“Representations, Traces, Vital Agents: Why Images Matter to Environmental History”

Dunaway, Finis | from Multimedia Library Collection:

Dunaway, Finis. “Notes from the Icehouse: Representations, Traces, Vital Agents: Why Images Matter to Environmental History.” Global EnvironmentA Journal of Transdisciplinary History 16, no. 3 (2023): 624–33.

Too often, historians treat images either as inert illustrations that offer nothing more than objective records of reality or as passive mirrors  that  merely  reflect  the  past.  By  approaching  them  as  representations,  traces  and  vital  agents,  historians  can  instead  use  them  as  primary sources to consider how images played an active role in the making of the environmental past. (From the article)

A collaboration between the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations and The White Horse Press, “Notes from the Icehouse” is a series of reflections published in each issue of Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History.

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