The purposes of the European Network for Canadian Studies (ENCS) are to develop the European dimension of Canadian Studies, to foster linkages between European Canadianists, to facilitate the cooperation between European and Canadian scholars and to contribute to the development of a new generation of European Canadianists.
To reach these goals the ENCS organizes:
Furthermore the ENCS helps expand Canadian Studies into new European areas and into new, non- traditional fields. The ENCS also tries to reinforce and widen fields such as human resource development, public administration, law, integration and identity, new technologies, development aid, economics, etc.
The ENCS brings together the Presidents or representatives of all European Canadian Studies Associations but its structure is open and flexible.
agenda is based upon a consensus model, its personnel composition fluctuates
according to the task at hand and its operations are carried
out in close cooperation with the association that want to participate
in a specific operation.
The ENCS maintains close links with the International Council for Canadian Studies.
ENCS, in short, is not another administrative layer between European Canadian Studies associations and the International Council for Canadian Studies but rather an informal facilitator.
A European Task Force on Canadian Studies (ETF) was established at the end of the first-ever all-European Canadian Studies conference, which was held in The Hague, Netherlands, in October 1990. Its purpose was to further develop the European dimension of Canadian Studies. The initiative was accepted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and got a mandate for five years.
To start up activities, a meeting of Presidents or representatives of European Canadian Studies associations was held and plans how to give form to cooperation were discussed.
Out of this meeting developed the idea of:
Towards the end of the first mandate period a second mandate was negotiated with Ottawa. The name "European Task Force on Canadian Studies" was changed to European Network for Canadian Studies (ENCS).
Under the second mandate ENCS :
Main track record of the ENCS:
- Organizing Diversity. Migration Policy and Practice - Canada and Europe (Berg en Dal, Netherlands, 1995).
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