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:

Wishing Graeme Wynn farewell!


Today we bid farewell to Graeme Wynn who is retiring from UBC and stepping down as the Editor of BC Studies after a remarkable eight years. 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.

It is with the utmost respect and our deepest gratitude that we thank Graeme for his significant contributions and commitment to scholarship in British Columbia.

Please join us in welcoming his successor Leslie Robertson of UBC’s Department of Anthropology. 

BCHF Historical Writing Competition Winners


The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) announced the winners for the Annual Historical Writing Competition at the BCHF Annual Conference on May 28th. Many of the titles have been reviewed in BC Studies.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2015

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia presented the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing and $2,500 to Ronald A. Greene for Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 by Ronald A. Greene (Greene Frogge Press)
Read our review of Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 here.

2nd prize, $1500. Ferries & Fjords: The History of Indian Arm by Ralph Drew (self-published).

3rd prize, $500. Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen & Catherine Siba (Harbour Publishing).
Read our review of Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District here.

For a full list of winners, special mentions, please visit the BCHF website.

Call for Papers: UVIC Faculty of Law and History


First Nations, Land, and James Douglas: Indigenous and Treaty Rights in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1849-1864

The Songhees Nation and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and History Department invite your participation in a conference on this theme at the Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, B.C.

February 24-26th 2017.

We anticipate that there will be tours of Songhees traditional territory by land and sea on Friday the 24th before the first presentations and that the conference will include a mix of academic and community presentations.

We welcome individual and panel proposals for presentations from researchers, legal professionals, and community members, on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

1) Relations between First Nations and James Douglas

2) Indigenous and Colonial Concepts of Land, Law and Territory

3) Hunting and Fishing Rights

4) The End of Treaty-Making

5) The Roles of the HBC and the Colonial Office

6) The History of Douglas Era Reserves

7) Current relevance of these historical events.

Please send a 250-500 word description of the proposed presentation and a one page resume or cv to any of:

Cheryl Bryce -  

John Rice Jr - or John Lutz