Journals and the remaking of scholarly fields
– Forum discussion with Dolly Jørgensen, Mark Hersey & Stephen Brain
This forum is a field trip in the publication landscape of the Environmental Humanities. What are the challenges, potential and limits of publishing within such an interdisciplinary field-in-progress? What research directions is this field taking?
Our guest speakers are Dolly Jørgensen, Mark Hersey, and Stephen Brain and join us in their capacity as editors of Environmental Humanities and Environmental History, two journals that aim to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment and publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, as well as with the natural and social sciences.
Facilitator: Sabine Höhler (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Dolly Jørgensen is a historian of the environment and technology. She is most interested in how human technologies shape the world around us and how we come to understand what is “natural” and what is not, what is acceptable environmental behaviour and what is not. Her research spans from medieval to contemporary environmental issues. Her primary areas of interest are human-animal relations, the urban environment, and environmental policymaking. She co-founded The Greenhouse, an environmental humanities initiative at UiS, with Finn Arne Jørgensen. Her most recent monography Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age. Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2019) is a ground-breaking study of how emotions motivate attempts to counter species loss.
Mark D. Hersey is an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University where he directs the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South. He is the author of My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver (2011) and the co-editor of A Field on Fire: The Future of Environmental History (2019). Along with his colleague, Stephen Brain, he serves as the editor of the journalEnvironmental History.
Stephen Brain is an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 under the direction of Yuri Slezkine, Douglas Weiner and Carolyn Merchant. His first book, Song of the Forest, was published in 2011. He has published articles in Environmental History, Russian Review, Slavic Review, and Cold War History. His active projects focus on the environmental history of Soviet collectivization, and the Soviet effort to build artificial environments in space. He currently serves as co-editor of the journal Environmental History.