Canadian History & Environment Summer School 2011 - 27 - 29 May 2011, St. Andrews, New Brunswick - Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011

December 2010
Canadian History & Environment Summer School 2011 (CHESS)

The Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) is pleased to
announce plans for its sixth annual summer school to be held 27 - 29
May 2011 (prior to the annual meetings of the Canadian Historical
Association and Canadian Association of Geographers in Fredericton) in
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.

The theme for CHESS 2011 is using environmental history to understand
the past and current experiences of coastal communities. With
hundreds of thousands of kilometres of coastline, Canada is literally
defined by oceans. Atlantic Canadians, of course, have always known
this. From aboriginal borderland to colonial settlement, from coastal
trade to fisheries to tourism, St. Andrews encapsulates much of the
history of Atlantic Canada. For decades, the future of this region's
coastal communities has been in doubt, particularly since the collapse
of the groundfishery in the early 1990s. Global climate change - with
implications for everything from sea level rise to species migration -
has made the health of our oceans a critical issue. St. Andrews
?by-the-Sea? reminds us that we have a long and complex history with
our oceans: centuries of harvesting its resources, concerted efforts
at scientific exploration and management, experiments in international
governance, profiting from its ambiance. It is an important site for
marine research and aquaculture, as well as cultural and eco-tourism.
Speakers, field trips, and group discussions will explore the role of
science, history, and commerce in the environmental sustainability of
our coastal communities.

To apply for CHESS 2011: Send a one-page CV and a brief statement
(not to exceed 100 words), indicating the relevance of your
intellectual interests to this year?s theme and how you hope to
benefit from participation, by email to Mark McLaughlin
( BY 28 FEBRUARY 2011.

Please note that space is limited. As CHESS is intended to provide a
forum for interaction between graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,
faculty members and others interested in historical approaches to the
environment, we will seek to ensure appropriate representation from
each of these categories. Everyone is warmly encouraged to apply, but
preference will be given to applicants who have never participated in
CHESS. Decisions will be communicated by late March.

NiCHE will cover the costs of two nights? accommodation in the
Huntsman Marine Science Centre?s residence for all participants.
There are funds available for partial contributions to transportation
costs to St. Andrews for those in need, not to exceed $500, however,
participants should also seek other sources of travel funding.

We look forward to welcoming you to Atlantic Canada!