Episode 76: Methodological Challenges in Animal History
Elephants, horses, dolphins and bears have stories to tell about the past. Their lives and actions shape history and influence the lives of people in innumerable ways. How can these histories that animals made be studied and understood?
This is the question at the heart of a new book edited by Jennifer Bonnell and Sean Kheraj called, Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History. Across 17 original essays, the contributors to this collection wrestle with the many ways that historians strive to understand the history of animals. The book showcases innovative methods to unearth and explain how animals fit into our collective histories.
The book is the outcome of a conference held at York University in 2019. It was published earlier this Fall by University of Calgary Press. It’s available now as an open-access book. Please look for the link in the show notes for this episode.
This episode features a roundtable discussion with contributors Jennifer Bonnell, Colleen Campbell, Jason Colby, Tina Loo, Lindsay Stallones Marshall, and Catherine McNeur.
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Bonnell, Jennifer and Sean Kheraj. Eds. Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2022.
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Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 76: Methodological Challenges in Animal History” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast.
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