Phillip Vannini Ferry Research

My name is Phillip Vannini. I am a professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria

For some time now I have been doing research of an anthropological nature on life and culture on the BC Coast. My work focuses on the social ecology of movement across water--thus primarily examining the role played by BC Ferries in shaping everyday life sense of time, the meanings of space, daily routines and traditions on island and coastal communities, values toward land development, collective memory, regional identity, commerce, technology and material culture, and more.

I have already published a number of academic articles on the topic and I am now working on writing a book.

My anthropological research is of an ethnographic nature. That means that I'm NOT interested in collecting statistical information or similar "hard" facts. Instead, I'm interested in learning from people's stories, beliefs, and personal perspectives. All people who live in coastal and island communities have narratives, opinions, thoughts and experiences related to BC Ferries and to (as they say in their slogan) "life on the coast."

If you'd like to, you can learn a bit more about my work by reading this brief article:

My plan is to travel to every location served by BC Ferries over the next months. On my trips I like to meet with ferry travelers, community residents, and members of various associations and civic organizations to chat about the ferries and what they mean for the livelihood of the places they touch and they people they connect (or even disconnect).

I will be doing research intermittently in your area during the months of June and July. I would love the opportunity to meet with you at some point when I'm there.

Please don't think of this as a formal "interview." More simply, I just like to chat, perhaps over a cup of coffee/tea, about life on the island.