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Meghan Forsyth

Ms. Forsyth is presently a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Cambridge (2005), and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Lethbridge (2003). Her current doctoral research focuses on traditional Acadian instrumental music on Prince Edward Island. In particular, her project considers how this minority cultural group has managed to revitalise, renew, and affirm their sense of who they are and communicate this sense of identity through musical forms in and beyond their island communities. Through ethnographic description, case studies and musical analysis, her dissertation explores themes of cultural revival, cultural/linguistic retention, pan-Acadian solidarity and collective memory. Ms. Forsyth has published her Master's research on contemporary composition and performance practices in the fiddling tradition of the Shetland Isles in Shima: the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures and has given presentations on both her Acadian and Shetland research at conferences in Canada, the USA, and England.


Mme Forsyth est actuellement doctorante en ethnomusicologie à l’Université de Toronto. Elle est titulaire d’une maîtrise en ethnomusicologie de l’Université Cambridge et a obtenu un diplôme de premier cycle en musique de l’Université de Lethbridge. Sa thèse de doctorat porte principalement sur la musique traditionnelle acadienne pour le violon à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Elle a publié sa thèse de maîtrise sur la musique traditionnelle pour le violon aux Îles Shetland, dans la revue «Shima : International Journal Of Research Into Island Cultures». Elle a présenté le résultat de ses recherches lors de conférences au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Angleterre.