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CFP: Raise Every Voice: War Resistance in Canadian History

Call for Papers:

'Raise Every Voice: War Resistance in Canadian History.' (working title)

Editors: Lara Campbell (Simon Fraser University), Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney (St. Thomas University)

Between the Lines is committed to publishing an edited collection examining the history of war resistance in Canada.
We are looking for two or three chapters to fill out this collection. We are particularly interested in additional material on the following periods and areas: conscientious objection in the nineteenth century, war resistance during the First and Second World Wars, gender and anti-war activism, and anti-war activism in Quebec.

Between the Lines is committed to reaching a broad audience with this collection -- both within and outside of academia. Therefore, we are looking for chapters that are accessible to non-academics and written without specialist language.  Chapters (maximum 6500 words) will be due in Fall 2013.

If you are interested in contributing to this project please send a one-page abstract (300 words) and brief c.v. by 28 February 2013 to Catherine Gidney ( An overall summary of the book’s rationale appears below:

Canada has a long and rich historical tradition of resistance to war. We are interested in resistance to specific wars, including, but not limited to, the War of 1812, the Boer War, World War One and World War Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the War in Afghanistan.  But we are also interested in resistance to the general militarization of society.  While there has been interesting and important work on peace activism, including the institutional development and organization of peace organizations as well as biographies of peace activists, we are interested specifically in reactions to, and methods of, war resistance.  Questions that we are interested in exploring include: What arguments have individuals or groups put forward against war? How have these changed over time as the nature and purpose of war has itself changed? How have war resisters been treated by the state and other citizens? How have perceptions of war resistance changed over time? What kinds of activities have war resisters engaged in? How successful have they been at getting across their point of view?  An edited collection focusing on this historical tradition will be a timely and relevant contribution to understanding Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.

Lara Campbell
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6