New Books Network

Kenneth Olwig, “The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice” (Routledge, 2019)
In The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice (Routledge, 2019), Kenneth Olwig presents explorations in landscape geography and architecture from an environmental humanities perspective. With influence from art, literature, theatre staging, architecture, and garden design, landscape has now come to be viewed as a form of... Read More
Joy McCann, “Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean” (U New South Wales Press, 2018)
Joy McCann discusses the great circumpolar ocean that surrounds Antarctica. McCann is the author of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (University of New South Wales Press, 2018). She is a historian at the Centre for Environmental History at Australian National University. Flowing completely around the Earth and unimpeded... Read More
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, “Wind and Power in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
This is the third of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene.  Also listen to my individual interviews with Howe and Boyer about their separate volumes, Ecologics and Energopolitics. In this interview, I talk to both authors together about their... Read More
Bathsheba Demuth, “Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait” (W. W. Norton, 2019)
Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years. The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land... Read More
Harriet Washington, “A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind” (Little, Brown Spark, 2019)
Environmental racism is visible not only as cancer clusters or the location of grocery stores. It is responsible for the reported gap in IQ scores between white Americans and Black, Latinx, and Native Americans. So argues science writer Harriet Washington in A Terrible to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault... Read More
Dominic Boyer, “Energopolitics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
This is the second of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene.  Also listen to my interview with Howe about her volume, Ecologics, as well as my interview with both authors together about collaborative research and the wider implications of... Read More
Erik Loomis, “Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests” (Cambridge UP, 2015)
In Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests (Cambridge University Press, 2015), the historian Erik Loomis examines the relationship between workers and their environments in this century-long history of timber workers in the Pacific Northwest. He shows that the “jobs vs. environment” tradeoff oversimplifies the history of... Read More