Museums are important spaces where scholarly research has the opportunity to reach broader audiences beyond academia. These spaces can be especially significant in communicating research on pressing ecological issues to the public. In this thematic series, we ask, what can museums, including their exhibitions and collections, tell us about human-environment engagements? Additionally, how do studies on museums and on ecology overlap and intersect, and how are these studies disseminated to a public audience?
The Anthropology and Environment Society’s Engagement blog invites contributions from scholars, researchers, and students working in museums and/or on museum collections that pertain to environmental issues and concerns, including but not limited to: human-environment relationships, prehistoric and present-day landscape management, ethnobiology and ethnobotany, archaeobiology and archaeobotany, climate change, development, political ecology, and environmental justice. Scholars interested in critical reviews of particular exhibits are also encouraged to get in touch with the editors.
Submissions can take the form of 1-3,000-word essays; short photo and video essays; poetry and experimental prose; audio recordings; and other forms in consultation with the editors. Please submit your proposals or completed works by email to the Engagement co-editors: