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Professor Mark Carey

Professor Mark Carey

5th - 8th May, 2020

We regret this visit has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

Mark Carey

Mark Carey is Professor of History and Environmental Studies and Director of the environmental studies programme at the University of Oregon's Clark Honors College. Mark has worked for over twenty years on developing the study of human encounters with glaciers and climate change, and is a notable environmental historian with a special focus on glaciers in the Peruvian Andes and the Arctic. (In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate change and Andean society was published in 2010, and there is a forthcoming work on the Arctic). Mark's work brings a critical but often overlooked historical perspective to important presentday environmental issues, from water management and climate change to natural resource extraction and indigenous knowledge.

He is well-known for his in-depth and wide-ranging engagements covering the human experience with ice and the cryosphere and global environmental change more broadly. From glacier hazards and disasters in the Andes, cultural perceptions of shrinking glaciers in Iceland, glacier runoff and water supplies in the Himalayas, to the history of ice coring and iceberg monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctica, investigative strands in his work contribute to better understanding of climate history; climate, medicine and heath; glaciers and water; glacial hazards and disasters; mountaineering history; and the science of climate itself, for example how Cold War geopolitics fueled climate science in the Polar Regions.

Mark approaches his projects through the multi-disciplinary lenses of environmental history, history of science and technology, cultural geography, political ecology, and the environmental humanities. For example, his work on the history of nineteenth and twentieth century health resorts for tuberculosis patients in Peru merges the history of medicine, medical geography, and climate history to show how the medical construction of climate and the development of cures for tuberculosis were rooted not only in state of the art medicine of the time, but also in notions of race and class, imperialism and politics, economic development, and culture and landscape perceptions.

Distinguished International Visiting Fellow Lecture

5pm, Tuesday 5th May 2020

Distinguished International Visiting Fellow Seminar

4.15pm, Wednesday 6th May 2020