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Conference 2016


The L.M. Montgomery Institute's
12th Biennial Conference
University of Prince Edward Island


Conference Theme

Deadline for Proposal Submissions has been extended to August 31st.

Canada is fast approaching the centenary of women’s suffrage in the province of Manitoba (1916) and nationally (1918), so the twelfth biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island will re-consider the role of gender in L.M. Montgomery’s work, broadly defined: her fiction, poetry, life writing, letters, photographs, and scrapbooks, as well as the myriad adaptations and spinoffs in film, television, theatre, tourism, and social media. The Proposal Submission Form for the 2016 Conference is now available.


Keynote Speakers


Elizabeth Epperly taught English at UPEI from 1992 to 2006, and was UPEI's fourth, and first female president; Dr. Epperly served as president from 1995–98. Epperly was also the first student to register at the newly created University of Prince Edward Island in 1969. Originally from the United States, Dr. Epperly moved to Canada because of her love of the writing of PEI’s own Lucy Maud Montgomery. In June of 2012, Dr. Epperly was honoured through a plaza dedication, located outside of the South entrance of the Robertson Library.
Mavis Reimer is professor in the Department of English and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg, where she has also been Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood and founding director of the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures. She is co-author with Perry Nodelman of the third edition of The Pleasures of Children’s Literature and editor of a collection of essays on Anne of Green Gables, entitled Such a Simple Little Tale.
Jane Urquhart is the author of internationally acclaimed and award winning novels, including: The Whirlpool; Changing Heaven; AwayThe Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award; The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, and longlisted for the Booker Prize; A Map of Glass, a finalist for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book; Sanctuary Line, and, most recently, The Night Stages. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of poetry. She also published a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series.


The Proposal Submission Form for the 2016 Conference is now available. If you have any question regarding the Conference, please contact the co-chairs: Laura Robinson (Laura.Robinson@rmc.ca) or Andrea McKenzie (acmcken@gmail.com). If you have questions about the operation of the submission form, please contact Mark Leggott (mleggott@upei.ca).