New website – martinmahony.com

This website, previously imperialweather.com, has now become martinmahony.com. Hopefully that change of name and URL will work... I wanted to create a more general-purpose website and blog, but without losing my imperial weather content, so I've essentially re-badged the latter and added a bit more general info about my research and teaching.

Global environmental images: history, politics, culture

A blog post about a recent special issue I contributed to on the the history of global environmental image-making…

Geo: Geography and Environment

We are happy to announce the publication of a special issue on global environmental images in the Open Collections of Geo: Geography and Environment. Sebastian Grevsmühl directed the special issue with papers by Birgit Schneider, Sabine Höhler, Hervé Regnauld and Patricia Limido, Martin Mahony, and Sebastian Grevsmühl. As the editorial introduction states, this issue was put together in order to stimulate a “sustained interdisciplinary inquiry into global environmental images, paying close attention to the nature of this new type of global knowledge, the imaginaries mobilised, as well as the politics, power struggles, asymmetries and marginalisation processes which are inevitably involved when talking about the global environment.”

Framed as an interdisciplinary endeavour, it is probably no surprise that authors come from various disciplinary backgrounds, including physical and cultural geography, art history and media studies, history of science and environmental history. Thus, the subjects, periods and…

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Commendations

I was delighted to hear this week that my article 'For an empire of all types of climate': meteorology as an imperial science was placed in the 'highly commended' category for this year's Journal of Historical Geography essay prize, along with Dean Bond's  Enlightenment geography in the study: A.F. Büsching, J.D. Michaelis and the place of geographical … Continue reading Commendations

New paper: montage and climate futures

I have a new paper out in the RGS-IBG's relatively new open-access journal Geo: Geography & Environment, entitled 'Picturing the future-conditional: montage and the global geographies of climate change'. The paper will form part of a themed issue on global environmental imagery being convened by historian of science Sebastian Grevsmühl. The introductory essay by Sebastian is also … Continue reading New paper: montage and climate futures

What do we talk about when we talk about climate?

This Thursday (14th July) we will be hosting Vladimir Jankovic, an historian of science at the University of Manchester, for a public lecture on the question of ‘What do we talk about when we talk about climate?’ The talk will form the first Hayman Rooke Lecture in Environmental Humanities, a new lecture series with which we aim … Continue reading What do we talk about when we talk about climate?

New paper: ‘Modelling and the nation’

I've got a new paper out in Minerva, co-authored with Mike Hulme (KCL), on the establishment of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the UK Met Office. It's available open-access by following the link below: Modelling and the Nation: Institutionalising Climate Prediction in the UK, 1988–92 Abstract. How climate models came to gain … Continue reading New paper: ‘Modelling and the nation’

Conferencing: AAG 2016

I'm heading off to the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers next week, where I'll be presenting some preliminary work on the history of agricultural meteorology in a session I've put together with Angelo Matteo Caglioti (Berkeley). The session, 'Historical geographies of environmental knowledge: science, space and power', will bring together historical geographers … Continue reading Conferencing: AAG 2016

Welcome.

I've created this website to chart progress on my new project - Imperial Weather: Meteorology and the Making of 20th Century Colonialism - which I'm conducting in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. The project has been generously funded by the British Academy (through a Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the University of Nottingham (through a Nottingham … Continue reading Welcome.