250 words) for each paper or presentation, and a one-page CV or brief bio for each presenter. Please indicate the main contact for the proposal.

Individual papers: abstract (250 words) and a one-page CV.

Posters: a brief description (50-100 words) of the theme and a one-page CV.

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Please send proposals electronically to:




BC Studies is seeking an early career scholar (ideally a doctoral student) to curate the BC Studies Blog.

The BCS blog, like the journal, focuses on British Columbia and provides a regional link between disciplines in the arts and social sciences, between larger analytical literatures and local archival collections, and between the scholarly community and passionate generalists. Content on the blog is both solicited and contributed, and the blog curator will work with submissions from a number of fields including anthropology, archaeology, archives, art, art history, demography, economics, education, first nations and indigenous studies, gender studies, geography, history, linguistics, literature, museology, music, photography, political science, and sociology. The blog curator will be responsible for publishing content on a weekly schedule. 

The appointment will be for a period of one or two years. It includes an honorarium of $750pa and designation as the Blog Curator for BC Studies. The Blog Curator will work closely with the editorial group (including the Editor and Managing Editor of the journal), but will have considerable opportunity to exercise initiative and shape the content of the blog. We expect this work to take place beyond the BC Studies office. 

Those interested in the position should submit the following to Leanne Coughlin, Managing Editor, BC Studies at

- professional CV (with specific details about current graduate program status) 

- a statement indicating the applicant’s familiarity with social media platforms, and especially blog programs

- a one- to two- page statement outlining the applicant’s vision for the blog and the contributions that s/he would hope to see it make to the interdisciplinary community of scholarship to which BC Studies is addressed

Application deadline is 15 October 2016