Call for Participants: New Scholars December Meeting

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Our second NiCHE New Scholars meeting will focus on the theme of animals in environmental history.

The study of animals in environmental history has continued to grow in the past several years. The theme of human-animal relationships, the ways in which non-human animals shape the rest of the natural world, and studies of animal domestication and husbandry continue to contribute to our understandings of environmental history.

Some questions we will consider include, but are not limited to:

  • How central have the categories and conceptions of “animal” been in environmental history? Do you agree that we are experiencing a paradigm shift?
  • In what ways have animals shaped trans-boundary environmental history?
  • What influences the ways in which we think about animals as “good” or “bad” (or, pests, prey, and pets)? What repercussions has this had (or continue to have) on human-animal relationships and conservation efforts?
  • How can we reconcile the histories of animals and the anthropocene?

I encourage you to read this short article from 2016 by Dan Vandersommers, a former Wilson postdoc here at McMaster, before the meeting. Do you have any other questions you would like to include in our discussion? If you do, please let me know!

You can fill out the Doodle Poll here – the meeting will take place sometime in early December.

I look forward to hearing from you and for another great New Scholars meeting!


Twitter: @heathergreen21

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Heather Green

Heather Green is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Wilson Institute at McMaster University and a Fulbright Canada Scholar. She is also the 2018-2019 NiCHE New Scholars rep. Her research interests include environmental and indigenous histories, Northern Canadian history, and histories of environmental tourism. Her post-doctoral research focuses on the development of trophy hunting in the Yukon from 1920 to 1950 and the impacts this industry had on Yukon wildlife regulations and indigenous socioeconomic life. You can connect with her on twitter @heathergreen21.

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