My current and future research as a historian is all about past and present attempts to comprehend the Atlantic environment and make sense of the coastlines, islands, regions and nations around it.
This uses a combination of movement by kayak, traditional archival research, oral history, and conceptual work. It results in several kinds of texts that are different faces of the same project. The journey for The Frayed Atlantic Edge was my attempt to throw myself head-first into the environment in which my current work all takes place, and the book is therefore the centre piece of all that work, but it’s impossible to fit all genres of writing between two book covers.
Other aspects of the project included short pieces in books and magazines (listed on the page called The Project in Other Media), the most important of which are those which establish its politics. They also included several scholarly articles, exploring the reasoning behind this approach and the conceptual background against which it takes place. Such articles don’t overlap in content, or tone, with The Frayed Atlantic Edge but are linked here for those who’d like to explore further.
The first two are already available, others will follow:
‘Being Littoral: Local Coastlines & Global Histories’ (in preparation)
‘The View from the Sea: Conceptualising Oceanic History’ (in preparation for the Historical Journal)
‘The Post-Atlantic: the makings of a postcolonial and posthuman ocean’ (in preparation)
‘Small Boats and Strandlines: Historical Anthropologies of Everyday Coastal Travel’ (in preparation). This last article explores how and why kayaking can be used as a research method, and is therefore a particularly important statement concerning this project. An early version is therefore provided here