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Beyond Texts and Archives: Experiments with New Sources and Methods in Environmental History Print
 
Jocelyn Thorpe1, Joanna Dean2, Wilki Graf von Hardenberg3, Dolly J°rgensen4, Sean Kheraj5, Stephanie Rutherford6, L. Anders Sandberg5
1University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 3University of Wisconsin ľ Madison, Madison, United States, 4Umeň University, Umeň, Sweden, 5York University, Toronto, Canada, 6Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
 
We environmental historians often seek sources in the archives and audiences through scholarly books and articles, even as we run into the limits of the written record and aim for an audience beyond one another. This roundtable focuses on participants' experiments with new sources and methods, examining how conducting and disseminating research differently shapes our understanding of the past and of the research process. The session builds on efforts of environmental historians to study the historical agency of non-humans as well as of those humans whose traces are not found at the archives. This work is essential for gaining a deep understanding of how diverse groups of human and non-human beings shape and are shaped by our worlds. The roundtable aims to engage audience members as well as panelists by grappling with questions that all of us must ask and answer in and through our research practices. Panelists have explored a variety of approaches to environmental history beyond texts and archives, and will share what they have learned.
Joanna Dean will discuss her use of photographs to sense alternative urban environmental histories, commenting on the potential of photography to move us beyond the human senses. Dolly J°rgensen will speak about how maintaining a research blog can fundamentally alter the research process, while Sean Kheraj will explore how podcasting has transformed the communication of research. Anders Sandberg will analyse his experience of learning about the past from the present-day landscape of the university campus. Stephanie Rutherford will describe listening to the past, especially to the howl of the wolf. Wilko Graf von Hardenberg will stimulate debate about the possibilities of digital media for expanding the reach of environmental history research, and Lianne Leddy (Anishinaabe) will examine how conducting interviews with Indigenous knowledge holders can shed light on the intersections of gender and environmental history. Jocelyn Thorpe will explore how place- and community-based research has shaped her relationships with writing and the archives as with community members and landscapes. Participants' diverse research areas will add depth and interest to a broad conversation about what it means to conduct environmental history research today.


Assigned speakers:
Wilko Graf von Hardenberg , University of Wisconsin – Madison , Wisconsin , United States
PhD Dolly Jorgensen , Umeň University , Umeň , Sweden
Dr. Sean Kheraj , York University , Toronto , Canada
Dr. Stephanie Rutherford , Trent University , Peterborough , Canada
Dr. L. Anders Sandberg , York University , Toronto , Canada
Dr. Joanna Dean , Carleton University , Ottawa , Canada
Jocelyn Thorpe , University of Manitoba , Winnipeg , Canada

Assigned in sessions:
08.07.2014, 14:00-15:30, Roundtable, Beyond Texts and Archives: Experiments with New Sources and Methods in Environmental History, CO-04 (CFPG)