Atlantic Canada Studies Conference – May 4-5, 2018

Today’s coverage of the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference occurs via Unwritten Histories, who have graciously agreed to share Stephanie Pettigrew’s observations of the conference.

By Stephanie Pettigrew

This year’s Atlantic Canada Studies Conference took place in the beautiful and historic Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Located just steps away from the Grand-Pré UNESCO World Heritage site, it seemed a very apropos location to be discussing the state of Atlantic Canada studies. Acadia did a great job hosting, and pulled off a fantastic conference.

Before I start my coverage of this spectacular event, a caveat: there were so many great panels, many of them happening concurrently, and it was physically impossible to attend all of them. Therefore, I can only include details of the ones I went to personally (although in a few cases my good friend and University of Saskatchewan PhD Candidate Michelle Desveaux went to other panels to take some notes for me; but even then, we still missed most of the conference due to the impossibility of attending everything). For those of you who wanted to hear more about panels that I did not attend, I apologize. If I could split myself into four people and attend every single concurrent panel I absolutely would have, because everything sounded amazing. I particularly regret missing panels that featured Rachel Bryant, Chantal Richard, Natasha Simon, Nicole O’Byrne, Sarah Spike, and Tina Loo, to name only a few.

Day One
On to the panels I was able to attend! The first featured Patrick Callaway of the University of Maine, whose paper was titled “Restrictions, Selective Enforcement and Obedience: Commerce in the Northwestern Atlantic, 1807-1814.” His research focuses on trade relationships between the United States and Nova Scotia during times of war, and the highly regulated sanctioning of these continued relationships in order to bring very specific trade goods into Halifax, such as grain, in order to relieve Nova Scotia’s lack of domestically-grown goods. Zachary Tingley of the University of New Brunswick followed, with “Littoral Space, the Lighthouse and its Imperial Meaning in New Brunswick, 1793-1867.” This paper was based on Tingley’s MA research on inter-provincial lighthouse cooperation between maritime provinces. He also spoke about how the building of lighthouses was the empire’s way to tame wild spaces, making them safe. You can read more about Tingley’s work on his recent post on Borealia.

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