Carleton Professor to Launch Collection of Essays on Animal Histories in Urban Canada

Carleton University Prof. Joanna Dean of the Department of History will launch Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada, a collection of essays on animal-human interaction in Canadian cities. Dean co-edited the collection with Darcy Ingram and Christabelle Sethna (both from the University of Ottawa). She will be joined at the event by Sethna and contributor William Knight.

When: Friday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Life of Pie Café, 1134 Bank Street, Ottawa

Animal Metropolis is a collection of thought-provoking historical essays about how animals have shaped the Canadian urban experience. The collection considers beavers in Stanley Park, orca captivity in Vancouver, polar bear tourism in Churchill, Man., and the racialized memory of Jumbo the elephant in St. Thomas, Ont. The essays also examine the intimacies of shared urban spaces, including the regulation of rabid dogs in Banff, the maternal politics of pure milk in Hamilton, the carthorses who shaped the city of Montreal and the circulation of tetanus bacilli from horse to human in Toronto. The essays encourage the reader to think differently about our shared human-animal past.

Knight, curator of agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, is a Carleton alumnus (PhD/2014) who contributed an essay that considers Ottawa’s short-lived Dominion Fisheries Museum.

The event is organized with Octopus Books.

 

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