CfP: Defining Canada, 1867-2017: values, practices and representations

International Conference / Congress of The French Association of Canadian Studies
Paris, 14-16 June 2017

On July 1st 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On this historic occasion, the French Association of Canadian Studies (AFEC), in conjunction with the Research Center on Anglophone Cultures (LARCA) of Université Paris Diderot, will hold a conference to explore the evolution of Canada and what defines it. This conference intents to favor the historical perspective of the longue durée, by examining not only what defines Canada in 2017, but by comparing this with the way it was defined in 1867, at the time of Confederation, as well as in 1967, at the time of the centennial. To do so, the conference will be organized around three guiding lines that correspond to the values, the practices and the representations through which Canada is defined.

Abstracts can be submitted individually or as a panel (group of 4 proposals around the same topic), in French or in English.

Deadline to submit abstracts (400 words) along with a short bio (100 words), preferably in Word format: 1st July 2016

Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2016

Contact: Dr. Laurence CROS
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies,
Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)

Selected papers from this conference will be published in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies, first as a paper issue, followed one year later by a free-access electronic issue on http://eccs.revues.or/

Further information here.

CFP: Connected Histories, Mirrored Empires British and French Imperialism from the 17th through 20th centuries

How were the British and French empires formed in relation, contrast or in spite of the other? How was each complicit in shaping the other—as opponent, ally, or frère ennemi? How were they connected? This conference encourages historians to conceive of the French and British empires together, as each empire endured as a point of reference and connection for the other. This conference addresses connections and shared experiences of the French and English/British empires from their emergence in the early modern period through decolonization.

Venue: University of Hong Kong, 27-29 May 2016

Proposals are invited for individual papers of about 20 minutes, and for panels including three such papers. Address questions to James Fichter at

To apply, send abstract of 200 words (maximum) and one-page c.v. by 1 December 2015 to

Further information here.

Event: British culture goes global: the cultural dimensions of imperial globalisation

Oxford Centre for Global History Special Lecture

‘British culture goes global: the cultural dimensions of imperial globalisation’

Professor John MacKenzie (Emeritus, University of Lancaster)

Wednesday 6th May, 5pm
Venue: Examination Schools

No one thinks twice about approaching the histories of, say, the Roman or Norman empires by using their material remains as evidence. Moreover, most such histories consider these empires from the point of view of the cultural influence exerted by them. Yet historians have been reluctant to deal with the British Empire as a cultural phenomenon. Many political, administrative, military, and economic histories have been published and these approaches are of course important. But it is now time to move beyond the political economy of empire in the direction of the cultural economy. This lecture will offer a prospectus for such a history, setting out to synthesise much detailed and focused work of the past twenty years or so. Its conclusion will be that the cultural dimensions are important not only for the full understanding of the nature and significance of the British Empire, but also for comprehending aspects of globalisation created by the past centuries of European cultural, and specifically British, influence.

All welcome.

Enquiries and to register:

Poster: Special lecture Prof John MacKenzie 6 May 2015