Environmental History at #chashc2019

UBC's Point Grey campus as seen from Cypress Provincial Park. Photo: Sébastien Launay.

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Next week, from June 3 to 5, the Canadian Historical Association will hold its annual meeting at the 2019 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. This year, it will be hosted on Musqueam lands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

I’ve combed through the final program to find the papers, panels, and other events of most interest to environmental historians and other scholars interested in environmental topics. As always, this is something of an exercise in judgment. For example, I opted not to include papers and panels concerning treaties, even though the reciprocal relationships between people and land is fundamental to this topic.

If I’ve missed your relevant paper, panel, or roundtable at the CHA meeting or elsewhere at Congress, a) I apologize, and b) please let me know in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Monday, June 3

Land, Space, and Territoriality in British Settler Colonies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH D 317

Cosmopolitan Engagements in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Fisheries in the Nineteenth Century
Kurt Korneski, Memorial University

Making Colonial Property: The Nineteenth-Century Experience of Cape Breton’s Sydney Coalfield
Donald Nerbas, McGill University

“Through the Wastes of Labrador in Search of Gold”: Imagining a Land-Based Resource Economy in Nineteenth-Century Labrador
C. Scott Eaton, Queen’s University

Environmental Knowledge
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH D 222

“Disentangling” Imperial Science Cultures: Nineteenth-Century British Women and Colonial Botanical Practices
Virginia Vandenberg, Queen’s University

Sited environments, roaming ideas: the circulation of forestry knowledge and practices across the North Atlantic (1900-1940)
Lisalou Martone, LER Lyon 2 & University of Ottawa

Scientifically Speaking: Changing Conversations around the Intersections of the History of Science and Forestry in Canada
Mark J. McLaughlin, University of Maine

From Conversations to Cocreation: Historians and Heritage Professionals Explore the History of Montréal
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH D 301

The Lachine Canal Revisited: A Spatial and Visual Analysis of the Canal’s Maritime Past
Joanne Burgess, UQAM and Alain Gelly, Parcs Canada

Environmental History Group Business Meeting
12:00-1:30 pm, BUCH D 316

Join NiCHE Director Sean Kheraj and other environmental historians to discuss upcoming initiatives and events pertaining to environmental history in Canada. All welcome!

University of Victoria Department of History’s “Celebration of New Books”
12:00-1:30 pm, BUTO 1197

Including Jason Colby, Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Great Predator (Oxford University Press) and John Lutz, Keith Thor Carlson, David M. Schaepe, and Naxaxalhts’i — Albert “Sonny” McHalsie, Towards a New Ethnography: Community Engaged Scholarship among the People of the River (University of Manitoba Press)

Twentieth-Century Indigenous Issues
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH D 219

Catching Fish, Feeding Families, and Fighting for Rights: The Contested Waters of the Northern Coast Salish Food Fishery in the 20th Century
Colin M. Osmond, University of Saskatchewan

Accidental, Intentional, Successful and Failed: Species Introduction in a Scientific Ecological Imperial Context
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH B 315

Insects, Entomologists, and Parasites on the Move: The Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Biological Pest Control, and Agricultural Governance in Early Twentieth-Century Hawai’i
Jessica Wang, University of British Columbia

Carabid colonialism: Carl Lindroth, Newfoundland, and the Faunal Connections between Europe and North America
Matthew Evenden, University of British Columbia

A “Lost-Colony” in the Pacific: Nation-Building through Lobsters
Suzanne Morton, McGill University

Who’s Afraid of Visual Proof? Discussing Visual Culture’s Challenge to Historical Methodologies
3:30-5:00 pm, BUCH A 202

The Measure of a Land: Sizing up historical maps and spatial data
Daniel Rück, University of Ottawa

Tuesday, June 4

Nineteenth-Century Indigenous History
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH A 202

Métis Land Tenure in Edmonton on Both Sides of the North Saskatchewan River
Nathalie Kermoal and Leah Hrycun, University of Alberta

Conversations about Migrants and Settlers
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH D 219

Imagining their Frontiers: Mennonite Settlers in Iowa, Manitoba and Siberia
Royden Louwen, University of Winnipeg

Promoting and Challenging British Imperialism
10:30 am-12:00 pm, BUCH D 229

Indian Colonization Schemes and the Territorial Imagination of Reform
Heena Mistry, Queen’s University

Selling an Empire of Oil: Architecture, Imperialism, and the Publicity Activities of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, 1924-1925
Ian Wereley, University of Calgary

CHA and UBC Department of History Book Launch
12:00-1:30 pm, BUCH D 130 Meekison Lounge

Including Colin M. Coates and Graeme Wynn, eds., The Nature of Canada

Between the Lines Book Launch
12:00-1:30 pm, BUTO 1197

Including Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney and Donald Wright, eds., Symbols of Canada

Book signing with Tina Adcock and contributors to Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History
1:00-2:00 pm, UBC Press booth at Congress Expo

The Western Genre and Western-ness in the Popular (Canadian) Imagination, 1910-1950
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH D 217

Straining Against the Rope: How Animals Became Western
Susan Nance, University of Guelph

Stages of the Past: Stagecoaches as Objects of Frontier and Energy Nostalgia in Western Canada, 1910-1950
Ben Bradley, Network in Canadian History and Environment

Environment, Conservation, and Labour in Pacific North America
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH A 102

“The Gospel of Kindness,” Masculinity, and Violence in the American Whaling Fleet
Lissa Wadewitz, Linfield College

Environment, Race, and Exclusion in the BC Salmon Fisheries, 1910-1930
Benjamin Bryce, University of Northern British Columbia

“No Fish, No Blackfish”: Orcas and the New Salmon Politics of the West Coast
Jason M. Colby, University of Victoria

Book signing with Graeme Wynn and contributors to The Nature of Canada
3:00-3:30 pm, UBC Press booth at Congress Expo

Wednesday, June 5

Conversations Across Borders and Nations: Wildlife, Ranching, and Science in the Canadian Northwest
8:30-10:00 am, BUCH D 317

International Trophy Hunting and Wildlife Regulation in the Yukon, 1920-1950
Heather Green, McMaster University

Boundaries of Conservation: Wildlife Conservation in the Yukon-BC Borderlands
Glenn Iceton, University of Saskatchewan

Science, Networks, and Knowledge Communities: August Petermann and the Construction of the Open Polar Sea
John Woitkowitz, University of Cambridge

The Emergence of the Alberta Cattle Industry with Montana Stock: Why the Border Mattered Until it Didn’t
Matt Todd, University of Lethbridge

Persistent Tuberculosis in Indigenous Communities in Northern and Western Canada
10:30 am-12:00 pm, BUCH D 219

Tuberculosis in the Mackenzie District and Yukon Territory, before 1940
Liza Piper, University of Alberta

First Nations Historical Trauma as a Factor in the Persistence of TB in Canada: Towards More Historically-Informed Health Practice
Paul Hackett, University of Saskatchewan

The History of Tuberculosis in the Athabasca and Clearwater River Districts after Treaty 8
John Cole, University of Alberta

Public History 1
10:30 am-12:00 pm, BUCH B 315

From Frontier Wilderness to National Granary: Transcending Marginality through Institutional History Making
Xiaoping Sun, Saint Mary’s University

Author Meets Critics: Michèle Dagenais, Montreal, City of Water: An Environmental History
10:30 am-12:00 pm, BUCH D 317

Michèle Dagenais (Université de Montréal)
Daniel Ross (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Jennifer Bonnell (York University)
Dale Barbour (University of Toronto)
Daniel Macfarlane (Western Michigan University)
Matthew Evenden (University of British Columbia)

Redefining Child and Youth Spaces in Twentieth-Century Canada
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH A 202

“Wilderness-Types” Freaks and Hippies: The Battle over Youth Hostels in the 1970s
Linda Mahood, University of Guelph

Twentieth-Century Montreal
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH D 229

Local Growth Coalitions and the 1927 Typhoid Disaster in Montreal
Owen Temby and Alexandre Couture Gagnon, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Citizens Vs. Government: Conflict and Letter-Writing in Postwar Canada
1:30-3:00 pm, BUCH D 219

Debating Relief: Citizenship, Insurance, and Relief Efforts during the 1979 Woodstock Tornado
Katrina Ackerman, University of Regina

Expertise and Exchange across Arctic North America, 1940-70
3:30-5:00 pm, BUCH D 317

Frontiers of Opportunity: Gender, Whiteness, and the Politics of Expertise in Alaska’s Tuberculosis Epidemic, 1945-1970
Tess Lanzarotta, Yale University

The Security State and the Cold War Child
3:30-5:00 pm, BUCH D 301

“Bomber death planes” and butterflies: Layered conversations about technology and nature in a Cold War landscape
Karen Wall, Athabaska University

Non-Trivial Pursuits: Historicizing Late-Twentieth Century Canada
3:30-5:00 pm, BUCH A 202

“To capitalize on the opportunities”: Tourism, Heritage, and Economic Revitalization in the West Kootenays, British Columbia
Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary

Wednesday, June 5–Friday, June 7

Canadian History and Environment Summer School (CHESS) 2019
Gold Mountain River: Chinese Mining Landscapes in Indigenous Territories

This annual event brings together graduate students, faculty, and other researchers in the fields of environmental history and historical geography for two and a half days of field trips, workshops, public lectures, and more. Registration is now closed, but you can find further details about the event at this webpage.

Thursday, June 6

Stó:lō Territory Bus Tour
9:00 am-6:00 pm

A full-day tour of the Stó:lō traditional territory from Vancouver through the Fraser Valley to Yale at the mouth of the Fraser Canyon, led by Stó:lō elder and cultural advisor Naxaxalhts’i’s, (Dr. Sonny McHalsie). Registration required.

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Assistant professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. I research and teach Canadian and environmental history, with a special focus on the Arctic and Subarctic.

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