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, conceptual reframing, and traditional archival research. It results in several kinds of texts that are very different faces of the same project. The Frayed Atlantic Edge book is my attempt to throw myself head-first into the environment in which my current work all takes place.
This involves short pieces in books and magazines (listed on the page called The Project in Other Media), but also several scholarly articles, exploring the reasoning behind this approach. Such articles don’t overlap in content, or tone, with The Frayed Atlantic Edge (which would have been horribly weighed down by such considerations) but are linked here for those who want to explore further.
The first two are already available, others will follow:
‘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.