OVERVIEW: Yale Environmental History will host a one-day conference, “New Perspectives in Environmental History,” on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The conference aims to showcase new graduate student research in environmental history and to encourage dialogue among graduate students and faculty.
The conference will include three moderated panel sessions featuring papers by doctoral students from eight different universities. The first session, “TRANSNATIONAL COMMODITIES,” examines borders and boundaries in Pacific fisheries, the Lebanese oil complex, and the global exchange of nitrogen. The second panel, “LIVING EMPIRES,” will consider 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,” will explore 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 is based on successful northeast regional conferences held at Yale in recent years. For more information on past conferences, visit our conference website.
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We are grateful to our Co-Sponsors and Supporters:
Department of History, Yale University
MacMillan Center at Yale
Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University