Dr. Jerry Bannister to Deliver the 2012 W.L. Morton Lecture at Trent University


A free public lecture explores heritage, politics and memory in Atlantic Canada

Monday, November 12, 2012, Peterborough

The 2012 W.L. Morton Lecture, ”The Tourist Gaze Reconsidered: Heritage, Politics, and Memory in Atlantic Canada” will be given by Dr. Jerry Bannister in the Bata Library Film Theatre, Room 103 Bata Library on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

In his talk, Professor Bannister looks at the relationship between politics, memory, and heritage over the past decade in Atlantic Canada. It examines the use of history in nationalist and provincialist rhetoric in that region, and will offer a reassessment of the “tourist gaze” and the role of antimodernism in local tourist campaigns, as well as recent federal, provincial, and municipal governments’ attempts to deal with political challenges in the Atlantic region and Canada more broadly.

Prof. Bannister was born and raised in Newfoundland, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He now teaches History at Dalhousie University. He has published widely on the early-modern and modern history of Atlantic Canada, and contributed to the 2003 Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening our Place in Canada. His first book, The Rule of the Admirals: Law, Custom, and Naval Government in Newfoundland, 1699-1832 (University of Toronto Press), won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize. He recently co-edited, with Liam Riordan, The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era (University of Toronto Press). He is currently the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Historical Review.

This free public event is presented by The W.L. Morton Lecture Committee, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, the Canadian Studies Undergraduate Department and Champlain College. The W.L. Morton Lecture is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent's Champlain College. All are welcome.


For more information please contact: Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, chair of Canadian Studies, 705-748-1011 x 7839,