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The Program Committee would like to extend a warm welcome to attendees of the 2013 meeting of American Society for Environmental History. We are pleased to be part of the first ASEH gathering convened outside of the United States in nearly a decade.  The conference theme “Confluences, Crossings and Power” captures the (second) nature of the host city, Toronto, as well as the flows and frictions associated with the expansion of environmental history and the dynamic world it seeks to interpret.

In addition to one hundred sessions covering a wide range of themes, places, and time periods, the 2013 conference features a plenary event focused on one of Canada’s most pressing and controversial environmental issues, the Alberta Oil Sands development.  In an effort to capture the multiple dimensions of the Oil Sands, we have organized a round table that features scholars with expertise in historical geography, sociology, cultural studies and film.

We encourage you to enjoy the panels, roundtables, posters, plenaries and field trips organized the program and local-arrangement committees, but we also hope that the formal program will provoke conversations and debates that spill over into the wonderful (less academic) settings that make up Toronto.

Finally, the program committee expresses its sincere appreciation to the many people, organizations, and institutions that have collaborated and contributed resources to make this gathering possible. In particular, Lisa Mighetto’s “hidden labors” brings crucial continuity (and great competence) to an ever-changing cast of characters.

2013 Program Committee:
John Soluri, Carnegie Melon University, chair
Colin Coates, York University [local arrangements chair]
Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto
Linda Nash, University of Washington
Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia

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