Environmental History Panels at Canadian Historical Association 2015 Meeting

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[Editor’s Note: On Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12pm in DMS 1110, there will be an Environmental History Group meeting at the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting at University of Ottawa. This will be an opportunity to meet other scholars with an interest in environmental history and to learn a bit about how you can contribute to the Network in Canadian History and Environment.]

With less than a week to go before this year’s meeting of the Canadian Historical Association at the University of Ottawa, and in the spirit of last year’s list, I’ve trawled the CHA 2015 program for environmental history panels. The following list may be incomplete and environmental history is a broad and fluid subdiscipline so let me know if there’s anything I missed.

Tuesday, June 2nd


Defining the Great Lakes-St Lawrence System: varying perspectives and scales
Facilitator /Commentator Alan MacEachern
Jamie Benidickson “From Boundary Waters to Water Boundaries: Legal dimensions of the Great Lakes-St Lawrence System.”
Stephen Bocking “Invasive Species, Ecological Transformations, and the Formation of the Great Lakes-St Lawrence System.”
Stéphane Castonguay “Production cartographique, représentation scientifique et espace administratif: le system GL-SL comme imaginaire géographique.
Michèle Dagenais and Ken Cruikshank “Quelques pistes sur les études publiées sur les Grand Lacs-Saint-Laurent depuis 200 ans: un survol.”


Roundtable: Is All History Now Environmental History? The anthropocene in historical perspective.
Facilitator: Tina Loo
Participants: Daniel Macfarlane, Sean Kheraj, Stephen Bocking, Jessica DeWitt.


History and Environment
Facilitator/Commentator Gregory M.W. Kennedy
Gregory M.W. Kennedy “Building Resilience to Environmental Change in New Brunswick Coastal Communities Through Historical and Interdisciplinary Research.”
Kristine Kowalchuk “Thomas Tyron and Bioregionalism: Learning from Early Modern England’s Alternative Agriculture.”
Yves Tremblay “Le fédéral, le provincial et le DDT: l’Expo 67 comme moment décisif de l’histoire de la sensibilité écologique au Canada.”

What Kind of Development? Maritime Environmentalism and Regional Development Policy in the 1970s
Facilitator/Commentator Alan MacEachern
Mark Leeming “Local Economic Independence as Environmentalism: Nova Scotia in the 1970s.”
Mark J. McLaughlin “Greening the System: The Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s Responses to State Resource Development, 1969-1983.”
Henry Trim “An Alternative on Prince Edward Island: Environmentalism, Modernization, and Sustainable Development.”

Canadian Energy Histories: Kerosene, Coal and Oil
Facilitator/Commentator Steve Penfold
Sean Kheraj “On-Shore Oil Spills in Canada: Trans-Mountain Pipeline and the Interprovincial Pipeline, 1949-2012.”
Ruth W. Sandwell “Searching for Light: Canada’s Early Petroleum Industry, 1859-1900.”
Andrew Watson “‘The Tail Cannot Wag the Dog’: Canadian Dependence on American Coal Between the Wars.”

Wednesday, June 3rd


Nationalism, Land, and Territory
Facilitator/Commentator Julien Labrosse
Cristina Ionita “Comment mettre la nation sur la carte: Nationalisme et cartographie dans l’Europe central avant la Première Guerre Mondiale.”
Dinah Jansen “Size Matters: The Paris Peace Conference, Russian Liberals, and Russian Territorial Integrity, 1919”
Christopher Miller “Making Meaning in the Land: Remembering Expropriation through Oral History in Pickering, Ontario.”
Xiaping Sun “Creating the Myth of the Wilderness: A Discursive Analysis of Maoist Land Reclamation in Northeast China.”

Roundtable–Thinking Outside the Box: Historians and Interdisciplinarity
Facilitator: Lara Campbell (Simon Fraser University)
Participants: Sean Carleton, Roberta Lexier, Daniel Horner, Daniel Macfarlane, Christabelle Sethna.
*Note that this panel is aimed at graduate students and discussing career options in non-history departments – Daniel Macfarlane will be talking about environmental historians working in environmental studies


Exploration and Immigration in Canadian History
Facilitator/Commentator Katie Simanzik
Marilyn Barber and Murray Watson “Invisible Immigrants: The English in Canada since 1945.”
Geoffrey Little “‘This very extensive and almost unknown portion of the Empire’: The Montreal Natural History Society’s Surveys of Rupert’s Land.”
Gustavo Velasco “The Post, the Railroad and the State: New Approaches to study Western Canada Settlement, 1870-1900.”


Sensory Encounters and Embodied Histories in the Fur Trade and Nineteenth-Century Northwest
Facilitator/Commentator Mary-Ellen Kelm
Daniel Robert Laxer “Sensing New Peoples: Diet, Dress, and Dance in the Western Fur Trade, 1760-1821.”
Stacy Nation-Knapper “Feeling It: Sensory Experience of the Nineteenth-Century Columbia River Plateau Fur Trade.”
Carolyn Podruchny “Embodying Denial: The Vanishing Life of the Metis Giant from Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan, 1881-1904.”


Indigenous Peoples, Labour, and Industrial Development in Canada
Facilitator/Commentator John Lutz
Anne R Janhunen “‘A Regular Curse’: Indigenous Labour and the Paradox of Early Twentieth-Century Industry in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.”
Brittany A Luby “The International Joint Commission and the Woes of ‘Civilized’ Men: An Examination of Flood Damage Assessments and Compensatory Systems on Lake of the Woods, 1893-1925.”
Daniel Rück “Industrial Development and Indian Act Modernity in Kahnawake, 1880-1935.”

Man and His Environment
Facilitator/Commentator Merle Massie
Stacey Alexopoulos “Surveying a Problem: Statistics and Housing Policy Development, 1958-1962.”
Jessica DeWitt “Park Formation as Catalyst for Restoration: A Pennsylvania River’s Ecological Revivification.”
Adrian Gamble “Documenting the Canadian Arts and Crafts Movement: An Exercise in Interdisciplinarity.”
Merle Massie “Grounding Science with History: Place methodology from the field.”

History, Interdisciplinarity, and the Indian Ocean World
Facilitator/Commentator Emmanuel Hogg
J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora “The Indian Ocean World Database: An interdisciplinary approach for understanding human-environment interactions.”
Rashed Chowdhury “Russian Explorers in the Indian Ocean World in the Late Nineteenth Century.”
Chinnaiah Jangram “Rethinking History in Indian Subcontinent: Politics of Identity and Writing History.”

L’histoire environnementale et les savoirs interdisciplinaires du passé
Animateur/Commentateur Stéphane Castonguay
Maude Flammard-Hubert “Explorer, inventorier, classified: la séparation des terres comme lieu de négociation interdisciplinaire.”
Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert “Embellir et aménager les abords routiers: du Club des Habitants aux ingénieurs de l’État québécois, 1945-1960.”
Valérie Poirier “‘Choice between Automobile and Survival’: la pollution automobile comme enjeu de santé publique, 1960-1970.”

Of course no list is complete without some self promotion. My Ottawa (De)tour walking seminar “Finding Scientific Landscapes” will be running at 6pm from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden on June 3rd. (This is not part of Congress.)

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Pete Anderson

Public History Consultant at History Applied
I am an Ottawa-based historical research consultant. My personal research examines the confluence of science, settler colonialism, and landscape change in Canada and my doctoral thesis explored the early history of Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm.

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