Whatever its explanatory powers, or lack thereof, describing the autistic umwelt or life-world as intense carries an important truth about the advantages and disadvantages of working in academia with autism.
As Andrea Eidinger’s reflections on ActiveHistory.ca fit so well with our #problemsofplace series, we came together to also make it into a post for EHN.
A few weeks ago, to acquaint students with primary sources and the process of reading archival materials “against the grain,” I brought to class a few sample sources from my own research. Sometimes just a few letters can offer revealing lenses into the past.
One of the fascinating things about site-specific performance in its broadest sense is that it helps us to think inclusively about bodies and the environments in which they are embedded.
Why is environmental history not more “mainstream”? What are your ideas for incorporating the environment and environmental history into survey courses?
It will be news to no one that state-based explanations for the past just don’t fire the historical imagination like they used to and that environmental historians have been at the forefront of a transnational shift.