Tuesday, February 17, 2009

History on the Grand: Call for Papers

History on the Grand Local History Symposium

The second History on the Grand Local History Symposium will be held on Saturday October 17, 2009. Once again the symposium will be held at the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture, 7 Melville Street in Cambridge. History on the Grand is a one-day local history symposium held every two years in the City of Cambridge. The first symposium was held in October 2007 and featured numerous presentations on issues related to the study of local history. The theme of this year's symposium will be "Industry and the Environment".

A call for papers has now been issued. Information can be found below. We invite members of the academic community, historical and heritage groups and the general public who are interested in the history and heritage of the city and the surrounding area to explore some of the many issues arising from the interaction between various industrial processes,the lands they occupied and the environment. Participants will have the opportunity to share their research and to discuss issues surrounding the practice of local history, public history and their relationship to wider heritage concerns.

Call For Papers:

The theme of this year's symposium, Industry and the Environment, speaks to a topic that is relevant and significant in both a historical perspective and to the current community. We hope to attract a wide variety of presenters and papers, to discuss the history of industry in southwestern Ontario, historical perspectives concerning the local environment, both built and natural, and especially the intersections, dynamics and conflicts between industry and the environment in this area.We invite proposals for papers on a wide range of themes including but not limited to:
1) Histories of local industries and their impacts on communities
2) The effects of industry on the local environment
3) Histories of parks, green-spaces, and local environmental preservation/protection movements and organizations
4) The impact of the local natural environment on the development of communities
5) History of brownfields and the process of redevelopment/rehabilitation of industrial lands
6) Urban renewal projects of post-industrial sites
7) Impact of industrial decline on communities

Please submit a brief paper abstract, maximum 500 words, plus a brief (1-2 pages) curriculum vitae or biography. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009 and presenters will be notified by June 15, 2009. For further information and the submittal of paper abstracts please contact:Jim Quantrell, City of Cambridge Archives, P.O. Box 669 Cambridge ON. N1R 5W8 or by e-mail at: quantrellj@cambridge.ca.

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