A Canadian Historian at the Copenhagen Conference

13 12 2009

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Canadian historian at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Claire Campbell, an associate professor of history at Dalhousie University, is part of the Nova Scotia delegation in Copenhagen. She is live blogging about her experiences at the Conference.
Her most recent blog post reads: “It’s an odd feeling to be going to my beloved Denmark more as a Nova Scotian, or a representative of Dalhousie, than as a Canadian. I really don’t know what kind of reception Canadians – not of all of whom support the federal position on the COP – will have. As the man sitting across from me in the airport just said, ‘We should be [setting] the standards of good citizenry around the world. We should be model citizens’….” Read the rest here.

Dr Campbell is one of Canada’s foremost environmental historians. Her first book, Shaped by the West Wind:  Nature and History in Georgian Bay, was published by University of British Columbia Press in 2004. She is currently working on a book about the history of Canada’s national parks. Her other publications include:  “‘To Free Itself, and Find Itself’:  Writing a History for the Prairie West,” in National Plots: Interrogation, Revision, and Re-Inscription in Canadian Historical Fiction, 1832-2005, eds. Andrea Cabajsky and Brett Josef Grubisic (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009); ‘It was Canadian, then, typically Canadian’:  Revisiting Wilderness at Historic Sites,” British Journal of  Canadian Studies 21:1 (2008), pp. 5-34; “Global Expectations, Local Pressures: Some Dilemmas of a World Heritage Site,” Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 11:1 (2008), pp. 1-18; “On Fertile Ground:  Locating Historic Sites in the Landscapes of Fundy and the Foothills“, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Société Historique du Canada 17 :1 (2006) pp. 235-265.

New Nature’s Past Podcast

1 11 2009

Logo of the Nature's Past Podcast

Episode 10 of Nature’s Past, the podcast of the Network in Canadian History and Environment, is now online.

“How have online digital technologies changed environmental history research, communication, and teaching? This episode of the podcast explores this question in the context of the recent NiCHE Digital Infrastructure API Workshop held in Mississauga, Ontario. Online-based Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are just one digital technology that holds the potential to change the way environmental historians access resources, analyze historical data, and communicate research findings. Within the past decade alone, the development of online digital technologies has offered the potential to transform historical scholarship.
This episode includes a round-table conversation with some leading figures in the realm of digital history as well as an interview with Jan Oosthoek, the producer and host of the Exploring Environmental History podcast.”

Check it out here.

HBC Records as a Source for Studying the History of Climate Change

26 09 2009

In this video of a presentation he gave in October 2008, historian George Colpitts of the University of Calgary discusses how the records kept in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives can be used to study the history of climate in Canada.  The records kept by the trading posts and ships of the Hudson’s Bay Company have been used by many different types of Canadian historians (economic historians, gender historians, Native Land Claims researchers). Now they are being used by environmental historians working on the very important topic of historical climate change.

HBC Ships in Hudson Strait, Summer 1819

HBC Ships in Hudson Strait, Summer 1819

Colpitts gave this presentation at the Canadian Climate History workshop at the University of Western Ontario. You can watch the other presentations here.

Image Source: Library and Archives Canada.