Quelques arpents de neige Environmental History Workshop, 2014

Kingston Yacht Club, 1905. Source: Bill Stevenson

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Event Details

12-13 December 2014
Kingston Yacht Club
1 Maitland St, Kingston ON

Quelques arpents de neige brings together scholars in Quebec, Ontario, and in nearby U.S. states who share an interest in environmental history and historical geography. Arpents was founded in 2003 as a workshop that met three times per year in various locations, but in 2011 changed the format to having one larger annual meeting on the second Friday/Saturday of December. We make a particular effort to create an informal, workshop atmosphere, and to this end, we do not expect all papers to be polished and ready for publication, but encourage speakers to view Arpents as an opportunity to test new ideas and engage the audience with works in progress.


If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Dan Rueck at danielmrueck@gmail.com before November 15. Upon arrival, attendees will be asked to contribute $40 to help cover expenses for refreshments and Friday dinner (students and underemployed are asked to contribute $20).

Publications Table

We ask that all participants bring a copy of any books and articles they have published in the past two years. These will be placed on a table during the workshop for participants to peruse and, if you bring extra copies, to exchange (brief written descriptions of other recent / ongoing projects – a website, for example – are also welcome). Upon arrival at the Kingston Yacht Club, pass these materials on to Darcy Ingram. For more details contact him at dingram@uottawa.ca


Preliminary Schedule

Friday 12 December

1130-13  Lunch at KYC

13h  Mark McLaughlin (Trent University) – Rethinking the Historical Relationship Between Ecological Science and Resource Management

14h  Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert – Through the Windshield: Automobiles and the Creation of Tourist Regions in Québec and Ontario (1920-67)

15h  Coffee break

15h15  Daniel Rueck (McGill University) – Industrial Development and Indian Act Modernity in Kahnawake, 1880-1935

16h15  John Bishop (McGill University) – Mapping the Places of Eeyou Istchee: 40 years of toponymic research

17h15  Drinks and dinner (at KYC)

19h30  Postprandial – Mary Louise Adams (Queen’s University) – Beyond the Instrumental: Notes on bodies, cultures, walking


Saturday 13 December

9h  Coffee and refreshments at KYC

9h30  Panel: Walking Methods & Historical Practice

Chair: Laura Cameron (Queen’s University)

10h  Peter Anderson (Queen’s University) – A Walk in the Park: Historical Research in the Fields

10h30  Katie Hemsworth (Queen’s University) – Earwitness accounts: Soundwalking as method

11h  Christine Grossutti (Queen’s University) – Greening the Feet?:  A critical geography of walking trails in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve as an “Ecosystem Service”

11h30  Jess Dunkin (Queen’s University) – Playful Pasts: Public History on Foot

12h  Questions and Discussion

13h  Lunch at a local restaurant (location TBD)


We are thankful for the financial support for this event provided by NiCHE (Network for Canadian History and Environment).

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