Call for Papers: Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History (NEAR-EH) Workshop

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An Investigation of our own Backyards

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

November 10-11, 2024

The Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History group is once again happy to announce a call for papers for its 2024 writing workshop.

This workshop will host ten to twelve scholars of any disciplines working on the environmental history of the US northeast or Atlantic Canadian region, ranging geographically from Newfoundland and Labrador south to the Chesapeake Bay and west to the Appalachian Mountains.

Any topic of environmental history within this geographic focus will be reviewed, but we are especially eager to solicit papers that address this year’s theme of “Backyard Natures.” We wish to engage environmental scholars in a discussion on local, backyard, neighborhood, or community environments including, but not limited to, parks, playgrounds, sanctuaries, waterscapes, nature walks, or any other vernacular nature or activity. We define ‘local’ broadly to mean an environment important to a community’s sense of place, an environment for local recreation and rehabilitation, an environment important to local public health, or the utilization of local ecological knowledge to understand the history or culture of a place.  

Successful paper will also be considered for publication as part of the groups next book project, Backyard Natures: An Exploration of Local Environment’s in the Northeast.  This will be the groups second published collection of essays (see The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence [McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019]).

Please submit proposals of 250 words to Brian Payne at by June 1, 2024.  Full-length papers of 15-25 pages are to be submitted by October 1, 2024.

Feature Image: East view of the village of North Bridgewater, Mass, 1844 (1882), Leventhal Map and Education Center.
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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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