We’re delighted to welcome Dr Kat Hill, of Birkbeck College, University London, as our Environmental Humanities Fellow for 2023.
Her publications include the prize-winning book Baptism, Brotherhood and Belief (OUP 2015) and articles in numerous journals including Past and Present and German History. Recently she published a piece in Arcadia entitled ‘Golden Grains: Environmental Implications of Mennonite Migration to Kansas in the Late Nineteenth Century’ and is working on a forthcoming book called Simple Shelter on the history and contemporary culture of mountain bothies.
Simple Shelter: Bothies, Environmentalism and Communities of Place examines the significance of bothies and the communities they create, in conversation with environmental challenges our contemporary world faces. “Bothies are at the heart of a culture of hiking, storytelling, environmentalism, and wilderness, a culture sitting at intersecting tensions in the modern world,” she writes. “This project does not idealise bothy culture but seeks to ‘trouble’ the bothy as a way of asking important questions about entangled human and beyond-human worlds.”