The current climate crisis is drawing increasing attention to the question of how humans manage the air around them. From debates about carbon capture technologies to urban pollution, issues about air management are pressing present day concerns. Yet these concerns are not completely new.
This symposium seeks to investigate historical cases and episodes of air management. In particular, we are interested in asking how spatial concepts and infrastructures such as local-global, urban-rural and inside-outside have shaped past efforts to manage air. How, for instance, has the air of particular spaces such as ships, hospitals and war zones been managed in the past? What technologies and practices have people developed to manage air? And how did those technologies shape the way people conceptualized the air around them?
In order to bring together the latest research on these questions, this workshop will include both established academics and early career researchers. The format of the workshop will include short introductions to the work of the participants which will be followed by an in-depth round table discussion and a Q&A session with the audience.
With the support of the MFO, the HSMT Centre and the Oxford Environmental History Network