New Currents in the Study of Pacific Worlds

AHA Session 166
Friday, January 6, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Centennial Ballroom G (Hyatt Regency Denver, Third Floor)
David B. Igler, University of California, Irvine
Historical Perspectives on Sustainability in Hawai'i
Scott Fisher, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World
Edward Dallam Melillo, Amherst College
Islands of Plastic: Waste, Water, and Petrochemicals
David Kinkela, State University of New York at Fredonia
Lessons from the Southeast Pacific
Kristin Wintersteen, University of Houston
Liquid Moana: The Pacific Ocean in the Anthropocene
Ryan Jones, University of Auckland

Session Abstract

In this “New Research” roundtable, senior scholar David Igler will lead a discussion with distinguished colleagues on their most recent research projects in environmental history. With a particular focus on the Pacific region, panelists will each speak for ten minutes, followed by extensive discussion between Igler, panelists, and the audience. Particular attention will be paid to the methodological innovations environmental historians have had on Pacific World scholarship from ocean currents to the Hawaiian Islands and from densely-populated states to massive floating islands of trash. From marine life to human imagination, panelists will explore the ways in which the Pacific world influences our understanding of global and national histories.
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