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Patrick Carroll - Folklore

{Patrick Carroll}
Patrick Carroll

"I was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University. After a couple of years at Carleton, I transferred to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario where I achieved my Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology. Following this I moved to Winnipeg where I worked for several years for a heritage consulting firm before becoming an employee with Parks Canada, working in the area of cultural resource management.

"I am currently a Master's student in the Folklore Department, undertaking thesis research on issues of community identity, archaeology, and oral history in Placentia, Newfoundland. My project is interdisciplinary, involving both the folklore department and the Newfoundland Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program (NAHOP), as well as the Placentia Area Historical Society. The research is an intriguing melding of my many interests and work experiences including archaeology, history, oral history, heritage interpretation and presentation, and folklore.

"I enrolled in graduate studies, after several years of employment, for reasons relating to both professional and personal development. I viewed the study of folklore as a way of developing a diversity of research and interpretation skills relevant to my work in the field of cultural resource management. The esoteric nature of the discipline of folklore has, it turns out, also provided me with a framework to further explore a diversity of personal interests ranging from material culture to folk music, from Tom Thompson to Stompin' Tom. To date, my time at MUN has been invaluable to my personal development.

"I did not choose Memorial University as much as it chose me. While conducting research in the National Archives I took a side trip to show some folk art photographs to a curator at the Museum of Civilization and to enquire about the possibilities of undertaking graduate studies in the field. He directed me toward the folklore department at MUN, which was inevitable as it is the only English speaking graduate program in Canada. I did not wish to study outside of the country and, after some background research, was impressed by the enthusiasm of graduates from the program and the diversity of interests and credentials of the faculty.

"The advantages of studying in this department, at this university, and in St. John's are manyfold. The city, and province, is wonderfully fertile and receptive to the study of folklore. The university provides all of the essential, as well as several unique research services including the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language archives and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. The biggest advantage for me has been exposure to the enthusiasm and diversity of interests among the faculty in the folklore department. Having come new to the discipline of folklore, the department has provided a generous foundation for me in understanding the breadth of the discipline as well as being supportive of my own research initiatives. Throughout, the people of Newfoundland, from my informants, to my colleagues, to my neighbours have been truly generous.

"I enjoy writing and travelling about taking in the sights and sounds of rural areas, getting to know the places I find myself in by their backroads. Canoeing and camping are also favourite pastimes although, unfortunately, I haven't done much of either lately. I am currently working part time as assistant to the editor of the Newfoundland Quarterly.

"I have applied for the PhD program in Folklore but, given recent concerns regarding reduction in funding to the arts and humanities, I have also applied for a research contract to undertake a year of oral history research in the Northwest Territories.

Patrick is the recipient of the following awards: the 2002 David Buchan Graduate Research Award in Folklore and the 2002 Mary Griffiths Bursary, both through the Folklore Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland; the Gregory J. Power Poetry Award, First Place 2001-2002, English Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland; a Research fellowship from the Newfoundland Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program (NAHOP) to support his thesis research; and a Graduate Student Fellowship. His paper "Love Your Neighbour: Evaluating the Creative Impulse of Armand Lemiez," will be printed in the Material History Review, National Museum of Science and Technology.

{Memorial University of Newfoundland}