The conference theme for 2020 – L.M. Montgomery and Vision – gave us the opportunity to think about what is seen and not seen, and the processes of seeing and being seen, in the author’s life and works. The conference theme for 2022 – L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision – allows us to revisit this theme, looking through new lenses at Montgomery and her legacy that the events of 2020 have brought into focus. Most importantly, the theme encourages us to re-vision – re-see and re-think – Montgomery’s life, writings, translations, adaptations, and scholarship.
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Our Co-Chairs for LMMI’s L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision Conference 2022:
Dr. Alan MacEachern is a professor of History at the University of Western Ontario. He has published extensively in environmental history, the study of the relationship between humans and nature through time. He is the editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press and has co-written/edited textbooks on environmental history methodology and on Canada’s history. He has also written about the role of Green Gables in the history of Prince Edward Island, in Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada and (with Edward MacDonald) in The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island (spring 2022). He is also the author of The Miramichi Fire: A History (2020).
Dr. Lesley Clement, Visiting Scholar with the LMMI (2019-21), co-organized the 14th biennial conference in 2020, “L.M. Montgomery and Vision.” She was responsible for planning the transition from an on-site conference (cancelled in April 2020 due to COVID-19) to an online platform, the “L.M. Montgomery & Vision Forum.” She was on the inaugural editorial board for the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies and assumes the role of co-editor in July 2020. She has held teaching and administrative positions at various Canadian universities. She has published on visual literacy, empathy, and death in children’s literature. She is currently working on artists’ biographies in children’s nonfiction picturebooks. Her work on Montgomery appears in Studies in Canadian Literature and L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s). Recent projects include co-editing, with Rita Bode, L.M.Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942 (MQUP 2015) and, with Leyli Jamali, Global Perspectives on Death in Children’sLiterature (Routledge 2016). She is currently co-editing a volume of essays on Montgomery and childhood with Rita Bode, Holly Pike, and Margaret Steffler.