Canadian Coastal Histories workshop and public keynote events

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Canadian Coastal Histories workshop Nov 19-20, 2021

Dialogues about Canadian coastal cultures, coastal places, and global oceanic connections have taken on a new tenor in a time of climate crisis that will dramatically and disproportionately reshape the future of such places. Growing international interest in coasts from a range of disciplines suggests a productive framework for rethinking histories from the land and tidewaters currently known as Canada, the country with the world’s longest coastline.

Hosted remotely by the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, this workshop will explore histories from the saline shores of this vast ocean-bound territory. Coasts are generative transitional spaces, sites of encounter in a constant state of change. The coast is a place where distinctive cultural and political formations emerge and an ideal setting for historical storytelling with contemporary relevance.

The workshop will include scholars working in history, archaeology, geography, art history, Indigenous studies, sociology, and the heritage sector. Participants will discuss pre-circulated papers, with an eye toward publication in an edited collection for the L.R. Wilson Rethinking Canada and the World Series with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

A limited number of guests will be welcome to attend the workshop as audience members. Please email workshop convener Dr. Sara Spike if you would like to attend, or if you have any questions.

Keynote Lecture November 19, 7pm ET, free, open to all on Zoom

Dr. Renisa Mawani (UBC), “Connecting Coastal Histories through Imperial Violence: The Ingress into India Ordinance, 1914-1922”
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Keynote Roundtable November 20, 7pm ET, free, open to all on Zoom

Indigenous Coastal Fish Relations Roundtable, featuring Dr. Zoe S. Todd (Associate Professor of Sociology, Carleton, Founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures), Jennifer Brown (Haida, Ketchikan Alaska; University of Alaska Southeast), Aliqa Illauq (Inuk, Kangiqtugaapik; Carleton), and Oscar Baker III (Black and Mi’gmaw, Elsipogtog FN).

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Sara Spike

Sara Spike, PhD, is a cultural historian of rural communities and coasts in Atlantic Canada. She is an Instructor in the History Department at Dalhousie University. She lives in rural Nova Scotia/Mi'kma'ki, where she is writing about the cultural history of fog in Atlantic Canada.

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