Nature’s Past Episode 13: New Directions in Urban Environmental History & Abandoned Mines

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Episode 13: New Directions in Urban Environmental History & Abandoned Mines

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On this episode of the podcast, we feature a preview discussion about a round-table panel for next week’s ASEH meeting called “Urbs in Horto: New Directions in Urban Environmental History”. Matthew Klingle, Ellen Stroud, Karl Appuhn, and Sean Kheraj sit down to discuss new developments in the field of urban environmental history and invite listeners to post comments or questions. Please let us know what you think.

Also, John Sandlos and Arn Keeling stop by to talk about their new project on abandoned mines in the Canadian North. This project examines the social and environmental consequences of large-scale mining operations for local Aboriginal people in northern Canada.


Matthew Klingle

Ellen Stroud

Karl Appuhn

John Sandlos

Arn Keeling

Works Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment

2010 American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting Program

Cronon, William. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

Careless, J.M.S. “Frontierism, Metropolitanism, and Canadian History.” Canadian Historical Review 35, no. 1 (1954): 1-21.

Stroud, Ellen. “Does Nature Always Matter? Following Dirt through History.” History and Theory 42, no. 4 (2004): 75-81.

Appuhn, Karl. A Forest on the Sea: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Klingle, Matthew. Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada Project

Mining History and Hope

Music Credits:

“Sin Duda” by gmz

The Way” by Pitx

“Spanish Samba” by Oursvince

Photo Credit:

“Left Behind” by Jason Drury


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 13: New Directions in Urban Environmental History & Abandoned Mines.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 3 March 2010.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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