In memory of the pre-pandemic world, when historians were still able to conduct archival research, I created a checklist based on my own experience.
Many poor Black people lived, worked, and died to bring about modern industries such as oil in Brazil. Mr. João de Deus’ life story hopefully sheds light on these experiences.
“Don’t travel at night, don’t travel by car, and don’t travel out of the city,” the warning of the Department of State repeated over and over in my head as we zipped along the small highway in darkness.
Howkins, who is a historian of Antarctica, writes of the sense of legitimacy that seems to settle on historians after they visit the places they study, especially if the places they study are little-visited by outsiders in general.
To put it most basically: how can you come to real conclusions regarding time in a place that for many months of the year, there is no day or there is no night?
“I have a bit of a provocative question for Taylor.”
Oh no. Here it comes.
“Have you ever done ayahuasca?”
Through the course of my PhD research, I found myself escaping with increasing frequency to parks of different kinds in the cities I made home.
After sharing that I came to Yichun for my dissertation research on forestry history of the People’s Republic of China, I was told that I came to the wrong place.