09/06/2012 03:12 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU Geographer Craig Colten, the Carl O. Sauer Professor in the Department
of Geography & Anthropology, has been honored with his selection as a fellow at the
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany.
Colten studies the long-term relationships between humans and the environment and
has written several books on the historical geography of New Orleans’ continual efforts
to make a perilous place into a metropolitan area.
The Rachel Carson Center, a joint initiative of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
and the Deutsches Museum, brings together about a dozen leading academics from around
the world each year who work on the complex, interdisciplinary relationship between
nature and society. Named after the widely recognized American scientist and author
Rachel Carson, the center supports graduate study, hosts visiting scholars, and conducts
international conferences and workshops all with the goal to further our understanding
of international environmental studies and to strengthen the role of the humanities
in the current political and scientific debates about the environment. In three short
years, it has achieved international acclaim as one of the most vibrant centers for
the study of environmental history.
Colten recently returned from one of the conferences where he presented a paper on
New Deal-era rural land re-development projects.
“This was my second visit to Munich and the center,” Colten said. “It is without a
doubt an exciting venue for environmental pursuing environmental historical geography.
The upcoming fellowship will offer an exceptional opportunity for me to meet with
scholars from diverse backgrounds and engage in vigorous discussions about the intersections
of our work. It is truly an honor to be selected for one of these prestigious fellowships.”
Colten has proposed to extend a project he currently has underway on water resources
in the American South by adding an international dimension.
“I hope to take advantage of the resources in Munich to examine the connections and flow of ideas and expertise among European and American water managers and how that became part of international development efforts in the global south,” he said.
For more information on the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit http://www.ga.lsu.edu. For more on the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit http://hss.lsu.edu/.
Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012