It’s finally out! Weather, Climate, and the Geographical Imagination

I don’t have my own copy yet – it seems to have been corona’d in the post – but people seem to be buying and receiving copies to I thought it was about time to announce it here.

This book started life as a couple of conference sessions way back in 2015 at the International Conference of Historical Geographers in London. We had a great set of paper submitted, so as Sam Randalls and I were wandering around a supermarket at the end of the day gathering supplies for a celebratory picnic, we hatched a plan to bring a book together.

The University of Nottingham very generously funded a follow-up workshop, where authors came together to read and discuss each others’ drafts, with some additional input from some of Nottingham’s finest: thanks to Mike Heffernan, Isla Forsyth and Steve Legg for their reading and commenting on some of our drafts.

With the book we wanted to crystallise an emerging and growing body of working on the historical geographies of weather and climate knowledges, while also linking this work to studies of the place of climate in the geographical imagination. So we were interested in how space and place shape atmospheric knowledge-making, but also how that atmospheric knowledge in turn shapes wider imaginations of spaces, places, landscapes, nations, and empires.

We were delighted to be able to assemble a stellar cast of established and emerging scholars in this area: Simon Naylor, Matthew Goodman, George Adamson, Katharine Anderson, Ruth Morgan, James Kneale, Georgina Endfield, Meredith McKittrick, David Livingstone, Jim Fleming, and Daniel Barber. Mike Hulme also kindly joined us to offer an Afterword, which knitted some of our threads together. Thanks are owed to all our authors for the enthusiasm with which they approached the writing and reviewing process, and for their patience with the editorial and production process.

Happily, it seems to be available through uk.bookshop.org, a new website which allows local, independent bookshops to get a bigger slice of the online book trade:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/weather-climate-and-the-geographical-imagination-placing-atmospheric-knowledges/9780822946168

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