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SUBJECT: Memorial University to host 13th annual Atlantic Canada Studies Conference
DATE: April 30, 2003

Note to editors:

The 13th Atlantic Canada Studies Conference will be hosted by Memorial University in St. John's from May 2 - 4. The theme for this conference will be The Past and the Public.

"The relationship between studies of the past and contemporary public life has always been a part of the scholarly tradition associated with Atlantic Canadian studies," said Dr. Sean Cadigan, a professor at Memorial and one of the organizers of the conference. For more than a quarter of a century, historical examinations of current political, economic and social issues have dominated the pages of Acadiensis, the flagship journal of Atlantic Canadian studies.

"More recent work has focused on the manner in which contemporary priorities often re-invent the past for present concerns," Dr. Cadigan said. "The growth of heritage and cultural 'industries' has converted the past into a resource to be mined. At the same time, policy makers' efforts to understand regional natural resource crises associated with ecological degradation, while ostensibly interdisciplinary, have been notable for their neglect of history. Such neglect is problematic; the study of the past may profoundly affect public policy."

As a theme, The Past and the Public may include, but is not limited to, public history, popular history, invented traditions and public commemoration, the relationship between history and public policy formation, history and public institutions, and the management of heritage resources.

For program information, including lecture titles, times and locations, please see http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/Acadiensis/bin/get.cgi?/&filename=Programme.htm.

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