In this edition of the Environmental Humanities Book Chat, Dave Kinkela (SUNY Fredonia) and Robert Marzec (Purdue University) discuss Jacob Darwin Hamblin’s Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism with moderator Dolly Jørgensen (Umeå University).
Arming Mother Nature was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. See the publisher’s website for more details.
David Kinkela is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Fredonia, New York. His research focuses on the history of U.S. environmental politics in a global age. His first book, DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World (2011) examines the interconnections between U.S. environmentalism and U.S. foreign policy. Currently, he is working on a new book project called An Island of Plastic: A History of Waste, Water, and Petrochemicals which attempts to historicise the multifaceted and transnational history of the largest environmental wasteland in the world, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Robert Marzec is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Purdue University, Indiana. His research interests include the relationship between literature, the environment, the history of colonial and postcolonial cultures, subjectivity, and land relations. His books include An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: From Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdie (2007) and the edited volume Postcolonial Literary Studies: The First 30 Years (2011). He is currently an associate editor for the journal Modern Fiction Studies.
Dolly Jørgensen is an environmental historian at Umeå University, Sweden. She has written on a wide array of environmental topics including medieval forestry, medieval urban sanitation, the modern practice of converting offshore oil structures into artificial reefs, and environmentalism in science fiction film. She is currently researching animal reintroduction in Norway and Sweden in the 20th century.