Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture:
Environmental Histories of the
Georgia Coast.

Fisherman © Courtesy of Sammy Moore

A Symposium

February 18-20, 2016
Coastal Georgia Center
Historic Savannah, Georgia

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Podcasts & Videos of the lectures are found below.

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Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture:

Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast.

  • Why does the Georgia coast matter? How 5000 years of people and cultures influenced, and were shaped by, Georgia’s 100 mile coastline of barrier islands and lowcountry.
  • A first-of-its-kind symposium, building a much-needed bridge between the history of the American South and the booming field of environmental history.
  • How changing landscapes on Georgia’s coastal plain reflect the interaction of different visions and cultures with the natural environment.
  • Ten leading history scholars present original research on critical topics, revealing how the past has shaped the present and could affect the future.
  • Related visits to coastal historic and environmental sites.

Keynote Speaker:

Mart Stewart

Islands, Edges, Globe: Environment and Culture on the Georgia Coast.

Western Washington University. Author of “What Nature Suffers to Groe:” Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia coast, 1680-1920 (1995), winner of the Bell Award for the best book in Georgia history (1995).

Other Speakers:

Edda Fields-Black

Lowcountry Creoles: The Upper Guinea Coast and Coastal Georgia and South Carolina Environments in the Making of the Gullah Geechee.

William Boyd

Water is for Fighting Over: Papermaking and the Struggle over Groundwater Use in Coastal Gerogia, 1930s – 2000s

Carnegie Mellon University. Smithsonian Senior Fellowship. Author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (2008) and co-author of Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (2015).

University of Colorado. Energy law and policy. Author of The Slain Wood: Paper Making and its Environmental Consequences in the American South (forthcoming 2015).

Max Edelson

Visualizing the Southern Frontier: Cartography and Colonization in Eighteenth-Century Georgia.

Christopher Manganiello

The Gold Standard: Sunbelt Environmentalism and Coastal Protection.

University of Virginia. Recipient of NEH grant for new interpretations in the history of cartography. Author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina (2006).

Georgia River Network. Author of Southern Water, Southern Power: How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region (2015) and co-editor, Environmental History and the American South: A Reader (2009).

Tiya Miles

The Ghosts of Dunbar Creek: Slave Narratives, Dark Tourism, and the Meaning of Water

Drew Swanson

Coastal Edens: Imagining Lowcountry Plantation Environments from Both Sides of the Civil War.

University of Michigan. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2011). Author of Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (October 2015), and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010).

Wright State University. Author of Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape (2012), winner of the Bell Award, best book on Georgia history (2013) and A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South (2014).

Buddy Sullivan

The First Conservationists? Northern Money and Lowcountry Georgia, 1866-1930

David Hurst Thomas

Five Millennia of Human History on the Georgia Sea Islands: Unique in the World.

Former director of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. Author of eighteen books on coastal Georgia history, as well as Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island (forthcoming, UGA Press). Recipient of the Lilla M. Hawes Award for the outstanding book on local Georgia history (2001) from Georgia Historical Society.

Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. Author of thirty books. Forty years of archaeological work on St. Catherines Island, site of the Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale (1590s-1680).

Albert Way

Longleaf Pine, From Plank to Pulp: Production and Consumption on Georgia’s Coastal Plain, 1870-1930

Janisse Ray

The Majestic Scene East-ward”: Discovering a Sense of Place in the Literature of the Georgia Coast

Kennesaw State University. Smithsonian Senior Fellowship. Author of Conserving Southern Longleaf: Herbert Stoddard and the Rise of Ecological Land Management (2011) and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (2010).

Chatham University. Writer and naturalist. Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductee (2015). Author of six books including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (American Book Award winner, 2000) and Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting sponsor: Georgia Power