Since the early 1990s, the concepts of nature and race have become objects of much theorizing and interpretation within the social sciences. More recently, some have sought to draw these two research fields into dialogue by tracing the linkages between race, whiteness, and nature. This work signals the emergence of a promising new research agenda that has been labeled the cultural politics of race and nature. Such research has only just scratched the surface of the Canadian experience, while scant attention has been paid to how it might usefully inform theorizations of Canada and Canadian identity. To address this shortcoming, we invite paper abstracts that critically examine the various ways in which the historical geographies of nature have been and continue to be implicated in the co-construction of race and whiteness in Canada. Abstract submissions will be considered for inclusion in an edited book and presentation at a related conference to be held in January 2008.
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