Do we need to reinvigorate Environmental History?

‘‘Many people believe that the humanities are retreating, that they are irrelevant, and students—especially in the emerging world—are encouraged to study subjects that are considered to be more useful for the labour market. The task of the humanities, according to Wilfrid McClay, is to be distinctive from the natural and social sciences, by grasping ‘human … Continue reading Do we need to reinvigorate Environmental History?

What is animal studies?

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend a BIRTHA funded symposium at the University of Bristol Department of Historical Studies on the subject of 'Animals and Empire' - involving a cross disciplinary approach to research in the form of animal studies. The day included papers on subjects as diverse as 'Mules … Continue reading What is animal studies?