About This Blog

Seeing the Woods is produced by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), an international and interdisciplinary research center devoted to the environmental humanities. Its contributors include the RCC’s staff, fellows, and members of the community of graduate and doctoral students, as well as occasional external contributors. 

Former editors

The mission of the blog is to demonstrate the relevancy and importance of humanistic and historical perspectives in discussions about today’s environmental challenges. We seek to provide context that will help reveal the bigger picture, or “the woods,” or shift our gaze to see the trees from different angles in order to explain the long and complex relationship between humans and nature. Seeing the Woods showcases innovative research, valuable resources, and provocative commentary from experts in fields such as history, ecocriticism, anthropology, and philosophy.

Through this blog, the RCC also strives to connect scholarship and public discourse. We believe such connections are necessary for finding solutions to and deepening our understanding of local and global environmental problems.


About the RCC


The RCC is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities located in Munich, Germany.  It is named after the American biologist, nature writer, and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose accessible writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health.

The RCC’s mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interaction between humans and nature, and to strengthen the role of the humanities in current political and scientific debates about the environment.

Visit our homepage to learn more about what we do. 

About the Design

The theme was edited by the RCC’s editorial team, and the blog header was designed by editor Harriet Windley. The photo in the header is in the public domain, via Pixabay.

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