Fonds MG115 - Gerry Coulter fonds

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Gerry Coulter fonds

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1.2 linear metres of textual material

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Gerry Coulter was born Bernard Gerard Coulter in Kingston Ontario on August 14, 1959 to Madeline and Gerald Coulter, both of whom are deceased. After taking a BA in Philosophy and History, then an MA in Sociology at Queen's University, Gerry completed his Doctoral degree in Philosophy (Sociology) at Carleton in 1992. Gerry's academic teaching career began at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon in 1992, where he met his future wife, Mary Ellen. After a year teaching at Carleton, Gerry joined the faculty of the Sociology Department at Bishop's University in 1994 where he contributed to the growth of the department and the success of the university until his death. He was extensively published including three books and about 100 articles. He founded the innovative, free-access International Journal of Baudrillard Studies in 2004, and is recognized across the world as the expert on Baudrillard and his ideas. Gerry was an extraordinarily talented and caring professor. He was appreciated and respected as a faculty member who inspired and encouraged students to discover their strength and worth. Gerry was awarded Bishop's University's highest award for teaching - the William and Nancy Turner prize. In the words of former student Laura Smith, " Gerry was not only my favorite professor and the reason that I've kept on with academia and Baudrillard studies, but a true friend. It was the support, encouragement, and positivity from Gerry that propelled me onwards at many forks in the road. The amazing thing is that, as you know, this inspiration and encouragement was felt by so very many students. Gerry's teaching allowed students to challenge their own assumptions in ways that pointed them not toward a predetermined end, but toward developing confidence in their own critical thinking ability. This generous, infinite gift - developing one's inner well of strength - will stay with me my entire life ." Gerry loved keeping in touch with many of his students in the years after they studied with him. Gerry Coulter died suddenly on Nov 24 2016. He is survived by his partner of 23 years, Mary Ellen Donnan, who is also a Sociology professor at Bishop's University.

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Folowing his death in 2016, the office and research files of Gerry Coulter were transferred to the University Archives by Mary Ellen Donnan, wife and also Sociology professor at Bishop's University.

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The fonds is comprised of:

  • International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (Gerry Coulter, founding editor). 2004-2011. Correspondence.
  • The Baudrillard Index - An Obscene Project. 2007 (available here:
  • Course packs for Sociology, Bishop's University
  • articles by Gerry Coulter: various journals and e-magazines/journals - offprints

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Mary Ellen Donnan


  • BUA 0828 and BUA 0829: IJBS 2004-2011
  • BUA 0830 and BUA 0831: Sociology course notes and course packs
  • BUA 0832: copies of articles
  • BUA 0833: copies of articles and conference programmes - Gerry Coulter attendee/presenter
  • BUA 0834: IJBS correspondence, and associated articles, and The Baudrillard Index - An Obscene Project. 2007,
  • BUA 0835: accruals received after transfer of first 7 boxes to AE - includes course notes for SOC 225 - Quebec Society II, and course pack for SOC291/FIN292 Sociology of Art Fall 2014
    [more processing and subsequent elimination (duplicates) will be required at a later date]

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