January 28, 2021

John Davis Publishes Landscapes and Archives: Notes on a Method

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture John Davis published "Landscapes and Archives: Notes on a Method" in Landscape Journal 39:1.

This article proposes reevaluating the methods for consulting archives to write landscape histories. Archives hold immense amounts of human and non-human data, but approaching them purely to extract information causes the historian to miss past networks of affinity. By using a field method, one grounded in an ethic of care and focused on maintaining the ecologies of the past, researchers can identify important actors and events among their archival traces and write landscape histories that animate social, political, and biological processes and struggles important to that landscape and beyond its borders.

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