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“Atmospheric Archives: Gender and Climate Knowledge in Colonial Tasmania”

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Dr. Harriet Mercer (Cambridge) joins Dr. Julie Babin (IOWC, McGill) to discuss her recent article on “Atmospheric Archives: Gender and Climate Knowledge in Colonial Tasmania.” Their conversation and Dr. Mercer’s research delve into the history of “climate history,” challenging established methodologies and epistemologies that exclude certain perspectives along the lines of gender, race, class, and indigeneity.

Dr. Mercer completed a PhD at Oxford University in 2021. She is currently a Research Associate on Making Climate History, a Leverhulme Trust-funded project in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, exploring the creation and diverse creators of climate knowledge over the last 200 years.


Image credit: “Hobart Town, taken from the garden where I lived,” by John Glover, circa 1832, via Wikipedia Commons.

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding and Dr. Julie Babin, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”