This research aims to bring together a number of previously disconnected strands about the role of wetlands in Canadian culture, history and ecology. To date, most research and publications regarding this topic have fallen into three broad categories:
The approach to this research is transdisciplinary across history, geography, literature and culture. This is appropriate given the nature of wetlands. The methodology is a cultural and historical exploration of the representation of Canadian wetlands in various media, genres and disciplines, including literature, history and geography. It aims to promote the conservation of Canadian wetlands by showcasing their values as places of new life and historically as sites of sustainable agriculture.
The research will create a dialogue between Australian and Canadian researchers about the history and contemporary cultural values of wetlands in their respective countries as well as their differences and similarities.
Canadianists have largely been fixated on mountains, lakes and prairies as the national landscapes. Canadian wetlands have largely been neglected, yet Canada possesses 26 percent of the world’s wetlands, many of which have international conservation status, such as Ramsar Convention Wetlands of International Importance.
This research will result in a book on Canadian wetlands, which will enhance the understanding of wetlands in both Australia and Canada. The proposed book will complement the following books about wetlands: