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





BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly

BC Studies publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on British Columbia’s social, cultural, political, and economic life, past and present. Articles represent research by a diverse group of scholars and students.

We are interested in publishing papers organized around themes that are relevant to various populations and regions and that cut across historical periods, including but not limited to:



Interior Forests 

Colonial Entanglements 

Transnational Relationships 

Indigenous Resurgence 


The average article length is thirty-five to forty double-spaced pages (this includes footnotes, references, illustrations, photographs, maps, and tables, and is equivalent to approximately 9000 words) although shorter and longer submissions will be considered. PLEASE NOTE: each full page table, map, photo, or other illustration is equivalent when published to 450 words; a half page figure is equivalent to 225 words. 

Submission guidelines can be found here:

BC Studies accepts manuscript submissions online through the Open Journal System (OJS). To submit an article, please visit:

You must first register as an author and then follow the submission instructions.

Deadline: we will accept submissions on an ongoing basis.

Please contact Leanne Coughlin, Managing Editor for any questions you may have:


ANNOUNCING THE NEW EDITOR OF BC STUDIES: Leslie Robertson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UBC.


It is with great pleasure that we welcome Leslie Robertson to the position of Editor, BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly.

We would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the out-going Editor, Graeme Wynn. During his tenure, Graeme moved BC Studies from a paper-based, print-only journal available (incompletely) in digital form in certain libraries, to a partial open-access digital and print journal, making use of OJS. He created new features in the journal (case comments, maps, photo essays, reflections, research notes, and more), almost doubled the number of articles published annually, started a blog on the BCS website, and established an annual BC Studies Prize. We would also like to recognize our out-going Associate and Book Reviews Editor, Richard Mackie, for the tremendous work he has done for the journal which includes editing no fewer than 100 manuscripts and 650 book reviews during his six year tenure. It is with the utmost respect and our deepest gratitude that we thank Graeme and Richard for their significant contributions and commitment to scholarship in British Columbia.

BC Studies is a multidisciplinary journal that stands at the forefront of Canadian regional scholarship and contributes to informed public debate in British Columbia.  In looking for a new editor, the committee, led by Matthew Evenden, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, launched a thorough search for an editor who had an ability to bridge different disciplinary approaches to research and who would present a new vision for the future of the journal. 

“BC has this stunning diversity of languages and histories, and there’s an  complexity of social and political projects people are engaged in right now. We’re working in a post TRC context of late colonialism and I think we have responsibilities as educators, scholars, stewards of texts – to recall and analyze colonial processes, and to try in whatever ways possible, to dismantle habits of representation and authority that continue to impact people in negative ways. This is an exciting time methodologically across disciplines.  Ways of apprehending present circumstances, what constitutes the past and what is possible are expanding: there is an exciting cohort of scholars doing multi-sensory research and documentation; the influence of indigenous and other culturally-situated knowledges has opened avenues for different ways of listening and understanding phenomena; new considerations of power and knowledge are unfolding in all kinds of directions. And we are in a position to think through these things, to facilitate  conversations (in sound, imagery and text) among scholars doing really exciting work.”

 Leslie has a critical interest in community-generated and collaborative methodologies. Her applied and ethnographic research includes projects about: intergenerational biography; aboriginal activism and historical colonial processes; street drug use, violence and homelessness; place-making and memory. She is the author of Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church and Custom (with the Kwaguł Gixsam);  Imagining Difference: Legend, Curse and Spectacle in a Canadian Mining Town; and, co-editor of In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. Current work focuses on the afterlife of historical colonialism, how people from diverse cultural and social locations inhabit their histories, the imaginative resources they draw upon to speak about them, and the role of scholarship in translating and interpreting them.  




CALL FOR PAPERS – (Un)Settling British Columbia: BC Studies 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 (but are not limited to):

Colonialism and resistance
Treaties and treaty-making
Land - its uses and meanings
Truth and Reconciliation
Energy past, present, and/or futures
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 for each presenter. Please indicate who will be 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: Monday, October 31, 2016.

Please send proposals electronically to:



BCS author Richard McCandless on Hydro-pricing


BC Studies author Richard McCandless has collaborated with Dr. Harry Swain on an opinion piece in the Victoria Times-Colonist entitled "Hydro pricing: What the minister didn’t tell us." For the full article, see:
Thank you for your great work, Richard!

Sono Nis Press Warehouse Fire


BC Studies extends its deep condolences to veteran independent publisher Sono Nis Press of Winlaw, BC, the publishing arm of Morriss Printing of Victoria, which printed BC Studies for many years. A fire on 4 August destroyed the press's entire stock. Over the years BC Studies has reviewed 35 books with the Sono Nis Press imprint, among them many authors, reviewers, and readers in the extended BC Studies community. For more information see: