ICHG 2015: Canada at the International Conference of Historical Geographers

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This week, 686 720 delagates from nearly 40 countries will convene for the 2015 International Conference of Historical Geographers. Historical geographers and many environmental historians will present more than 500 papers, several of which with a focus on Canada. You can read the full program here.

As we have done previously, here is a guide to the Canadian papers at the conference:

Session 14: Under its own name? Feminist historical geography (2): gender and the rewriting of history

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/14


Convenors Mona Domosh (Dartmouth College, USA), Karen M. Morin (Bucknell University, USA), Tamar Rothenberg (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York, USA)

Chair Karen M. Morin (Bucknell University, USA)

1 Maidens, microbes and money – Eric N. Olund (University of Sheffield, UK)

2 “Needed everywhere”: American missionary women and the practice of geography in the progressive era – Christina Dando (University of Nebraska Omaha, USA)

3 “She of the Loghouse Nest”: Louise de Kiriline Lawrence (1894–1992), birds, and fieldwork in Ontario’s “Near North” – Kirsten Greer, Sonje Bols (Nipissing University, Canada)

4 Gender, class and ethnicity among women migrants in Western Canada in the nineteenth century – Janet Henshall Momsen (University of California Davis, USA)

5 Between forced relocation and active belonging: historical geographies of Aboriginal women in Quebec cities – Caroline Desbiens (Université Laval, Canada), Carole Lévesque (INRS, Urbanisation Culture Société, Canada)


Session 15: Heritage, modernity and practice (1) Related sessions: 27

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/15


Convenors Roy Jones (Curtin University, Australia), Thomas Carter (University of Gloucestershire, UK)

Chair Thomas Carter (University of Gloucestershire, UK)

1 Public history, heritage and the memorialisation of non-human animals – Hilda Kean (University of Greenwich, UK)

2 Remembering the animals: memorialisation of and in (German) zoos – Jan-Erik Stienkrüger (University of Bonn, Germany)

3 Folklore and bygones: The movement to conserve England’s rural heritage in museums – Thomas Carter (University of Gloucestershire, UK)

4 Are all absent friends worthy of memory? Remembering Marquis wheat and forgetting the spider goats at the Central Experimental Farm – Peter Anderson (Queen’s University, Canada)


Session 20: Geographies of environment and ecology

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/20

M2 | RSM-G41

Chair Nicolas Maughan (Aix-Marseilles Université, France)

1 Botanical relics of a lost landscape: herborizing “upon the cliffs about the Pharos”, Genoa, march 1664 – Raffaella Bruzzone, Charles Watkins, Ross Balzaretti (University of Nottingham, UK)

2 Some remarks on possible changes in zoogeography in ancient Egypt – Kamila Braulinska (University of Warsaw, Poland)

3 The European non-native range of Argentine Ant: from the nineteenth century onwards – Ana Isabel Queiroz, Daniel Alves (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

4 Glebe lands and historical geographies of environmental stewardship: acting on an eco-justice theology for Grindstone Island in the Bay of Fundy, Canada – Robert Summerby-Murray (Saint Mary’s University, Canada)


Session 23: Historical geographies of instruments and instrumentation

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/23

M2 | RSM-LT131

Convenors Charles W. J. Withers (The University of Edinburgh, UK), Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow, UK)

Chair Charles W. J. Withers (The University of Edinburgh, UK)

1 The trouble with instruments – Jane Wess (University of Edinburgh / Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)

2 Below zero: the challenges of Arctic research – Richard Dunn (Royal Museums Greenwich, UK)

3 Magnetism, scientific instruments, and expeditionary science in the nineteenth century – Matthew Goodman, Simon Naylor, Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow, UK)

4 Instruments and empire: terrestrial physics in mid-nineteenth-century Canada and India – Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow, UK)

5 Measuring prime meridians: Paris and Greenwich, c.1780-c.1881 – precision, accuracy, and “truth” – Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Session 31: Geographies of migration and diaspora (2)

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/31


Chair Caroline Bressey (University College London, UK)

1 “The largest city of opportunity in the world”: Detroit’s contestations over space during the Great Migration – Julia Sattler (TU Dortmund University, Germany)

2 Great migration of African-Americans from the South to Hartford, Connecticut, 1910-1930: An HGIS analysis at the neighborhood and street Level – Kurt Schlichting (Fairfield University, USA)

3 The Athenaeum Movement: the case of St John’s, Newfoundland – Angela Ashworth (University of Birmingham, UK)


Session 35: History and geography: a bridge too far?

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/35

M3 | RSM-LT131

Convenors David Lambert (University of Warwick, UK), Kirsten Greer (Nipissing University, Canada)

Chair Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow, UK)

1 Trading places, one-way traffic and border controls? Importing historical geography in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – David Lambert (University of Warwick, UK)

2 The spatial and temporal production of the Saint Lawrence River in Canadian Geography and Historiography – Stéphane Castonguay (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada), Michèle Dagenais (University of Montreal, Canada)

3 Cultural/historical experts and the advancement of Aboriginal Rights in Canada – Arthur J. Ray (University of British Columbia, Canada), Frank Tough (University of Alberta, Canada)

4 The geographic tradition in Caribbean environmental history: David Watts, McGill University, and the Caribbean project – Kirsten Greer (Nipissing University, Canada)

5 Bridging historical-geographical divides with inductive visualization of the Holocaust – Anne Kelly Knowles, Laura Strom, Levi Westerveld (Middlebury College, USA)


Session 41: Geographical knowledge and ignorance

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/41

Tu1 | RGS-LR

Chair Innes M. Keighren (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

1 The geography of reading and the reading of geography in France, 1860-1900 – Alan R. H. Baker (University of Cambridge, UK)

2 Science, commerce, and geographical knowledge: the Ouachita River Expedition, 1804-1805 – Andrew Milson (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)

3 The Leeds and Yorkshire Geographical Society, c. 1908-1917: “a passing public mood” and short-lived purveyor of geographical knowledge – Robin Butlin (University of Leeds, UK)

4 A geography of historical geographic ignorance in Ontario, Canada – Anne Godlewska (Queen’s University, Canada), Laura Schaefli (Queen’s University, Canada)


Session 42: Health, medicine and environment

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/42

Tu1 | RGS-SR

Chair Gerry Kearns (National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland)

1 Geographies of convalescence in late Victorian England – Eli Anders (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

2 Home-life in the asylum: the nature of domesticity in Edwardian colony asylums for the insane poor – Gill Allmond (Queens University Belfast, UK)

3 Sanatorium Board of Manitoba 1904-1960 – Martin C. Kotecki (Archives of Manitoba, Canada)

4 Viral landscapes: three generations of medical geography in Uganda – Julia Ross Cummiskey (Johns Hopkins University, USA)


Session 51: Architectures of hurry: mobilities and modernity in urban environments (2)

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/51

Tu2 | RGS-CR

Convenor Richard Dennis (University College London, UK), Deryck Holdsworth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Phillip G. Mackintosh (Brock University, Canada)

Chair Deryck Holdsworth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)

1 Death on pavements: children, automobiles, and the Toronto Globe – Phillip G. Mackintosh (Brock University, Canada)

2 The mobilities of Gissing’s Ryecroft: haste, hurry, pedestrianism, acceleration and deceleration – Jason Finch (Åbo Akademi University / Academy of Finland, Finland)

3 Travelling through the city: using life writing to explore individual experiences of urban travel c1840-1940 – Colin G. Pooley (Lancaster University, UK)

4 Discussion – Richard Dennis (University College London, UK)


Session 54: Historical geographies of waste, pollution, and toxicity (1): urban

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/54

Tu2 | RGS-DR

Convenors Jeremy Bryson (Weber State University, USA), Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada)

Chair Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada)

1 Talking trash – or is it garbage? The journey of American waste through society and language – Anastasia Day (University of Delaware, USA)

2 Insanitary past; sanitised present: the changing roles and reputations of Perth’s suburban laneways – Roy Jones, Karen Miller (Curtin University, Australia)

3 Vancouver noise legislation and the harmoniously productive city – Pietro Sammarco (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

4 Urban waste treatment in the British Mandate of Palestine (1920-1948): an imperial issue, a national challenge or a local problem? – Yaron Balslev (Tel Aviv University, Israel)


Session 57: Rethinking place through GIS

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/57

Tu2 | RSM-G06

Chair Anne Kelly Knowles (Middlebury College, USA)

1 Renaissance Lyon: a new media tool for exploring Le Plan Scénographique de Lyon, 1544-1553 – Andrew Taylor (Rice University, USA)

2 Using historical GIS to locate and visualize the forgotten fields of Chinese and Japanese market gardeners in the Okanagan Valley, Canada – Catherine J. Kyle (University of British Columbia, Canada)

3 sTOria: a digital laboratory for the study of Terra d’Otranto – Anna Lucia Denitto, Michele Romano, Elisabetta Caroppo, Anna Pina Paladini (University of Salento, Italy)

4 Spatial representations of local history: preliminary investigations into the market town of Puyuan, Zhejiang, China – Ivy Maria Lim (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Wu Bing Sheng (National Institution of Education / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


Session 64: Geographies of sovereignty and international law

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/64

Tu3 | RGS-LR

Chair David Atkinson (University of Hull, UK)

1 Geography and the Just War, 1914-1920 – Mike Heffernan (University of Nottingham, UK)

2 “An international tribunal is not a court of appeals”: the politics of contemporary justice in American imperial law – Allison Powers (Columbia University, USA)

3 Archipelago of justice: geography’s explanatory power for legal historians – Laurie Wood (Florida State University, USA)

4 Contesting national imaginaries: Haudenosaunee geographic history and the Canada-U.S. border – Laura Schaefli (Queen’s University, Canada)

5 “Indigenous Peoples” in international and local contexts: declarations, practices, dilemmas and future applications – Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark, Seth Frantzman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)


Session 66: Historical geographies of waste, pollution, and toxicity (2): “residuals”

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/66

Tu3 | RGS-DR

Convenors Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada), Jeremy Bryson (Weber State University, USA)

Chair Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada)

1 All aboard the Poo-Poo Choo-Choo: Human waste and environmental justice in postwar America – Graham Mooney (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

2 Radioactivity and the “ecosphere”: fallout, radiotracers, and the global environment – Jerry Jessee (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA)

3 Toxic legacies: mining, environmental justice, and the slow violence of arsenic contamination at Canada’s Giant Mine – Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada), John Sandlos (Memorial University, Canada)

4 A tale of two lakes: the coproduction of pollution and purity in central New York – Robert Wilson (Syracuse University, UK)


Session 72: Space, time and environment: Graeme Wynn and historical geography

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/72

Tu4 | RGS-OT

Convenor and Chair Matthew Evenden (University of British Columbia, Canada)

1 Roundtable Discussion – Andrea Gaynor (The University of Western Australia, Australia), Robert Wilson (Syracuse University, UK), Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa, South Africa), Larry McCann (University of Victoria, Canada), Graeme Wynn (University of British Columbia, Canada)


Session 77: Carbon geographies: making and moving Canada’s fossil fuels

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/77

Tu4 | RGS-DR

Convenor Andrew Watson (York University, Canada)

Chairs Arn Keeling (Memorial University, Canada), Jonathan Peyton (University of Manitoba, Canada)

1 Canada’s first oil boom: kerosene in Canada, 1859-1920 – Ruth Sandwell (University of Toronto, Canada)

2 The problem of coal in Canada: finding markets for Canadian coal between the wars – Andrew Watson (York University, Canada)

3 A silent river of oil: an environmental history of pipeline spills in Canada, 1959-2012 – Sean Kheraj (York University, Canda)


Session 95: Historical geographies of making (2): museums, archives and materiality 

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/95

Th2 | RGS-EC

Chair Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter, UK), Kevin Milburn (University of Hull, UK)

1 American lynching postcards: Canadian perspectives – Judith Nicholson (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)

2 Crafting the archive: re-searching arts on the Jurassic Coast – Frances Rylands (University of Exeter, UK)

3 Geographical projections: materiality, mobility and meaning seen through the RGS lantern slides collections – Emily Hayes (University of Exeter / Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)


Session 97: Historical and cultural geographies of woods and forests (1)

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/97

Th2 | RGS-LR

Convenors Carl Griffin (University of Sussex, UK), Charles Watkins (University of Nottingham, UK)

Chair Carl Griffin (University of Sussex, UK)

1 Empire, trees, and climate in the North Atlantic: towards critical dendro-provenancing – Kirsten Greer, Adam Csank (Nipissing University, Canada), Kirby Calvert (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Kimberly Monk (University of Bristol, UK), Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool, UK), Margot Maddison MacFadyen (Memorial University, Canada)

2 Uprooted, blackened, burnt and diseased: exploring the historical geography of extreme weather and trees – Lucy Veale, Georgina Endfield (University of Nottingham, UK)

3 Anthropomorphizing landscapes, naturalizing people: cultural narratives of forests in Asia Minor / Turkey – Hande Ozkan (Transylvania University Kentucky, USA)

4 Tropicality, etymology and Indian nature: a brief history of the word jungle – Julian Baker (University of Edinburgh, UK)

5 Forest rights of indigenous communities in Koraput: now and then – Kamla Khanal (University of Nottingham, UK)


Session 100: Legacies of empire

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/100

Th2 | RSM-G41

Chair Alison Blunt (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

1 Making reparative historical geographies: reconnecting cotton textile production past and present – Susanne Seymour (University of Nottingham, UK)

2 National education and the state: Ireland in the Empire – Kevin Lougheed (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

3 Indigenous land rights in Canada: the Supreme Court accepts a territorial approach to historical occupation – Kent McNeil (York University, Canada)

4 Photogeography and the “Corporal Album”: people and landscapes of Palestine during the Arab Revolt (1938), in the eyes of a British soldier – Yossi Ben-Artzi (University of Haifa, Israel)

5 Pillage in the archives: the whereabouts of Guatemalan documentary treasures – W. George Lovell (Queen’s University, Canada)


Session 121: Historical geographies of human-animal entanglements

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/121


Convenor Jonathan Luedee (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Chair and Discussant Robert Wilson (Syracuse University, UK)

1 Species complex: a tale of two fishes told in four acts – Peter S. Alagona (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

2 “Nobody knows the way of the caribou”: visualizing, mapping, and managing migratory caribou – Jonathan Luedee (University of British Columbia, Canada)

3 Conflict and cohabitation: grey wolves and rural landscape change in France and the United States – Jeff Vance Martin (University of California, Berkeley, USA)


Session 130: Digital mappings and historical geographies (2)

View abstracts online: http://conference.rgs.org/ICHG/130


Convenors Keith D. Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), Catherine Porter (Lancaster University, UK)

Chair Keith D. Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

1 Place, space and community: digitally mapping an Irish Landed Estate – Rachel Murphy (University College Cork, Ireland)

2 Digital visualization of Colonial cartography: patterns of wealth in Barbados, 1680 – Peter Koby (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

3 Plotting practitioners: GIS and early modern medical practice – Justin Colson (University of Exeter, UK)

4 Using GIS in historical geography: mapping the Western Canadian agricultural frontier – John C. Lehr, Brian McGregor (University of Winnipeg, Canada)

5 Digital mapping of the historic road network of Flanders: methodologies, problems and opportunities – Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (KU Leuven, Belgium)

6 Mapping itineraries, shaping our mobilities? Reflections on the role of maps of itineraries in France and United-States – Quentin Morcrette (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)

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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 http://seankheraj.com.

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