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


CFP: Cdn Nautical Research Society Conference


Call for Papers 

Canadian Nautical Research Society Annual Conference and General Meeting
18-20 August 2016
"Where Rivers Meet Oceans"
New Westminster, British Columbia 


The mighty Fraser River, one of Western Canada's major waterways, winds from the Rocky Mountains down through treacherous gorges to the fertile plains of the Lower Mainland where it meets the sea at the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver. Renowned for its annual salmon run, natural habitat and present industrial and shipping uses, the river has fostered settlement and work for millennia, first with the Coast Salish peoples and later immigrants from around the world. New Westminster, the province's first capital and gateway for the Gold Rush, has a long association with the Fraser River. Once known as Canada's Liverpool for its port and terminals, the city has become a mature residential suburb with interesting cultural and heritage activities. A riverside promenade, commercial quay, steamboat museum and parklands welcome visitors. 

Appropriately, the theme of the 2016 conference to be held in New Westminster is "Where Rivers Meet Oceans". Papers related to this theme, unimpeded by geography or time period, are invited, as well as any topic in maritime history of interest to a predominantly North American audience. All individual paper proposals should include the name and affiliation of the presenter, a title, a 250 word abstract, and short bio or CV. Proposals for complete panels should include the same particulars as well as a proposed panel title. 

Membership in the Canadian Nautical Research Society is encouraged, though not required. All presenters will have to pay their own conference registration fee. Should presenters wish to publish their paper for a larger audience, the society's peer-reviewed academic journal The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord is available. 

New Westminster is accessible by public transit direct from the Vancouver International Airport, and has affordable accommodation in the city and close-by in the neighbouring municipalities of Burnaby and Coquitlam. 


The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2016.
Please submit by email or post to:
Chris Madsen
741 East 10th Street
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7L 2G2