The theme “rare earths” has become of utmost importance worldwide. Rare earth metals  play a strategic role in the energy and high-tech industry. Their importance in the industry lies in the fact that almost all the latest technologies such as the solar and wind energy sector, smart phones, the aerospace industry, high-efficiency lighting and electric motors, hybrid and electric vehicles, etc. require these rare minerals.  In view of high demands for rare earths, their exploration should happen within a sustainable basis and their processing should be consistent with the goals of green technologies.

But despite the importance of this theme, there are only a few publications which have tackled the topic in an interdisciplinary way. In order to address this perceived need, the book Rare Earths Industry: Technological, Economic and Environmental Implications, is now  being prepared.  The book will be published by Elsevier, one of the top 5 world publishers.

The book will document and promote  research, projects and field work in the rare earths industry, meeting a demand for critical, updated and extensive analyses and information on the theme.  The book is structured along three major sections: Part I deals with the Rare Earths Reserves and Mining; Part II  has a focus on Rare Earths Processes and High-Tech Product Development; and Part III deals with Rare Earths Recycling Opportunities and Challenges. The book has an interdisciplinary orientation with a focus on technical, scientific, academic, economic, and environmental, industry and market issues, thus, widely covering multiple interests. All articles will pass through a peer review process. A double-blind peer review aiming to generate constructive comments, will ensure the quality of the manuscripts.

The details are as follows:
* Papers should be up to 7.000 words including references,
* Witten in Times Roman 12,
* Single spaced
We will be happy to send a sample paper to potential authors, so they can follow the standard format, especially the information on authors and the references.

Schedule: Abstracts are due by the 30th September 2014. First Draft due by the 15th November 2014. Full papers are due by the 30th January 2015.
The publication will be ready in late summer 2015 and authors will get one free copy.  If you need further details, please contact the editors at: beids@beids.de

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The online semi-annual publication, The Goose: Journal for Arts, Literature, and Culture in Canada features creative and multi-disciplinary scholarly and essay writing, visual arts, and book reviews pertaining to Canadian and international works about environment, place, and nature writing. Though specializing in the works of and about Canadian artists, poets and writers, The Goose welcomes international contributions as well. They are currently moving The Goose to a new home, which will support non-print media (podcasts/audio files and video).

Currently inviting submissions in any of these areas, preferrably previously unpublished:

-short fiction
-excerpts from longer fictional/nonfictional works in progress
-literary essay
-photo essay
-short memoir
-multi-disciplinary scholarly papers
-journalistic writing
-visual art projects
-multi-media projects
-or propose an area not listed here; open to innovative forms.

If you are interested in proposing a Guest Edited issue of The Goose. Please send either Lisa or Paul (emails below) a 250-300 word proposal.

For book reviews contact our Reviews Editor: Amanda Di Battista

For all other enquiries and submissions please contact either Editors:
Lisa Szabo-Jones: lszabo@ualberta.ca or Paul Huebener: paulhuebener@icloud.com

(Also, they are always seeking one-off photos to accompany written pieces. Please send those to Lisa Szabo-Jones: lisa.szabo@hotmail.com. For photo essays, see the contacts above)

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Landscape, Wilderness and The Wild
26-29th March 2015, Newcastle University, UK

This international cross-disciplinary conference, organised by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, will bring together scholarly communities for knowledge exchange and debate. It aims to consider the discourses that swirl around concepts of wilderness, wildness, wildscape, re-wilding, wilding and the wild. It will seek to explore the place of these notions in the contemporary imagination, whilst giving an account of their continuing agency for academics, professionals and all those engaged in landscape issues. We look forward to welcoming participants from around the world including academics, journalists, artists, writers, creative practitioners, activists and landscape practitioners across disciplines such as conservation management, environmental philosophy, countryside planning, landscape architecture, cultural geography, literature, fine arts, and other subject areas in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Keynote Speakers (confirmed to date)
Professor Bill Adams holds the Moran Chair in Conservation and Development at Cambridge University. His research focuses on the choices and conflicts between development and conservation. His writing on the subject includes: ‘Against Extinction, the Story of Conservation’ (2004). See http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/adams/

Dr Steve Carver of the University of Leeds has worked extensively on the development of wild land mapping and evaluation methodologies and has tested and applied these across a variety of locations and spatial scales including Scotland, England, Britain, Europe, and the USA. See http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/s.carver

Jay Griffiths is the award-winning writer and author of ’Wild: An Elemental Journey’ (2008) and ‘Kith: the Riddle of the Childscape’ (2013). She was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Oxford University. See http://www.jaygriffiths.com/

Dr Anna Jorgensen of Sheffield University – Managing Editor Landscape Research and Co-Editor of ‘Urban Wildscapes,’ one of the first edited collections of writings about urban ‘wilderness’ landscape. See http://www.shef.ac.uk/landscape/staff/profiles/ajorgensen

Paul Kingsnorth is a poet and novelist. He is a former deputy-editor of The Ecologist and a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. His writings include ‘Kidland’ (2011) and ‘Uncivilization’ (2009). See http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/

Call for Papers
There is an open call for papers for conference sessions. Abstract submissions for presentations or posters are welcome from people working in research, policy and practice.

Abstracts (in Word format) should be no longer than 350 words (excluding references). You may also send one A4 page of images or tables (as a pdf file). Final papers will be 5,000 words. All approved abstracts and papers will be pre-published in the conference proceedings.

The planned themes are:

The Urban Wild
Rewilding vs the Cultural Landscape
Future Imaginaries of Landscape
Wilderness as a State of Mind
Reclaimed and Restored landscapes
The End of Environmentalism?
The submission of Abstracts for selection and approval should be sent to wilderness@ncl.ac.uk by 1st June 2014.

Please identify with which of the themes you feel your paper is most appropriately allied.

All enquiries, comments and suggestions should be to the conference organisers by email: wildernessconf@ncl.ac.uk

Follow us on twitter @TheWild_Conf

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Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues
4-5 October 2014
University of North Carolina at Asheville (USA)

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2014

Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues will bring together artists and scholars to stimulate discussion on music, culture, and the environment. The conference is part of the multi-day event series, “Ecomusics” (3-7 October 2014), which will include concerts, soundwalks, workshops, and outings (e.g., field trips to the Moog Factory, Black Mountain College, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Not only do the fall colors of October in the Appalachian Mountains make Asheville, North Carolina, an ideal place to be, but its history also makes it an ideal gathering spot for a conference on ecomusicology: it is where Bartok composed his Piano Concerto No. 3, where John Cage conducted happenings, and where Buckminster Fuller created his geodesic dome. If you would like to participate in the conference but would prefer not to travel for environmental or other reasons, you will have the option to participate as presenter or audience member via the Internet.

The conference theme, “Dialogues”, aims to foster common ground, where participants representing diverse backgrounds (academic, artistic, industry, non-profit, et al.) can learn about and exchange ideas on ecomusics. In addition to general ecomusicology topics, the conference committee encourages submissions that respond, but are not limited, to the following topic fields:
– Musical collaboration (in, for, or with the environment)
– Improvisation (human and non-human)
– The music industry
– The sound of “green”
– Acoustic ecology
– Ecopoetics and sound
– Race, class, gender
– Sustainability
– Musician/academic-as-activist

Scholars from any academic field are invited to submit proposals to present in a variety of formats, including:
– panels (3 to 5 participants, 30-90 minutes),
– papers (20 or 30 minutes),
– posters (electronic or paper format), and
– alternative formats (performance, film, installation, lecture demonstration, etc.).

An author may submit up to two proposals (on related or separate topics). All submissions must follow the guidelines below:

1) Deadline: Proposals must be sent as a two-page PDF attachment (details below) to ecomusicologies [at] gmail.com with “Ecomusicologies 2014″ in the subject line by 11:59:59pm GMT on 30 April 2014.

2) Submission: The submission must include a two-page PDF document (no other format will be accepted): on the first page, include title, author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address for contact, and brief biographical information (for each author); on the second page, include title and format (if a paper presentation, specify 20 or 30 minutes), tentative preference for live or virtual presentation, and abstract (details below). Do not include any information identifying the author(s) on page 2 because abstracts will be reviewed blindly.

3) Abstract:
– Panels of 3-5 participants (30-90 minutes): 250-word (maximum) abstracts that summarize the argument/aims, methods, findings, etc. for each of the contributions, plus a 250-word (maximum) abstract justifying the formation of the panel as a whole.
– 20-minute papers and posters: 250-word (maximum) abstract summarizing argument/aims, methods, findings, etc.
– 30-minute papers: 250-word (minimum) to 400-word (maximum) abstract summarizing argument/aims, methods, findings, etc.
– Alternative formats: 400-word (maximum) abstract summarizing the format, argument/aims, methods, findings, etc., and including an indication of the format and any requirements (A/V, transportation, etc.).

Dates to note: 30 April, deadline for proposals; 15 June, decisions on proposals will be sent; 1 August, pre-registration and registration for presenters (discounted price) will begin; 29 August, registration will open (regular price); 1 September, program will be posted.

Sponsors: Ecocriticism Study Group of the American Musicological Society, Ecomusicology Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

For more information on ecomusicology see ecomusicology.info ; for more on past ecomusicology conferences see ecomusicologies.org Contact and submissions: ecomusicologies [at] gmail.com .

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Dear colleagues:

Paper abstract submissions are invited for the special session “Alternative Geographies of Environmental and Resource Management” at the upcoming CAG and ESAC 2014 annual meetings and Congress 2014 at Brock University. The session will be sponsored by the CAG Environment and Resources Group, and I hope to secure sponsorship from ESAC.

Alternative Geographies of Environmental and Resource Management

Environmental and resource management is arguably a very practical field. That is, its practitioners and scholars are committed to achieving practicable recommendations and regimes to effectively and equitably manage environmental resources amid competing perceptions, priorities, visions and strategies. In the long century since resource management and modern environmentalism began in North America, alternative schools of thought have evolved in various academic disciplines to challenge dominant discourses of liberalism, governance, progress, democracy and value. In environmental and resource management, the effect was to produce a greater engagement with socio-ecological complexity and inclusion. Geographers have been substantial contributors to this transition, and yet the significance of geographic concepts is often implied but unarticulated in this body of work. There is a need, firstly, to expand the conversation by engaging more deeply and explicitly with the geographic ontologies and epistemologies that infuse environmental and resource management, for example, the production of space, spacetime, everyday life, constructivism, feminism. Secondly, there is a need to demonstrate how the cultural turn and social research in geography and other disciplines can directly inform and improve management practice.

The aim is to collect a diverse collection of papers from specialists from both within and without the field of environmental and resource management that will broaden the scope of the literature. The ultimate goal is to publish papers from this special session into a journal special theme issue.

For added inspiration, the following two articles might be useful:

Gill, N (2006) What is the Problem? Usefulness, the cultural turn, and social research for natural resource management. Australian Geographer 37(1): 5-17.

Reed, M (2007) Seeking red herrings in the wood: tending the shared spaces of environmental and feminist geographies, The Canadian Geographer 51(1): 1-21.

The deadline for submission of special sessions to the CAG is February 14, 2014. However, as I would like to submit this session for consideration by ESAC (deadline in one week on January 24!), your quick expressions of interest or questions would be most appreciated.

Chui-Ling Tam
Session organizer/coordinator and CAG-ERSG co-chair

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Call for Papers for ICASS VIII Session: Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North

Local observations and scientific monitoring have documented rapid changes in climate and environment throughout the Circumpolar North. Recent evidence has demonstrated that these changes are negatively impacting the health of some Circumpolar peoples, causing an increased frequency and distribution of foodborne, waterborne, and vectorborne diseases, increased respiratory challenges from changing air quality; increased incidences of heat stroke and sunburns; increased mortality and morbidity from changing travel conditions and extreme weather events; disruptions to food security and nutritional intake; and negative implications for mental and emotional health and well-being. Finding ways to adapt to the health effects of climate change, then, is a priority. Recognizing these needs, a special session on Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North is being organized for the 8th International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, May 22nd to 26th.

This session aims to bring together diverse and multidisciplinary participants and presentations to discuss the numerous ways that climate change is, or is likely to, impact on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of Circumpolar peoples, with a particular focus on highlighting locally-appropriate health adaptation strategies. Participation from Circumpolar Indigenous peoples, community-based participatory projects, and those working in policy are particularly encouraged.

Please email abstracts (150 words max) to session organizers, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox (ashlee_cunsolowillox[at]cbu.ca) and Eleanor Stephenson (eleanor.stephenson[at]mcgill.ca) by Monday, December 9, 2013.

Please note: if chosen for this session, you will then have to submit an abstract to the ICASS conference organizers by December 17, 2013, following their directions, and indicating that you are part of the Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North session. Please visit the ICASS Website for more information.

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Coastal Canada
January 8-11, 2015
Ecozones, shipping terminals, ports of entry, and real estate gems, Canada’s coasts are sites of desire and contest, exploitation and stewardship, abandonment and creative inhabitation, and they feature regularly in literary and cultural texts. The coasts are significant as locations in their own right—they are celebrated for their beauty and unique ecological diversity—but they are also thresholds that mark the transfer of people and materials to other places, such that critical analyses of coastlines explore trans-oceanic relationships perhaps as much as they do continental or national ones. The present moment is especially ripe for thinking about the aesthetics and politics of the coast. Consider the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal to send unrefined bitumen to oil tankers in Kitamat, BC, or the Bay of Fundy Tidal Energy Project, or the changing shape of the Arctic coastline in the era of global warming. But of course coastlines have a long history in Canadian literature, and studies of historical and contemporary representations of the coasts are important not only for understanding the nature and significance of Canada’s coastal regions, but also for gaining insight into some of the social, economic, and environmental conditions of inland Canada today.
Can it be said that there is a coastal literature, perhaps a coastal aesthetic, and/or a coastal critique in Canada? How are Canada’s coastlines changing (physically, conceptually, ecologically), and how might these changes be addressed by critical reflection and analysis? What is the unique nature and significance of relationships that are engendered in some way by coastlines—relationships between different nations, groups of people, species, corporations, etc.?
We invite conference paper proposals that address these questions through the study of contemporary and historical Canadian literary works. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Jennifer Blair (jennifer.blair[at]uottawa.ca) by March 15, 2014.
Possible areas of analysis include:
  • coastal habitats (human and otherwise)
  • environmental stresses at the coast
  • First Nations and the coast
  • cross-border coastal issues
  • Pacific Rim, Transatlantic, and Trans-Arctic relations
  • coastal flows and stoppages
  • coastal communities
  • rights to the coast
  • coastal cities
  • coastal exploration
  • climate at the coast
  • coastal resources
  • coastal temporalities
  • coastal labour
Jennifer Blair
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Ottawa

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Call For Papers: BTTTT! Weather

Published on 25 October 2013 by in Calls for Papers



Since 2007, Back to the Things Themselves! (BTTTT!) has been an annual attempt to liberate
ourselves from textual exegesis, and return to the lived world to divine the essential structures of
experience through rigorous phenomenological description. While BTTTT! is guided by important
scholarly contributions about phenomenology, its main aim is to “do phenomenology”—that is, to
generate original descriptions of phenomena in the lifeworld.

We particularly welcome papers and descriptions that take up this year’s theme of weather.
Weather is defined as the state of the atmosphere at a particular time and place, as related to
variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure. At the same time,
weather is an intensely experienced, and storied, phenomenon. Weather is both quotidian and
awesome; backgrounded and spectacular; pleasurable and lethal. We welcome descriptions of any
phenomena related to weather, including: weather events; climates; seasons; meteorological tools
and technologies; weather reports, maps, and advisories; the elements; or other weather-related
situations, experiences, events, people, places, and subjects.

Descriptions might engage questions such as: How are elemental phenomena such as wind, water,
air, heat, etc, experienced corporeally, transcorporeally, communally, or otherwise? Is weather
limited to outdoor spaces? Do we experience weather indoors, underground, of the imagination, of
the psyche, etc.? How are weather and temporality implicated? Or weather and place or space?
How do weather and mood, motility, sensuality, or other embodied modes of being affect or
determine one another? In what ways does weather impact not only natural processes, but also
social, cultural, political and economic ones (if such distinctions can be drawn)? What is the
relationship between weather and climate (and climate change)? Do experiences of weather
activate, obscure or otherwise affect environmental consciousness?
This list is meant only as suggestive, and we welcome broad and innovative engagement with our

We want phenomenological description, not scholarly exegesis or critique.
We want submissions that stay close to the phenomenon itself in order to be faithful to it and
describe it vividly to others. We are interested in the application of phenomenology’s insights and
the generation of detailed, rigorous, extended descriptions of the lived world, which can be
expressed in terms of essences or manifold matrices of meaning. Descriptions may arise from
phenomenological reflection broadly construed, so long as the phenomenon itself remains the chief
focus of the paper.

Papers for the 2014 panel must therefore bear this primary commitment to phenomenological
description in mind. At the same time, we would like authors to call attention to the
phenomenological method employed in generating their descriptions. This might be done in a
variety of ways, but the goal should be to show the audience how a description was generated.
Explications of method should be stated in broad terms, and overly-detailed textual exegesis should
be relegated to footnotes or appendices in order to preserve the “flow” of a description. We are
interested in how our panelists have learned from, applied, adjusted, merged, questioned, subverted
or otherwise deployed a variety of phenomenological methods in the development of their own
phenomenological practice. In sum, papers submitted to this panel must contain both:
1. A detailed, rigorous, extended and original description of a weather phenomenon in the lived
2. An explication of the method used to generate this description.
In the spirit of collaborative phenomenology, paper commentators for BTTTT! 2014 will view these
descriptions in light of their rigor, originality, and the application of method. In other words,
commentators for this panel will act less as critics and more as collaborators helping to extend,
refine and deepen a paper’s description. Criticisms of textual interpretation are welcome so long as
they further the aim of collaborative inquiry into phenomenological method.

We do not want scholarly exegesis and critique.
Though we are deeply aware that careful attention to important texts is essential in coming to an
understanding of phenomenology, we are explicitly not interested in submissions that engage in
lengthy textual exegeses, extended parsings of critical analyses of primary texts, or prolonged
retellings of how the major figures of the phenomenological canon have explained their “method.”
We are primarily interested in phenomenology as a way of seeing, as opposed to an area of
philosophical scholarship. It is our conviction that the actual practice of phenomenology is an
essential way of coming to understand not only the phenomena under investigation, but also the
texts which inspired this new and rich way of encountering the world. Accordingly, each
submission should place any scholarly apparatus into “deep background” (e.g., into footnotes
and/or appendices) so that both the description and the method whereby it was generated can be
discerned in sharp relief.

As always, the panel will be complemented by a half-day moderated workshop and discussion of
phenomenological method and practice. The work of the panel will culminate in this workshop,
which will take place at the end of the meeting. As always, all interested scholars and practitioners
are welcome to the workshop, which will provide a unique opportunity to dialogue and exchange
ideas with colleagues from various disciplines and with various levels of experience. Former BTTTT!
workshop facilitators have been Ed Casey (SUNY Stonybrook), Glen Mazis (Penn State – Harrisburg),
Rachel McCann (University of Mississippi), Helen Fielding (University of Western Ontario), and
David Koukal (University of Detroit Mercy).

BTTTT! is part of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC),
which meets annually and concurrently with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Next year the Congress will be held at Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada,
between May 24-30, 2014. The exact meeting dates of EPTC and other information concerning this
meeting will be announced as soon as possible.

Papers for BTTTT! 2014 should be submitted as PDF files by January 5, 2014. Papers should take no
longer than 30 minutes to read (generally less than 4000 words), should be prepared for anonymous
review (identifiable by paper title only), and include a separate abstract not exceeding 100 words.
The cover sheet should also list the paper’s title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email
address. Please note that papers will be initially reviewed by the panel organizers, and suitable
papers will then be sent for anonymous review.

Submissions and inquiries may be sent to backtothethingsthemselves[at]gmail.com.

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Title of Session: Literatures of Climate Change
Organizer: Jenny Kerber, Dept. of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

How does contemporary literature address the pressing question of climate change, and what specific cultural work does it perform? Climate change is a multivalent, unstable, and temporally uncertain phenomenon about which it has proven difficult to construct a single, definitive narrative. Although the humanities have been relatively slow in addressing climate change in a sustained way, we are now seeing a surge of discussion in areas such as postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and genre studies (eg. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Ursula Heise, and Adeline Johns-Putra) about how humanists might contribute to discussions about climate change and its many offshoots? including threats of displacement, rising sea levels, increased frequency of severe storms, droughts, alteration of species? habitats, spreading of disease, and pressure on infrastructure.

This session invites proposals that contemplate contemporary literary responses to climate change. How are present concerns about climate change and its effects making their way into the literary texts we read, teach, and study? Does a literature of climate change have certain defining features? How does climate change intersect with or trouble existing ideas of literary form, genre, or narrative? How does climate change complicate relationships between the local and the global? How does it challenge some of the key presumptions of the humanities in general, and/or of ecocriticism in particular?

Send proposals conforming to the ACCUTE proposal guidelines to Jenny Kerber, Dept. of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University (jkerber[at]wlu.ca) by November 1, 2013.

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Call for papers:
The Dominion of Nature: Environmental Histories of the Confederation Era
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
31 July – 1 August 2014

How did nature figure into Canadian Confederation? From its creation in 1867 through a series of subsequent expansions, Canada swiftly became one of the largest nations in the world. Ideas about scale, resources, property, mobility, and environment certainly figured into the nation’s consolidation and articulation, yet rarely do such topics appear in histories of the Confederation era. And conversely, “Confederation” does not appear in the index of three recently-published Canadian environmental history surveys. Bringing the methods, practices, and sources of environmental history to bear on the standard Canadian history narrative may well enrich not only that narrative but also the emerging national environmental history one.

In time for the sesquicentennial of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference that was a first step to Confederation, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment / Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement http://niche-canada.org and the University of Prince Edward Island are hosting “The Dominion of Nature: Environmental Histories of the Confederation Era,” a workshop to be held in Charlottetown, PEI on 31 July and 1 August 2014. Participants will workshop pre-circulated essays, moving toward the publication of an edited collection by 2016.

We are seeking proposals from scholars of all ranks and disciplines writing on any topic related to Canadian nature (whether colonial, provincial, regional, or national; urban, rural, or wild; perceptions or practices) and the Confederation era (approximately 1860-1880). If interested in participating, please provide a 500-word abstract of a proposed essay and a 1-2 page CV on a single PDF attachment to Alan MacEachern at amaceach[at]uwo.ca by 15 December 2013. Participants will be notified by 15 January 2014, and complete drafts of essays (approximately 5000-7000 words) will be required for circulation by 15 June. A travel subsidy, meals, and accommodations will be provided by NiCHE and UPEI. There will also be a field trip for all participants.

Alan MacEachern, History, Western, & Director, NiCHE, amaceach[at]uwo.ca, and
Edward MacDonald, History, UPEI, gemacdonald[at]upei.ca.

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