Gorsebrook Research Institute, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
12-14 August 2016
Please join our annual workshop exploring the environmental history of northeastern North America.
We define both the theme and the area broadly:
- The study of the role of nature in the past, environmental history encompasses aboriginals and settlers, rural and urban communities, material and imaginative uses of nature.
- By northeastern North America, we envision a geography covering the American eastern seaboard from the Gulf of the St. Lawrence to the New Jersey shore and westward to the Appalachian Mountains.
While any submissions that fall within this disciplinary definition and geographic region are welcome, this year’s workshop has a special focus on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Most transnational spaces are defined by the crossing — or overlay — of political boundaries. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is defined by geography. For over a millennia, its strategic location and rich marine resources have drawn a diverse range of interests. It has been both destination and gateway, cockpit and crossroads, traversed by fishing fleets and military expeditions, explorers and missionaries, traders and travel writers. From Vinland the Good to the novels of L. M. Montgomery, the Gulf has haunted the Western imagination, making it a worthy subject for environmental history exploration.
The goal of the workshop is three-fold:
- to discuss works in progress;
- to foster community among scholars in different fields and at different stages of their careers;
- to work toward a sense of the distinct contributions of eastern North America to the field of environmental history. Please join our online discussion via nacehf.org in advance of the workshop.
[Editor’s note: It’s also reams of fun, and there is ice cream.]
Participants are expected to circulate article-length drafts no longer than 25 double-spaced pages one month ahead of the workshop, which will also include ample time for interaction, tours, and free discussion.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 350 words to Claire Campbell (email@example.com) by 30 April 2016.
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