All posts by Andrew Watson

Giant's Staircase Spillway, Robert-Bourassa Reservoir

Southern Identity and Northern Territory: Review of Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec.

Caroline Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014). xxiii + 281 pp. $34.95 paper (ISBN 9780774824170). At well over one and […]

Grove Lime & Coal Co., Library of Congress, LC-F82-10056-PP

Call for Proposals: The Material Realities of Energy Histories

The Material Realities of Energy Histories A Call for Proposals for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire (CJH/ACH) The appropriation and control of the flow […]

View of Mallorca from Santuari de Cura, photo by author

Sustainable Farm Systems in Mallorca

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project For the last five years, the Sustainable Farm Systems project has explored the socio-ecological transition from […]

Timber raft below Parliament buildings, Ottawa River, 1882

Telling the Stories Staples Tell: Visualizing Data and a Call for Contributors

Andrew Watson and Jim Clifford Are there still stories that Canadian staple histories can tell us? This was the theme of a panel called “The Stories Staples Tell” organized by […]

Arizona State University, Tempe

Food and Farm Systems Energy Transitions: A Meeting of the Phoenix Energy Working Group

Editor’s Note: This post, which originally ran on the University of Saskatchewan’s HGIS lab site, is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project.  In February I escaped the […]

Cow trying to graze on the windswept pasture of a farm in Ford County, Kansas, 1936 (Photo Credit: Library of Congress, LU-USF34-001876)

Research Spotlight: Sustainable Farm Systems

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project Andrew Watson and Geoff Cunfer Agriculture in the Western Hemisphere has changed dramatically over […]

Impression of a Buenos Aires slaughterhouse by Charles Pellegrini, 1829.

Mapping Supply Chains for 19th Century Leather

By Andrew Watson with Jim Clifford For the past two weeks I’ve been in Saskatoon, working with Jim Clifford in the University of Saskatchewan’s Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) Lab. […]

Millwood Road north to Laird Drive, 1928. Source: City of Toronto Archives, 	Fonds 1231, Item 1571.

An Unpredictable Path to the Suburbs: A History of Toronto’s Leaside Neighbourhood

This is the first of a series of articles on the history of Toronto’s suburban environments. NiCHE is publishing this series to provide some context for participants of the 2014 […]

"Powering Up" Symposium Participants, Bloomfield, ON, May 2013

Powering Up! A Symposium Advancing Canadian Energy History

Do you know what’s weird? There are almost no studies of energy in Canadian history! It’s true. Across the country, there are many courses taught on the history of energy […]

At Staten Island Landfill. Carts heaped with garbage brought by barge from Manhattan. National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RD-DC-S), RG412: Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1944 - 2006; ARC Identifier 549794 / Local Identifier 412-DA-7309.

Popular Visions of Environmental Anxiety

Andrew Watson, Finis Dunaway, and Mark McLaughlin For Earth Day 2013, The Otter posts a reflection on eco-comics, zombies, and environmental popular culture. Organizing academic conference panels over pints of beer […]


For Historians, the Journey is Just as Important as the Destination

Last week’s annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History included scholars from all over the world, including China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, several European countries, Puerto Rico, […]


Cottage Country and Sustainability

I’ll be the first to admit that I come at my dissertation project from a fairly privileged and personal starting point. Each summer growing up, my parents took me and […]