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New Books in the Nature | History | Society series published by UBC Press

  • April 23, 2021
  • 2:30 PM (EDT)

Join Sean Kheraj, director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment, and host of Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast, for a livestream event with UBC Press acquiring editor James MacNevin and authors Daniel Macfarlane (Fixing Niagara Falls), Angela Carter (Fossilized), and Stephane Castonguay (The Government of Natural Resources) for a moderated discussion of the latest books in the Nature | History | Society series published by UBC Press.

The Nature | History | Society series is devoted to publication of high-quality scholarship in environmental history and allied fields. The series is avowedly interdisciplinary and features the work of anthropologists, ecologists, historians, geographers, literary scholars, political scientists, sociologists, and others whose interests resonate with its mandate. It offers a timely outlet for lively, innovative, and well-written work on the interactions of people and nature through time in North America. The series editor is Graeme Wynn.

We look forward to you joining us for this event.

Registration is not required. The event will be livestreamed to YouTube on Friday, April 23 at 2:30 pm (Eastern):

General Editor, Graeme Wynn, reflects on the NHS series in a blog post on the UBC Press website:



Environment, Energy, and Engineers at the World’s Most Famous Waterfall Daniel Macfarlane

Long considered a natural wonder, the world’s most famous waterfall is anything but. Fixing Niagara Falls reveals the technological feats and cross-border politics that facilitated the transformation of one of the most important natural sites in North America. Daniel Macfarlane shows how this natural wonder is essentially a tap: huge tunnels around the reconfigured Falls channel the waters of the Niagara River, which ebb and flow according to the tourism calendar.

Daniel Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He is also a senior fellow at the Bill Graham Center for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto, and president of the International Water History Association.


Environmental Policy in Canada's Petro-Provinces

Angela V. Carter

Fossilized discloses how Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador – blinded by exceptional economic growth from 2005 to 2015 – undermined environmental policies to intensify ecologically detrimental extreme oil extraction.

Angela V. Carter is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.


Science, Territory, and State Power in Quebec, 1867–1939

Stéphane Castonguay; Translated by Käthe Roth

The Government of Natural Resources explores the development of scientific and technical activity in Quebec from Confederation until the eve of the Second World War. At the turn of the twentieth century, the provincial government created scientific services in geology, forestry, fishery, and agronomy, with the goal of exploiting natural resources and occupying territory. By tracing this history, Stéphane Castonguay reveals how territorial and environmental transformations through scientific activity became a tool of government.

Stéphane Castonguay is a professor of environmental history and Quebec studies at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and former Canada Research Chair in Environmental History (2003–13).

Käthe Roth has been a literary translator for more than thirty years.

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