Megan Melanson

Megan Melanson
Megan Melanson
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Terrorism, Language, Liberationist movements, Culture, Consciousness

Thesis Title

Democratic regimes and homemade bombs: a comparative analysis of the Front de Libération du Québec and the Fronte di Liberazione Naziunale Corsu 

Summary of Research

There is an expectation that democracies provide mechanisms and institutions that allow the populace to voice injustices; therefore, there is a concurrent expectation that violent nationalism need not occur within democratic regimes. This study examines the timelines of violent 'sub-state' nationalist organizations, the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ) and the Fronte di Liberazione Naziunale Corsu (FLNC); it identifies the reasons why individuals choose violence as a means to achieve political secession and oppose the democratic state, and why the violent organizations in Corsica and Quebec did not succeed at their attempts to incite revolution. This thesis poses the following questions: Why did the FLQ and the FLNC develop in Quebec and Corsica during the 1960s through to the 1980s? Why did the FLQ, that denounced democratic institutions for revolution, burn out as the peaceful political movement gained popularity? In contrast, why did the FLNC continue its violent activity and separate itself from the democratic nationalist movement in which it was originally intertwined to pursue gang violence?

Educational/ Professional Background

  • PhD in Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2011-)
  • Bachelor of Arts- First Class Honours from the University of New Brunswick in history and minor in French (2007-2011)
  • Study at Université de Sorbonne, Paris 4, and Université Val de Marne, Paris 12 (2009-2010)
  • Research/study at Université de Chicoutimi, Québec (Summer 2008)

Teaching Experience and Awards

  • the Prix du Quebec
  • the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK travel award.
  • Guest lecturer in Canadian Studies (2011)
  • Canadian Studies 1A tutor (2013)
  • Sociology 1A and 1B tutor (2013-2013)
  • Ward Chipman Founder's Scholarship
  • Edwin Jacob Special University Scholarship. 

Academic Experience

  • Presented research at UCL Conference 'Quebec and the World' (February 2013)
  • Presented paper at the 'Septième colloque des Jeunes Chercheurs Européens en Études Québécoises'
  • « Limitée et privée »: une analyse des réseaux sociaux du Front de Libération du Québec' (October 2013)
  • Influence of Public Perception: A Comparison of the Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman, Moose in the City, and Jana Sterback's Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic at the Atlantic University Undergraduate History and Classics Conference
  • Presenter for Women's History Month at the University of New Brunswick. (October 2010)
  • Wrote and published the history of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada as an internship (2010-2011)