Oscar is a notoriously messy eater. Like all male Eclectus parrots, he uses his large candy-corn beak to pick up a piece of fruit and flings it across the kitchen floor.
I’m a geographer, and that means I use GIS, an organized collection of computer hardware, software, and infrastructure. Using GIS, I map fugitivity in the Great Dismal Swamp, which involves acquiring, storing, analyzing, and digitizing geographic and related data.
Some fantastic literature and theory sharpened the stakes of environmental history for me, not as a discipline, but as an enterprise encompassing various methods in understanding past and present socio-ecological transformations, worlds, and crises.
Practices of domesticity and the spaces of homes must be included in our conversations of place and environment.
To flesh out the labor between humans and animals, I sometimes find myself struggling to write between the “real” and “representational” interactions I experience on farms and see on paper in the archive.