All posts by Daniel Macfarlane

AHS virtual special issue on ‘Rural History & Environmental History’

The journal Australian Historical Studies (AHS) recently published its second Virtual Special Issue, ‘Rural History & Environmental History’. This online only issue draws upon decades of discussion and debate in […]


Planning for a Flood? Plan 2014 and Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence

Shorelines are inundated, sandbags go up, states of emergency are declared. Such has been a common refrain this spring along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the various tributaries. […]

Credit: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Resources / Library and Archives Canada / PA-021656

CFP: special issue of Scientia Canadensis on Environment and Technology

Call for Papers For a special issue of Scientia Canadensis on Environment and Technology Environment and technology are broad rubrics, and historians have been investigating their intersection for some time […]


Nature’s Metropolis 25 Years Later: A Conversation with Bill Cronon

“I want to take boring things and make them unboring.” This is how venerable environmental history scholar Bill Cronon described a key part of his raison d’être as a historian. In front of […]


Teaching Media Literacy Through Environmental Disaster: The Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

As we entered the Age of Trump, university educators justifiably questioned what they could do in the classroom to address the “post-truth” state of North American public discourse. Opinion pieces made […]

ACSUS 2017 – Call for Geography, Energy, and Environment Papers

The 2017 biennial conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) will be meeting October 18-21, 2017 in Las Vegas at the Tuscany Suites and Casino. […]


Introducing “Border Flows”

We’ve invited the editors of the six new titles in the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press to introduce the book they’ve edited. In this post, […]

Parks Canada sign on Rideau System. Photo by Daniel Macfarlane

Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada

Editor’s Note: This is the introductory post for a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.”    Is hydroelectricity “green”? Renewable energy advocates are divided on this score. On the one hand, electricity from […]


Model Environments: Engineering the Niagara and St. Lawrence Megaprojects

Something about models fascinates people. I’m not talking about the “super” kind that strut on catwalks. I’m referring to the three-dimensional representation variety. Models are a staple of the heritage […]

Water History Conference 2017

WATER HISTORY CONFERENCE 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, USA JUNE 15-17, 2017 The Water History conference of the International Water History Association (IWHA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, will once again provide […]


Waukesha and Great Lakes Water: Some Historical Background

On June 21, the eight U.S. states touching the Great Lakes approved an application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. That may sound rather innocuous, but it is […]

Publication of “Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History”

The newest edited collection in the NiCHE-University of Calgary Press “Canadian History and Environment Series” has just been published. Moving Natures is edited by Ben Bradley, Jay Young, and Colin Coates and […]