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2013 Lectures

‘A Calamity from which No Relief Can be Expected’: Civilian Responses to the French Occupation of Newfoundland, June-September 1762

Mark Humphries
Jan. 31, 2013

City Seen: Artists’ Views of St. John’s 1785-2010

Patricia Grattan
Feb. 28, 2013

“Patchwork Patient”: Among the Deep Sea Fishers – Promoting the Grenfell Mission, 1903-1981

Heidi Coombs-Thorne
Mar. 28, 2013

George Story Lecture and AGM: Natanael Illiniartitsijok – Inuk Composer

Tom Gordon
Apr. 25, 2013

“The keys of the new church were carried on cushions by an Eskimo boy and girl. The band was stationed a short distance off, playing hymn tunes. Outside the church another verse was sung, the Bishop [Martin] spoke the words: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,” etc., and in the name of the Holy Trinity both doors were unlocked. While the congregation was entering the choir sang an anthem, written and composed by our oldest chapel-servant and organist, Natanael Illiniartitsijok.”
—W.W. Perrett, “A High Day in Nain Labrador”, Moravian Missions IX:3 (March 1911), 47-48

Slides from this lecture.

Thrift and the Good Child Citizen: The Junior Thrift Clubs in Confederation-Era Newfoundland

Karen Stanbridge
Sep. 26, 2013

Ructions in Heart’s Content: Dispute Resolution in a Newfoundland Outport

Ted Rowe
Oct. 31, 2013

The Gilbert Higgins Lecture: A Mesmerizing Miscellany of Marvelous and Majestic Mummers: The Marketing of a Newfoundland Christmas Tradition

Paul Smith
Nov. 28, 2013

This illustrated presentation explores the ways in which commodification of nostalgia has become the focus of some sectors of the market place. The marketing of tradition is by no means a new phenomenon and it has been far more extensive than we perhaps realize. This underestimation possibly stems from the fact that, while we perceive today that marketing is facilitated through some form of corporate broker or entrepreneur, in reality this is not always the case. Instead performers have often taken on this role themselves. Similarly, at the grass roots level local artists and crafts people seeing performances of traditions such, as mummers, have turn those experiences into marketable wares.