CFP: Canadian History and Environment Summer School 2013, Vancouver Island

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Deadline: Apr 26 2013
Event Website: Event Webpage
City: Nanaimo
Country: Canada Primary
Contact Name: Dr. Richard Mackie
Contact Email:

Comox Logging's mainline a few miles north of Courtenay, c. 1912. Courtesy of Courtenay & District Museum & Archives, P13 989.69.23
Comox Logging’s mainline a few miles north of Courtenay, c. 1912. Courtesy of Courtenay & District Museum & Archives, P13 989.69.23

Applications for participation in the NiCHE sponsored CHESS: CANADIAN HISTORY AND ENVIRONMENT SUMMER SCHOOL 2013, to be held on Vancouver Island 30 May to 2 June 2013 are now welcome.

ORGANISERS: Professor Graeme Wynn and Dr. Richard Mackie

Applications should include a CV or resume of no more than 2pp, plus a short statement, no more than ONE page in length, outlining why you should be chosen for participation in this Summer School. These documents should be attached to an email message as a SINGLE Word document or PDF


We will seek to notify people of acceptance (or otherwise) by 1 May 2013

Main themes of CHESS 2013 are: Landscape reconnaissance and Interpretation; mining big data sets; and the local, aboriginal, and forest history of Vancouver Island.

CHESS 2013 will be based at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo. It is the responsibility of participants to make their own travel arrangements and plans to get them to Nanaimo by the evening of Thursday, May 30th, in time to participate in the integral field trip on Friday 31 May. See the CHESS 2013 website, or the draft schedule in the attachment below.

NiCHE will cover the costs of accommodation in single rooms in the VIU residences for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (30 May through 2 June departure) for graduate student and postdoctoral participants.

Some meals will be covered, some will be at participants’ expense.

The following subsidies are available toward the costs of travel to Nanaimo, with first priority afforded graduate students, then post docs as possible:

Travelling from:
East of Quebec City: $650.00
Quebec and Ontario: $500.00
Manitoba: $400.00
Saskatchewan/ Alberta: $300.00
BC heartland (ie Interior) $150.00
Those seeking travel support will be reimbursed after the event and will need to submit appropriate receipts and boarding passes as applicable.


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I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. As co-investigator on the Sustainable Farm Systems Project (based at the University of Saskatchewan) I am building on the work of the Great Plains Population and Environment Project, conducting new research in agriculture on the Plains and my own case study of Prince Edward Island. From 2010-2014 I was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow and then NiCHE project coordinator.

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