1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Digital Environmental Humanities

    556 Pages 134 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the Digital Environmental Humanities explores the digital methods and tools scholars use to observe, interpret, and manage nature in several different academic fields.

    Employing historical, philosophical, linguistic, literary, and cultural lenses, this handbook explores how the digital environmental humanities (DEH), as an emerging field, recognises its convergence with the environmental humanities. As such, it is empirically, critically, and ethically engaged in exploring digitally mediated, visualised, and parsed framings of past, present, and future environments, landscapes, and cultures. Currently, humanities, geographical, cartographical, informatic, and computing disciplines are finding a common space in the DEH and are bringing the use of digital applications, coding, and software into league with literary and cultural studies and the visual, film, and performing arts. In doing so, the DEH facilitates transdisciplinary encounters between fields as diverse as human cognition, gaming, bioinformatics and linguistics, social media, literature and history, music, painting, philology, philosophy, and the earth and environmental sciences.

    This handbook will be essential reading for those interested in the use of digital tools in the study of the environment from a wide range of disciplines and for those working in the environmental humanities more generally.

    Introduction: Routledge Handbook of the Digital Environmental Humanities

    Charles Travis, Deborah P. Dixon, Luke Bergmann, Robert Legg, and Arlene Crampsie

    PART I Overviews

    1 Cowboys, Cod, Climate, and Conflict: Navigations in the Digital Environmental Humanities

    Charles Travis, Poul Holm, Francis Ludlow, Conor Kostick, Rhonda McGovern, and John Nicholls

    2 The Armchair Traveller’s Guide to Digital Environmental Humanities

    Finn Arne Jorgensen

    3 Deep Weather

    Ursula Biemann

    4 Adding Spatial Context to the 17 April 1975 Evacuation of Phnom Penh: How Spatial Video Geonarratives Can Geographically Enrich Genocide Testimony

    Andrew Curtis, James Tyner, Jayakrishnan Ajayakumar, Sokvisal Kimsroy, and Mr Kok-Chhay Ly

    5 Normalised Alterity: Visualising Black Spatial Humanities

    Darius Scott

    6 New Machines in the Garden: The Digital Environmental Humanities

    Charles Travis

    PART II Voicing Indigeneity

    7 From Localised Resistance to the Social Distance Powwow: Movements in the World of Indigenous Americans

    J. Albert Nungaray

    8 Countermapping Plants and Indigenous Lifeways in North America: A Case Study of Tending to Turtle Island

    Chris Alen Sula, Mickey Dennis, Kelli Hayes, Claudia Berger, Jiyoung Lee, and Blair Talbot

    9 The Double Data Movement towards the Ecological Pluriverse: The Case of the Native Land Information System

    Aude K. Chesnais

    10 Groundworks: Re-storying Northern California with Emplaced Indigenous Media

    Ian Garrett, Desirae Harp, Ras K’Dee, L Frank, Tiśina Parker, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Bernadette Smith, and Rulan Tangen

    11 Datafication, Digitisation, and the Narration of Agriculture in Malawi: From Productivity Measures to Curated Folklore

    Dumisani Z. Moyo and Deborah P. Dixon

    12 Spatial Video Geonarratives: Digitising Indigenous Folklores in Urban Flooding Lived Experiences

    Josephine Zimba

    PART III Geopoetics and Performance

    13 Exploring Sensible Virtual Immersive Spaces through Digital Georamas

    Pablo Mansilla-Quinones, Juan Carlos Jeldes Pontio, and Andres Moreira-Muno

    14 The Digital Poetics of Lost Waterscapes in Coimbatore, South India

    Shanmugapriya T. Priya and Deborah Sutton

    15 Relationality in the Online Literary Journal Spiral Orb

    Eric Magrane and Wendy Burk

    16 Chemo Creatures in a Digital Ocean!: The Making of a Speculative Ecosystem

    Lucy Sabin

    17 Innovative and Creative Geographies: The Shifting Boundaries of Inside, Outside, Real, and Imagined Spaces

    William J. Mackwood and Gwenyth H. Dobie

    18 The Sound of Environmental Crisis: Silence as/and (Eco)Horror in A Quiet Place

    Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

    PART IV Species, Systems, Sustainability

    19 Genotype, Phenotype, Phototype: Digital Photography, Biological Variety, and Excessive Overpopulation of Types

    Ana Peraica

    20 (Inter)National Connections: Linking Nordic Animals to Biodiversity Observation Networks

    Jesse Peterson, Dick Kasperowski, and Rene van der Wal

    21 A Shark in Your Pocket, a Bird in Your Hand(Held): The Spectacular and Charismatic Visualisation of Nature in Conservation Apps

    Lauren Drakopulos, Eric Nost, Roberta Hawkins, and Jennifer J. Silver

    22 Images of Nature through Platforms: Practices and Relationships as a Research Field and an Epistemic Vantage Point of DEH

    Paolo Giardullo

    23 A Novel Method Suggestion for the Achievement of Environmental Citizenship Behaviour in the Digitising World

    Selin Suar Oral, Hasan Volkan Oral, Serhat Yilmaz, Hasan Saygin, and Gizem Naz Gezgin Direksiz

    PART V Digital Chronicles of Environment, Literature, Cartography, and Time

    24 Online Transcription of Regional Icelandic Manuscripts Initiative

    Steven Hartman, Vidar Hreinsson, Gudrun Ingolfsdottir, Astrid E.J. Ogilvie, and Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir

    25 "Thick Mapping" for Environmental Justice: EJScreen, ArcGIS, and Contemporary Literature

    Parker Krieg and Matt Hannah

    26 One Map Closer to the End of the World (As We Know It): Thinking Digital Cartographic Humanities with the Anthropocene

    Laura Lo Presti

    27 The Deafening Roar of the Digital Environmental Humanities: Case Studies in New Scholarship

    William Hansard and Kevin Moskowitz

    28 The COVID-19 Testimonies Map: Representing Italian "Pandemic Space" Perceptions with Neogeography Technologies

    Francesco De Pascale and Charles Travis

    PART VI Algorithmic Landscaping

    29 Digital Oil and the Planetary Oilfield

    John Kendall

    30 Between Digital and Territorial Turns: A Forking Path

    Chiara Cavalieri and Elena Cogato Lanza

    31 Landscapes in Motion: Cartographies of Connectivity and the Place of Physical Geography in the Environmental and Spatial Humanities

    Ryan Horne and Ruth Mostern

    32 (Re)Imagining the Ibis: Multispecies Future(s), Smart Urban Governance, and the Digital Environmental Humanities

    Hira Sheikh, Marcus Foth, and Peta Mitchell

    33 Elemental Computation: From Non-human Media to More-than-Digital Information Systems

    Bronislaw Szerszynski and Nigel Clark


    Charles Travis is Associate Professor of Geography and GIS in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Arlington, USA, and Associate Research Fellow at the Trinity Centre for the Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

    Deborah P. Dixon is Professor of Geography at the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

    Luke Bergmann is Associate Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in GIS, Geospatial Big Data and Digital Geohumanities with the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

    Robert Legg is Professor of Geography with the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, USA.

    Arlene Crampsie is Assistant Professor of Historical Geography at the School of Geography at University College Dublin, Ireland.