UPEI faculty member receives publication award for book

Congratulations, Dr. MacFadyen!
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Dr. Joshua MacFadyen accepts award for his book. Photo: Government of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Joshua MacFayden accepts his Publication of the Year (Academic) Heritage Award from Her Honour, Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry, at the 2024 PEI Museum and Heritage Awards ceremony at Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside. Photo: Government of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities, recently received a 2024 PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Award for his book, Time Flies: A History of Prince Edward Island from the Air.

Dr. MacFadyen won in the category of Publication of the Year (Academic). The awards were presented at Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside on March 17.

Published by Island Studies Press, Time Flies: A History of Prince Edward Island from the Air offers an unprecedented view of one island province’s journey into modernity through a unique blend of aerial photography and historical synthesis. The book presents images of iconic landscapes on Prince Edward Island and traces how those communities and natural ecosystems have changed over 85 years (1935–2020). Each site history illustrates and reflects on the nature of modern land use and land cover change in one of four chapters organized around primary resource economies, rural communities, urban development, and islands and coastal change. Time Flies offers a visually rich discussion of one island as the world and offers lessons that we can learn from the social and ecological transformation of PEI.

In addition to holding a Canada Research Chair, Dr. MacFadyen is an associate professor in the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at UPEI. His previous books include Flax Americana: A History of the Fibre and Oil That Covered a Continent and Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island.

The book was published with the support of a Scholarly Book Award from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and a SSHRC Exchange Publication Award from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research at UPEI.

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