Exploring the Upper Mississippi
Date: 15–20 May 2016
Sponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Center for Culture, History and Environment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Rachel Carson Center
This is the first event in a collaborative research project on rivers organized by the Rachel Carson Center along with the Center for Culture, History and Environment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This Place-Based Workshop is built around a driving and boating trip along the Mississippi River that uses the concept of place to integrate transdisciplinary perspectives in understanding human-environment interactions over time. It addresses questions that limnologists, political scientists, geographers and historians might ask when they “read” a watery landscape.
Several doctoral students from Munich and Vienna as well as LMU professors (Uwe Lübken, Christof Mauch and Wolfram Mauser) and professors from other German universities will take part. In 2017 the project will continue in Europe through an exploration of the Danube in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.