ASLE-Canada Newsletter
Issue 2: Spring 2006


Victorian Studies Association of Ontario Conference: “Splendour in the Grass”

Saturday, April 29, 2006
University of Toronto

The annual Victorian Studies Association of Ontario conference will be held next Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the University of Toronto from 9:30-5:00. It promises to be an inspired conference, with two keynote speakers and a conference panel. Conference registration is a mere $10, and all attendees must be members of the VSAO. You can access a registration form on our website: Please note that we must receive your registration fees in advance so that we can modify our lunch orders accordingly.

Conference Schedule

9:30 – 10:30: Morning Coffee and Registration (Senior Common Room, Burwash Hall)

10:35 – 12:15: Conference Panel (Room 319, Emmanuel College)

Barbara Leckie (Carleton University)
Splendour and Squalor:
Housing for the Poor in Harriet Martineau,
George Eliot, and Mary Ward

D.M.R. Bentley (University of Western Ontario)
“A Glorious Field upon which to Work”: Environmental Determinismin Post-Confederation Canadian Culture and Aesthetics

Lisa Smith (University of Toronto)
The Other Side of Physiology: Desire and Knowledge in The Lifted Veil

Barbara K. Seeber (Brock University)
Women and Nature: Jane Austen’s “Catharine, or the Bower”

12:15 – 1:30: Lunch and Business Meeting (Private Dining Room, Burwash Hall)

1:45 – 2:45: Keynote Address (319 Emmanuel College):

Martin Danahay (Brock University)
John Ruskin’s Garden

2:45 – 3:00: Break

3:00 – 4:00: Keynote Address (Room 319, Emmanuel College)

Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia)
“Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling”: Sexuality, Religion, and the Troubled History of “Secularization”

4:00-5:00: Sherry and Closing Remarks (Senior Common Room, Burwash Hall)

Meet Béatrice Collignon, author of Knowing Places: The Inuinnait, Landscapes, and the Environment
Gatineau, Quebec. April 25, 2006

The Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to meet Béatrice Collignon during its Coffee & Conversation series on April 25. She will share her knowledge of Inuit of the central Canadian Artic and explain the tight relationship between their specific knowledge of the land framework, their values and their identity, as described in her recently launched book Knowing Places: The Inuinnait, Landscapes, and the Environment.

Author and Associate Professor at the Department of Geography of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Béatrice Collignon first met the Inuinnait in 1980, at an archaeological excavation near Ulukhaktok (then called Holman) and later dedicated her Ph.D. research to Inuinnait geographic knowledge. This research recently led to the official recognition of 306 Inuinnait place names located in the NWT.

Coffee & Conversation with Béatrice Collignon
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. (English) Cascades Salon
Free with Museum Admission
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of France.

More information is available by calling (819) 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

Reviews of Collignon’s book:

George, Jane. “Identity and survival carried in Inuit place-names.” Nunatsiaq News. 19 May 1998. <>

George’s article gives a synopsis of Beatrice’s Collingnon’s work and mentions the Circumpolar Institutes’ plans to translate her book Les Inuit, ce qu'ils savent du territoire into English.

A review in French by Bernard DeBarbieux can be found at:

The Great Blue Heron Writing Workshop
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
July 4-8, 2006

The Great Blue Heron Writing Workshop will take place on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University in the coastal community of Antigonish, NS, from July 4-8, 2006. Workshop instruction and one-to-one support will be offered in the following genres: fiction (Carol Bruneau and Sue Goyette), non-fiction (Harry Thurston), poetry (Anne Simpson) and screenwriting (Sheldon Currie). For more information, email or see

Harry Thurston has been a full-time writer since the mid-1970s. His feature articles have appeared in many magazines in Canada and the U.S., including Audubon, Canadian Geographic, and Equinox. He is the author of four collections of poetry and many non-fiction works. His non-fiction book, A Place between The Tides: A Naturalist's Reflections on the Salt Marsh, was a finalist for the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and the recipient of the 2005 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Another non-fiction work, Island of the Blessed: The Secrets of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis, was also much acclaimed. His most recent book is A Ship Portrait, A Novella-in-Verse, which recounts the life and times of 19th-century marine painter John O'Brien.

Nature Canada

Red Deer, Alberta. July 6-9

The Red Deer River Naturalists (RDRN) is celebrating 100 years of exploring the evolution of native species in a land of extremes. Join in the festivities at the 2006 Annual Nature Canada Conference and Annual General Meeting, co-hosted by Nature Canada and the Red Deer River Naturalists.

Scheduled for July 6 to 9, 2006 at the Black Knight Inn in Red Deer, Alberta, the conference will include guest speakers, field trips, a banquet, birding and botany walks, and in true Alberta style, a bison BBQ.

Watch for details in the Spring 2006 issue of Nature Canada magazine or visit for more information.