Where: ICC 662
The Environmental History working group is pleased to announce the details of our Winter student paper workshop.
Meredith Denning presents Useful Failures: Institutional Capacity Building and ‘Fishing Up’ the lower Great Lakes, 1906-1954, a working chapter of her dissertation on international environmental cooperation in the Great Lakes region of North America. This chapter analyzes how Canada and the United States tried to cope with the decline of the commercial fisheries on the Great Lakes. The chapter covers formal sorts of international cooperation like treaties as well as informal ones like professional networking, joint research and ad hoc lobbying. The chapter highlights the catalytic effect of abrupt changes in the Lakes’ environment and the importance of local people’s perceptions of those changes.
Meredith will also provide a brief introduction to her dissertation project and a detailed outline of another chapter that deals with attempts to address water quality problems along the international boundary.
Graham Cornwell presents Harvesting Wheat, Drinking Tea: Consumption and the Environment in Colonial Morocco, a conference paper that looks at how the Moroccan taste for imported gunpowder, green tea and refined sugar took shape through state interventions in moments of drought and severe food shortages. The paper begins in the decades prior to colonial rule, when the makhzan (the Moroccan state under the sultan) supplied tea and sugar alongside grain in its attempts to relieve hunger across the empire. Cornwell then traces state hunger relief efforts through the 1930s, when, following a series of droughts and a burgeoning anti-colonial movement, the French launched a series of reforms aimed at stabilizing colonial control through the improvement of indigenous standards of living.
Please RSVP to Jackson Perry (email@example.com) to receive copies of the papers. A light dinner will be provided.