Fieldnotes

Essays and reflections on events, methodologies, theoretical approaches, and forms of evidence of interest to the CHE community. Fieldnotes cover topics ranging from conferences, fieldwork, and archival expeditions, to teaching, writing, and CHE events.

Suburban Commuters, Urban Polluters

The migration of African Americans to cities and the rise of a commuter culture in the suburbs were shaped by one transformative technology: the automobile.

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Global Environmental Change in Indonesia: A Roundtable

Indonesian is known both for biodiversity and environmental degradation. This tension resonates with the stories we tell about global environmental change.

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An abandoned building, beginning to fall down, next to an overgrown vacant lot in Baltimore. Photo by Dawn Biehler, 2016.

The Itchy Ecology of Segregation: A Conversation with Dawn Biehler

For many of us, mosquitos are an annoying fact of life in the summer. But for Dawn Biehler, they are also a symptom of social inequality.

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Rethinking American Agriculture: Fertilized Farms and Victory Gardens

Fresh perspectives on fertilizer use and victory gardens reveal complex connections between business, the state, and the natural environment.

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New Maps Shed Light on German Soldiers’ Lives

A historian finds that making maps can be invaluable when tracing the paths of research subjects, and that ArcGIS can be a useful tool even for scholars with little formal training or experience in cartography.

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Running in Kenya, a Field Story

Reflections on running and research in Kenya.

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Tilefish and Jello Salad for Family and Nation

When the National Canners Association and the US Bureau of Fisheries write the recipes, Americans learn to serve Jello Salad and Tilefish for dinner.

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Mushrooms in shredded wheat biscuit baskets

Natural Food to Eat When Changing the World

Two recipes drawn from research reveal how cookbook authors believed natural food had the ability to withstand physical, moral, and social degradation.

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"What is food studies?" An N. C. Wyeth 1948 illustration advertising the General Electric Space Maker Refrigerator. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

What is Food Studies?

Stressing intimacy, structures of power, social justice, and action, food studies is giving interdisciplinarity a good name.

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The Making of ‘Pure Michigan’

Generations of tourists, advertisers, government groups, and environmentalists transformed the Machilimackinac into ‘Pure Michigan.’

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