Rural Issues Workshop

Our theme is rural issues from distinct thematic, theoretical, temporal, geographic, and disciplinary perspectives.

Rather than give a traditional 45-minute talk followed by a Q and A, we ask that presenters circulate a paper of up to 10,000 words ten days before their workshop. Workshop attendees will have access to the papers through this website

The workshop is hosted at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, and will take place in the Forestry and Geology building, Room 202 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. 

After the workshop, a light dinner will be served in the second floor of the UNB Grad House.

Winter 2019 Schedule


Thu, Jan 31, 2019 (Change of location: Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 201 @ 4:00 to 5:30 PM)
Susan Machum
Dean of Social Sciences, Saint Thomas University
“Rural Economic Development in the 21st Century: Lessons from the 19th Century Life and Times of James A. Whelpley”

Thu, Feb 14, 2019
Neha Gupta, Ramona Nicholas, and Sue Blair
Anthropology, UNB
“Why Digital Archaeology needs Post-colonial and Indigenous Perspectives”

Thu, Feb 28, 2019 (Change of location: Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 201 @ 4:00 to 5:30 PM)
Melanie Wiber, Anthropology, University of New Brunswick
co-author Donna Curtis Maillet, New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training
co-author Allain Barnett, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
“Contributions of Ethnography of Science to Judicial Assessment of Environmental Expert Testimony: Case Study from Risk Assessment in the Marine Environment”

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé Social Work, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá “In conversation about the peasantry, the agrarian question, and the peace accords in Colombia.”

Thursday, April 11, 2019, (Forestry, Rm 202) David Hofmann Sociology, UNB “Right-Wing Extremism in Atlantic Canada.” (This paper is not avaialble online.)

Fall 2018 Schedule



Thu, Sep 13, 2018
Susan O’Donnell (Sociology UNB), Tracy Glynn (Interdisciplinary Studies UNB) & David Perley (Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre UNB)
“Rural Action and Voices for the Environment (RAVEN): Alternative Digital Media in New Brunswick

Mon, Sep 24, 2018
Kathleen (Kathy) E. Halvorsen
Professor of Natural Resource Policy, Michigan Technological University
“Birds and Bioenergy: Tradeoffs within a Cross-National Americas Context”

Thu, Oct 4, 2018
Andrea Bombak
Sociology, UNB & School of Health Sciences, Central Michigan University (CMU)
Co-author with Taylor Colotti (School of Health Sciences, CMU), Dolapo Raji (School of Health Sciences, CMU), and Natalie Riediger (Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba)
“Fizzy Foibles: Experiences with and attitudes toward sugar-sweetened beverages in rural Michigan.”

Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Colin Grittner
History, UNB
“Independence, Contribution, and Industry: The Electoral Franchise in Colonial Nova Scotia”

Thu, Nov 1, 2018
Marieka Sax
Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, University of Northern British Columbia (via videolink)
“The Open Veins of British Columbia: Liquefied natural gas development from the perspective of Latin American extractivism”

Thu, Nov 22, 2018
Ajay Parasram
International Development Studies and History, Dalhousie University
“When Galaxies Collide: South Asian and European Sovereign Encounters in 19th century Uphill Sri Lanka”

Thu, Dec 6, 2018
Sasha Mullally
History, UNB
“Medicine in the Muskeg Metropolis: Doctors and Practices in a Canadian Resource Town, 1960-1975”

Fall 2017


September 14
Tom Beckley
Forestry, UNB Fredericton
“Energy and the rural sociological imagination”

September 28
Ramona Nicholas
Anthropology, UNB Fredericton
“Nokmosok Kikahan Skitkomiq: Grandmothers Healing the Land”

October 12
Matthew Hayes
Sociology, Saint Thomas University
“Into the universe of the Hacienda: Lifestyle migration, individualism and social dislocation in Vilcabamba, Ecuador”

October 26
Tracy Glynn
Interdisciplinary Studies, UNB Fredericton
“‘No one can say we were not here’: A photovoice study of women’s resistance to mining in Indonesia”

November 9
Mallory Moran
Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Anthropology, UNB Fredericton and The College of William & Mary
“Understanding the Cultural Landscape of Movement of Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples of the Maritime Peninsula”

November 23
Phil Taber
Librarian, UNB Fredericton & Farmer 
“‘Walk the rocky hillside’: The place of rhetoric and poetry in rural revival”

December 7
Tia Dafnos
Sociology, UNB Fredericton
“‘Pacification logics’ of critical infrastructure ‘resilience’ in Canada”

Winter 2018


January 11
Daniel Tubb
Anthropology, UNB Fredericton
“Criminalizing extractivism: Transforming cocaine with gold in Colombia”

January 25
Ian J. Jesse
Visiting Fulbright Fellow, History, UNB Fredericton and the University of Maine
“The Farmer and the Fox: Life, Death, and Profit(?) on New Brunswick Fox Farms”

February 8
Xiomara Sanchez and Paige Vincent
Civil Engineering, UNB Fredericton
“Infrastructure asset management systems for rural communities”

February 22
William Parenteau 
History, UNB Fredericton
“Raking Embers: Incendiarism and the Transformation of the New Brunswick Forest Industries”

March 15
Brad Cross
History, Saint Thomas University
“The afterlife of bauxite Mines: Caribbean and Australian experiences”

March 22
CANCELLED
April 5

Grad Student Workshop
Chris Shaw
Anthropology, UNB Fredericton
“Chapter 2: Birchbark Canoe Travel” from the thesis “A GIS Approach to Ancestral Wabanaki Canoe Routes and Travel Times”
Trevor Lamb

Anthropology, UNB Fredericton
“In New Brunswick We’ll Find It’: The New England Antiques Trade and New Brunswick Furniture 1900–1939”