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.

Guests:

Karen Routledge

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

Citation:

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

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and associate dean of programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York 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 http://seankheraj.com.

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