Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives

 About the Workshop

Who shaped access to knowledge of plants in 19th-century Canada? A two-day workshop "Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives" will be held at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, Toronto, October 19-20, 2017, to address this question.

At a time of urgent concerns about nature, climate, and the environment, it is important to encourage historical perspectives on our relationships to plants. It is likewise important to cultivate understanding about how and why individuals and institutions were involved with plants in 19th-century Canada.

Spearheaded by Professor Ann B. Shteir (York) and organized in collaboration with York's Centre for Feminist Research, the workshop will convene academics (from multiple disciplines), botanists, graduate students, and other researchers engaged by the topic of "plants," understood here as botanical and horticultural objects (flowering, non-flowering, native, and cultivated).

Emphasis in this workshop will be on the women and the men who involved themselves in the world of plants in 19th-century Canada. Colonial, imperial, and comparative dimensions of this history will be apparent, as will the intersecting social formations of gender and class that brought plant-related activities into the lives of women and men at that time. The workshop's focus on new resources signals scholarly commitment to searching out materials about the role of plants in 19th-century Canada.

Workshop Information

The workshop is taking place in the George Spragge Classroom, 1st floor of the Archives of Ontario (134 Ian MacDonald Boulevard), located on the York University-Keele campus. The Archives of Ontario is building #96 on the York campus map.

Workshop Logistics

The event is supported by a generous Connection grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),  the Centre for Canadian Historical Horticultural Studies at Royal Botanical Gardens, and York's Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost, the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Centre for Feminist Research.