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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.

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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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Building an Arctic Atlas

A team from Audubon Alaska designs ecological maps to make us rethink our place in the arctic.

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Postcards from the Field

Ghost towns, cougar encounters, and a rock band’s tour across Europe. How five graduate students spent the summer.

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How Activists Are Taking on Factory Farms

Activists gather at a summit over factory farm expansion, offering an economic vision based on the value of clean water.

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Finding Longleaf Pine in American History

Longleaf pine once covered 90 million acres in the southeastern U.S. What came after the felling of trees mattered to both people and the environment.

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Talking Transformation in Beijing

A conference in China brings graduate students from around the world together to discuss environmental transformation.

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Same Place, Different Photograph

Repeat photography is used by a range of scientists and artists as a form of data collection, but also raises deeper questions about the nature of truth.

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The Urban Buzz: Pollinator Protection in Madison, Wisconsin

A variety of bees inhabit urban spaces alongside us. In Madison, efforts are underway to improve habitats for the pollinators.

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From Lines to Stories: New Visualizations of Syria’s Borders

The Mapping Borders project rethinks Syria’s borders, adding individual experiences and stories to the “line.”

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