Histories of Environmental Change
By Jan Oosthoek
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Podcast exploring how societies in the past and in different contexts have experienced, caused and interpreted environmental change. The podcast is part of the AHRC funded Histories of Environmental change project.
||CleanKielder: the story of a man-made landscape||Around the world, rural landscapes have been transformed by human activity as never before. In England, one of the most striking locations of such anthropogenic changes is Kielder Forest and Water in Northumberland. Since the 1920s, this site has seen a massive tree planting effort, creating one of the largest man-made forests in Western Europe. During the 1970s a large dam and reservoir were constructed at Kielder in order to create a secure water supply for the industries at Teeside. As a result Kielder has witnessed significant and dramatic environmental changes over the course of the twentieth century, as it was transformed from a pastoral agricultural landscape, to that of a commercial forest and finally it received the addition of a large man-made lake. To tease out how people have experienced and perceived the man-made environment of Kielder, the Kielder Oral History Project was conducted. On this episode of the podcast, the two researchers carried out the Kielder Oral History project, Professor David Moon of the University of York and Dr Leona Skelton of Durham University, will discuss some of their findings. This podcast was simultaneously publshed on the Environmental History Resources Website. Music credits: Memories of an Old Dog by Fireproof_Babies, Where You Are Now by Zapac.||21 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRound table at the 6th conference of the European Society for Environmental History||This podcast is an audio registration of the roundtable discussion of a series of three workshops organised by the AHRC funded Histories of Environmental Change Network at the 6th conference of the European Society for Environmental history in Turku, Finland. The panel members of the roundtable are the thee organisers of the workshop, Peter Coates of Bristol University, Paul Warde of the University of East Anglia and David Moon of Durham University. To underline the global they were joined by three leading environmental historians from other parts of the world: Jan Carruthers of the University of South, Libby Robin of the Australian National University and Petra van Dam of the Free University Amsterdam. The panel discussed with the audience the issues raised at the workshops in a global, comparative perspective.||8 7 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKielder 2: The local, the Global and the Future||The large dam and reservoir at Kielder and the forest surrounding it do not have the same reputation as famous dams like the Boulder Dam in the Colorado River or Yosemite National Park in the US. Kielder is of regional and at best national fame but this mega project is clearly linked to the global movement that is also responsible for the large dams in Scotland, the United States and more recently in China. In the west this idea of large “landscape engineering” projects in order to command resources is at present viewed with suspicion. But with the future threat of climate change the construction of new dams for drinking water is very much back on the political agenda. On this edition of the podcast David Moon, Paul Warde and Peter Coates consider how these themes connect Kielder to these global processes. The Podcast concludes with a discussion of what future workshop locations should be selected if the Histories of Environmental Change Network were to continue. This is the second podcast covering the third workshop of the Network covering the meeting at Kielder in Northumberland. Music credits: Where You Are Now by Zapac and Bye Bye 2010 by Pitx. Available from ccmixer.org.||20 4 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Quantock Hills workshop||The second workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change network took place in the Quantock Hills from 1 to 3 March 2011. On this podcast David Moon and Paul Warde talk about their impressions of the workshop, including what landscape beauty means and what people visiting a preserved landscape like the Quantocks are looking for. Are they looking for the past landscape as describe by 18th century poets such as Coleridge? And what do they make of the Hinckley Point nuclear power station that is visible from the top of the Quantock Hills? Paul and David also consider how the workshop connects to the first workshop at Wicken Fen in the East Anglian lowlands and what we can expect from the final workshop at Kielder Forest in the Hills of Northumberland. Music credits: The Way by Pitx and Slinky Blues by Admiral Bob. Available from ccmixer.org.||21 3 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNature conservation is usually history||What can historians contribute to the management practice of nature reserves and why should they? These were the central questions of Professor Chris Smout's talk on the third day of the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change Research Network held at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, 7 November 2010. Chris Smout is one of the founding fathers of environmental history in Britain and former director of the Centre for Environmental History at the University of St. Andrews. The participants at the workshop explored how the National Trust owned Wicken Fen reserve is managed and to what extent this management is informed by history. What we see at Wicken today is the end product of a long history of changes, both natural and cultural. To preserve this wetland in its present form or to "restore" it to a past state of it is a cultural choice based on perceptions or realities of the past. Chris Smout argues that if historians do not provide good history, others will conceive some form of historical narrative that does not necessarily reflect the historical reality. He concludes that history is not an innocent trade because historian's stories influences people's perceptions of the natural world and that places a great responsibility on historians writing about past nature, landscape and the environment. Music credits: Reverie (small theme) by ghost and Good Morning by Pitx. Available from ccmixer.org.||17 11 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLocal Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change||Attempting to establish a link between environmental history and contemporary debates surrounding the environmental management is and important part of the AHRC research network Histories of Environmental Change. In this podcast the three leaders of the project, Peter Coates, David Moon and Paul Ward, explore why historians should get involved in discussions about environmental change and what they bring to these debates. It will be explained that the network project explores these issues by bringing together a group of historians from different backgrounds to study three localities with unique environmental histories with non-academic stakeholders. These localities are the wetlands of Wicken Fen in East Anglia, the uplands of the Quantock Hills in Somerset and Kielder Forest in Northumberland. The aim is to place these specific sites within a wider global narrative of environmental change and to bring out connections with places elsewhere and the three English locations. Finally the podcast encourages listeners to get involved through the discussions on the network website.||22 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe environment: an out there idea?||How can historians use the term environment as an analytical tool? That was one of the questions of the opening paper of the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change research network presented by Paul Warde on 5 November 2010 at Cambridge. The paper entitle The environment: an out there idea? explored the origins and changing meaning of ‘environment’ and how it developed its modern ecological meaning only very recently. Warde suggests that the word environment is molded by people’s oranisational outlook of the world and that this is a useful tool for historians for analyzing what is meant with environmental and the environment. Music credits: Slither Away by sunbyrn, Aerofonia by Mario Mattioli. Available from ccmixter.org.||8 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Histories of Environmental Change||Preliminary episode introducing the Histories of Environmental Change Podcast. First episode of a series that is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Histories of Environmental Change Network.||6 9 2010||Free||View in iTunes|