Guests at the Division 2014
Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted is Professor of History at the Department of Government / International Affairs Eastern Washington University. She has served as Chair of the History Department at the United Arab Emirates University. She is working on “Rivers, Memory and Nation-Building: A History of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers.” We will have the opportunity to know more about her work when she presents at our High Seminar Series .
24 November - 8 December 2014
|Thom van Dooren is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales in Australia and co-editor on the international journal Environmental Humanities . His research focuses on the many philosophical, ethical and political issues that arise around species extinction. Drawing ethnographic work in local communities, conservation centres and a range of other sites, into conversation with philosophy and biology (including ecology and ethology), his work has explored what extinction means in entangled multispecies communities – how it remakes worlds – and what life is like for those who must live in these complex spaces of unravelling. Alongside a range of articles and chapters, these themes are taken up in particular in his second book: FlightWays: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia University Press, June 2014). His current major research project focuses on crows around the world and aims to rethink a group of key concepts with entwined biological and ethical histories - inheritance, community, sacrifice, etc - to develop a new, situated, multispecies approach to ethics for the Anthropocene.|| |
Intermittently August-December 2014
|Saara Matala is a PhD student in the History of Industrialisation at Aalto University, Finland. Sara's research interests concerns the Finnish shipbuilding industry towards the end of the Cold War period.||Intermittently September-December 2014|
|Giacomo Bonan is working on commons and property rights in the eastern Alps in the 19th century. In particular he is looking at the history of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, which is one of the oldest communitarian experiences of common management of forests in Europe. Therefore, Giacomo is interested in commons, enclosures, socio-environmental conflicts, and institutional changes.||August-November 2014|
|Roberta Biasillo is a PhD candidate at the University of Bari, Italy. Her research project is about the Italian forests from 1861 to the end of the 19th century. She is interested in the history of commons and their privatization. During her staying here, she will try to learn more about environmental history and environmental humanities. Together with Marco Armiero she is also planning to co-author an article on environmental history and the commons or more specifically on the privatization of forests in Italy in the 19th cen.||March-September 2014|