The first New Scholars digital meeting of 2020 will be taking place in the latter half of February. If you’ve never participated in one of these meetings before, we hope you’ll check it out. They offer an opportunity to connect with other new scholars and discuss themes and issues relevant to the environmental history field, and they often include academics from different but related fields, helping to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration.
The theme for this first meeting will be community-engaged environmental history. Community-engaged history describes historical scholarship that is undertaken in conjunction with community partners – it might, for example, be devised, directed, and/or publicized with community involvement. Partners often come up with questions or are facing issues that necessitate historical research, and therefore to which historians might provide a useful service.
If participants have experience with this type of research and are happy to share, others would no doubt enjoy and benefit from hearing about it. For those that do not have this experience, we might discuss how we see our research in relation to community, and what might draw us to or away from such research. In addition, some of the questions we might consider in this discussion include:
- What are the unique challenges and opportunities of community-engagement specifically in an environmental history context?
- What is the difference between community-engaged and community-focused research?
If you would like to participate and have other thoughts or ideas, please don’t hesitate to send them to me at the email below. Please take a look at the Doodle poll for this meeting here, and fill in your availability so we can pick a time that works for the most people.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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