Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies present Canadian Studies public lecture

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Professor Jane Koustas and John Maher at the public lecture hosted by the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador studies and WIT.

Professor Jane Koustas and John Maher at the public lecture hosted by the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador studies and WIT.

The Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies present the third annual Canadian Studies public lecture at Waterford Institute of Technology

The Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies at Waterford Institute of Technology were delighted to host a public lecture by Professor Jane Koustas which took place on Tuesday 14th June in the Luke Wadding Library.

The lecture title of the seminar was, “Robert Lepage`s The Blue Dragon: Quebec Identity? Go Reconfigure”

Professor Koustas’ lecture focused on the Canadian theatre practitioner Robert Lepage whose theatre practice investigates and complicates narratives of identity using multi-lingual texts which often feature movement and advanced sound and lighting technologies to create additional layers of language and meaning.

Dr Una Kealy, lecturer in Theatre Studies and English at WIT, described the lecture as “a valuable and insightful opportunity to reflect on how language operates both a means of identity construction but also identity fragmentation and how theatre in particular can exploit the complexities of identity in ways that appeal to the large parts of the brain that are non-text and language based. We have much to learn from Lepage as a theatre innovator and as one of the world’s foremost interrogators of identity.”

Professor Koustas is the current Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. Professor Jane Koustas is a member of faculty at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.  Professor Koustas is an expert in English-Canadian literature in translation theory and practice, translation history in Canada, Quebec theatre and theatre translation. 

Professor Koustas is the co-editor of two books and has published numerous articles in journals such as The University of Toronto Quarterly, Quebec Studies and Theatre Research in Canada.  Professor Koustas has served on the jury of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Translation Award and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.

Further Information:

Centre for Canadian Studies https://www.ucd.ie/history/ccc/

Bio https://brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/modern-languages/faculty-and-staff-ml/koustas-jane

Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

Waterford and the South East region's unique connection with Newfoundland and Labrador is truly something to be admired and proud of. Traditionally the Institute has played a key role in maintaining and strengthening links between the two communities. The designated Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies room (LB32) on the basement level of the Luke Wadding library facilitates access to primary and secondary specialised Newfoundland and Labrador materials.

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