Techno-natures 2012: Geography & History Exchange

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Laura Cameron and Christine Grossutti

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s enormously influential book ‘Silent Spring’.

On the 26th of October, a group of graduate student geographers studying in Canada ventured south to explore and reassess some of Rachel Carson’s themes in a weekend workshop entitled ‘Techno-natures: The Syracuse/Queen’s/Cornell Geography & History Graduate Exchange’. See the story here: http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/news/archives/2012/exchange.html

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Laura Jean Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston, and coordinates the Sonic Arts of Place Lab. As a Canada Research Chair in Historical Geographies of Nature (2003-2012), her work has investigated a range of field sciences as place-based practices and as cultural encounters. Before arriving at Queen’s, she held a Junior Research Fellowship in Historical Geography at Churchill College, Cambridge (1999-2002). She is the author of Openings: A Meditation on History, Method and Sumas Lake, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997 and co-author with John Forrester of Freud in Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017. She also co-edited Emotion, Place and Culture, Ashgate, 2009 and Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness, UBC Press, 2011. Currently she enjoys writing in various genres about fieldwork, emotions and nature, collaborating on sound installations, and hosting the Fireplace Series: Interdisciplinary Conversations, a podcast series you can listen to here: https://podcast.cfrc.ca/the-fireplace-series/.

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