Sharon (Shari) Wilcox is Associate Director of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An interdisciplinary scholar, she works at the intersections of cultural geography, animal geography, environmental history, the environmental humanities, and conservation social science. Much of her work to date has been concerned with human interactions with wild cats including jaguars and ocelots. Wilcox's work has been supported by the Smithsonian Institution, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Historical Animal Geographies (Routledge), and her first monograph will be published as part of the University of North Carolina's Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges series in 2020. Wilcox currently serves as the Chair of the Cultural Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers and is a founding member of the AAG's Animal Geography Specialty Group.
Stephanie Rutherford and I are excited to announce the publication of our co-edited volume, Historical Animal Geographies.
Arguing that historical analysis is an important, yet heretofore largely underexplored, dimension of scholarship in animal geographies, this book seeks to define historical animal geography as the exploration of how spatially situated human-animal relations have changed through time. This volume centers on the changing relationships among people, animals, and the landscapes they inhabit, taking a spatio-temporal approach to animal studies. Foregrounding the assertion that geography matters as much as history in terms of how humans relate to animals, this collection offers unique insight into the lives of animals past, how interrelationships were co-constructed amongst and between animals and humans, and how non-human actors came to make their own worlds. This collection of chapters explores the rich value of work at the contact points between three sub disciplines, demonstrating how geographical analyses enriches work in historical animal studies; that historical work is important to animal geography; and that recognition of animals as actors can further enrich historical geographic research.
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