The Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies
As part of its ongoing endeavor to promote Canadian Studies in Israel, since 1988 the Halbert Centre together with the Israel Association for Canadian Studies (IACS) has hosted a biennial conference on Canadian Studies in Jerusalem, reaching a total of 13 bienniel conferences as of June 2010. Each conference has a central theme (Canadian Literature and Ethnicity, for example, in 1994) as well as other sessions on a variety of Canadian themes. The conferences attract Israeli and Canadian scholars as well as Canadianists from other countries, including the United States, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, Poland, Brazil, Australia, russia and China.
The conference programmes are published in the local newspapers (Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz), inviting the general public to attend. Following the conferences, selected papers have been published in edited collections. The Hebrew University’s academic Magnes Press has published twelve volumes (until 2009) and is responsible for their distribution.