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Routledge Handbook of Rewilding

Jonathan Carruthers-Jones has published a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Rewilding, “CORES AND CORRIDORS: Natural landscape linkages to rewild protected areas and wildlife refuges”. The Routledge Handbook of Rewilding provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory, and current practices of rewilding. Rewilding offers a transformational paradigm shift in conservation thinking, and as such is…

New publication on Bernhard Grzimek & the Bavarian Forest National Park

Graham Huggan has published a new article in the Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture & Environment. “From the Serengeti to the Bavarian Forest, and back again: Bernhard Grzimel, celebrity conservation, and the transnational politics of national parks” is free to download on the journal website.

Call for papers: Special Issue “Perspectives on Conservation Humanities”

Corridor Talk PI Graham Huggan is looking for contributions to a special issue on Conservation Humanities. Broadly defined, conservation humanities is an emerging paradigm that exists within the larger multi- and interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities, and which aims at using humanities-based methods—textual and discourse analysis, philosophical and historical inquiry, ethnographic fieldwork—to shed light on…

Corridor Talk at the 12th Congress of Czech Historians

Corridor Talk team member Pavla Šimková presented a paper at the 12th Congress of Czech Historians that took place from 20-22 September 2022 in Ústí nad Labem. Her talk, entitled “Nature without Borders? History of Transboundary Nature Protection in the Bavarian Forest and Šumava,” was part of a section focusing on environmental discourses in Czech…

Conservation Humanities Café at the ESEH 2022 in Bristol

How can the humanities contribute to conservation practice? This was the overarching question that the Corridor Talk team members Jonathan Carruthers-Jones, Pavla Šimková, and Eveline de Smalen probed with the participants of their panel at the European Society of Environmental History (ESEH) conference in Bristol in early July. At the “Conservation Humanities Café,” chaired by…

Bavarian Forest & Šumava Field Trip

Graham Huggan One of the pick-up pamphlets available at the administration centre for Nationalpark Bayrischer Wald (Bavarian Forest National Park) in Grafenau carries the title ‘Grenzenlose Wald: Wildnis entdecken’ (‘discover the borderless wild forest’). The title is misleading in several respects. Bavarian Forest National Park (BFNP) occupies a large expanse of mixed forest, some of…

Literature and the Wadden Sea Teaching Resource Online

After the two workshops on Teaching the Wadden Sea through Literature, Eveline de Smalen has put together a teaching resource on literature and the Wadden Sea. The resource lays out different approaches to bringing the Wadden Sea and its communities, geography and ecology together with knowledge and insights from literature and can be used in…

Corridor Talk Represented at the AHRC-DFG Workshop

George Holmes and Katie Ritson travelled to London in May to represent Corridor Talk at the AHRC-DFG Workshop “Perspectives on UK-German Arts and Humanities Research.” The workshop, which took place over two days, involved over sixty delegates from the two funding organisations and a range of universities across the UK and Germany. Besides giving a…

Recommendations from the 15th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium

In December, Eveline de Smalen attended the 15th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium, where she presented on Teaching the Wadden Sea through Literature, the project she is working on as part of Corridor Talk. At this symposium, panelists in 7 different thematic sessions met after their panel presentations to discuss sets of recommendations for science…

Bernhard Grzimek and the Bavarian Forest National Park

Another article has been accepted for publication in the context of the ‘Corridor Talk’ project! Graham Huggan’s short piece focuses on the work of the German ‘celebrity conservationist’, Bernhard Grzimek, situating it in the context of historical and contemporary debates about the political and ecological importance of national parks.

Second Year: Research Roundup

Graham Huggan, February 2022 It has been a year since our last research roundup and longer than that since our opening workshop and AGM, so it seems timely to provide an update now. The global pandemic started at the same time as our project funding, and inevitably it has continued to necessitate changes to our…

New Publication by Pavla Šimková

Pavla Šimková and Astrid M. Eckert have contributed a chapter about the European Green Belt project along the former Iron Curtain to the new handbook “Greening Europe: Environmental Protection in the Long Twentieth Century”. Their contribution highlights the connections between borders and the natural environment on the example of the Šumava and Bavarian Forest national…

Workshop Report: Teaching the Wadden Sea through Literature 2

After an exploratory online workshop on “Teaching the Wadden Sea through Literature” in June 2021, Eveline de Smalen organised a follow-up workshop in collaboration with the Waddenacademie on 16 and 17 November 2021. While it was scheduled as an in-person event, the worsening Covid-19 situation in Europe and the Netherlands in particular meant that it…

IUCN World Congress, Marseille, September 2021

By Jonathan Carruthers-Jones After the endless months of COVID enforced routine, a trip to the IUCN World Congress in Marseille felt like quite an adventure. The IUCN congress is the world’s largest conservation event, attended by thousands of practitioners, researchers and policy people working on conservation. But as things turned out, the day in Marseille…

Team workshop in the Pyrenees National Park

During the week from 30 August to 5 September, the Corridor Talk team convened in the Pyrenean region of southwest France, more specifically the pleasant spa town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, for a series of half-day field trips and business meetings. The trips, to the neighbouring mountain areas of Cauterets and Lac d’Estaing, involved short hikes (and…

Following the Science?

by Graham Huggan The German Association for Postcolonial Studies (GAPS) is one of the liveliest around, and I’ve been lucky enough to participate in several of their conferences. The latest of these (May 2021), hosted by the University of Oldenburg, focused on the relationship between science, culture, and postcolonial narratives. Since COVID appeared on the…

Workshop Report: Teaching the Wadden Sea through Literature

On 22 and 23 June, Corridor Talk’s Eveline de Smalen and Katie Ritson co-convened a workshop on literature, education and the Wadden Sea, in which academics in the fields of literature, history and cultural geography and practitioners working in nature conservation and visitor centres came together to discuss ways in which they can learn from,…

Pyrénées fieldwork

Now that we are emerging from COVID19-enforced hibernation, fieldwork is continuing on Work Package 2 – Immersions – in the Pyrénées. Things are moving slowly of course, and Jonathan has been staying safely outside and well ventilated, but the weather has been favourable as we listen in and learn along some participant led ‘transect walks’.…

Vanishing Coasts?

Katie was a speaker in a seminar entitled “Vanishing Coasts” as part of a three-part series Coastal Connections convened by an international team for the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. The seminar session, which took place in February, was put together by Joana Gaspar de Freitas, PI of the ERC-funded project…

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