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2018: Canada Museum of Agriculture [Central Experimental Farm], Ottawa

Friday, June 15, 2018

Arboretum Walk 8:00-8:30

Breakfast 8:30-9:00

Session 1 (1.5 hours) 9:00-10:30

Benjamin Kochan, Boston University, “Capturing Trade: Competition for Market Share and Fisheries Development Funds in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, 1945-1954.”

Mark J. McLaughlin, University of Maine, “The Crown Forest, Modernization, and the State” 

Troy Vettese, New York University, “Firm and Super-Firm: How Neo-Liberalism Confronts the Environmental Crisis”

Break (15 minutes) 10:30-10:45

Session 2 (1.5 hours) 10:45-12:15

Claire Campbell, Bucknell University, “‘Rising with the Tide of History’: The Age of Sail as Industrial Alibi”

Laurel Muldoon and Kirsten Greer, Nipissing University, “Engaging in Interdisciplinary Research: Connecting Bermuda’s Histories of Meteorology to Canada”

Kristian Price, University of Albany, “‘Briny Monsters’ and ‘Greedy Robbers’: The Role of Sharks in the Transatlantic Slave Trade”

Lunch Break (1 hour) 12:15-1:15

Session 3 (1 hour) 1:15-2:15

Magen Hudak, Trent University, “Socio-Cultural and Environmental Interpretations of Property Abandonment: Northeastern Nova Scotia”

Richard Judd, University of Maine, “Concord’s Poem: The Built Environment and Henry David Thoreau’s Sense of Place”


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Arboretum Walk 8:00-8:30

Breakfast 8:30-9:00

Session 4 (1 hour) 9:00-10:00

Kristoffer Whitney, RIT, “Banding Together: The Science and Politics of Migratory Birds in the Atlantic Flyway”

Josh MacFadyen, Arizona State University, Canada’s Last Green Revolution: Modern Agriculture in Prince Edward Island, 1968-2015

Break (15 minutes) 10:00-10:15

Wrap-Up Session and Planning for 2019 (1 hour) 10:15-11:15

2017: Avery Point Campus, University of Connecticut

Friday, 19 May 2017

8:30 to 10:30: Session I: Plants, Pestilence, and Food

Manuel Lizarralde and Jason R. Mancini, “Recovering and Repatriating Native Americans Plant Knowledge: Historical Ethnobotany of Southern New England.”

Joseph Miller, “The Company of Joseph Treat’s War Against Nature.”

Rachel A. Snell, “Molding Gentility, Preserving Frugality: Jelly Recipes and the Development of Hybrid Sociability in the Lake Ontario Region.”

Brian Payne, “‘Cool, Crisp, Ocean Goodness’: The Environmental History and Consumer Culture of Canadian Seafood Marketing in the Twentieth Century.”


10:30-10:45: Break


10:45- 12:15: Session II: International Competition

Naomi Slipp, “Picturing Marine Abundance: Homer, Hammond, and Gilded Age Canadian-American Atlantic Herring Fisheries,”

Benjamin Kochan, “The Great Protein Robbery”: American and Canadian Reactions to Foreign Fishing in the Northwest Atlantic in the 1960s and 70s.”

William Knight, “Tracking Fish Introductions Across Borders.”


12:15-1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 3:00: Session III: Defining contested boundaries

Jack Bouchard, “Terra Nova and Terra Firme: The Mental Geography of the Newfoundland Fishery in the Sixteenth Century.”

Christopher L. Pastore, “Atlantic Beach: Constructing the Ocean’s Edge Materially and Imaginatively during the Age of Exploration.”

Caitlin Charman, “An ugly, piled-up sea”: Industrialization and Regional Identity in Hickman’s Gulf of St. Lawrence Fiction.”


Saturday 20 May 2017

9:30 -11:00 Session IV: Manipulating Nature

Jeffrey Egan, “The Fight Before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Creation of Boston’s Quabbin Reservoir, 1919-1927.”

Katheryn P. Viens, “Bays and Basins, Rivers and Roads: Linkages Across Boundaries in the Northwest Atlantic and Eastern North America,” May 19-20, 2017

Ed MacDonald, Parks and People: The Second National Park Controversy on Prince Edward Island, 1960-1973

2016: Gorsebrook Institute for Atlantic Canadian Studies, Saint Mary’s University

Friday, 12 August

8:45-9:00 am Introductions


9:00 am Jack Bouchard, University of Pittsburgh

The Problem of Scurvy in the 16th Century Newfoundland Fishery


9:45 am Daniel Soucier, University of Maine

War upon the French, the Fishermen, and the Fishery: Razing Crops, Cattle, and Built Environment during the Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign, 1758


10:30 Break


10:45 Brian Payne, Bridgewater State University

The Fish Trade of Prince Edward Island and Resource Diplomacy in
the Gulf of St. Lawrence


11:30 Matt McKenzie, University of Connecticut

Outsourcing Resource Exploitation: The Triumph of Atlantic Canada’s Nineteenth Century Fisheries, 1866-1916


12:15 Margot Maddison-MacFadyen

Province House and the Empire, Trees, Climate Project


12:30-1:15 Lunch at SMU and depart for Grand Pré

2:15 Arrive at Grand Pré

2:30-4:30 Grand Pré NHS

4:30-5 Blomidon

6 pm Return to Halifax


Saturday, 13 August

8:45 Reconvene


9:00 Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut

“The Great Reservoir”: Frederick P. Stearns and the Boston Metropolitan Water Supply, 1885-1905 


9:45 Kris Archibald, Concordia University

Health and the Workplace Environment: New Attitudes Towards Pollution Within Sydney’s Steelworker Community, 1967-1990


10:30 Break


10:45 Michael Stamm, Michigan State University

The Statue and the Dam: The Chicago Tribune and the Corporate Transformation of the North Shore Landscape


11:30 Claire Campbell, Bucknell University

“A window looking seaward”: Finding environmental history in the
writing of L.M. Montgomery


12:15 Discussion of Gulf of the St. Lawrence edited collection

Edward MacDonald, UPEI & Brian Payne, BSU

2015: Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA   

Friday 21 August

2:30   Welcome and Keynote

“Stories of the Susquehanna: A Digital investigation of History, Place, and First Peoples”   

Katherine Faull, Comparative Humanities, Bucknell University

3:30-4:00 Session 1

“Lenape (‘Delaware’) in the early colonial economy: Cultural interactions and the slow processes of culture change before 1740”

Marshall Becker, West Chester University

6:30- Dinner

Mancini’s Pizza, 428 Market Street.

(Other options include: Elizabeth’s (upscale), Siam Café (Thai), Bushel & Barrel, and the Towne Tavern, all on Market Street.)   

Saturday 22 August

8:45-9:00 Coffee

9:00-10:00 Session 2

“‘Begotten ‘Twixt a Wolf and a Fox’: Dogs and the Environment in the Seventeenth-Century Northeast”

Strother E. Roberts, Bowdoin College

“Shell Games: The Aquatic Commons, Economic Policy, and Shellfish Aquaculture in Prince Edward Island, Canada”    

Edward Macdonald, UPEI

10:00-11:00 Session 3

“Imagining Mount Desert: Seeing the ‘True New England Character’ in a Republican and Arcadian Landscape, 1790-1850”

Nathan Price, independent scholar

“Negotiating Rural Modernity: The Maine Extension Service in Franklin County, 1914-1930”

Justus Hillebrand, University of Maine


11:00-11:15 Break


11:15-12:15 Session 4

“The Environmental Roots of Urban Renewal and Minority Dislocation: Boston’s South End, 1937-1949”

Michael Brennan, University of Maine

“Extracting Aggregate, Extracting Paradise: Social and Environmental Impacts of Resource Extraction at Silver Sands Beach, Nova Scotia, 1940s-1970s”

Magen L. Hudak, Trent University


12:15-2:15 Lunch in downtown Lewisburg


2:15-3:15 Panel discussion: led by Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut

~ Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England (Richard Judd)

and Land and Sea: Environmental History in Atlantic Canada (eds. Campbell & Summerby-Murray)

Introductory chapters available at

~ of the borders of “north east” and “Atlantic”


3:15-4:00 Planning for NACEHF 2016

For more information, contact Claire Campbell: