Environment and Culture
in Britain, 1688–1851

Tuesday 4th to Friday 14th January, 2022

4pm to 5.30pm UK time

Online, international, and free

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Nine conversations about land, sea, and sky
from Glorious Revolution to Great Exhibition

Our thanks to all who took part. This website will remain live, at least for now, as a record of the event. Click here to view a bibliography of texts referred to during the forum (a resource devised by Jo Taylor and compiled collaboratively by some of the participants)

Tuesday 4th January
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller on periodizing extraction
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson on fossil fuels and fossil science

Wednesday 5th January
Jan Golinski on ideas about climate change in the North Atlantic world
Lynn Voskuil on tracking globally mobile plants

Thursday 6th January
Alexander Dick on islands, coastlines, and Scotland’s double colonial history
Sarah Spooner on landowners, enclosure, and access to the countryside

Friday 7th January
William Cavert on the business of killing vermin
Jesse Oak Taylor on the necroaesthetics of Victorian natural history

Monday 10th January
Steven Mentz on competing identities aboard ships at sea
Miles Ogborn on the role of the Jamaican landscape in the uprising of 1831–32

Tuesday 11th January
Claire Connolly on botanical knowledge between Ireland and the West Indies
Charles Watkins on attitudes to trees newly introduced to Britain

Wednesday 12th January
Erin Drew on concepts of environmental justice
Katrina Navickas on trespass into manorial wastes in England

Thursday 13th January
James Fisher on how to control land and labour through accounting
Jodie Matthews on engineered water in literature

Friday 14th January
Carl Griffin on vernacular environmental knowledges and enchantments
Paul Readman on antiquarianism, history-writing, and the embodied experience of landscape