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Doing historiography in and with contemporary agents across the Atlantic: an experiential work session 
Evelien de Hoop (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Nathaly Yumi da Silva (Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe))
Colin Coates (Glendon College, York University)
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Expanding the Practice of Environmental History
Room 20
Friday 23 August, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

During this workshop, you can experiment hands-on with some of the methods we designed to do environmental historiography together with contemporary (non-)human agents, and reflect on the question of how such research can (not) contribute towards more inclusive, plural, sustainable, futures?

Long Abstract:

Historical research can be future-relevant in a variety of ways. For example, it may help to understand origins of complex environmental challenges or serve as a source of inspiration for solutions to contemporary problems. In this workshop, we explore the potential of historiography to challenge currently entrenched – singular and geographically-isolated – understandings of contemporary environmental challenges to open up space for more inclusive, plural, sustainable futures. On the one hand, this means that we experiment with combining historical research and transdisciplinary research methods. On the other hand, we actively reflect upon the ways in which our work plays a role in present-day normativities and future visions. We do so in the context of our ongoing research project Soy Stories in which we investigate transnationally entangled and plural histories of soy. During the workshop, attendees can take part in the research methods that we developed with the above-mentioned ambitions in mind – i.e. reflexive learning interviews and focus groups, mapping activities and more – taking the role of a societal agent with whom we collaborate in the project. At the end of the workshop, we will collectively take stock of the experience, and reflect on the historiographies that these methods (do not) allow for. Through this interactive workshop we hope to question the position of (environmental) historians in contemporary society and offer new ways of imagining the interface between history and society.

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Session 1 Friday 23 August, 2024, -