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Edge EffectsEdge Effects features interviews with path-breaking thinkers inside the academy, and beyond, about cultural and environmental change across the full sweep of human history.

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

Edge Effects is produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Broadcast under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

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Edge Effects Show Archive:

Writing Ecopoetry During Doomstead Days: A Conversation with Brian Teare

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

A new book of poems, Doomstead Days, explores our intimate entanglements with watersheds, environmental loss, and the toxic burdens we carry. The post Writing Ecopoetry During Doomstead Days: A Conversation with Brian Teare appeared first on Edge Effects.


Plantation Housing Isn’t the Answer to Homelessness in Hawaiʻi

Thursday 18th April 2019

A "plantation-style community" might ease houselessness in Hawaiʻi. But it also erases violent histories of labor exploitation and Native dispossession. The post Plantation Housing Isn’t the Answer to Homelessness in Hawaiʻi appeared first on Edge Effects.


The Environmental Histories of Desire

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Greta LaFleur’s new book, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America, shows how desire was produced in surprising ways alongside taxonomies of plants and racial difference in early British colonial texts. The post The Environmental Histories of Desire appeared first on Edge Effects.


Managing the Globe after Empire

Thursday 11th April 2019

New books by Perrin Selcer and Quinn Slobodian show how ideas about the global environment and global economy took shape in response to the end of empire. The post Managing the Globe after Empire appeared first on Edge Effects.


The Art of Nature’s Nation: A Conversation with Alan C. Braddock

Tuesday 9th April 2019

What can art history tell us about how artists imagine, interpret, and bear witness to environmental change? The new exhibition Nature's Nation uses ecocritical art history to explore American environmental history and pose tough questions about what we need to do move forward. The post The Art of Nature’s Nation: A Conversation with Alan C. Braddock appeared first on Edge Effects.


Slow-Motion Disaster and Extreme Weather: Five Questions for Judith Helfand

Thursday 4th April 2019

The 1995 Chicago heat wave revealed how racism and poverty are the slow-motion disasters that become glaringly visible during extreme weather events. A new documentary film tells this story. The post Slow-Motion Disaster and Extreme Weather: Five Questions for Judith Helfand appeared first on Edge Effects.


The Rise of Green Games

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Environmental video games like "Walden, A Game" are a growing trend. Can they creatively intervene in climate change debates and inspire environmental awareness? The post The Rise of Green Games appeared first on Edge Effects.


How the Soil Remembers Plantation Slavery

Thursday 28th March 2019

What haunts the land? Two artists dig up the tangled history of "the vampire crop," slavery, and soil exhaustion in Maryland, revealing that the past is more present than you might think. The post How the Soil Remembers Plantation Slavery appeared first on Edge Effects.


Why Animal Studies Must Be Antiracist: A Conversation with Bénédicte Boisseron

Tuesday 26th March 2019

A new book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question, moves beyond familiar comparisons between race and species by drawing on Black studies. The post Why Animal Studies Must Be Antiracist: A Conversation with Bénédicte Boisseron appeared first on Edge Effects.


Farm Life on an Energy Frontier

Thursday 14th March 2019

How does energy production affect agricultural livelihoods and the fabric of local communities in southwestern North Dakota? As wind turbines, oil rigs, and “man camps” spread across the region, responses from residents vary from resentment to acceptance. The post Farm Life on an Energy Frontier appeared first on Edge Effects.