Frequently asked questions

I want to stay on in Birmingham after the conference

posted Jan 20, 2011, 8:18 AM by Jodie Robson   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 9:17 AM ]

Accommodation is not available at the University for those who wish to stay on after the conference ends on 6 April, but the Birmingham Convention Bureau provide an accommodation service, and will be able to advise on the location of hotels. Their telephone number is +44 (0)121 202 5005, or there is an email link from their website.

If you prefer to book accommodation yourself online, VisitBirmingham's accommodation section offers direct links to a range of hotels. The same site also has links to a wide range of tourist information. You can also book online through

How can I pay by PayPal?

posted Jan 20, 2011, 7:49 AM by Jodie Robson

Fill out your registration form, either by filling in the boxes onscreen or by printing it first and filling out by hand. Once you have the total amount, send the form to the BACS office by email as an attachment ( or by post, and you will receive a PayPal invoice in return. To pay the invoice, simply follow the instructions in it. You will receive an immediate receipt for your payment from PayPal, and the office will be alerted that payment has been made. The process is usually very simple and straightforward.

Will the proceedings of the conference be published?

posted Jan 20, 2011, 7:29 AM by Jodie Robson   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 7:47 AM ]

No, we don't publish all the conference papers. A selection may be published in the British Journal of Canadian Studies, and you are very welcome to submit a paper for consideration following the conference. You can find details of the submission process and the guidelines for contributors on the BJCS website.

Do I need to submit my conference paper in advance?

posted Jan 20, 2011, 7:23 AM by Jodie Robson   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 7:46 AM ]

No, we only publish abstracts, so you don't need to send your paper in before the conference. Some presenters like to bring copies of their papers, in case they are asked for one after their presentation - if you think you would like to do this, it's wise to prepare copies in advance and bring them with you, as it may be difficult to arrange photocopying: twenty copies should be sufficient. If you don't want to weigh yourself down with lots of copies, you can always take email addresses and send a copy later, of course.

Attending for part of a day

posted Jan 17, 2011, 8:45 AM by Jodie Robson

Day delegates are very welcome to attend single sessions or a whole day. Please pre-register for a whole day (including lunch) by emailing, and pay at the conference desk on arrival; to attend for part of a day, please register on arrival.

I'm chairing a session: what will be expected of me?

posted Jan 17, 2011, 8:41 AM by Jodie Robson   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 7:48 AM ]

The usual pattern for BACS conferences is to run a number of parallel sessions (usually 3 or 4 at a time) of 90 minutes each. Each session will have three, or very occasionally four (we do our best to avoid this) papers of 20 minutes each, with a question period for all the presenters at the end of the session. We are finding that increasing numbers of people are trying to take in papers from different sessions, so we ask all session chairs to keep to this pattern.

If you don’t know all the people who are presenting in your session, ask at the conference desk beforehand and we will try to make sure you are introduced to them. You should arrive at the room where your session will take place a few minutes before it is due to start, so that you can be sure that presenters are all there and know how to work any audio-visual equipment they need. If you are not confident about AV equipment and would like a chance to familiarize yourself with it in advance, please ask at the conference desk and we’ll be happy to help.

Start the session on time and do try to keep your introductions brief. You should warn presenters 15 minutes into their paper, and again when only 2 minutes are left. The papers should be taken in sequence, in the order they appear in the programme and all questions should be left to the end of the session, when all the papers have been presented. There is usually no shortage of questions, but you may find it helpful to have thought of a question for each person, to start things off, or if you feel someone is being left out. Finally, please try to end the session promptly, however hard it may be to cut short an interesting discussion.

If this is your first time chairing a session and you would like some extra advice, please contact the organizers and we will arrange for someone to discuss it with you. And if you are dying to chair a session but have never been asked, do contact us at any time to let us know you are interested.

Presenting for the first time

posted Jan 17, 2011, 8:41 AM by Jodie Robson

I'm presenting a conference paper for the first time; what should I expect?

If you are new to presenting a conference paper, here is a link to some hints that you might find helpful.

AV equipment

posted Jan 17, 2011, 8:39 AM by Jodie Robson

Presenters can reserve AV equipment by downloading the attached form and returning it to the BACS office. Data projectors are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and should be reserved early. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick or CD, and please note that it will be scanned for viruses! Occasionally even the best equipment can fail, too, and we recommend that you have an alternative available. Please note, too, that it may not be possible to use your own laptop for your presentation, especially if it is a Mac.

Presenters who would like to check in advance that their presentation is running smoothly should contact Jodie on

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