Nature’s Past Episode 57: Why Study Canada?

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Episode 57: Why Study Canada?

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Why study Canadian environmental history? Where does Canada fit in global perspectives of environmental history?

This episode focuses on the role of Canada in environmental history and explores some of the reasons why some scholars study the environmental history of Canada. Three historians based outside of Canada join the podcast to explain their research and why they chose to study Canadian environmental history.


Paula Saari
Andrew Stuhl
Stephen Pyne

Works Cited:

Saari, Paula. “Marketing Nature: The Canadian National Parks Branch and Constructing the Portrayal of National Parks in Promotional Brochures, 1936-1970” Environment and History 21, no. 3 (August 2015): 401-446.

Coates, Colin. “Who Killed Canadian Studies?”, 19 February 2015

Stuhl, Andrew. Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Pyne, Stephen. Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.

Music Credits:

“Piano romance” by THEJRSOUNDDESIGN

“The Flying of a Leaf” by Mattia Vlad Morleo

“Happy Piano” by Studio Wanted

“Sky Colors” by Sea Stock

“Good Old Times” by Alex Cohen

Photo Credit:

Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Source: Sean Kheraj


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 57: Why Study Canada?” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 13 September 2017.

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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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