Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sara Ross

Bank of Canada Seeks Nominations for Canadian Women to Appear on National Currency

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Yes, every Canadian coin has a picture of the Queen of England on it, and yes, so do those $20 bills that come out if the ATM. But no Canadian currency has ever featured a Canadian woman, coin or bill, on its front or back. The Bank of Canada is seeking to change that, and has issued a call for Canadian women to be nominated to appear on a Canadian currency note that it has entitled the “A Bank NOTE-able Canadian Woman” competition. The only criteria for nominees are that the person is “a Canadian (by birth or naturalization) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada”, and that they have been deceased for 25 years.

If interested you will have to hurry, as the period for nominations ends on April 15th, 2016. A long list of 10-12 names will be selected from the nominations, from which a short-list will be selected by a panel of historical experts. The final decision will be made by the Canadian Minister of Finance. Women that have been nominated thus far have included seminal artists like Emily Carr, author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and suffragettes like Nellie McClung and Emily Murphy–in fact, The Famous Five have been nominated collectively, as well as each on their own. The Advisory Council that will guide the process is a diverse group that includes 5 women and two men.

You can read more about the competition at its website here.

Sara Ross

News Article of Interest: Follow-up on Germany’s New Art Laws

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On November 22, 2015 I reported that Germany was on the verge of enacting major revisions to the nation’s cultural heritage laws. Henri Neuendorf’s ArtNet News article “Why You Should Worry About Germany’s Radical New Cultural Protection Laws” is an interesting piece on the proposed amendments to Germany’s rules, which have been heavily criticized by contemporary European artists. Neuendorf reports that many of the major players involved are not commenting on the impact of the law publicly, but writes that:

The reality is that the law will inevitably have a global impact. Germany is the largest economy in Europe and many of the world’s leading artists, galleries, and museums, as well as a host of collectors and auction houses are based in the country. If it passes, the law will seriously complicate the flow of artworks and cultural objects in and out of the country. A primary concern over the law is the opaque definition of what constitutes so-called German cultural heritage.

You can read the article in full here.


Sara Ross

Call for Papers: Pasifika Law and Culture Conference at the Victoria University of Wellington


The Pasifika Law and Culture Conference, held once every two years, has released its call for papers for the upcoming event to be held at the Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand from July 4th to 6th, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is “After Paris, After Winston – the PACIFIC“, and applications are open to all law students. Accepted students to the conference will have their airfare and accommodations covered by the conference organizers. Applications are to be sent to by May 4th, 2016.

You can read more about the conference at their website here.

Sara Ross

Ethnography, Law & Society Graduate Student Mentor Program

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The Ethnography, Law & Society CRN of the Law and Society Association has announced the launch of a new graduate student mentorship program. The program matches graduate students with professors from across the US and rest of the world, and the pairs will meet at this year’s LSA conference in New Orleans. Whether you are planning on attending the LSA conference or are simply looking for advice from senior scholars on the subject matters covered by the CRN, submissions to become a part of the program are due by May 1st, 2016. Applications to be mentored must include a one paragraph statement covering your research interests/challenges and current project. Professors are also encouraged to apply to become mentors in the program; their application simply requires a submission of their research interests and expertise (keywords are fine). Submissions for both roles should be sent to

To read more about the program you can find the announcement here.

Sara Ross

Toronto City Council Unanimously Approves Music City Strategy


On April 1st, 2016, many publications published false news stories in the spirit of April Fools. Google found itself in a bit of trouble this year by placing a small “mic drop” icon beside the send button on its Gmail interface, which cause a .gif of an angry mic drop to conclude any sent emails. The angry mic drop .gif resulted in multiple professional emails being sent out with the funny/not so funny .gif at the end of them, according to CNN). The April Fools Day prank icon was pulled by mid-afternoon.

However, also on April Fools Day, some real, encouraging news came out of the Toronto City Council as it unanimously approved the “Toronto Music Strategy: Supporting and Growing the City’s Music Sector”, which has been in the works for years and was finalized late last year by the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council. The unanimous vote was the Advisory Council’s own mic drop, after trying to garner the music industry some official recognition as a major tourist draw underserved by Toronto for a long time. The Advisory Council has spent the better part of a year advocating for the Strategy, holding public meetings and review sessions to gather feedback from the industry and the Toronto community in general.

The official document can be read in full here.