Exploring the Four Elements: Toward a Digital Environmental History of the Americas

Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Exhibitions, Library Exhibits
Audience: 
Undergraduate/Graduate Students | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | History/policy/law
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Indigenous and Tribal Communities
Organization:
Brown University
Description or Abstract: 

The exploratory phase of a project to bring a new humanities initiative at the John Carter Brown Library to a much broader public than has traditionally been the case for the Library’s exhibitions and scholarly projects. “Exploring the Four Elements: Toward a Digital Environmental History of the Americas” takes a simple concept -- the cultural significance of earth, air, fire, and water to the diverse populations of the Americas, from the continent’s earliest indigenous inhabitants to the last waves of European scientific explorers at the end of the colonial period -- and examines the ramifications of human engagement with these elements as a window onto changing ecological relationships throughout the pre-contact and early modern periods in the early Americas.

Funder(s): 
NEH
Funding Program: 
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants
Award Number: 
MD-226651-15
Funding Amount: 
$29,755

Team Members

Neil SafierNeil SafierPrincipal Investigator

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