Wed: New challenges in Arctic archaeology; New faculty affiliate studies equitable urbanism

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

  • “Fragility and Resilience: Climate Change and Arctic Archaeology”

Program News

  • Canadian Studies welcomes urbanist Karen Chapple as newest faculty affiliate

Research Opportunities

  • Deadline extended to submit papers to the ACSUS 26th Biennial Conference

External Events

  • “Hockey Night in Cascadia: From Canada’s Game to a Kraken Future”
  • “Meeting Global Skills and Talent Needs in Changing Labor Markets”
  • Why Canada Matters Speaker Series: Dr. Andrea Geiger


If you require an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please let us know at least 10 days in advance.

Fragility and Resilience: Climate Change and Arctic Archaeology

Wed., April 5 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Philosophy | RSVP

The human history of the North American Arctic has been a cycle of expansions and contractions, of mobility and migration, and of fragility and resilience. Archaeology brings a long-term perspective to the relationship between humans and the arctic environment. More recently, however, the face of archaeological research and knowledge production has undergone rapid change, particularly in the past decade. Just as geneticists and isotopic chemists have discovered the wealth of information locked in the archaeological record of the arctic, these formerly frozen sites are rapidly melting or eroding into the sea. In addition, Inuit scholars and communities are redefining their relationship with archaeology and archaeologists. Based on the author’s own field work, this talk focuses on the historical ecology of Smith Sound at the northern edge of what is now Canada and Greenland. New questions and new methods have enhanced our understanding of a place that exemplifies both isolation and long-distance social bonds, precariousness and resilience.

Note: The speaker will share artifacts from excavations in Greenland at the in-person presentation.

About the Speaker

Dr. Christyann Darwent is a professor of anthropology at UC Davis. She is originally from Calgary, where she completed her undergraduate degree in archaeology and undertook her first of several field seasons in the Canadian High Arctic 30 years ago. After receiving her M.A. at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, she started her career at UC Davis in 2001. Since then, she has conducted NSF-sponsored archaeological excavations in Kotzebue Sound, Alaska and Inglefield Land, Greenland. For the past decade her lab has also been conducting archaeological research near the Native village of Shaktoolik in Norton Sound, Alaska. In addition to studies of past subsistence practices and social organization among Inuit, Inughuit, Inupiaq, and Yup’ik occupants of the Arctic over the past 1000 years, she has published on the history of Inuit sled dogs using ancient and modern DNA.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Archaeological Research Facility (ARF).


Canadian Studies Welcomes Urbanist Karen Chapple as Newest Faculty Affiliate

Canadian Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Chapple, an urban planning researcher currently at the University of Toronto, has joined the program as our newest faculty affiliate.

Dr. Chapple is the director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, where she also serves as a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is also a professor emerita and former chair of the Department of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. In that role, she serves as the current faculty director of the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, an institute dedicated to creating resilient, equitable communities.

Urban planning has been an area of growing activity for Canadian Studies, due to an increase in student interest in issues like sustainable development and combatting housing unaffordability. Dr. Chapple serves as an advisor to current Hildebrand Fellow Taesoo Song, who is studying the effects of Ontario’s Non-Resident Speculation Tax on immigrant communities in Toronto.

Dr. Chapple’s research explores inequalities in planning, development, and governance in North and Latin America, with a focus on economic development and housing. She has published on a broad array of subjects, including the impact of big tech on local housing markets, the fiscalization of land use, urban displacement, community investment, and accessory dwelling units as a smart growth policy. Her 2015 book, Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development, won the John Friedmann Book Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Dr. Chapple holds a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Before entering academia, Dr. Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in New York and San Francisco. She has previously also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania.


Call for Proposals: ACSUS 26th Biennial Conference

Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2023

The deadline to submit papers for the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) 26th Biennial Conference has been extended to April 15.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the Association will host its 26th biennial conference, November 16-19, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The conference is open to all proposals with a significant Canadian focus. The Association welcomes papers and panel proposals from students, professors, independent scholars, and practitioners related to the theme, “Canada: Near and Far”.

ACSUS also welcomes strong proposals from students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including individual submissions as well as group proposals. Students accepted to the colloquium will receive funding support from ACSUS in the form of: 1) $125 USD to cover registration and a 2-year ACSUS membership and 2) $1,000 USD to assist with travel and accommodation costs.

Learn more about applying to the conference or student colloquium here.


Hockey Night in Cascadia: From Canada’s Game to a Kraken Future

Wednesday, April 5 | 5:30 pm PT | Online | RSVP

Hockey has a long tradition of fostering binational relations between Canada and the United States through diplomacy, media, and economic exchange. To this end, the Hockey Night in Cascadia dialogue will explore the sport as a catalyst for cross-border engagement and a vehicle for political, social, and economic impact.

Moderated by the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University’s Professor Derek Moscato, this event will feature hockey historian Andrew Holman (Bridgewater State University), Geoff Baker (Seattle Times), and Andrew Bloom (Seattle Kraken).

Meeting Global Skills and Talent Needs in Changing Labor Markets

Tuesday, April 11 | 7:00 am PT | Online | RSVP

As demographic pressures, technological advances, economic shifts, and pandemic disruptions rapidly reshape labor markets in the United States and globally, the resulting labor shortages and skills gaps are sparking conversations about the role that immigration could serve.

On April 11, join the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) for a discussion with senior policymakers and other experts to the extent to which labor market needs should shape future immigration policy decisions, and how countries are adjusting – and could adjust – their immigration systems to meet human capital and competitiveness needs. Participants will include Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Why Canada Matters Speaker Series: Dr. Andrea Geiger

Friday, April 14 | 10:00 am PT | Online | RSVP

Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies continues their “Why Canada Matters” speaker series with a talk from historian Andrea Geiger. Dr. Geiger will discuss her book, Converging Empires: Citizens and Subjects in the North Pacific Borderlands, which examines the role of the North Pacific borderlands along the northernmost stretches of U.S.-Canada border that divide Alaska from the Yukon and British Columbia, as well as those that follow the contours of the B.C. and Alaska coast, in the construction of race and citizenship in both the United States and Canada. She will speak to the intersecting nature of the race-based legal constraints imposed by Canada and the United States on Japanese immigrants and Indigenous people in this borderlands region, arguing for the importance of giving Canada an equal place in our studies of both transpacific and borderlands history.

Andrea Geiger is professor emerita of history at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Her most recent book is Converging Empires: Citizens and Subjects in the North Pacific Borderlands, 1867-1945. Dr. Geiger spoke to Canadian Studies at Berkeley about her book last semester.

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