The Amphibious Culture: A case study about wetlands from the Netherlands, with global aspirations

Floods are world wide increasing while adaptation to floods is decreasing. In this video Petra van Dam uses the Netherlands as a case study to show how that culture was until quite recently “amphibious” and adapted to flooding. She will also highlight the fact that a present modern society is not so well adapted to flooding and why.

Petra van Dam is Professor in water management history at the Free University Amsterdam.

This video was recorded at the Wicken Fen Workshop, 6 November 2010.

Reframing a vision of lost fens

Wetlands were once common over a large part of eastern England, including Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and Lincolnshire. Of these so-called fens only two percent remains today and most of it is now situated in nature reserves. Ian Rotherham analyses in this talk the attitudes towards the fens over the centuries and the related attitudes that led to the draining of thousands of square kilometers of wetland. He also considers the rich wild life in these wetlands and what a rich resources these provided for its inhabitants.

Professor Ian Rotherham is director of the Tourism and Environmental Change Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University.

This video was recorded at the Wicken Fen Workshop, 6 November 2010


Local Places, Global Processes: a round table at the 6th ESEH conference, 30 June 2011

This video is a registration of Peter Coates’ introduction to the roundtable discussion of the series of three workshops organised by the AHRC funded Histories of Environmental Change Network. Peter Coates (Bristol University) explains to the audience the principles and rational of the workshops, the locations and what was learned from the project.

A full audio record of this event can be found in the podcast section on the Histories of Environmental Change web site.


The power of the Wild

This Video features the introduction of episode 56 of the Exploring Environmental History podcast.

You can listen to the full podcast version featuring Paul Warde where reflects on the worksop at Wicken Fen held in April 2013 and where he explores nature and wilderness as categories of power



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