[AIW] CFP: Reparative Environmental History, Ottawa, ON/USA, March 25-29, 2020

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Call for Proposals

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Annual Conference

Reparative Environmental History

Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa, ON/USA

March 25-29, 2020



ASEH invites proposals for its conference March 25-29, 2020, in Ottawa,
Ontario. Oral histories and archaeological artifacts from this area attest
to Ottawa's long and fraught history. The great falls on Kiji Sibi were an
important confluence of trade, exchange, and ceremony as well as an
important resting place for the Algonquin First Nations people throughout
the north-east. With the arrival of Europeans, Kiji Sibi continued to serve
as a highway, giving traders and explorers a canoe route to the Great Lakes
and the northwest beyond. At the end of the eighteenth century, the British
renamed Kiji Sibi the Ottawa River and used it to mark the boundary between
Upper and Lower Canada (present day Ontario and Quebec). Thus divided, the
Algonquin people's traditional territory was opened for European settlers.
Many of these histories continue to reverberate today. Ottawa currently lies
within the Algonquin Land Claim, one of the largest and most complex in
Ontario. Acknowledging this and other First Nation sovereignties, the ASEH
meeting in Ottawa recognizes the need for reparative work against historic
and ongoing colonialism and its consequences for water, land, animals,
forests, and people. 


The program committee invites panel and paper proposals that consider
environmental history in all periods and places, especially those concerning
the theme of Reparative Environmental History. Analyses of the influence of
material, economic, and political power on historical ecologies and the
people who live in them are already familiar in environmental history.The
theme of Reparative Environmental History builds on these analyses by
addressing the possibility of making amends to those whose legal rights,
health, livelihoods, and access to nature were denied through others'
exercise of power, as well as to the profoundly altered ecosystems
themselves. Reparations require close examination of past processes, how
they have been narrated, and how these narratives have been deployed and by
whom. We especially welcome proposals that consider environmental history as
a force for material, political, or discursive reparation to those
disadvantaged by many conditions, including class, race, gender, faith,
colonial subjecthood, and rural or urban location. We also welcome
consideration of histories of ecological restoration. What forms of harm and
strategies for justice have resonated in the field of environmental history?
What sort of work within the field itself could enhance the inclusiveness of
environmental history and advance its scholarship? How might environmental
historians contribute their methods and knowledge about the past to aid
ecological and social restorative efforts? 


Submission Guidelines

While programming in Ottawa 2020 will emphasize the theme, this conference,
like all ASEH meetings, will feature research on all facets of environmental
history.  The Program Committee welcomes traditional panels, individual
papers, teaching and pedagogy sessions, innovative formats, and sessions
that encourage active audience participation. Panels and papers that explore
the intersections of environmental history with the fields of public history
and the digital humanities are also welcome. The Program Committee
encourages panels that include historians at different career stages and
different types of institutions (academic and public), and that are diverse
in gender, race, and nationality. Conference sessions are set at 90 minutes
in length, including the requisite 30 minutes for discussion. We strongly
prefer to receive complete session proposals, although we will endeavor to
construct sessions from proposals for individual presentations. Submission
proposal types include:

*	Complete Panels (including four presenters and a session chair or
three presenters, a commentator, and a session chair)
*	Roundtables (presentations should be limited to 10 minutes per
person to maximize audience participation)
*	Experimental Sessions (this category is open, but such sessions
should involve at least four participants. Sessions must still allow 30
minutes for discussion)
*	Individual Papers (accepted papers will be placed in panels;
presentations are limited to 15 minutes)
*	Individual Lightning Presentations (each presenter gets 5 minutes
and up to 10 slides)
*	Posters (those presenting posters will be expected to participate in
the poster session at the conference)


Please note that individuals can be a primary presenter in only one panel,
roundtable, or other session proposal, but can also serve as chair or
commentator in a second session proposal.  ASEH remains committed to
inclusivity with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and
identity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities both in terms of
participation and topics discussed at our conferences.


Deadline for Submissions: July 12, 2019.


Nancy Jacobs, program committee chair: nancy_jacobs at brown.edu
<mailto:nancy_jacobs at brown.edu> 
David Spatz, ASEH director: dspatz at aseh.net <mailto:dspatz at aseh.net> 



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