Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies
The Craig Dobbin Chair was established in the 1990s, a legacy of Dr. Craig Dobbin of St John's, Newfoundland, whose forebears came from Co. Waterford, Ireland. The Craig Dobbin Professorship of Canadian Studies was endowed and established at UCD in 1994, through Professor John Kelly, when he was Registrar of the College, in conjunction with the Ireland Canada University Foundation. Since then, the Professorship has been held by several Canadian scholars, as follows:
Craig Dobbin Professors
2020-21 Craig Dobbin Professor Renée Hulan
Renée Hulan’s family left Newfoundland and lived in Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia while she was growing up. She studied at Acadia University and the University of Guelph, and received her PhD from McGill University. Before joining the faculty at Saint Mary’s University and moving to Halifax in 1997, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hulan’s research focuses on literary representations of the North, and in recent years, she has studied the influence of climate change on Arctic literature and visual culture as part of the Arctic Modernities research group at the University of Tromsø, Norway and the Laboratoire international d’étude multidisciplinaire comparée des répresentations du Nord at UQÀM. She is the author of Climate Change and Writing the Canadian Arctic (Palgrave, 2018), Canadian Historical Writing: Reading the Remains (Palgrave, 2014) and Northern Experience and the Myths of Canadian Culture (McGill-Queens, 2002). She has published in academic journals and reference works such as The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature and The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. She edited Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives (ECW, 1999) and, with Renate Eigenbrod, Aboriginal Oral Traditions: Theory, Practice, Ethics (Fernwood, 2008). She has served on several editorial and advisory boards and as vice-president of Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures/Association des littératures canadiennes et québécoises (ACQL-ALCQ) and president of the Canadian Studies Network-Réseau d’études canadiennes (CSN-RÉC). From 2005-2008, she and Donald Wright co-edited the Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études canadiennes.
2019-20 Craig Dobben Professor Raymond Blake
Raymond B. Blake is Professor of History at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. An award-winning author and historian, he has written and edited 20 book on various aspects of Canadian history. His work has focused on the interplay between statecraft, citizenship, and political leadership to show the complexity of policy public decisions in modern Canada. His scholarship has helped illuminate the history of federal-provincial relations, enhanced our understanding of the evolution of social welfare programs in Canada, and probed questions of citizenship and identity. By focusing on issues such as equity, inclusion and democracy, Blake has been an influential force on the discourse of the public good, and his research has been important to policy-makers.His most recent work has challenged the orthodoxy surrounding citizenship, arguing for a better appreciation of the competence of voters.
Blake grew up in rural Newfoundland and attended Memorial University, earning degrees in Arts and Education. After teaching for several years in St. Anthony in northern Newfoundland, he completed his graduate education at York University in Toronto from which he earned his PhD. He has taught at a number of Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta, St. Thomas University and Mount Allison University where he was the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies and at Phillipps-Universitat Marburg in Germany and University College Dublin in Ireland. He has lectured on Canada at universities throughout Canada and around the world, most recently at Université de Bretagne-Sud in Lorient, France.
Blake’s most recent publication, Where Once They Stood: Newfoundland’s Rocky Road to Confederation (University of Regina Press, 2019), co-authored with Dr. Melvin Baker, challenges the existing historiography on Canada’s Confederation and argues for a greater consideration of voter competence when they make decisions with which the established elites disagree. His 2016 book, Lions or Jellyfish: A History of Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations, was awarded the Clio Prize for Best Book in Atlantic Canada History by the Canadian Historical Association-Canadian Historical Association-Société historique du Canada , 2016 and the Canadian Studies Network-Réseau d'études canadiennes Prize for the Best Book in Canadian Studies, awarded annually for the outstanding scholarly book on a Canadian subject that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies. The book was also nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Blake is also co-author of an introductory history of Canada, Conflict and Compromise. Post-Confederation Canada and Conflict and Compromise. Pre-Confederation Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and has recently co-edited two books on commemoration, national holidays and national identity in Canada. He is currently at work on a book on prime ministers and the construction of national identity.
Blake has held numerous Research Awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and was awarded the University of Regina Alumni Excellence Award for Research in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
2018-19 Craig Dobben Professor Gregory Betts
Gregory is Professor of English at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is a poet, scholar, and editor who has published fifteen books of experimental Canadian writing. Gregory has been a tireless advocate for literature in Canada, digging up lost gems from the past (such as Lawren Harris’ poetry, which he published in a best-selling collection called Contrasts In the Ward, a Book of Poetry and Paintings) and highlighting contemporary avant-garde work (such as his forthcoming collection, co-edited with Christian Bök, Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries, due out this Fall). As a poet, he has performed his poetry and music across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as part of the Cultural Olympiad. To promote literature and literacy in his hometown, Betts launched the Festival of Readers in 2016 and remains its Artistic Director.
Students can take two Modules Professor Betts, both in term two:
ENG10190 Introduction to Canadian Studies
ENG 31840 Conflict in Canadian Literature
2017-18 Craig Dobbin Professor Jane Urquhart
Jane Urquhart is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool (winner, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, France); Away (winner, Trillium Award, Canada); The Underpainter, (winner, Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, The Orange Prize, UK); and The Stone Carvers, (finalist, The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, Booker Prize, UK). She is the author of a collection of short fiction, and four books of poetry, and she has also written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016 she published A Number of Things; Stories of Canada told through 50 Objects, which was commissioned by publisher HarperCollins to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
English Students can take two Modules with this Booker-Prize Nominated author!
ENG10190: Introduction to Canadian Studies
ENG31740: Canadian Literature: Narratives of Migration