Faculty News

The International Medieval Conference at Leeds, UK, held a session in July in honour of our late colleague Dr. Catherine Innes-Parker (English). The session focused on one of the research areas Catherine was internationally known for, the Wooing Group and its Descendants. The session, held virtually, was followed by a social hour for her colleagues and friends from around the world.

“We were so happy to have members of her family there, including her mother and two of her children. It was a wonderful indication of how much she was valued both for her scholarship and for her support for junior scholars.” 

A Festschrift in her honour is also in preparation.

On October 10, Dr. Shannon Murray (English) delivered the first in the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows seminar series with Lisa Dickson (UNBC) and Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s) on “A Hopeful Pedagogy: Shakespearean Case Studies.” Murray, Riddell, and Dickson also delivered a workshop entitled “Critical Hope in the 21st Century Classroom” to the Maple League of Universities Faculty Development group in August. 

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen (ACLC) has published a new article in Histoire sociale ~ Social History, (Fall 2021) in a Special Issue on “Agriculture, Food, and Fuel Markets in Canada, 1860s-1990s.” You can find his article, “These Well-Wooded Towns: Supplying Fuel Wood to Central Canadian Urban Markets, 1867-1921,” here: https://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh/article/view/41162

UPEI is happy to announce the arrival of Dr. Margot Maddison-MacFadyen to the Faculty of Arts back in May. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the GeoREACH Lab.

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Honours List 2020-2021

Congratulations to the following on making the Dean’s List for the 2020-2021 school year! Keep up the great work!


Jessica Legge BA, Major in ACLC 

Isabelle McNeill BA, Major in ACLC 

Abbey McRoberts BA, Major in ACLC 

Akila Thomas BA, Major in ACLC 

Cecily Erzuah BA, Major in DSJS 

Keziah Stoltz BA, Major in DSJS 

Chloe Arlapen BA, Major in Psychology 

Amanda Baker BA, Major in Psychology 

Georgia Baker BA, Major in Psychology 

Kirsten Birch BA, Major in Psychology 

Jenna Bishara BA, Major in Psychology 

Ryan Bowley BA, Major in Psychology 

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Connexions Seminar Series

The Connexions Seminar Series at UPEI aims to foster a deeper understanding of the many roles that the liberal arts play in making sense of our increasingly complex world, and how we can learn from the distinct ways of knowing within our various disciplines. With the fall semester underway, The ConneXions Seminar Series is now soliciting submissions from members of the Faculty of Arts for presentations and collaborative projects. We are also planning to host panel discussions and symposia that will tackle current, complex questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. What big questions or contemporary issues would you like us to explore together in Arts in a multidisciplinary way? Let us know! 

Please send your presentation proposals and your ideas for panel discussions/symposia to Andrew Zinck (azinck@upei.ca).

Faculty News

The Faculty of Arts wants to congratulate Dr. Malcolm Murray (Philosophy), who has been invited to contribute to an international book on the philosophy of God. Edited by Evgeny Loginov, Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies and Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the collection will be published in both Russian and English. Famous (in the field) contributors include Simon Blackburn, Stephen R.L. Clark, Stephen T. Davis, Robert Kane, John Andrew Leslie, Neil A. Manson, Tim Mawson, J.P. Moreland, Paul Moser, Graham Oppy, Graham Priest, Michael Ruse, Eleonore Stump, Richard Swinburne, Bas van Fraassen, Peter van Inwagen, William J. Wainwright, Merold Westphal, and William Hasker.

Another faculty member in the spotlight is Dr. Benet Davetian (Sociology and Anthropology), who has recently been published in the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. You can also look for his new book, The Testament, on Amazon.com starting October 15th. Dr. Davetian is working on another new book currently, In the Stillness of My Mind.

Last Monday, Dr. Jeffrey Collins (Political Science) was an election night panelist for SaltWire media where he took part in a conversation about the Green Party of Canada and the “collapse of the Green support” in PEI. In addition, Dr. Collins’ has recently grabbed more people’s attention regarding his paper on the future of Canada’s submarine fleet which points to the “changing geopolitical currents and the proliferation of new weapons among the reasons why a blue water navy needs to incorporate submarines as part of its fleet structure,”. This paper is titled Deadline 2036 – Assessing the requirements and options for Canada’s future submarine force.

Message from the Dean

Now that we are back in the full swing of teaching, I am hopeful we can resume Articulations’ activities. As you already know, Articulations is a Faculty of Arts newsletter/blog outlining our Faculty’s events, research and teaching accomplishments, on-campus and off-campus conferences, etc.   

Articulations has already proven to be a great tool when it comes to highlighting our Faculty’s many pedagogical and research achievements, as well as featuring our students’ successes. 

Once again, I invite you to report any publications, conference acceptances, events, success stories, and any other news pertinent to the Faculty of Arts to the following email: articulations@upei.ca