Will KnightI am PhD candidate in Canadian history at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. I am currently writing a dissertation entitled “Modeling Canada’s Aquatic Nature: the Dominion Fisheries Museum and fisheries exhibits 1883-1955.” This project examines the conceptual and material modeling of fish and other marine animals in Ottawa’s fisheries museum. My primary fields of research are museums, fisheries, and natural history in North America in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Publications“Samuel Wilmot, Fish Culture, and Recreational Fisheries in late 19th century Ontario.” Scientia Canadensis: Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, 30, 1 (2007) 75-90. Download the article in PDF from Erudit here.
Talks | Guest Posts
The Dominion Fisheries Museum in Ottawa: Lost and Found. This is a podcast of a talk I gave at the Ottawa Public Library, part of a four-lecture series entitled “Discovering Ottawa’s Environmental History.” This podcast was recorded by the Ottawa Public Library on February 16, 2011.
This is a blog post I contributed to Wise Monkeys, a Vancouver-based food blog, on the semiotics of tinned fish labels… The Landscapes of Canned Fish
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Author Archives: Will Knight
In 2007, Stephen Bocking, professor of environmental studies at Trent University, asked me to conduct some research on British Columbia’s aquaculture industry. The plan included a visit to British Columbia to consult the collection at the Department of Fisheries and … Continue reading
Writing is an iterative act: editing always follows a draft, which is usually followed by further re-writing and re-editing. The goal is a well-shaped arrangement of words—a narrative with a sense of direction and purpose. This makes writing kin to … Continue reading
Why does time seem to accelerate in August? There is no sense in complaining as it happens every year, but I feel it a little keener as I stretch for the dissertation finish-line. In late June I completed what I … Continue reading
If you scratch an environmental historian you’ll find a nature lover under the surface. Many of the ones I know—myself included—have an origins story that roots our occupational choice in an early appreciation for nature. I recognize that I am … Continue reading
This past Monday I took part in a NiCHE New Scholars reading group. This group has been meeting for three years to discuss works-in-progress by its members—graduate students in environmental history in Canada, United States, and even some from overseas. … Continue reading
After my presentation at the ASEH annual conference in Madison I was posed an interesting question: how can natural history museums continue to exhibit habitat dioramas as if they were unproblematic displays? The questioner’s implicit assumption—and one that I agree … Continue reading