BC Studies Prize announcement!


It is our pleasure to announce the winner and runner up of the inaugural BC Studies Prize. This award is for the article deemed to have made the greatest contribution to understanding British Columbia in the previous year, primarily on the basis of the significance and originality of the research but also taking into account the career stage of the author. 

BC Studies Prize: Caroline Grego, “Maybe National Park: Consultation, Conservation, and Conflict in the Okanagan-Similkameen,” published in BC Studies 186 in the Summer of 2015.

Runner up: Mica Jorgenson, “‘Into That Country to Work’: Aboriginal Economic Activities during Barkerville’s Gold Rush,” published in BC Studies 185 in the Spring of 2015

Congratulations Caroline and Mica!

BC Studies at the Legislative Assembly


BC Studies was mentioned in the BC Legislature when Adrian Dix spoke during the second reading of the bill to make changes to the Insurance Corporation of BC.

Mr Dix was referencing Rick McCandless's article in BC Studies, issue no. 178, Summer 2013: Politics and Public Automobile Insurance in British Columbia, 1970-2010.

You can read the official report from the Legislative Assembly here. Page 10740.


Congratulations Graeme!


The journal Historical Geography (Volume 43, 2015) contains five articles assessing BC Studies editor Graeme Wynn's major contributions over the last forty years to historical geography, environmental history and Canadian studies generally.

See the Historical Georgraphy journal here.

Congratulations Graeme from all of us at BC Studies



Join us in welcoming Alex Lausanne as our new Blog Curator! To view posts visit

Order of Canada


BC Studies congratulates Editorial Board member, Wade Davis, on his recent recognition as a Member of the Order of Canada.  It is a fine honour and richly deserved.


Apply to be the BCS Blog Curator!

CALL FOR APPLICANTS - BC Studies Blog Curator

BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly is seeking an early career scholar (ideally a doctoral student) to initiate and curate a BC Studies Blog. This new initiative to appear in 2016, will be associated with the Journal and will be mounted and maintained on the BC Studies website (

The BCS blog, like the journal, will focus on British Columbia and provide 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 will be both solicited and contributed, and the blog curator will work with submissions from a number of fields potentially 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 two years and is not renewable. 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 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.  

Starting date is 1 January 2016 or as close thereafter as possible. 

Those interested in the position should submit the following to Ms. 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 11 December 2015