Tag: technology

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.”

New Hope for Plastic Waste Pollution?

Hazardous Hope Part 3 By Jonas Stuck In 2016, a new actor entered the main stage and brought new optimism into the fight against plastic waste pollution. Let me introduce Ideonella sakaiensis. A group of researchers from the Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio… Continue Reading “New Hope for Plastic Waste Pollution?”

CfA: RCC Fellowships 2019–2020

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2019–20 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines who are working in the fields of… Continue Reading “CfA: RCC Fellowships 2019–2020”

Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing II: What We Choose to Ignore

by Vikas Lakhani This is the second post about India’s National River Linking Project. Read the first part here. As has been clear in the previous post, I see several fundamental objections to the NRLP. First and foremost, environmentalists have rightly raised serious concerns… Continue Reading “Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing II: What We Choose to Ignore”

Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing I: India’s National River Linking Project

by Vikas Lakhani In 1946, British colonialists launched a grand scheme to cultivate groundnuts in the uninhabitable parts of Tanganyika, a former colony that corresponds to the mainland part of today’s United Republic of Tanzania. Under the leadership of the agronomist John Wakefield, the… Continue Reading “Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing I: India’s National River Linking Project”

Making Tracks: Birgit Schneider

By Birgit Schneider I have been interested in representations with a focus on visuality for a very long time. In fact, it wasn’t my early childhood experiences with the outdoors that led to my interest in environmental issues in the first place, but rather my mediated experiences with nature. Like most others, I frequently encounter current environmental issues as they are presented to me through various media—in nature movies or documentaries, weather reports, maps, and even apps—making these mediated experiences even more likely than unmediated ones.

Gaza’s Happy Hour? When Late Ottoman Palestine Met the Victorian Drinking Culture

By Dotan Halevy
If we could travel back in time to the town of Gaza in March 1886, we would probably be joining a large crowd gathered on the beach to catch a glimpse of the Troqueer, a grain-carrying steamship—a behemoth of thirteen hundred tons—lying on its side about a mile offshore.

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.

CfA: RCC Fellowships 2018–2019

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2018–19 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines. The center will award fellowships… Continue Reading “CfA: RCC Fellowships 2018–2019”

Call for Papers: The Environmental History of the Pacific World

Conference – Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China 24 May – 26 May 2018 Location: Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China Sponsors: The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Department of History and The Center for Oceania Studies, Sun Yat Sen… Continue Reading “Call for Papers: The Environmental History of the Pacific World”