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Reconstructed longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area

The Reconstructed Longhouse and Environmental History

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of reflections on the 2017 Canadian History and Environment Summer School. You can find all the articles here. CHESS field schooling […]

Young shirtless male gardener staking a tree, Niagara, Ontario, MIKAN 4293061, Library and Archives Canada

#EnvHist Worth Reading: May 2017

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

"Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin" mural at Lloyd S. King Elementary School.

CHESS 2017 Reflections: Acknowledging People and the Land

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of reflections on the 2017 Canadian History and Environment Summer School. You can find all the articles here. CHESS 2017 felt […]

Hope – or La Villita Park, South Lawndale, Chicago. Photo by author.

A Field Guide to Hope

Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. If Martin Luther King were […]

Photo by Christos Barbalis via StockSnap.io.

Hope Beyond Progress

Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. Scarcely a day passes without a major […]

Don Brubacher, "New Brunswick Autumn Colours," Flickr

The Potential of Hope within Environmental History Scholarship

Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. As I prepared for this ASEH roundtable […]

Toban B., "At the Aamjiwnaang native reserve," Flickr

Hope and Expectation on Turtle Island

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. Hopeful settler stories about the environment tend […]

Hope in the Anthropocene: a damaged thing with feathers? Photo: David Davies, Flickr

Declining Declensionism: Toward a Critical Hopeful Environmental History

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. If environmental historians have neglected the subject […]

"Carya myristiciformis (Nutmeg Hickory)," Plant Image Library, Flickr

Hope and Environmental History: An Introduction

Editor’s note: This is the introductory post to a mini-series on hope and environmental history. Installments will appear twice daily on The Otter~La Loutre over the next three days. To read the […]

Bas-relief by Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Ryerson University, Toronto. Photo: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose.

Environmental and Environment-Themed History at CHA 2017: A Handy Guide

Another spring, another meeting of the Canadian Historical Association — this year at Ryerson University in Toronto. While environmental historians will be eagerly anticipating this year’s Canadian History & Environment […]

Three-year-old Jennifer Adair with a book, Montreal (1930-1960) Library & Archives Canada

BookLook 2017

Being an annual reconnaissance of newly-released and forthcoming works in Canadian historical geography and environmental history. See BookLook 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Don’t see BookLook 2016; it doesn’t exist. ** I do […]

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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. […]