Do you ever find yourself mystified by the simultaneously vague but overly-specific calls for papers on H-Net? If so, this game's for you! Here's how to play. First, go have a look at H-Announce for inspiration. Perhaps you'd like to fly or take a train to the Netherlands and read a paper for a 20-minute… Continue reading MadLibs: Overly-Specific H-Net CFPs Edition!
This is basically a synecdoche for one of my dissertation chapters. Ideology inscribed on the landscape I love sophisticated GIS methods, but I learn so much and have some of my best ideas just browsing Google Maps. If you're not integrating maps into your research, even just a simple scan of the area you're studying… Continue reading Cartographic Ideology
Down at the bottom of this post I have an idea for a new type of conference that is probably more important than the rest. Here's a link to that proposal. When the #SHEAR2020 plenary panelists sat down and fired up Zoom last Friday, they probably assumed that they were about to do history as… Continue reading History as Usual: Moving Past #SHEAR2020
Bowes, John P. Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. (Publisher link) Though settler colonialism has thoroughly re-shaped Native American historiography in the past twenty years, scholars still tend to view Indian removal as a discrete moment or era in American history--a tragic narrative beginning with the transition… Continue reading Review: Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal.
Before the U.S. Government built the Woodruff Dam and created Lake Seminole, the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers was a place of significance and power for many different peoples across the centuries. Today I understood that a little better when I saw this aerial from 1940 depicting the literal wedding of the waters… Continue reading Places of Power: Southern Rivers
If you ever find yourself bored with the internet, tired of movies and music and magazines and books and so on, take a moment and think about the world of information available to Henry Perrine's teenage children on a tiny, 12-acre island in the Florida Keys in 1840. We had an abundance of books and… Continue reading Information at “Indian Key,” 1840
Even though millions of tourists and residents have traipsed across this peninsula year after year for well over a century, Florida still seems like a new place. Digging just a little beneath the surface, however, reveals a history as deep as the Roman past undergirding the streets of London, or the history of the Pharaohs… Continue reading Continuity in Settler Colonialism at Marco Island
Gutiérrez, Miren and Stefania Milan. "Playing with Data and its Consequences." First Monday 24:1 (2019). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i1.9554 Scholars, advocates, and social critics frequently describe data as a structure of power used against citizens and the powerless online. In their article in the most recent First Monday, Miren Gutiérrez and Stefania Milan invert big data, arguing that… Continue reading Research of Note: Data Activism
I always do this: "Oh, I'll never have enough to say to make it to the page limit. I need to do more research!" So I gather more and more. And then I write well past the page limit with even more to say. In the end, it feels like I trained for a marathon… Continue reading How Much Research is Enough?
Many of the historians on Twitter have been dunking on Jill Lepore's interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education since it was published. I posted a thread on Twitter about this earlier and decided to post it here, too. Twitter is so ephemeral, and this is something I'd like to think more about. Working outside… Continue reading Jill Lepore and Publishing “Big” History