Interviews

An Interview with Emily O’Gorman

Posted on : January 20, 2017

An interview with Emily O'Gorman Emily O’Gorman an environmental historian at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her research is situated at the nexus of this field and the broader environmental humanities, and is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. Her research has focused on the Murray-Darling Basin, a region rich in environmental contestations, and primarily concentrated on two key subjects: environmental histories of rivers and wetlands; and scientific approaches to weather and climate from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Together with Donna Houston, Emily created an environmental humanities major at Macquarie which will commence in 2017. She is also co-editor of the Living Lexicon in Environmental Humanities and has been an Associate Editor (2012-2015) for this open-access journal that publishes interdisciplinary research on the environment. When she’s not researching and writing, Emily can be found enjoying Sydney’s harbour either on walks or ferries and visiting historic houses. How did you become interested in environmental history? My parents are architects and I was influenced early on by their interest in building houses that respond to their immediate environmental contexts. More specifically, when I was growing up, our family home in Brisbane, Queensland was...

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An Interview with Prof. Serenella Iovino

Posted on : October 4, 2016

An Interview with Professor Serenella Iovino Serenella Iovino is a philosopher and cultural and literary theorist, a Professor at the University of Turin in Italy, and one of the members of the ENHANCE advisory team. When she’s not establishing research groups and chairing associations (for example the Environmental Humanities International Research Group at the University of Turin or the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment) or doing academic-y things in general, she can be found tasting wine in the Langhe region or trampsing around her hometown of Naples. [su_note note_color="#6694ff"]How did you get your vocational start? Why did you decide to pursue an academic career? [/su_note]My start was voracious and rather undecided. For the first 3 weeks of my life as a university student I attended Law classes. Then I moved to Architecture: I spent there another couple of weeks. Then, Law again—this time for even shorter time: just 10 days. I was excited and thrilled to begin, but something wasn’t working: I had the passionate feeling that my road was elsewhere, but I couldn’t really tell where. The premises for a career in Philosophy couldn’t have been better. And so, on the last available day,...

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