EH-SO: Fourth Symposium of Environmental Historians of Southern Ontario

Kinbasket BC. Photo: Ben Bradley

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Caltex kersosene ad, 1947
Caltex kersosene ad, 1947

by Ben Bradley.

The 4th Symposium of Environmental Historians of Southern Ontario (EH-SO) will be held in Toronto, on energy and forestry.

The EH-SO symposiums are intended to develop connections between environmental historians who are located in southern Ontario.  The University of Toronto, with support from NiCHE, is hosting the fourth EH-SO on Saturday, March 22nd.  The symposium will be held in the afternoon so as to make travel easier for attendees coming from afar, and will be followed by dinner at Agave Y Aguacate, a Mexican-inspired tapas restaurant located a short distance from the event venue.

Please RSVP by March 18 if you plan to attend so that suitable preparations (and dinner reservations) can be made.  Sidney Smith Hall is located on St. George Street, just a couple buildings south of Harbord Street.  The closest subway station is St. George.

Event date:  Saturday March 22, 2014

Location:  Sidney Smith Hall, room 2098, University of Toronto, 12:45 – 5:00pm

Contact:  Ben Bradley



Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 12:45 – 5:00pm

Panel 1  1:00 – 2:45pm 

Energy and the Environment

Chris Conway, PhD candidate, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology, University of Toronto

“‘What is taken for granted’: Rethinking Electricity and the Environment in Ontario, 1974-1983.”

Stacy Nation-Knapper, PhD candidate, History, York University

“Sen’k’lip, Salmon, and Inundation: Indigenous Experiences of Columbia River Plateau Hydroelectric Development.”

Ruth Sandwell, Associate Professor, OISE, University of Toronto

“Artificial Lighting: How Manufactured Gas, Kerosene, and Electricity Made (and Polluted) the Modern World.”

Panel 2   3:00 – 4:45pm

Forests and National Identity in Canada

Michael O’Hagan, PhD candidate, History, Western University

“‘In the Midst of the Canadian Bush’: Mapping Prisoners of War in Riding Mountain National Park.”

Sinead Earley, PhD candidate, Geography, Queen’s University

“Forest Knowledge (re)Rooted: The Sopron Division of Hungarian Forestry at the University of British Columbia, 1956-1961.”

Joanna Dean, Associate Professor, History, Carleton University

“Crabapple Centennial.”

Dinner  5:30pm

Agave Y Aguacate, 35 Baldwin Street

This restaurant is a 10-15 minute walk due south of Sidney Smith Hall.

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I'm a historian of cultural, natural, and built landscapes in twentieth-century Canada. One of my current book projects is about the popular culture of nature in postwar Canada, looking at the history of rowdyism and 'bad behaviour' in Canadian parks from 1965 to 1985, or from hippies to headbangers.


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