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Call for Proposals: Register of the Kentucky Historical Society(2015-04-22)

“Environment and Environmentalism in Kentucky”
Guest Editors:
David Stradling (University of Cincinnati)
Richard Judd (University of Maine)

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society invites manuscript proposals for a special issue on Kentucky environmental history, which will be published in 2017. Over the last several decades, U.S. environmental history has grown from a marginalized subfield to one which has increasingly influenced the ways in which historians approach U.S. history. Historians now recognize that the environment has affected the ways in which human societies have developed and changed over time, and, conversely, that humans have altered their environments in profound ways that have also shaped politics, culture, and society. Such hybrid environments—neither wholly natural nor cultural—have been explored by environmental historians in a variety of innovative ways. Yet, the environmental history of Kentucky has yet to be thoroughly examined, and the commonwealth is ripe for investigation by environmental historians. Paper topics can include but are not limited to:

Environmental impact of:
Mountain-top removal
Strip mining
TVA and dams
Industrial logging
Transportation systems
Energy production
Hunting and fishing

Possible chronological/thematic topics:
Pre-statehood Native American land use
Environment of frontier Kentucky
Slavery and plantation landscapes
Civil War landscape
Progressive-era conservation efforts
Development of the state-park system
Built environments
Environmentalists and environmentalism
Food sustainability
Politics of coal

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes scholarly articles examining the history and culture of Kentucky and its people. It is published in both print form and electronically on Project MUSE and JSTOR. Anyone interested in participating in this project should submit an abstract of no more than six hundred words by May 1, 2015.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Authors should submit proposals to:

Editor, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601-1931
502-564-1792, ext. 4435

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