Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino will be presenting at the next Rural Centre Seminar Series about the striking similarities between Island Studies and Rural Studies. The seminar can be best summarized in his wonderfully written abstract:
Both are seen as geographically isolated, transportation challenged and peripheral regions, risking a drain of skills, population and capital, basking in naive and stifling parochialism. Both are experienced by their residents as political backwaters, out of sight and out of mind of policy makers in distant, densely populated urbanized metropoles. Strange therefore that a conceptual connection between the study of islands and rural regions has not yet been seriously investigated. This presentation hopes to kick start this process by presenting ongoing theoretical work in island development, and the challenges that this analysis poses to and for concerned communities and policy makers.
The seminar will be held at the Tupper Medical Building on March 12th. Further details can be found Here.