Environment and Culture in Britain, 1688–1851

Date / time: 4 January - 14 January, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Environment and Culture in Britain, 1688–1851


Online, international, and free conference (environmentandculture.com) taking place from 4 January 2022 to 14 January 2022 at 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/environment-and-culture-in-britain-16881851-tickets-223884122437

The conference will include nine interdisciplinary conversations about land, sea, and sky from the Glorious Revolution to the Great Exhibition, featuring:

  • Tuesday 4 January: Elizabeth Carolyn Miller on periodizing extraction, and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson on fossil fuels and fossil science
  • Wednesday 5 January: Jan Golinski on ideas about climate change in the North Atlantic world, and Lynn Voskuil on tracking globally mobile plants
  • Thursday 6 January: Alexander Dick on islands, coastlines, and Scotland’s double colonial history, and Sarah Spooner on landowners, enclosure, and access to the countryside
  • Friday 7 January: William Cavert on the business of killing vermin, and Jesse Oak Taylor on the necroaesthetics of Victorian natural history
  • Monday 10 January: Steven Mentz on competing identities aboard ships at sea, and Miles Ogborn on the role of the Jamaican landscape in the uprising of 1831–32
  • Tuesday 11 January: Clare Hickman on the use and experience of scientific gardens, and Charles Watkins on attitudes to trees newly introduced to Britain
  • Wednesday 12 January: Erin Drew on concepts of environmental justice, and Katrina Navickas on trespass into manorial wastes in England
  • Thursday 13 January: James Fisher on how to control land and labour through accounting, and Jodie Matthews on engineered water in literature
  • Friday 14th January: Carl Griffin on vernacular environmental knowledges and enchantments, and Paul Readman on antiquarianism, history-writing and the embodied experience of landscape

Environment and Culture in Britain, 1688–1851 brings together distinguished scholars in a series of conversations at the cutting edge of new research. The forum is free, online, and open to all. It will be much more discursive than a standard conference. There will be no formal presentations. Instead, in each daily roundtable, two writers whose shared interests cross disciplinary boundaries will discuss puzzles and insights arising in their current research. Their dialogue will be the starting point for open-ended conversation with a live international audience.

The forum is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Please visit environmentandculture.com for more details.