Get Involved: NiCHE New Scholars 2017/2018

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Now that the new school year has begun, I am excited to announce that Robynne Mellor will take over the role of NiCHE New Scholars representative for the 2017/2018 academic year. Robynne has been an active part of NiCHE for many years from her current home at Georgetown University – most recently as one of the CHESS participants.

Over the 2016/2017 academic year, NiCHE New Scholars ran a series of digital events and discussions on a wide range of topics – from mining to parks to northern history. We also ran a forum on the intersections between digital humanities and environmental history and ran a pre-conference digital meetup for the 2017 meeting of the American Society of Environmental History.  Our last event took place in a new format: we collaborated in the production of a digital document on the implications of the 2016 American election for environmental history. Taken together, our discussions show how New Scholars are pushing the boundaries of the discipline with innovative methods and research topics. At the same time they are also cognizant contributors to modern human/environmental issues making a real difference every day “on the ground” through their teaching, policy work, and activism.

As your 2016/2017 New Scholars rep, our conversations left me excited and enthusiastic about the work of PhD students and post-docs in Canadian environmental history. Many of the major themes that emerged in our conversations came up during NiCHE’s “Past and Future of Environmental History” Roundtable at the Canadian Historical Association this spring. I am grateful for your insights, contributions, and good company over the past year.

Lets keep up the momentum in 2017/2018! Are you a graduate student, recent graduate student, or post-doc looking to connect with colleagues in your field? If you would like to run a meeting, digital event, or discussion in the coming academic year, please contact Robynne at You can also email Robynne to be added to the NiCHE New Scholars mailing list to stay up to date on all New Scholars events.

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Mica Jorgenson is an environmental historian of natural resources in Canada. She works in both the academic and public sectors, and teaches periodically at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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