BC Studies Conference 2019: Call for Proposals!


Calling for Proposals! The 2019 BC Studies Conference (May 2-4, 2019) invites you to submit your proposals on the theme of Intersections: Peoples and Places in British Columbia.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is proud to host the international, multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference on the theme of Intersections: Peoples and Places in British Columbia, May 2-4, 2019.

Thompson Rivers University is located in the beautiful city of Kamloops, on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory that is situated in the Southern interior of British Columbia within the unceded traditional lands of the Secwépemc Nation. We extend our honour and gratitude to the Secwépemc Nation for welcoming us on their traditional territory.

We are pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers on all areas of research on British Columbia, including those that address intersections within and between peoples and places throughout the province.

We welcome submissions from scholars working in all fields, including the arts and humanities, law, education, social work, and the natural and social sciences. We especially encourage proposals that focus on marginalized peoples and/or places, and that explore relatively understudied or overlooked aspects of British Columbia’s past, present, and future. Proposals from Indigenous researchers are particularly welcomed, as are submissions from graduate students and community-based scholars.

Panels, roundtables, or workshops: Proposals for panels, roundtables, or workshops should include a title, brief description (150 words) of the session theme, brief abstract (50 words) for each presentation, and a one-page CV for each presenter.

Individual papers: Individual paper proposals should include a title, brief abstract (250 words), and a one-page CV.

Posters: Proposals for posters should include a title, brief description (100 words), and a one-page CV.

For further information please contact Tina Block at


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Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018.


Co-editor Paige Raibmon


We are excited to announce Paige Raibmon as the co-editor of BC Studies! Paige joins us from UBC’s Department of History and has been a long time contributor and supporter of the journal.

She writes: "I'm thrilled to join Leslie Robertson as co-editor for BC Studies. I am honoured to contribute to the journal that published my first article (back in 1996!) and that I have followed for so long.

Please join us in welcoming Paige!

Congratulations to the 2017 BC Studies Prize Winner!


BC Studies
Orcas at Play (2015) by Susan Point

2017 BC Studies Prize Winner
Nicolas Graham, "State-Capital Nexus and the Making of BC Shale and Liquefied Natural Gas," published in BC Studies no. 194, Summer 2017. 

Honourable Mention
George Abbott, “Persistence of Colonial Prejudice and Policy in British Columbia’s Indigenous Relations: Did the Spirit of Joseph Trutch Haunt Twentieth-Century Resource Development?" published in BC Studies no. 194, Summer 2017.

BC Studies is pleased to announce that Nicolas Graham is the winner of the 2017 BC Studies Prize. Congratulations to Nicolas and to George Abbott, the honourable mention. Both articles are now available to read, open access, on OJS

The BC Studies Prize is awarded to the author of the best paper published in the journal each calendar year, judged by the editors and members of the BC Studies Editorial Board to have made the greatest contribution to understanding British Columbia.  The prize, which is funded by donations, is intended to encourage and celebrate high-quality work on British Columbia, regardless of topic or discipline. In recognition of the generous lead donation of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, 2015-2030 recipients of the BC Studies Prize each receive a specially-commissioned piece of art work by Musqueam artist Susan Point. 



BC Studies no. 196 Winter 2017/18, Perspectives on the Gold Rush, is now available! This issue features THIS SPACE HERE interviews with Jacinda Mack, Coordinator with the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM), and with Glenn Grande, Executive Director of the Fair Mining Collaborative (FMC); ARTICLES by Robert Galois, Thomas Mills, Brian Pegg, Andrew D. Nelson, and Tara Lamothe-Ammerlaan, Daniel Brendle-Moczuk, Glenn Grande, and Amy Cook; and a FILM REVIEW ESSAY by Tyler Hagan. Browse the full issue here.

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New Book and Film Review Editor


BC Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. David Rossiter will serve as the new Book and Film Review Editor. 

Dr. Rossiter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies. He received his PhD in Geography from York University in Toronto, Canada in 2005. A broadly-trained cultural-historical geographer, Rossiter teaches courses on human geography, geographies of Canada, natural resource spaces, and post-colonial landscapes. His research focuses on contested lands and resources in British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest. 

We look forward to working with David and welcome him to the BC Studies family.