Five Environmental Humanities Blogs to Follow
Environmental Humanities(EH), as a discipline has grown so much in the last couple of years. Part of the reason why Environmental Humanities has been able to do generate robust and exciting work is because of public scholarship. When I think of my own trajectory in the discipline, it strikes me that one of the first things that I have ever written on EH was in fact a blog-piece that I wrote more than four years ago. Looking back, I am embarrassed by the sheer naivete of the piece but I have to acknowledge that it got me started thinking more deeply about the subject. So I thought of sharing with you today five blogs on Environmental Humanities that I follow closely and which generally has wholesome content.
As per the website of Environmental History Now, they are “ a 100% independent, volunteer-run platform guided by the voices of women, trans and non binary contributors from all over the world”. I have myself contributed a short piece on the difficulties of writing on place and water. What I especially appreciate about EHN is their commitment to amplify voices of graduate students and early career scholars who often struggle to find a platform to articulate their thoughts. Although they carry articles that range from personal reflections to advice about doing archival research, some of their series that I think are worth following include Problems of Place, Politics of Nature and Tools for Change. Recently they organized #FlipTheList, a Wikipedia editathon in collaboration with Association of Environmental History, which specifically aimed at challenging a canon of environmental history that was white and male to include “environmental books written by scholars of color, scholars from the Global South, and/or scholars who identify as women, trans and non-binary.”
EHN also does monthly community Zoom calls, in case you are looking for a supportive community of scholars. They are looking for contributions in languages beyond English.
Network in Canadian History and Environment has a fantastic blog that showcases work at the intersection of nature and history, bringing together a diverse range of people from scholars to policy-makers.
Topics range from gentrification, waste, politics of national parks to visual colonization. They also carry interviews of scholars and artists as well as book reviews.
Based in University of Wisconsin, Madison, and run by graduate students, Edge Effects publishes scholarship that addresses art, activism, temporality, climate change, environmental justice, animal, gender studies and race. I am particularly interested in two of their series : “Indigenous Lands and Waters” and “Plantationocene”. They also do a fairly good job of balancing contributions from early career scholars with more senior scholars.
Published by Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, their series publications on Hazardous Travels, Uses of Environmental History, Making Tracks to COVID 19 in the recent times, carries scholarship that is incisive as well as envisions a just future.
Published by the European Association of Literature, Culture and the Environment, Arcadiana’s blog is recent but very promising. They have published articles ranging from teaching environmental literature online to the TV series Chernobyl. I can’t wait to see what they publish in the future.
What are some of the environmental studies blogs that you follow? Please let me know in comments.