Sarah Pickman (Yale University), “‘The Most Essential to His Comfort, Health and Happiness’: The Expedition Packing List and the Creation of an Ideal Environment” (Yale Environmental History Colloquium)

Event time: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event description: 

The Yale Environmental History Colloquium features works-in-progress by Yale faculty and students. Typically meeting 4-5 times per semester, the Colloquium offers participants an opportunity to workshop dissertation and book chapters, dissertation prospectuses, conference presentations, article drafts, and public humanities projects. This week’s colloquium features Sarah Pickman. Sarah studies the history of exploration, field collecting, natural history museums and anthropology. She is particularly interested in the material culture of expeditions, including expedition provisions, equipment for field science, and collections of field specimens. Her research examines the movement of material objects in and out of various cultural and environmental contexts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly the Arctic and Antarctica, with a focus on how “extreme environments” are constructed, imagined, and experienced through material culture and travel and exploration accounts.