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Vol 40  No 2
August 30, 2007



In Brief

Letter to the Editor

News & Notes


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Papers & Presentations


Student View
- Getting a fresh start
- Dollars and common sense

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Papers & Presentations

Two Grenfell faculty presented conference papers at a tourism conference – Things that Move: The Material World of Tourism and Travel – held in Leeds, U.K., July 19-23, 2007. Edward Addo, chair of Grenfell’s Tourism Program, presented The Forts and Castles of Ghana: European Legacies of Blackspots in Cultural Tourism, and Doreen Helen Klassen, chair of Grenfell’s Social/Cultural Studies Program, presented They Told Me What to Paint: A Gramscian Analysis of Artist-sponsor Negotiation in Wall Mural Production in Winnipeg. The conference was held at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Linguists from Memorial presented their research results at the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, staged at the Université du Quebec a Montreal in August. More than 350 papers were presented in the regular program and numerous workshops dealt with all the current issues of the discipline. Memorial was well represented at the conference. Drs. Vit Bubenik, John Hewson and Sarah Rose convened a workshop titled Grammatical Change in Indo-European Languages, which attracted 18 participants from Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The convenors’ papers dealt with The Rise and Development of the Possessive Construction in Middle Iranian, Grammaticalization of the Verbal Diathesis in Germanic and The Origin of the 1st Person Singular Consonantal Markers of the Hittite -hi and -mi Conjugations. Their edition of the selected papers from the workshop will be published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam). As well, Dr. Derek Nurse presented his paper on The Emergence of Tense in Early Bantu in a workshop on Bantu languages.

Dr. Jim Wyse of the Faculty of Business Administration presented the paper titled Applying Location-Aware Linkcell-Based Data Management to Context-Aware Mobile Business Services at the Sixth Annual International Conference on Mobile Business (ICBM) held in Toronto, July 9-11, 2007. The paper is published in the proceedings of the conference. The conference proceedings were published by the IEEE Computer Society.

The latest issue of Material Culture Review, a journal for which folklorist Dr. Gerald Pocius is editor-in-chief, contains four essays written by Memorial arts graduate students. The students all participated in the English Cultural Landscape program at the Harlow campus in 2005. The four Memorial student essays are: Mary Piercey’s Representations of Inuit Culture in the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which examines an exhibit of Inuit art and raises questions about the objects chosen, the interpretive text, the intended audience and what the messages being communicated reveal about the exhibit’s writers and designers; Cynthia Boyd’s examination of the personal garden of renowned modern architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, the architect planner of Harlow New Town and creator of one of the most imminent gardens in the region. The text describes the Gibberd Garden on March Lane in Old Harlow and how it is perceived by both designers and visitors; it also “recognizes the meaning of gardens as place, idea, action and experience.”; Allotments as Cultural Artifacts, Heather King’s look at the practice of providing plots of land, originally to the poor to ensure that they could grow food, and how it has evolved. Her essay focuses on allotments in Harlow, and explores the deep roots and multiple meanings inherent in these plots, which she argues have become cultural artifacts; and Liminal Spaces in the Museum of London: The Great Fire Experience by Lynne Matte, an essay on the Museum of London exhibit that uses the 1666 disaster as a transitional space between the medieval city and the Enlightened age. Ms. Matte delves into how museums relate to interpretations of history and constructions of identity. English Cultural Landscape is offered by Drs. Pocius and Chris Sharpe of the Geography Department; it ran this summer for the 11th time.


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