Canadian History & Environment Summer School – Toronto 2006

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We hosted a 2-day summer school (Exploring Urban Environments), with speakers, workshops, and field trips, at Glendon College, York University just prior to the Canadian Historical Association’s meeting in Toronto.

Recap of CHESS 2006 Announcement
Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, environmentalists and other interested people are invited to apply to attend Exploring Urban Environments: the NiCHE summer school. This two-day school will be held at Glendon College, York University (at Bayview and Lawrence) on Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May.

Activities will include plenary talks by leading scholars working in environmental history in Canada, seminars, and field trips.

Confirmed speakers are H.V. Nelles (McMaster University) who will talk about the environmental history of rivers, and Michelle Dagenais (Université de Montréal), who will speak on urban environmental history. One field trip will be organised to the Toronto waterfront (Gene Desfor, York University and Jennifer Bonnell, OISE/University of Toronto); the other will examine features of the urban environment in Toronto (Stephen Bocking, Trent University and Richard White, University of Toronto).

Participants will be sent copies of the readings for the School, and seminar discussions will be based on these readings. Participants are expected to commit to participating on both days of the School.

This School is held in advance of the Canadian Historical Association conference, part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, based at the Keele campus of York University.

A block of rooms has been reserved at Glendon College for the nights of Friday 26 May, Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May. The SSHRC Clusters grant to the NiCHE group will cover the residential, food and materials costs. Small travel
subsidies are also available to graduate students: $50 for students in southern Ontario outside the Greater Toronto Area, $100 for students elsewhere in Ontario and Quebec, and $200 for students coming from other parts of the country. Receipts will be required for these partial reimbursements.

The field trips will involve some walking. Please contact us if you have any special needs, including dietary preferences.

Participants must send a short c.v. (no more than one page) and a brief statement (no more than one page) of what they hope to gain from participation in the School. Rooms will be allotted on a first-serve basis. There is an overall limit of 40 participants in order to facilitate exchanges over the course of the two days.

Please send your application by email to by 24 April 2006.


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