Michèle Dagenais
Universität Montreal
10. Mai 2016 - 17. Juni 2016

Michèle Dagenais is professor of urban and political history at University of Montreal. She is interested in the construction process of urban space by seeking to clarify how it involves specific articulations between the environment and social groups. This way of conceiving the history of cities as a product of interrelated physical and social components has resulted in the publication of research, notably on the development of public spaces of culture and leisure in Toronto and Montreal in the 19th and 20th centuries (Faire et fuir la ville. Espaces publics de culture et de loisirs à Montréal et Toronto, 2006). Recently she published a monograph on the role of water and its successive transformations in the process of urbanization of the city since the early 19th century (Montréal et l’eau. Une histoire environnementale, Boréal, 2011). She also coedited Metropolitan Natures. Environmental History of Montreal with S. Castonguay (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Municipal Services and Employees in the Modern City: New Historic Approaches with I. Maver and P.-Y. Saunier (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2003).