North-East and Atlantic Region Environmental History (NEAR, EH?) Forum: Connecticut, May 2017

Model at Mystic Seaport, courtesy John Lamar, Flickr

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Did ASEH leave you hungry for more exciting environmental history? Did you long for the sea air while on an inland sea? (Or, if you weren’t able to make it to Chicago, aren’t you entitled to a great environmental history experience this spring?) Are you interested in a great discussion between Canadian and American colleagues?
Please consider this a warm invitation to attend the sixth Northeast and Atlantic Region Environmental History Forum: “Bays and Basins, Rivers and Roads: Linkages Across Boundaries in the Northwest Atlantic and Eastern North America.” This year’s workshop will be held 19-20 May at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. Papers are pre-circulated for your reading pleasure, and after a brief introduction by the author, opened to a discussion among the entire group. It’s a terribly collegial and productive experience.

If you’re interested in attending, please contact Matt McKenzie ( for more information, directions, etc.


Friday, 19 May 2017

8:30 to 10:30: Session I: Plants, Pestilence, and Food

Manuel Lizarralde and Jason R. Mancini, “Recovering and Repatriating Native Americans Plant Knowledge: Historical Ethnobotany of Southern New England.”

Joseph Miller, “The Company of Joseph Treat’s War Against Nature.”

Rachel A. Snell, “Molding Gentility, Preserving Frugality: Jelly Recipes and the Development of Hybrid Sociability in the Lake Ontario Region.”

Brian Payne, “‘Cool, Crisp, Ocean Goodness’: The Environmental History and Consumer Culture of Canadian Seafood Marketing in the Twentieth Century.”

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45- 12:15: Session II: International Competition

Naomi Slipp, “Picturing Marine Abundance: Homer, Hammond, and Gilded Age Canadian- American Atlantic Herring Fisheries,”

Benjamin Kochan, “The Great Protein Robbery”: American and Canadian Reactions to Foreign Fishing in the Northwest Atlantic in the 1960s and 70s.”

William Knight, “Tracking Fish Introductions Across Borders.”

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00: Session III: Defining contested boundaries

Jack Bouchard, “Terra Nova and Terra Firme: The Mental Geography of the Newfoundland Fishery in the Sixteenth Century.”

Christopher L. Pastore, “Atlantic Beach: Constructing the Ocean’s Edge Materially and Imaginatively during the Age of Exploration.”

Caitlin Charman, “An ugly, piled-up sea”: Industrialization and Regional Identity in Hickman’s Gulf of St. Lawrence Fiction.”


Saturday 20 May 2017

9:30 -11:00 Session IV: Manipulating Nature

Jeffrey Egan, “The Fight Before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Creation of Boston’s Quabbin Reservoir, 1919-1927.”

Katheryn P. Viens, “’The natural features are broken’: The Spread of Manufacturing in Early 19th-Century Massachusetts”

Ed MacDonald, “Parks and People: The Second National Park Controversy on Prince Edward Island, 1960-1973”

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Professor of History at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where I revel in Canadiana and environmental history. Also a lover of exploring, maps, Jane of Lantern Hill, and Scandinavia.

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