Newcomers at the Gates: Place and Space in Small Island Contexts

Lay Summary 

What do newcomers to a rural community want? What is their agenda? Why are they here'? This paper will use concepts from geography, folklore, and architecture, together with photographs and interviews with seasonal and permanent residents on Change Islands and Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, to start a discussion on what we mean by terms such as place, space and landscape, and how those terms change and manifest themselves in the context of small islands and a relatively sudden influx of outsiders whose connection to the island space and landscape is tenuous at best. The relationships between the seasonal and permanent residents are complex and they often emerge in concrete spatial and landscape changes. We’ll look at some of these changes.

North Atlantic Forum 2011: Culture Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Change Islands
Fogo Island
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Rural Development
Material Culture
Industry Sectors 
Scientific Research and Development Services
Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Jan 2011