Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Ph.D., Queen's University
(902) 867-3973
Nicholson Tower
The Maritime Provinces, 1500-1950
A Cultural and Intellectual History of Canada
Seminar in Canadian History: Atlantic Canada
Seminar in Canadian History: Death and Mourning in Canadian History
Myth and Memory in Canadian History
A History of Canada: Pre-Confederation
Research Interests
Professor Stanley-Blackwell's specialties are the history of Maritime Canada, as well as Canadian cultural and religious history.  She is the co-founder and Chair of the Broch Research Collective, an interdepartmental group at StFX exploring the beliefs, attitudes and practices surrounding death and dying among immigrant Scots.  Her current research focuses on the deathways of Nova Scotia’s Gaels, the role of physical strength as a cultural marker among Scottish immigrants, and the material artefacts of the Scottish diaspora, such as the rotary quern.  Professor Stanley-Blackwell is a recent recipient of research funding from the Strathmartine Trust, St. Andrew’s Scotland.   She is also the Principal Investigator for a two-year research project entitled, “Centering Death”, which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($60, 899).

Publications & Conferences

“Grist for the Historian: The Quern and Nova Scotia’s Scots,” 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland, July 16, 2015.
“’A good daughter, a good wife, and a good mother’: Scottish Immigrant Women and Death in 19th-century Antigonish and Pictou Counties,” Broch Research Collective Workshop, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, June 14, 2014.

“Markers of Ethnicity: The Immigrant Scots and Cemeteries in Northeastern Nova Scotia,” Death in Scotland, from Medieval to Modern Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, February 2, 2014.

“Going Strong: The Role of Physical Strength among Eastern Nova Scotia’s Scots,” CRS Conference, Critical Regionalism: The Social Determinants of Community Sustainability, Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, October 22, 2011.

Invited Public Lectures
“’She Hath Done What She Could’: Women and Death in 19th-century Pictou and Antigonish Counties,” Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, April 24, 2015.
“’No paleolithic is he, but braw Canadian Scotch’: Cape Breton’s Giant MacAskill,” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, November 20, 2013.
“The Giant MacAskill and Cape Breton’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” Faculty of Arts Spring Lecture, St. Francis Xavier University, March 8, 2013.
Articles/Book Chapters (since 2010)
[Forthcoming] "The Daily Grind: The Rotary Quern and Nova Scotia's Scots," Material Culture Review.
[Forthcoming] “’What Lies Beneath,’” Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies.
“A Story of Old Pictou 1923.”  In Fiction Treasures by Maritime Writers: Best-selling Novelists of Canada’s Maritime Provinces 1860-1950, ed. Gwendolyn Davies. Halifax, NS:  Formac Publishing Co., 2015:  271-294.
“Romancing the Stone: Female Figural Monuments in late 19th-century Nova Scotian Cemeteries,” (with Brenda Appleby) Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies 2014, Vol XXIX (2014):  16-53.
“The Strongman, the Storyteller and Eastern Nova Scotia’s Scots.” (with Shamus MacDonald) In Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5, ed. Kenneth E. Nilsen. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2010:  253-266.
"God’s Céilidh: Cape Breton’s Ceist Tradition.” In Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5, ed. Kenneth E. Nilsen. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2010: 238-252.