This blog contains thought, fragments of ideas and field notes from my postdoctoral research project: “Weathering the City”.
I work in the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities at the intersection of ecological and social justice issues and my research explores the relationship between weather and privileged, Western urban lifestyles. In particular, I am interested in how the lives wealthy citizens of the global north are sustained and enabled by infrastructure that manages and renders invisible meteorological variation. I’m also interested in human mortality and gardening.
As the climate is changing, essential infrastructure is being adapted to allow those carbon-intensive lifestyles to continue under the rubric of “resilience”: new sea walls are being constructed to handle increased storm surges and sea level rise, while protecting property values. Meanwhile more stormwater drainage is constructed for luxury residential and office developments. This project is cataloguing and critiquing such planning using the methodologies of Environmental Humanities and inclusive Feminisms.
My name is Jennifer Mae Hamilton and I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, funded by The Seed Box: A Mistra+Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linköping University, Sweden. My first book This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear will be published in August by Bloomsbury Academic. I co-convene COMPOSTING Feminisms and Environmental Humanities with Astrida Neimanis. You can find more info and other publications on my academia page.