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BC Studies Conference CFP

BC Studies Conference CFP

October 31, 2016

(Un)Settling British Columbia

BC Studies Conference – Vancouver Island University, on the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo, British Columbia – May 4-6, 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:

Colonialism and resistance
Treaties and treaty-maki
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 or brief bio for each presenter. Please indicate 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: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Please send proposals electronically to: bc.studies@viu.ca.