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Climate & Colonialism: new paper in ‘WIREs Climate Change’

Georgina Endfield and I have just published a review paper in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change on the topic of 'climate & colonialism'. The paper seeks to take in a large volume of recent(and not-so-recent) research in two broad areas: the links between ideas about climate (such as tropical degeneracy) and ideologies of imperialism; and more … Continue reading Climate & Colonialism: new paper in ‘WIREs Climate Change’

Relocating Meteorology: themed issue of History of Meteorology

I'm delighted to announce the publication of a themed issue of the journal History of Meteorology edited by myself and Angelo Matteo Caglioti (EUI), on the topic of 'Relocating Meteorology'. The collection developed out of a conference session at the AAG annual meeting in 2015, and brings together a range of established and emerging voices in … Continue reading Relocating Meteorology: themed issue of History of Meteorology

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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Hong Kong workshop: Weather Science, Extreme Weather and Disaster Histories

Last week I was delighted to join a workshop at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on the history of weather science and weather extremes in the region. The workshop brought together historians of science with atmospheric scientists interested in using historical observations to reconstruct past weather and climate. It was a great day of cross-disciplinary … Continue reading Hong Kong workshop: Weather Science, Extreme Weather and Disaster Histories

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