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October 16, 2003


Visitor to lecture on Belfast

Dr. Tom Wilson, professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York (Binghamton), will be visiting Memorial University from Oct. 16-18.

Dr. Wilson is well known as an anthropologist of Ireland, the European Union and, most recently, international borders. Prior to taking up his post at Binghamton, he spent many years as a senior lecturer in the Institute of European Studies at The Queen's University of Belfast.

Among many others, his publications include Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State, New Borders for a Changing Europe, Border Identities: Nation and State at International Frontiers and An Anthropology of the European Union. He is currently co-editor of two journals: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and European Studies as well as editor of SUNY Press's National Identities series.

Dr. Wilson will be giving a public lecture entitled Belfast, European Capital of Culture: Whose Capital, Whose Culture? on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Education 2018A. A reception will follow.

In addition to his public lecture, Dr. Wilson would like to hold an informal roundtable discussion to explore the possibility of establishing research network for the study of international borders. While Dr. Wilson has suggested a particular focus on the Canada-US border, organizers encourage anyone with an interest in border studies to come along. They envision holding this round-table on Friday, Oct. 17.

Those interested in attending should contact Robin Whitaker (; phone: 737-7451). It is hoped that this session will be organized to allow as many interested people as possible to attend, so please indicate whether a morning (10:30 a.m.) or lunchtime slot would be better.



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