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"Constructing a Manly Nation through Nature: Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilderness Idea in North America and the Nordic Countries" by Dr. Mikko Saikku

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Location: Special Collections Library, Room 285

Start Time: 05:00 PM

End Time: 06:30 PM

Price: Free and open to the public

Contact Information:

      Dorinda Dallmeyer


      706 542-0935

Dr. Mikko Saikku, University of Helsinki, is an environmental historian with a keen interest in conservation biology, endangered species, and wilderness. He is the author of This Delta, This Land: An Environmental History of the Yazoo-Mississippi Floodplain (University of Georgia Press 2005) and co-editor of Encountering the Past in Nature (Ohio University Press 2001).

His current project, under contract with the McGill-Queens University Press, is tentatively titled "Constructing a Manly Nation through Nature: Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilderness Idea in North America and the Nordic Countries." It juxtaposes late nineteenth and early twentieth century North American and Nordic ideas about nature, landscape, and masculinity. The forthcoming monograph attempts to shed light on notions of nationalism and manliness--some shared, some distinct between the two regions, emphasizing the role of recreational hunting and fishing in the creation of national cultures. This transnational project pays special attention to the concepts of wilderness and discusses the formation of an idealized manhood in peripheries of North America and the Nordic countries. The relationship between socioeconomic class and access to wilderness resources, and the roles and motivations of recreational hunters and fishers in the evolving national conservation movements are particularly important.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the EECP, the History Department, and the University of Georgia Press, with the cooperation of the Special Collections Library.It is part of the UGA Spotlight on the arts Festival.

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