1361546374EECapacity is excited to announce the launch of a new fellowship program focused on climate change, education, and community engagement!

The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with generous support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. The fellowship will promote leadership, networking, innovation, as well as creative strategies for reaching new and under-represented audiences. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.

EECapacity CCC Fellowship
Applications are due April 18th, 2014.

For more information or to apply, visit www.eecapacity.net/ccc-fellowship

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The School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) invites applications for an 11-month limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing August 1, 2014.

SRES provides a dynamic setting for creative interdisciplinary scholarship, and excels in delivering policy-relevant scholarly knowledge in its research, teaching, and community-service activities. Teaching at SRES is delivered principally in three degree programs: the Bachelor of Management, the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM), and the Master of Environmental Studies (MES).

The successful candidate will be required to teach five half-credit courses, advise students in MREM internships and projects, as well as engage in School-level administrative work. We seek applicants with demonstrated teaching competence across a range of course offerings at the School. In particular, applicants must be able to teach a minimum of four of the following courses: MGMT 2702: Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management II; MGMT 3702: Sustainable Industries; ENVI 5500: Socio-Political Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5505: Biophysical Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5031: Economics for Resource and Environmental Management; and ENVI 5035: Research Design and Methods. Calendar entries for these courses can be seen in the Dalhousie University undergraduate and graduate calendars: https://www.dal.ca/academics/academic_calendars.html.

Applicants must have a completed PhD, enthusiasm and demonstrated potential to teach in diverse settings (large and small undergraduate classes as well as graduate classes) across the range of courses listed above. Ability and willingness to work with colleagues are required.

The School for Resource and Environmental Studies is part of the Faculty of Management, which has a unique commitment to values-based management and interdisciplinary research and learning. Thus, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work with like-minded colleagues in the sister Rowe School of Business, School of Public Administration and School of Information Management. Information about SRES can be found at http://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/sres.html.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

Applicants should send a cover letter, c.v., contact details for three academic referees, and a statement of teaching competencies related directly to four or more of the courses listed above to Ms. Brenda Smart (Brenda.smart@dal.ca), School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University 6100 University Avenue, Suite 5010, PO Box 15000, Halifax NS Canada, B3H 4R2, no later than April 15th, 2014.

Dalhousie SRES Assistant Prof.

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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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Porto, Portugal // 4-8 July 2014

Porto University (UP-FL) and the National Science Foundation (FCT), with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), and the Research Centre for Tran disciplinary Studies, Culture, Space and Memory (CITCEM) are organizing the 5th ESEH Summer School 2014.

This four-day ESEH graduate student Summer School will take place immediately before the 2nd WORLD CONGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY to be held in Guimarães, Portugal, from July 8th to 12th, 2014.

Our goal is to gather some 15 graduate (and post-doctoral) researchers with junior and senior scholars who will all give formal and informal presentations, individually and in groups, for promoting rich methodological discussions. Places are available for doctoral students and immediate postdocs.

Place and date:

Porto, Portugal, 4-8 July 2014
(arrival on 4th July by 12:00 and departure on 8th July at 12:00 to Guimarães)

Themes and Orientations of the Program

Under the umbrella theme “The Sea as a Whole”, this Summer school seeks to be inclusive in developing sub-topics that deal with the oceans in a broad sense such as:

- Rethinking sources and methodology: theory and interdisciplinary beyond a nationalist history
- The long term interaction of humans and marine life: how changed marine fauna ecosystems across centuries
- Colonial history and biological exchange across oceans
- Environmental concerns and disasters (climate, sea level, etc.) as a narrative of communities’ resilience

Structure of the Conference

In a friendly atmosphere, the Porto Summer School will provide each student the opportunity to present and discuss their work to colleagues and to specialists of the field.

The days will be structured around lectures and discussions, participants’ presentations, fieldwork and field trips.

Participants will be asked to give a presentation (15 minutes) on the sources, archives, and documents of any kind that form the basis of their research. Students do not need to be specialists in oceans to participate; any historical work that touches upon oceans or seas is welcome.

During the Summer School students will create scientific posters about their work. Five of these posters will be presented in one of the sessions of the “Second World Congress of Environmental History, Environmental History in the Making”: 8-12 July 2014, Guimarães, Portugal.

Registration details

An application for the summer school consists of sending the organizers a single email note [Subject Line: ESEH 2013 Summer School] that includes: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) an abstract and outline of the doctoral thesis or other work that states the main challenges and research questions (no more than 500 words), and 3) a letter of support from a faculty member.

All accepted participants will receive free room & board during this four-day seminar (in shared rooms), but participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Porto, Portugal.

Working language is English.


Please send all queries (and application) to: Inês Amorim, inesamorimflup@gmail.com

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NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History and the Environment, is pleased to announce that the eighth Canadian History and Environment Summer School will be held at York University in Toronto, Ontario from Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25, 2014. As in previous years, CHESS will take place prior to the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting, which is being held at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.

The theme for CHESS 2014 is “Suburbia and Environmental History.” Although environmental historians have studied the urban environment for some time, the suburbs have attracted less attention. Inspired by the ideal of the countryside, the suburbs introduced a new set of social and economic relations to North American cities. Suburbs tended to be quite eclectic during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but after the Second World War standardization became their defining feature. In all cases, however, suburbanization involved a physical transformation of the environment from a variety of pre-existing land uses into low-density, single-family homes. At the same time, the suburbs were a product of new ideas about the city. Environmental histories of the suburbs, therefore, explore both the physical transformation of places and the cultural transformation of people.

York University is surrounded by Canada’s largest suburban landscape. Located within 30 minutes’ drive are Don Mills, Canada’s oldest planned corporate suburban development; Markham, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing suburban ‘cities’; and Rouge Park, Canada’s first national park within a suburban municipality. This year’s summer school will venture into the suburbs to explore the history of this amorphous Canadian environment.

CHESS provides a forum where graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and others who are interested in historical approaches to the environment can interact and exchange ideas. Introducing non-specialists to the field of environmental history is also an important goal. The organizers will seek appropriate representation from each of these categories, but space is limited.

All who are interested in participating in CHESS 2014 are invited to apply by email to kherajs@yorku.ca by March 14. Applications should be attached as a single Word document or PDF, and must include a CV (2 pages max.) and brief statement (150-250 words) indicating how the applicant hopes to benefit from participation in the summer school. Places in CHESS 2014 will be allocated after consideration of these statements, and decisions will be communicated to applicants before the end of March. Further information about presenters, field trips, and other event details will be posted to http://niche-canada.org/chess2014.

NiCHE will cover the costs of meals and two nights’ accommodation at York University for all CHESS participants. Funds will also be available for partial contributions towards travel costs for those in need, with first priority afforded to graduate students. Those seeking travel support will be reimbursed after the event and will need to submit appropriate receipts and boarding passes as applicable. Travel grants are expected not to exceed $600 CDN. It is the responsibility of participants to make their own travel arrangements so as to arrive in Toronto by 5pm on Friday, May 23.

For more information visit http://niche-canada.org/chess2014/

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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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We are what we eat, and with more dysfunction, complexity and opportunity in our food systems than ever before, what we choose to put in our bodies has never been more critical. From the unsettling trajectory of genetically modified alfalfa to where fish fits into the local food movement, Food & Drink tackles some of the most important food choices Canadians are facing today. It also includes our reviews of six locally derived Canadian spirits and some mouth-watering recipes!

We hope this crop of stories feeds your mind and fuels your next step forward.

Check it out here.

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The lead story in the June issue is about a new initiative to develop a “water ethics charter” over the next 18 months, to be presented at the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea.  If you are interested in getting involved in some way (and we are open to any serious suggestions!), please contact:David Groenfeldt, PhD
Director, Water-Culture Institute
Coordinator, Water Ethics Network
Mobile: +1 505 470 3554
Skype: DGroenfeldt
dgroenfeld[at]waterculture.orgFor background on the Charter concept, see the Water-Culture Institute’s website:


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Ottawa, May 28, 2013 – Richard Wagamese and Ann Dale and have been awarded this year’s Canada Council Molson Prizes. Ojibway author and journalist Richard Wagamese is recipient of the Molson Prize in the arts. Mr. Wagamese is known for his profound, compelling stories about Aboriginal life. Ann Dale, winner of the Molson Prize in the social sciences and humanities, is recognized for her work in advancing sustainable communities across Canada.

Two Canada Council Molson Prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded every year to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities. Established in 1964, the prize is funded from the income of a $1 million endowment given to the Canada Council by the Molson Family Foundation and recognizes the recipients’ outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. The Canada Council administers the awards in co-operation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and both winners were selected by a multi-sectorial peer assessment committee.

“This year’s Canada Council Molson Prize winners offer us new narratives on culture, environment and sense of community,” said Robert Sirman, Canada Council Director and CEO. “They illustrate how Canadian artists and social scientists expand our capacity to live fuller and more sustainable lives.”

“SSHRC is delighted to partner with the Canada Council for the Arts in presenting the prestigious Molson Prize to two exceptional Canadians for their respective contributions to research excellence and cultural heritage in Canada,” said Dr. Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “The work of Ann Dale and Richard Wagamese demonstrates the important role of the social sciences and humanities in building a better future for Canada and the world.”

Richard Wagamese
Richard Wagamese is the author of 13 books in the genres of fiction, memoir and poetry. He is Ojibway from the Wabseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and the 2012 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Media & Communications. He has been a professional writer for 34 years as an award-winning journalist, radio/television broadcaster, and author. He is the first Native Canadian to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing among other honours such as the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Fiction. The Alberta Writers Guild Best Novel Award and an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Thompson Rivers University. He is an educator and renowned public speaker and lives in the mountains outside of Kamloops, BC with his wife Debra Powell and Molly the Story Dog. His new novel Medicine Walk arrives in 2014 from McClelland & Stewart.

Ann Dale
Professor Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, Royal Roads University (Victoria), is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in the field of community sustainability. As a former executive in the federal government and a founder of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 1988, her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. Dr. Dale is deeply committed to online conversations on critical public policy issues and novel research dissemination tools, such as her YouTube channel, HEADTalks. An active researcher, Dale leads MC3, a research program studying climate change adaptation and mitigation best practices and innovations in communities throughout British Columbia. Dr. Dale is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, and was the founding research associate in residence for the Council of Canadian Academies, 2010-2011. She is also a board member of the World Fisheries Trust and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences and chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research. Originally from Ottawa, she splits her time between Victoria and Ottawa.
Jury comments
In awarding the Molson Prize to Richard Wagamese, the selection committee said: “Through the writing of potent fiction and non-fiction, Richard Wagamese takes us on a difficult but necessary journey. Giving voice to the silenced through honest, compassionate story-telling, his work explores the experience of loss and recovery of culture and identity. Mr. Wagamese is a mentor, teacher and leader, and his exceptional literary output continues to open pathways of communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.”

In awarding the Molson Prize to Ann Dale, the selection committee described her as “one of Canada’s foremost academics in sustainable community development, an activist within the environmental movement, and an innovator in environmental education and civic engagement.”

Members of this year’s Molson Prize committee were: Cynthia J. Alexander (Wolfville, NS), Professor, Dept of Politics, Acadia University; Cheryl Foggo (Calgary), author and playwright; John Oswald (Toronto), composer, saxophonist, media artist, dancer; Jacques Tardif (Montreal) Professor, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of Sherbrooke; and Diana Thorneycroft (Winnipeg), visual artist.

General information
In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council is committed to raising public awareness and celebrating these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and an international level.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its three funding programs – Talent, Insight and Connection – SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.

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