Contested Environments: Locating the Natural World in History
Presenters from the Department of History:
Danae Jacobson: Nuns, Miners, and Beggars in the U.S. West
Jesse Meredith: British Architecture, Developmentalism, and the End of Empire
Erik Reardon: Farming and Fishing in Colonial and early-19th century New England
Viktor Shmagin: Empire and Diplomacy in 18th and 19th Century Japan-Russia Relations
In this panel four professors from the Department of History will discuss how environmental history informs their research. They will each briefly present on their diverse work, probing such questions as: Who gets to decide how space and environment are used, changed, defined, and consumed? In what ways has the environment been a historical actor, shaping political institutions, empires, and ideologies? How has humanity altered, manipulated, or shaped the natural world? A discussion with the audience will follow their presentations.