Dolly Jorgensen – New Natures

3 November, 2021 - examPrep

Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology StudiesPromises, Challenges, and Contributions – Sara Pritchard


Frank Uekotter – Farming and not Knowing: Agnotology Meets Environmental History


Dolly Jorgensen – Environmentalists on Both Sides: Enactments in the California Rigs-to-Reefs Debate


The Backbone of Everyday Environmentalism: Cultural Scripting and Technological Systems – Finn Arne Jorgensen



Part II. Constructions of Environmental Expertise


The Soil Doctor: Hugh Hammond Bennett, Soil Conservation, and the Search for a Democratic Science – Kevin C. Armitage 87


Communicating Knowledge: The Swedish Mercury Group and Vernacular Science, 1965–1972 – Michael Egan 103 

Signals in the Forest: Cultural Boundaries of Science in Białowiez ̇ a, Poland – Eunice Blavascunas 118


Part III. Networks, Mobilities, and Boundaries


The Production and Circulation of Standardized Karakul Sheep and Frontier Settlement in the Empires of Hitler, Mussolini, and Salazar – Tiago Saraiva 135


 Trading Spaces: Transferring Energy and Organizing Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Grain Trade – Thomas D. Finger 151


 Situated yet Mobile: Examining the Environmental History of Arctic Ecological Science – Stephen Bocking 164  


White Mountain Apache Boundary-Work as an Instrument of Ecopolitical Liberation and Landscape Change – David Tomblin 179


NEOecology: The Solar System’s Emerging Environmental History and Politics – Valerie A. Olson 195


Epilogue: Preservation in the Age of Entanglement: STS and the History of Future Urban Nature – Sverker Sörlin 212


  1. Knowledge politics and labor: how did different groups and individuals know nature through their labor (a la Richard White)? How did different actors develop knowledge and skills and what kinds of contests emerged among them over how to intervene in non-human nature? Who gets to decide what landscapes and waterscapes are produced? What were the consequences of these contests for nature itself?


  1. Human-non-human-nature relationship: how do people produce nature? what role does non-human nature play in these stories? Is it an actor, acted upon, co-production?


  1. Relationship between time and space.


  1. Declensionism: early environmental histories were often declensionist narratives, often about deforestation. How have these environmental historians of Latin America attempted to move beyond declensionism since the 1990s?

—- David Fletcher, Flood Control Freakology

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