Acadiensis at 50

Acadiensis is marking 50 years of publication with a special edition featuring the cover art of Mi’kmaw artist Loretta Gould’s Share Our Teachings. The back cover image reproduces the original Autumn 1971 cover, which we have purposely scanned in such a way that readers can see the material qualities of that paper issue. We chose these two images to represent the past and the present, as we think about the last 50 years at the journal and plan for the next.

Our current editorial team acknowledges with gratitude the scholarship and labour that has kept Acadiensis as a dynamic and cutting-edge journal. We will pay tribute to the legacies of the Acadiensis generation on the blog throughout the 50th year. Stay tuned!

For the 50th anniversary journal Autumn issue, we mark this important anniversary by looking at the state of the history of the Atlantic region today and consider the future.  Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie) reflects on this moment as he introduces a set of three articles on this issue. Michael Poplyansky (La Cité – University of Regina) writes on “Le tournant transnational en historiographie acadienne,” Heidi MacDonald (UNB Saint John) asks about “Atlantic Canadian Women and Gender History: Where Is It Going and Where Should It Be Going?” and Daniel Samson (Brock) urges us to think about “Building Research and Community Networks: Putting Acadiensis at the Centre of a Digital Community.”

Three reflections draw on practical experience in research, teaching, or editing. Martha Walls (MSVU) focuses our attention on regional history and “The TRC, Reconciliation, and the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School.  Recently retired Nicole Lang (Edmunston Campus of l’Université de Moncton) shares her experience “Enseigner l’histoire de l’Acadie au Canada atlantique,” and our own Stephen Dutcher traces his involvement with the journal since 2003.

Emerging scholars and doctoral students Courtney Mrazek (UNB) and Mercedes Peters (UBC) offer concrete evidence that the field continues to grow, thrive, and change. Courtney Mrazek engages John Reid (Saint Mary’s) in an interview and Mercedes Peters takes us along on “A Thought-Exercise in Decolonization: Reflections from a Mi’kmaw Historian Revisiting the Acadiensis Readers.”                     

COVID continues to shape our lives and incoming Acadiensis co-editor (January 2022) Peter Twohig (Saint Mary’s) connects this to his research on labour in nursing homes, while Raymond Blake (Regina) uses the 2021 Newfoundland election to write about political campaigns in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In addition, the Autumn 2021 issue features research articles by Willeen Keough (Simon Fraser) and Leanna Thomas (doctoral student, UNB), as well as a review essay on Canadian history podcasts by Janis Thiessen (University of Winnipeg).

Happy Reading.

Erin Morton and Suzanne Morton


About The Acadiensis Blog

The Acadiensis Blog is a place for Atlantic Canadian historians to share their research with both a scholarly and general audience. We welcome submissions on all topics Atlantic Canadian. If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please contact Acadiensis Digital Communications Editor Corey Slumkoski at
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