I am looking for two other people who would be interested in participating in a panel at next years annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Tallahassee, Florida, February 25-March 1.
The paper I plan to submit is entitled "From King Copper to Quality of Life: the Relatively Rapid Evolution of Environmental Knowledge in Southern Arizona, 1966-1986." It examines the slide of copper mining as a vital component of the future imagined by environmentalists for the region in the late 1960s and early 1970s to its position as antithetical to the quality of life environmentalists proposed in 1986. It analyzes local environmental groups as "cultural producers" who shaped local discourses in conversation with national events and trends to produce new ways of understanding how humans should relate to environment of Southern Arizona in the post-WWII era.
Possible themes I can imagine organizing the panel around include: the evolution of regional environmental values; the relationship between laws and environmental values; the relationship between international and national markets, resource extraction, and regional environmental values; and/or changing economies and values in the Sunbelt. But I am open to suggestions.
If you think that you might have a paper that would fit with mine, please send me an abstract no later than June 1, 2008 so I can put the panel together and submit it by the June 30 deadline.
I will be available by phone and internet only sporadically from May 9 until June 11 and not at all between June 11 and June 29 so please forgive me for taking a few days to get back to you.
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