Workshop Schedule

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

Two-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research

York University, Toronto

October 19-20, 2017

Location: George Spragge Classroom, Archives of Ontario

134 Ian MacDonald Boulevard, North York

1pm Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Ann (Rusty) Shteir (York University)
Session #1. Resources for Botanical and Garden History

Discussant: Dr. Suzanne Zeller (Wilfred Laurier University)

1.30pm-3pm Dr. Deborah Reid (University of Edinburgh), “Lady Dalhousie in Canada: New Resources for Garden History”
Dr. Jacques Cayouette (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), “Lady Dalhousie’s Orchids and ‘some new or at least rare species’: Collecting in Lower Canada”
Virginia Vandenberg (Queen’s University), “Lady Dalhousie and the Entanglements of Imperial ‘Science Cultures’”
3pm-3.15pm Coffee break + refreshments
3.15pm-4.30pm Dr. Rusty Shteir (York University), “Mary Brenton in Newfoundland, 1827-38: Writing Botanical Biography”
Dr. James Pringle (Royal Botanical Gardens), “Alice Hollingworth, An Early Botanical Explorer in Muskoka District, Ontario”
4.30pm-5pm Coffee break
Session #2. Archival Resources
5pm-6.15pm Juanita Rosser, “Botanical Histories at the Archives of Ontario”
Session #3. Comparative Perspectives
9am-10.30am Dr. David Galbraith (Royal Botanical Gardens), “Botanical Gardens and the Dawn of Public Horticulture In Canada”
Dr. Sara Maroske (Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), “Baron Ferdinand von Mueller’s Plant Collectors: Establishing Botany in Colonial Australia”
10.30-10.45am Coffee break
Session #4. Theoretical Perspectives
10.45am-12pm Dr. Kristina Huneault (Concordia University), “Diversity: The Limits of Identity in Botanical Art by Women in Canada”
12pm-1pm Working Lunch with participants and members of the attending public

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Location: George Spragge Classroom

Session #5. Teaching and Learning

Discussant: Dr. Ruby Heap (University of Ottawa)

1pm-2:30pm Dr. Michael Peterman (Trent University), “Changing Language, Changing Ideas: What Catharine Parr Traill Saw and Reported On; What We See Now”
Dr. Karen Stanworth (York University), “’Of No Small Interest’: Isabelle McIntosh’s Ferns and Natural History in 1860s Montreal”
Dr. Dawn Bazely (York University), “Field Guides and Botany as Citizen Science”
2.30pm-2.45pm Coffee Break + refreshments
Session #6. Visual Resources
2.45pm-3.30pm Jacques Cayouette (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), “Visual Resources: Plants in 1820s Quebec”
3.30pm-4.15pm Coffee break
4.15pm-5.30 pm Wrap-up Discussion (chaired by Rusty Shteir)

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