The Northeast and Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum (NEAR-EH) is a group of scholars exploring the environmental history of the northeast, writ large: what becomes Canada, the United States, and the north Atlantic. This group first met in 2012 in Boston and has alternated back and forth across the border ever since (Orono ’13, Charlottetown ’14, Lewisburg ’15, Halifax ’16, Mystic ’17, Ottawa ’18). Participants submit pre-circulated papers, so they receive extensive feedback amid a more intimate, genial discussion. (And no registration & organization fees!)
This year NEAR-EH returns to Boston, hosted by Boston University’s History Department and American and New England Studies Program. Please join us for a productive, collegial workshop!
Northeast and Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum
Call for Papers
Eighth Annual Workshop
Friday, June 21 and Saturday June 22, 2019
Deadline: March 29, 2019
The Northeast and Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum (NEAR-EH) is a group of scholars exploring the environmental history of the northeastern United States and northeastern Canada. This group first met in 2012 at the Massachusetts Historical Society with the basic premise that the environmental history of this region has a different story to tell than the more dominant narrative generated from the West. For seven years, the group has sponsored a workshop for which participants submit pre-circulated papers that are then discussed in-depth, going well beyond the typical level of engagement authors get at a standard academic conference. Many participants have since published their papers as articles, chapters of books, or essays, or have used the feedback to advance their scholarly agenda and win competitive research grants.
This year NEAR-EH will be hosted by Boston University’s History Department and American and New England Studies Program. There is no registration fee and the organizers work to provide participants with some food and recreation. All travel and lodging costs, however, must be paid for by the participant. Once participation is confirmed, the organizers will circulate information about affordable accommodations at Boston University.
We limit paper submissions in the final workshop to twelve so as to ensure a meaningful experience that includes close examination and discussion of the papers. Anyone, of course, is welcome to attend the discussion.
Please submit proposals of 250 words to to Ben Kochan at firstname.lastname@example.org and Claire Campbell at email@example.com no later than March 29, 2019. Additional information concerning Boston University or Boston in general can be directed to Ben Kochan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance into the workshop will be announced on April 12. Participants should book accommodation in Boston soon after acceptance. Papers are due for circulation to other participants on May 21.
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