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Lynda Mannik


  • BA (Hons) Anthropology/History, Trent University, 2002
  • MA Interdisciplinary, Trent University, 2004
  • PhD Social Anthropology, York University 2009


  • Visiting Assistant Professor

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Lynda Mannik joins the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow for two years (2010-2012). The trajectory of her work has been to critically examine the production, circulation and reception of visual imagery related to a single event in order to explore negotiations between time and space, in relation to various aspects of identity and memory. Her book, Canadian Indian Cowboys in Australia: Representation, Rodeo and the RCMP at the Royal Easter Show, 1939 (University of Calgary Press, 2006), came out her Master’s thesis through the Frost Centre at Trent University. Mannik’s PhD dissertation, which was completed in the Social Anthropology at York University, focused on the voyage of the S.S. Walnut, the largest group of refugees to arrive by boat on Canadian shores in the 20th century. Several of its 347 passengers took photographs of their journey, which took place in 1948. The manuscript, which has been completed, explores how refugee identity is produced and understood in both public and private renditions with an emphasis on the role that photographs play as social objects and as conduits in the production of identity over time. The University of British Columbia Press has set a projected publication date for Fall 2011. Mannik’s current postdoctoral research will analyze the role of print media in creating social memories and subsequently, affecting personal memories. It will examine the arrival of 174 refugees from India, mostly Sikhs, on the Amelia. This project will combine a content analysis, common to visual communication studies, with anthropological methods of inquiry where Mannik will interview the surviving passengers of the Amelia and the residents of Charlesville, who participated in this event. She also has plans for publishing a book on the findings of this research.