Call for Essays: Environmental History of the Sky Volume
Environmental history has become a broadly conceived subject, incorporating gender, ethnicity, and class issues into its work, as well as many different disciplines. Despite the vibrant new work on oceans, however, environmental history, has for the most part, remained land-bound. In an effort to rectify that omission and to link environmental history with work in other fields (notably, history of science and technology), this volume seeks collect essays that define the “sky” as an environment. How do attitudes about the sky compare over time periods? How do visions of the sky compare to more well-documented landscapes or ideas, like “wilderness” or the American West? How does ethnicity, class, and gender affect human interaction with the sky? How have humans used (or abused) the sky over time?
The volume will define “sky” broadly as the area above the earth’s surface. We are looking for essays on topics that discuss the sky as an environment – including, but certainly not limited to, the cultural construction of the sky; attitudes toward the sky over different time periods or as affected by ethnicity, class, and gender issues; various types of sky pollution; different “areas” of the sky (weather, atmospheric studies, outer space, etc.); uses of the sky for recreational or transportation purposes.
Abstracts for chapters should be approximately 250-500 words, and should be accompanied by the author’s CV, by January 8, 2010.
Elizabeth (Scout) Blum, Ph.D.
Department of History
Troy, AL 36082
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