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"Communities, Culture, and Collaborations: Where We Are Now, Research on New Brunswick"

Honouring John McKendy

Friday, April 17, 2009 from 9:30 AM-5:00 PM
Holy Cross House
St. Thomas University

Keynote Speaker

Marie-Linda Lord holds the Chair in Acadian Studies at the Université de Moncton. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Ottawa, a Master’s in Comparative Canadian Literature at the Université de Sherbrooke, and a Doctorate at the Université de Moncton, where she teaches in the Information-Communication program. Her research interests centre on Acadian culture and intercultural relations, and her current research focusses on the construction and representations of identity in literature and the media in New Brunswick. Her academic background, her interest in socio-political, linguistic and cultural questions, as well as her ten years of experience as a journalist with Radio-Canada Atlantique and life-long activities as a cultural worker give her a unique comparative, interdisciplinary and intersectorial approach to her research.

Dr. Lord has published numerous articles in Canada and in Europe on such subjects as New Brunswick literature, intercultural relations among the cultural groups in the province, the role of the media in minority-language communities, women journalists, literature as resistance and the urbanization of Acadie, including a major project on Moncton in the imaginary and consciousness of New Brunswick’s writers and cultural leaders.

Over the last decade, Marie-Linda Lord has been the editor of the multidisciplinary journal Francophonies d’Amérique and has been invited frequently as a speaker and lecturer on a broad range of topics relating to her research. She serves on juries for both arts and journalism awards, and on the board and on committees of research and cultural organizations such as the Chair for research development on French-language culture in North America, and RéseauThéophraste, a network of journalism programs in Europe, Africa and Canada.

As Keynote Speaker for the NBASRDC symposium, Marie-Linda Lord’s talk is entitled “Making Contact... In Light of Intercultural Wishes of Living Together Happily Ever After.” In keeping with the theme of, “Communities, Cultures, Collaborations,” she will be discussing intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to research in New Brunswick, as well as some of the accomplishments and innovative projects of researchers in the areas of New Brunswick and Acadian Studies.