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Friday, March 18, 2011

Call for Papers: Canadian State Trials, vol.4

The editors of the Canadian State Trials project announce that work is beginning on Volume 4 and invite potential contributors to submit preliminary proposals for a chapter in the volume.

The volumes in the State Trials series consist of studies of security threats to the state in a given historical period in Canada. The published volumes so far are:
Volume 1        Law, Politics and Security Measures, 1608-1837 (1996)
Volume 2        Rebellion and Invasion in the Canadas, 1837-1839 (2002)
Volume 3        Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 (2009)

The fourth volume will cover the period 1914 to 1939. As with previous volumes, it will focus on the use of law and legal institutions to respond to real and perceived state security threats including the management of public dissent and disorder. Examples of potential topics for chapters include (but are not limited to): accounts of trial(s) for treason and for sedition (including in military courts); suspension of habeas corpus during World War I; responses to the Winnipeg General Strike and to other incidents of labour unrest during the 1920s and 1930s; and prosecutions of, or legal measures against, ethnic, religious, political and other groups in the name of state security.

Those interested in contributing should contact both editors with a relevant topic and a brief description of the proposed treatment, along with a short CV, by August 1, 2011.

Barry Wright (

Susan Binnie (

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