Following our team’s presentation at the Society for Cultural Anthropology conference — titled “Indexing Late Industrialism: From Private Property to Public Notice” — we wanted to publish these very preliminary maps of the public notices we are working with, for our collaborators and colleagues. Feedback and questions welcome. We are happy to share the paper, […]

Read Part 1 Here Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping can elucidate neighborhoods that are at high risk of flooding, as well as the infrastructure that is currently in place to combat flooding events. I used the Flood Insurance Rate Map database established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to map areas that are within the […]

Climate Health and Home

Riverine Flooding in Wissahickon Creek – Photo by Steven-L-Johnson on Flickr Background A flood is the overflowing of a large amount of water beyond its normal confines. Flooding is a pressing problem in Philadelphia with several causes; a problem that is likely worsening as the climate changes. Geographic Information System mapping can visually exhibit the […]

Climate Health and Home

The ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is a presentation format from Renaissance Europe used by middle class and wealthy collectors to display odd or rare items. Such cabinets were quite performative, pre-science exhibits that anticipated museums. Often the objects displayed were subject to inquiry and debate, and many fields of social and natural science have genealogic ties […]

Asthmatic Spaces

Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene – Call for Participants Conveners: Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and Timothy Neale (Deakin University) Supported by: Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Deakin Science and Society Network. Dates/locations: 1:00PM-4:00PM EST, Thursday 19th April, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT, Friday 20th April, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, […]

Asthmatic Spaces

This summer the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran three workshops in Philadelphia. The workshop theme this year focused on senior citizens, heat waves, and emergency preparedness. The presentations also provided basic information about climate change in Philadelphia, how climate change impacts health, and how Philadelphians can modify their home environments with air quality, […]

Asthmatic Spaces

Among the many things I’ve learned over the years is that environmental health today is very much entangled, produced even, by infrastructures of all kinds — information and scientific, governmental and built, and of course healthcare systems. It’s easy for infrastructure to slip from view, if it’s ever seen at all. Given these traits, I […]

The “Climate, Health, and Home” project is a collaborative series of workshops focused on the health-impacts of climate change in Philadelphia. In Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence, the NAAEE uses “Climate, Health, and Home” as a case study to explore community engagement about climate change and health (page 27). Read the report here

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I’m in Southern California for the next six days, hanging out with anthropologists and talking about research, design, and ethics. “Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations” is organized and hosted by CoLED; the conference is situated in the tradition of experimental ethnography. In addition to learning about CoLED and the work of scholars and practitioners in the […]

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