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Keynote speakers

Professor Claude Denis, University of Ottawa
Canada-US armour for a happy place? Building "perimeter" security without Mexico
Claude Denis is a professor at the School of Political Studies and the Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, where he was also director of the Centre on Governance from 2002 to 2004. He is the author of We Are Not You. First Nations and Canadian Modernity (1997) and of many articles, book chapters and reports on Canadian and Mexican politics. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto.

Louis Balthazar, Laval University
Canada's Continental Destiny and Quebec's Américanité Confronted with Americans' security obsession

Louis Balthazar is Professor emeritus at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.  He is also co-president of the Center for U.S. Studies, Raoul-Dandurand Chair, University of Quebec in Montreal. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University (1971), “licence” in Theology (1963), “licence” in Philosophy (1956) and a Masters in French Literature from the University of Montreal (1955). He has published extensively on United States foreign policy, Canadian-American relations, Quebec nationalism and other topics. Among his recent books are La politique étrangère des États-Unis: fondements, acteurs, formulations (with Charles-Philippe David and Justin Vaïsse; 2008), Le Québec dans l’espace americain (with Alfred O. Hero Jr.; 1999), Contemporary Quebec and the United States  (also with Alfred Hero; 1988), and French-Canadian Civilization (1995).

Dr Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster, 
Presidential Address

Susan Hodgett is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), where she is Director of the Canadian Studies Research Programme at the Institute for Research in Social Science. She is currently Secretary to ICCS and Chair of the twenty-four member UK Council for Area Studies Associations. Her personal research interests are on public policy in Europe and Canada; and on ideas relating to human and regional development. She has published in Public Administration, the Journal of Human Development, Politics and Policy, Public Administration and Development and the Journal of Public Sector Management. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the University of London. Most recently she has been researching the issue of multiculturalism, social cohesion and immigrant integration into Canada. She has recently been appointed to the UK Research Excellence Framework evaluation to 2014.

Professor Stephen Royle, Queen's University Belfast
Insecurity in Canada's past: James Douglas keeps the peace on Vancouver Island: Eccles Lecture 2011

Stephen Royle is Director of the Queen’s University Centre of Canadian Studies. His research is largely with the areas of historical settlement and also island studies. Recent publications include A Geography of Islands (2001), The Company’s Island: St Helena, Company Colonies and the Colonial Endeavour (2007) and Company, Crown and Colony: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Territorial Endeavour in Western Canada (2010). He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Kate Pullinger, novelist
(In)Security, and Belonging in The Mistress of Nothing and Flight Paths

Kate Pullinger’s most recent book, The Mistress of Nothing, won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes, and was long-listed for the Giller Prize.  Her digital fiction project Inanimate Alice has also won numerous prizes, reaching online audiences around the world.  She is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University where she co-founded TRG, the Transliteracy Research Group. Kate is currently working on a new novel that builds on themes developed in her collaborative digital fiction project, Flight Paths:  A Networked Novel.  You can also read Kate on My Secret Blog.