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2016 Conference: L.M. Montgomery and Gender

L. M. Montgomery and Gender

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

June 23- 26, 2016

From Anne’s initial iconic and heartrending cry in Anne of Green Gables—“You don’t want me because I’m not a boy”—to the pressure on young men to join the war effort in Rilla of Ingleside, and from the houseful of supportive co-eds in Anne of the Island to the tyrannical grandmother in Jane of Lantern Hill, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work highlights gender roles: how formative and deterministic they seem, and yet mutable they may be. Much Montgomery criticism of the past several decades has regarded her work from a feminist and gender studies perspective.

Given that Canada is fast approaching the centenary of women’s suffrage in the province of Manitoba (1916) and nationally (1918), the twelfth biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) at the University of Prince Edward Island, which will take place 23-26 June 2016, 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.

Our Co-Chairs for LMMI’s L.M. Montgomery and Gender Conference 2016:

Laura Robinson
Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson, Visiting Scholar at the LMMI, is a Professor of English and Dean of Arts (Interim) at Royal Military College of Canada and recently curated a travelling and virtual exhibit on The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on the First World War.

Andrea McKenzie
Andrea McKenzie

Andrea McKenzie is Associate Professor at York University with the Writing Department and the Graduate Program in History. With Benjamin Lefebvre, she co-edited the restored original text of Rilla of Ingleside (Viking, 2010), and she has published several book chapters on Montgomery’s works. Her new book, War-Torn Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of Nursing Sisters Laura Holland and Mildred Forbes, will be published in 2016 (UBC Press). 

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The LMMI is pleased to welcome an exciting mix of scholars, writers, and readers of L.M. Montgomery’s fiction and life writing from around the world, including Sweden, Finland, Japan, Iceland, and the United States. This interdisciplinary conference includes perspectives from the fields of literature, gender studies, anthropology, law, history, and much more.

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Special events:

Thursday June 23rd to June 24th:  Friends of the LMMI Silent Auction 

Thursday June 23rd: Launch of KindredSpaces: L.M. Montgomery Research Collections Online

Friday June 24th @ 7:00 pm: Evening Reading with Jane Urquhart
Studio 1, Confederation Centre of the Arts 
Chair: Philip Smith (Chair, LMMI, University of Prince Edward Island) 
Introduction of Jane Urquhart by Her Honour, Mrs. Dorothy Lewis 

Saturday June 25th: Reception for Donors and Banquet
Wanda Wyatt Hall

Sunday June 26th @ 1:45: Bus Tour of L.M. Montgomery’s Island 
(Departing from outside of Andrew Hall Residence) 

Accommodations and Transportation

  • The Conference is pleased to partner with the Rodd Royalty Hotel in offering accommodations to attendees at a preferred nightly rate of $139 per room, per night, plus taxes, based on 1-2 people sharing.  Double rooms are also available on request. The Hotel is located 1.4 km from UPEI (5 minute Drive, 20 minute walk, or an $8 taxi fare). Rooms can be booked by calling the toll free reservations department at 1-800-565-7633. Please do remember to mention the LMMI Conference when booking to obtain the preferred rate.

  • The Conference is also pleased to offer a preferred rate of $139 per room, per night, plus taxes at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottetown. The price includes a full hot buffet breakfast, free parking, free WiFi, indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. The Hotel is located 2 km from UPEI (5 minute Drive, 25 minute walk, or an $9 taxi fare). 
    Rooms can be booked by contacting Rachel Nunn on 1-902-892-1201 ext 4430 

  • A limited number of rooms are also available at Holland College's Glendenning Hall Residence, at a rate of $99 a night, plus tax. Taxi fare to the University is also around $8.

  • For those who wish to explore other local accommodation options, please take a look at the Tourism PEI Accommodations Booking Page.

  • Free parking is available in UPEI Lot A and the lower part of Lot B. Take a look at the UPEI campus map.

  • Route #1 for Charlottetown city buses provides regular service to the UPEI campus on weekdays and Saturdays. View the Charlottetown Transit bus schedule.


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email