Canadian History & Environment Summer School – Montreal 2010

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Event Date: May 27 2010 – May 29 2010
Venue: Solin Hall
City: Montreal, Quebec
Country: Canada
Primary Contact Name: Anya Zilberstein
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Edible Environments: Food and Environmental History in Local and Global Perspective
NiCHE is pleased to announce plans for its fifth annual summer school to be held 27 – 29 May 2010 (prior to the annual meetings of the Canadian Historical Association and Canadian Association of Geographers) in Montréal, Québec.

The theme for CHESS 2010 is the intersection of food and environmental history from local and global perspectives. Research presentations, roundtables, seminars, discussion groups, and field trips will engage topics and debates related to: food chains—production, processing, distribution, marketing, consumption, and disposal; hunting for plants and animals; the cultural history of wild native or introduced species; farming and gardening; fisheries management; agricultural technology and biological engineering; neo-Malthusianism and famines; food security, agricultural policy, and ‘locavorism’; agroecology and public health; and the idea of ‘terroir’. Some featured speakers will include Harriet Ritvo, Matthew Hatvany, Richard Hoffmann, Christopher Bryant, Jamie Murton, John Varty, and K. Valentine Cadieux, among others. We hope to provide an especially convivial atmosphere for stimulating informal conversations about the historical ecology of food over shared meals and visits to Kahnawake, the sugar mills and granaries on the Lachine Canal, local markets, and a wild edibles identification hike on Mount Royal.


Paysages mangeables: Prospectives locales et globales des environments alimentaires
Il nous fait plaisir d’annoncer la cinquième édition de l’école d’été de NiCHE, qui aura lieu du 27 au 29 mai 2010, juste avant la tenue de la rencontre annuelle de la Société historique du Canada et de l’Association canadienne des géographes à Montréal, Québec.

Le thème de cette édition se trouve à l’intersection de l’histoire alimentaire et environnementale à l’échelle locale et globale. Les présentations, tables rondes, conférences, et excursions porterons sur : les chaînes alimentaires; la chasse; l’histoire des espèces sauvages indigènes et étrangères; l’agriculture; la gestion des pêches; les technologies de l’agriculture; les famines et le néo-malthusianisme; la sécurité alimentaire, les politiques agricoles, et le locavorisme; l’écologie agricole et la santé publiques; et la notion de terroir.

La liste de conférenciers invités inclut, entre autres, Harriet Ritvo, Matthew Hatvany, Richard Hoffmann, Christopher Bryant, Jamie Murton, John Varty, et K. Valentine Cadieux. Nous souhaitons créer un environnement convivial qui saura stimuler les conversations sur l’écologie et l’histoire agricole autour de bons repas ainsi qu’au cours d’excursions à Kahnawake, aux raffineries et graineries du canal Lachine, aux marchés de quartier, et d’une chasse aux plantes sauvages comestibles sur le Mont Royal.

Archived Presentations

Citation: Ritvo, Harriet. “You Are What You Eat: Consumption, Appropriation, and Wilderness.” Canadian History & Environment Summer School. Montreal, 27 May 2010.
Bio: Harriet Ritvo is a professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Citation: Hatvany, Matthew. “Centuries of Culturally-Driven Change in the Feeding Value of Salt Marshes.” Canadian History & Environment Summer School. Montreal. 29 May 2010.
Bio: Matthew Hatvany is a professor of history at the Universite de Laval.

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