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ACVI at BC Studies Conference, May 4-6, 2017



Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw.

In keeping with regional protocol, ACVI acknowledges and thanks the Coast Salish people on whose traditional territory Vancouver Island University resides.  We value the opportunity to share, learn, and live together on Snunéymuxw Traditional Territory.

“Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific” (ACVI) project invites students, scholars and community researchers to submit papers for a proposed edited volume on the theme of (Un)Settling the Islands: Race, Indigeneity, and the Transpacific. Papers related to the themes of culture and heritage, and cross-cultural relations with respect to fighting for justice, sports, food, fishing and forestry are particularly welcome.

Papers chosen will be presented as part of 4-5 panels hosted by ACVI at the biannual BC Studies Conference, an interdisciplinary gathering at Vancouver Island University, May 4-6, 2017. If chosen, presenters will be eligible for subsidies for registration and travel to the conference.

The theme for the BC Studies Conference is (Un)Settling British Columbia, As noted by the BC Studies organizers, “Unsettling British Columbia means acknowledging and confronting these legacies [i.e., colonialism, and the transformation of land and relationships], disturbing traditional perspectives of the province, and re-examining its economic, social and political systems.”  In many ways it overlaps with ACVI’s focus of documenting and (re)conceptualizing Asian Canadian history on Vancouver Island.

We encourage scholars, community researchers and writers, and museum partners to submit. Student proposals are particularly encouraged!

Call for papers and posters:

  1. Individual papers: title and abstract (250 words). Identify with up to three categories/themes, and (optional) up to three tags; this will assist in grouping papers in an appropriate panel.
  2. Posters: title and brief description (50-100 words). Identify with up to three categories/themes, and (optional) up to three tags; this will assist in grouping posters.

Important dates:

  1. Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2017
  2. Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2017
  3. Submission of paper for circulation: April 21, 2017

Please send proposals electronically to and include “Proposal – Paper (or Poster)” in the subject line.

If you have questions, please contact