Natural and Unnatural Geographies: A Graduate Student - Faculty Workshop

January 17 - 21, 2007
Chico Hot Springs Resort
Pray, Montana

The Fourth Annual Michael P. Malone Memorial Conference was the last of three annual conferences hosted by the Department of History & Philosophy at Montana State University as part of a National Science Foundation project, "Mile High, Mile Deep: Imagining and Modifying Topographical and Subterranean Environments." This project sought to integrate the history of science and technology with environmental history and historical geography. The inaugural conference held in September 2004, "Creating Spaces," brought together more than a dozen leading scholars for a discussion of the ways in which different societies have historically conceived of, defined, and constructed space. The second conference held in September 2005, "Spaces of Struggle," investigated the ways in which diverse forms of spatial science led to different - and often hotly contested - uses and misuses of the land.

"Natural and Unnatural Geographies" continued this dialogue, while also exploring fresh themes, such as the roles of gender, colonial encounters, and human-nonhuman interaction in shaping notions of space and, thereby, the manner in which humans interact with environments.

Approximately 12 Nelson Institute-associated faculty and graduate students from UW attended the workshop.