Saskatchewan Book Awards 2015: Luther College and University of Regina Arts Award for Scholarly Writing

Wow! I have wonderful news to share…

Forest Prairie Edge: Place History in Saskatchewan has been awarded a Saskatchewan Book Award 2015 for Scholarly Writing!

The review of my book (presumably by the judges!) said this:

“In this fascinating, well-researched, and innovative book, historian Merle Massie tells a Saskatchewan story quite different from the more well known narratives of the plains Cree, settler societies, and political and economic developments in the southern half of the province. Instead, she embarks on a ‘deep time history’ of a single region in the rural parkland belt around Prince Albert, the ecotone where the boreal forest and the prairies meet. An excellent book with an epic sweep.”

Lovely praise. My thanks.

— Merle Massie


Workshop Report: Famines during the Little Ice Age

The organizers of the workshop “Famines during the Little Ice Age,” held in Bielefeld in February, have posted a report here.  The meeting, which brought together presentations from more than a dozen geographers, historians and climatologists, focused on advancing interdisciplinary research in medieval and early modern European climate reconstruction, the causes and consequences of famine, […]

— Climate History Network


Appel à proposition (rappel). Colloque international “Catastrophe, Environnement et Propriété: approches historiques, XIXe-XXe siècle”. Paris, 2-3 décembre 2015

Ce colloque vise à explorer, dans une perspective historique centrée sur les XIXe et XXe siècles, les interactions entre les systèmes de propriété sur les ressources et les environnements et une classe particulière de processus socio-écologiques: les catastrophes.

Organisateurs : Marc Elie, Fabien Locher

Consulter l’appel à communication dans son intégralité

Évènement soutenu par le projet ANR GOVENPRO

Le colloque se tiendra les 2 et 3 décembre 2015, à l’EHESS 190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris. Il se déroulera en anglais et en français.

Les propositions de communication (en français ou en anglais) sont à soumettre par courrier électronique à l’adresse: conference.disaster.property@gmail.com, avant la date limite du : 15 mai 2015.

Chaque proposition devra inclure : le nom, prénom et courriel du conférencier ; un CV d’une page max. ; un titre et un texte de proposition de 600 mots max. Les intervenants retenus verront leurs frais de déplacement et de logement pris en charge.

— Le RUCHE


Publication. Guillaume Blanc, “Une histoire environnementale de la nation. Regards croisés sur les parcs nationaux du Canada, d’Éthiopie et de France”.

Guillaume Blanc vient de faire paraître Une histoire environnementale de la nation. Regards croisés sur les parcs nationaux du Canada, d’Éthiopie et de France aux Publications de la Sorbonne.

Consulter le sommaire de l’ouvrage

Cet ouvrage propose une histoire environnementale comparée de la nation. L’auteur démontre qu’au-delà des contextes, l’invention de la nature vise bien souvent à renforcer les contours matériels et idéels de la nation au nom de laquelle agissent les pouvoirs publics.

— Le RUCHE


Enemies to acclimatisation

While on a hunt for early accounts of acclimatisation societies in New Zealand, I found this gem – a letter to the editor of the Otago Daily Times in 1867. How times have changed! (And anyone know who a “Venator” is?)Filed under: commentary Tagged: acclimatisation, Environmental History, New Zealand, Otago, pests, rabbits

— envirohistory NZ


“Ex Machina” takes on nature vs. nurture

Amelia Urry, Eve Andrews, Suzanne Jacobs, and Ana Sofia Knauf discuss on Grist the “green” dimension of Alex Garland’s latest movie Ex Machina.

Why it’s green:  The story touches on myriad concerns from our current moment in paranoia — online privacy, the dehumanizing aspects of technological interactions, beards — and ultimately addresses what all these things have in common: power. Ex Machina explores, quite sordidly at times, what power really means: Who gets to have it, what does it do to the powerful and the disempowered, and what happens when it is taken away. As humans, we’re used to calling the shots in the modern world — but what if the tables were turned? Whether it’s the singularity or runaway global warming, humanity faces some serious threats in the coming decades — and Ex Machina doesn’t imply that we’re very equipped to deal with them.

Read more

Source: “Ex Machina” takes on nature vs. nurture — with robo-babes

— Ant, Spider, Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities


University offering free online course to demolish climate denial

— Ant, Spider, Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities


On the Internet, Illegal Trade In Endangered Wildlife Thrives

— Ant, Spider, Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities


CFP: 2015 DLF (Digital Library Federation) Forum Proposals

— Ant, Spider, Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities


Enter the World Environment Day blogging competition and win a trip to Milan

Margaret Badore (@mbadore) at treehugger reports about the blogging competition and the logo design competition launched by the United Nations Environment Programme on the theme of sustainable consumption in view of World Environment Day on June 5. The deadline is April 26, 2015.

Read the full story at: Enter the World Environment Day blogging competition and win a trip to Milan

— Ant, Spider, Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities