Nature’s Past Episode 68: Home and Environment

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Episode 68: Home and Environment

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What makes a place a home? This is a question that surprisingly few environmental historians have asked. And yet environment plays an enormous role in shaping understandings of the places we call home.

Karen Routledge’s new book, Do You See Ice? Inuit and Americans at Home and Away attempts to explain how people construct ideas of home and the various ways in which the environment influences those ideas. This innovative book explores critical issues at the heart of the history of modern colonialism and situates the environment as a crucial factor in shaping cultural concepts of belonging, safety, and comfort. This episode features an interview with Karen Routledge.

Book Cover: Do you see Ice?


Karen Routledge

Works Cited:

Karen Routledge. Do You See Ice? Inuit and Americans at Home and Away. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Music Credits:

“Tranquil Activities” by Paul Werner

“The Ambient (short3)” by Aliaksei Yukhnevich

Photo Credit:

Camp at Cumberland Sound, 1936. Source: Library and Archives Canada, Online MIKAN no. 3380184


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 68: Environment and Home” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 11 May 2020.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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