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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The goal of Environmental Humanities is “to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.” The journal specifically focuses on publishing “interdisciplinary papers that do not fit comfortably within the established environmental sub-disciplines, and publish[ing] high quality submissions from within any of [the humanities disciplines] that are accessible and seeking to reach a broader readership. Published by Duke University Press, the journal is funded and administered through a partnership among five research centers: Concordia University; the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology; and the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of New South Wales.
The contents of the journal are delivered in a number of ways. The latest issue available for review at this time is Volume 7, 2015, and it holds five articles (“Invasive Narratives and the Inverse of Slow Violence: Alien Species in Science and Society,” “The Tragedy of Limitless Growth: Re-interpreting the Tragedy of the Commons for a Century of Climate Change,” “Mathematizing Nature’s Messiness: Graphical Representations of Variation in Ecology, 1930-present,” “Wild and Scenic Wasteland: Conservation Politics in the Nuclear Wilderness,” and “Decentralized Production and Affective Economies: Theorizing the Ecological Implications of Localism”); a Special Section, Inheriting the Ecological Legacies of Settler Colonialism, with four essays on that subject; the Review Essay, “Bad Flowers: The Implications of a Phytocentric Deconstruction of the Western Philosophical Tradition for the Environmental Humanities”; a Commentary piece (“Hokusai’s Great Wave Enters the Anthropocene?”); a Special Commentary Section offering five different Replies to An Ecomodernist Manifesto and the delightful, Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities, described as “a growing collection of short essays focused on keywords that might help to orient the Environmental Humanities within the difficult space of simultaneous critique and action.” The keywords defined in an Environmental Humanities context in this issue are Sacrifice, Endangered, and Encounter.
Other parts of the site include a link into the Archive (taking you to past issues), a link into the entire, alphabetically-arranged Living Lexicon, and a link to the Most Read Articles. Then there’s the “In Conversation” section, a separate space on the site described as “offer[ing] a more interactive space for environmental humanities discussions. Here you will find an assortment of material on the environmental humanities, including profiles of some of the members of our Editorial Board, videos, reviews and discussion space. We hope that this material stirs your imagination and helps to open up new avenues of enquiry in the environmental humanities.” And if you’re as taken with this journal as I am, you might want to read the History section.
Environmental Humanities is one of the most beautifully realized open access journals I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. This is a title whose URL should be shouted from the rooftops: it’s that good.