Tag: Research

Migrations, Crossings, Unintended Destinations: Ecological Transfers across the Indian Ocean, 1850–1920

Conference Report (11–12 October 2018, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany) By Ulrike Kirchberger (*Featured Image: “If someday…” by Abhijit Kar Gupta, CC-BY 2.0 via flickr. ) In the age of empire, thousands of species of plants and animals were transferred… Continue Reading “Migrations, Crossings, Unintended Destinations: Ecological Transfers across the Indian Ocean, 1850–1920”

RCC Publication Roundup 2018

If you are looking for some good reading material for the festive period and have a taste for environmental history and humanities, look no further! Here is a roundup of the 2018 publications from the RCC and affiliate publishers. RCC Perspectives The online journal… Continue Reading “RCC Publication Roundup 2018”

A Fluid History of Wisconsin Breweries

By Doug Hoverson
During my research for Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota, a retired employee of the Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. in St. Paul told me: “Beer is 97 percent water, and the other three percent is none of your damn business.”

First-ever International Summit in Environmental Humanities

30 June–2 July 2018, Hohenkammer and Rachel Carson Center (Germany) Environmental Humanities (EH) is a new and innovative field of study that engages interdisciplinary scholarship from across the humanities spectrum to study the relationship between humans and the physical world they inhabit. In summer… Continue Reading “First-ever International Summit in Environmental Humanities”

Pushing Wine in a “Bierland”: The Case of East Germany

By John Gillespie
In some way or another, all modern states establish alcohol policies. One important question in any study of these systems is whether or not the type of drink makes any difference.

Saturday Morning’s Politics of Seeing

Nancy Jacobs, Professor of History at Brown University, Rhode Island (USA), provides a rich and personal account of practicing interdisciplinary research. On a field trip to uncover knowledge and beliefs about the African grey parrot in Cameroon, Nancy worked together with her brother (an experienced birder) and her field assistant (an ornithologist), gaining deep insights not only into science and culture, but particularly the behavior of birds and birdwatchers.

Empire in a Bottle: Tales of a Beer Historian

By Malcolm F. Purinton
“Why don’t you write your literature review about alcohol?” my African colonialism professor asked me during my master’s degree. “I can do that?!” I replied. The possibility of researching and writing on the history of beer and alcohol was, honestly, mind-blowing.

Five Minutes with a Fellow: Ryan Jones

Five Minutes with a Fellow offers a brief glimpse into what inspires researchers in the environmental humanities. The interviews feature current and former fellows from the Rachel Carson Center. Ryan was a Carson fellow in the summer of 2017.   Ryan graduated with a… Continue Reading “Five Minutes with a Fellow: Ryan Jones”

Day 7. Danube Excursion: Bratislava—Munich

by Lea Wiser Bratislava → Munich   Spending a night on a boat and waking up to views over the glimmering river is not something that happens every day. After a long night, a hearty breakfast helped us to regain our energy for the… Continue Reading “Day 7. Danube Excursion: Bratislava—Munich”

Uses of Environmental History: Sandra Swart

This is the final post in the uses of environmental history series. The series has been adapted from contributions to a roundtable forum published in the first issue of the new Journal for Ecological History, edited by Renmin University’s Center for Ecological History. “Feral Historians?” By Sandra Swart The greatest… Continue Reading “Uses of Environmental History: Sandra Swart”