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Pushing the Envelope: Doing Environmental History Differently 
Emma Moesswilde (Georgetown University)
Colin Coates (Glendon College, York University)
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Ramya Swayamprakash (Grand Valley State University)
Jessica DeWitt (Network in Canadian History and Environment)
Expanding the Practice of Environmental History
Room 20
Wednesday 21 August, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

This roundtable will explore how environmental history can and is being done differently, shifting away from traditional disciplinary boundaries and imageries and towards more transdisciplinary and collaborative forms. We will also speculate on the future of environmental history scholarship.

Long Abstract:

Inspired by Environmental History Now’s Tools for Change series, this roundtable will bring to the fore a diversity of voices and perspectives about creating change in innovative and sustainable ways, and practicing environmental history in its broadest sense. Specifically, panelists will present how they have all done publicly facing environmental history work in an inclusive fashion, bringing to light cutting-edge research and in so doing, diversifying the impact and reach of academic research. We seek to understand, if and what, the model for environmentally and socially conscious histories can be, in a public facing forum. The goal of this roundtable is to expose and explore the different ways of doing history, shifting away from traditional disciplinary boundaries and imageries.

From the Network in Canadian History and Environment, Environmental History Now, the American Society for Environmental History, H-Net and other forums such as Rachel Carson center’s Environment and Society Portal, there exist a multitude of organizations and platforms to showcase environmentally minded research in a public-facing manner. The challenge for these forums remains seeking and maintaining an audience. The organizations in this roundtable all have their distinctive audiences and reach but do work collaboratively, highlighting each other’s publications and posts. This emphasis on collaborative and cooperative work is different from traditional academic historical practice, pointing to a possible new direction for historical work. One of the underlying questions this roundtable asks is: is it time for environmental historians to work more collaboratively and cooperatively?

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Session 1 Wednesday 21 August, 2024, -