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dc.contributor.authorVannini, Phillip
dc.contributor.authorBaldacchino, Godfrey
dc.contributor.authorGuay, Lorraine
dc.contributor.authorRoyle, Stephen A.
dc.contributor.authorSteinberg, Philip E.
dc.identifier.citationVannini, P., Baldacchino, G., Guay, L., Royle, S. A., & Steinberg, P. E. (2009). Recontinentalizing Canada: Arctic ice's liquid modernity and the imagining of a Canadian archipelago. Island Studies Journal, 4(2), 121-138.en
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dc.description.abstractStudying mobile actor networks of moving people, objects, images, and discourses, in conjunction with changing time-spaces, offers a unique opportunity to understand important, and yet relatively neglected, “relational material” dynamics of mobility. A key example of this phenomenon is the recontinentalization of Canada amidst dramatically changing articulations of the meanings and boundaries of the Canadian landice-ocean mass. A notable reason why Canada is being re-articulated in current times is the extensiveness of Arctic thawing. The reconfiguration of space and “motility” options in the Arctic constitutes an example of how “materiality and sociality produce themselves together.” In this paper we examine the possibilities and risks connected to this recontinentalization of Canada’s North. In exploring the past, present, and immediate future of this setting, we advance the paradigmatic view that Canada’s changing Arctic is the key element in a process of transformation of Canada into a peninsular body encompassed within a larger archipelagic entity: a place more intimately attuned to its immense (and growing) coastal and insular routes.en
dc.publisherIsland Studies Journalen
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dc.subjectHistorical geographyen
dc.subjectArctic regionsen
dc.subjectClimatic changesen
dc.titleRecontinentalizing Canada: Arctic ice’s liquid modernity and the imagining of a Canadian archipelagoen

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    Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography; Professor, Communication and Culture, Interdisciplinary Studies

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