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Arctic Environmental Humanities

Convenors

Michael Bravo

Michael Bravo
University of Cambridge

Michael Bravo is based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he has recently served as a member of the Senior Management Group and as Acting Director of the institute. He is also Head of the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group and a Senior Associate Scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute (Iceland). Michael has also held a visiting Professorship at Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø.

Very early in his career Michael travelled to the High Arctic and became captivated by the oral tradition and memory of the Inuit people and their historical encounters with the explorers, whalers, and missionaries. Michael read for a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science (Cambridge, 1992). This brought him into the community of historians of science and environmental historians. In June 2014, he launched with Canadian partners an online Pan-Inuit Trails Atlas spanning the Canadian Arctic, and drawing on maps drawn by Inuit from land claims and historical literature. His books include Narrating the Arctic (2002, ed. with S. Sörlin) and Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy (2011, ed. with N. Triscott). His latest book, North Pole: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2019) has received glowing reviews in New Scientist, the Literary Review of Canada, and Arctic Today. It has also featured at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Stoke Newington Literary Festival, and has been selected by NetGalley as a Non-fiction Featured Book.

Adriana Craciun

Adriana Craciun
Boston University

Adriana Craciun is the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities at Boston University.

Her most recent book, Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2016), was shortlisted for the 2016 Kendrick Book Prize by the Society for Literature, Science & the Arts. With Simon Schaffer she edited The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences (Palgrave, 2016) and with Mary Terrall, Curious Encounters: Voyaging, Collecting, and Making Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century (Toronto UP, 2019). She has published widely on Arctic history and maritime exploration, in journals such as PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlantic Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, as well as in current international media regarding Arctic exploration heritage. She is currently writing two books: Arctic Enlightenments: Archives of Deep Time Floras, on the history of botanical collecting, plant longevity, and phytogeography, from the Enlightenment to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault; and a second book, co-authored with Michael Bravo, titled Through the Living Arctic (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).