About Edge Effects

Edge Effects is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. It was founded in 2014.

Written by members of the CHE community (with occasional guest posts) and edited by CHE grad students, it offers a wide array of content relating to environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history. Its name—about which you can read more in a piece by Bill Cronon—invokes our commitment to publishing across boundaries, at the intersections of the sciences with the humanities, of academe with the public, of narrated pasts with imagined futures. You can learn about how we built Edge Effects in this post.

We believe edges are good places for looking in many directions to scrutinize and try to understand the world around us.

Edge Effects features content in many formats—text, image, video, and a podcast—while maintaining a commitment to clear, accessible prose. Its content is grouped into six broad categories: Essays, Commentary, Reviews, Exhibits, Fieldnotes, and Checklists.

The editorial board consists of CHE graduate students and a faculty advisor, positions that rotate on a regular basis. We strongly encourage submissions from faculty, graduate students, alumni, and community members formally associated with CHE, as well as from invited guests.

We very much hope you’ll visit us regularly, and that you’ll enjoy what you read and experience here.

CHE graduate students and faculty members gathered in a circle of interdisciplinary conversation during our place-based workshop on “Landscapes of Extraction” in May 2014. Photo by William Cronon. Click to enlarge.