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As in the spring 2008 issue, this Gallery includes two short essays by a pair of scholars who analyze the same image—in this case, Norman Rockwell's 1969 painting of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona. Yet while our first experiment with dueling essays involved two historians, this issue features scholars from different disciplines. Robin Kelsey, an art historian from Harvard University, and Erika Bsumek, an historian from the University of Texas at Austin, use distinct methodological approaches, and come to different but complementary conclusions, in their readings of Rockwell's Glen Canyon Dam. The intellectual synergy of their essays, we believe, makes a strong case for more cross-disciplinary dialogue.
Kelsey's and Bsumek's critiques emerged from an April 2012 workshop organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Titled “Eco-Images: Altering Environmental Discussions and Political Landscapes,” the conference convened scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including environmental history, art history, political science, media and communication studies, environmental studies, and public administration, to share research on the power of visual culture to shape twentieth-century environmental discourse. Scholars at the Eco-Images workshop analyzed photographs, oil paintings, posters, cartoons, advertisements, and even guerrilla art as key political tools of environmental change in countries from Belarus and Nigeria to China and the United States.
To continue this dialogue regarding the power of visual culture to shape environmental politics, many of the essays from the Eco-Images workshop will be published in the March 2013 issue of the Rachel Carson online journal, RCC Perspectives. For additional information on this publication, please contact the Rachel Carson Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Neil M. Maher and Cindy Ott
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Graphics Editor Cindy Ott recently contributed a blog about Giant Pumpkins to OUPblog, expanding on her 2010 Gallery piece on the same subject (15:4).
A recent article in Bowdoin College's Bowdoin Daily Sun highlights Wallace Scot McFarlane's April 2012 EH piece on the Androscoggin River, including an interview with McFarlane about his research. MacFarlane's work is also highlighted on the Oxford University Press blog.
Winner of the Jack Temple Kirby Prize for 2011
Congratulations to James C. Giesen of Mississippi State University, whose article, "'The Truth about the Boll Weevil': The Nature of Planter Power in the Mississippi Delta" (Environmental History 14, no. 4 (October 2009): 683-704), was selected as the inaugural winner of the Jack Temple Kirby Award. Read more...
Winner of the Coffman Prize for 2011
Congratulations to Kathryn S. Meier of the University of Scranton, this year's winner of the Coffman Prize for her manuscript "The Seasoned Soldier: Coping with the Environment in Civil War Virginia." Read more. . .
Winner of the Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize for 2011
We are pleased to announce that Christopher F. Jones is the winner of the 2011 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Prize for his article, "A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860," "Environmental History" 15 (July 2010): 449-484. Read more. . .
On the behalf of the prize committee: Timothy LeCain, Erik Rau, and Heike Weber.