“New Perspectives in Environmental History” 2017 Conference

Event description: 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Northeast Regional Conference

Luce Hall, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale Environmental History hosted its sixth “New Perspectives in Environmental History” conference on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The conference showcased new graduate student research in environmental history and to sought to encourage dialogue among graduate students and faculty.

The conference included three moderated panel sessions featuring papers by doctoral students from eight different universities. The first session, “TRANSNATIONAL COMMODITIES,” examined borders and boundaries in Pacific fisheries, the Lebanese oil complex, and the global exchange of nitrogen.  The second panel, “LIVING EMPIRES,” considered the exchange of nonhuman animals in the Atlantic slave trade; domesticity and ecological adaptation in colonial Philadelphia; and the colonizing laboratory of Egyptian cotton farms.  The third session, “NATURE BY DESIGN,” explored its theme around four stories: the protection of a hybrid landscape at Cape Cod National Seashore; the imagining of a Pleistocene museum at the La Brea Tar Pits; the creation of a living wall of trees on the Sino-Nomadic border; and the emergence of an adaptive and opportunistic agricultural landscape in the Ottoman empire.

The conference format was based on successful northeast regional conferences held at Yale in recent years. 

We are grateful to our Co-Sponsors and Supporters:

Department of History, Yale University

Franke Program in Science and the Humanities

MacMillan Center at Yale

Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Event Date / Time: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017