At dusk on September 8th, 15th, and 22nd, this floating art installation brings Schuylkill River history to life. Floating Archives offers moving, animated projections of historic river images, displayed on a screen suspended between canoes and paddled up the tidal river. Projected on the river in the late summer twilight, they hint at the past histories of labor, industry, and leisure that continue to shape the river today. As Floating Archives moves upriver, its moving images hover over the very spaces they formerly occupied. And their spectral presence can reveal glimpses of what the Schuylkill of the future might look like, suggesting, in a climate-changed and changing city, the human and non-human forces that will shape it.
A recap from the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Science Carnival, which brought hundreds of families, educators, and passersby in conversation with PPEH and Data Refuge fellows at the specially-designed “Is it Science or is it Art” booth on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Eastwick Oral History Project documents the rich history and complex cultural life of Eastwick — a vibrant community in Southwest Philadelphia. The neighborhood’s history is marked by deep connections to the landscape and waterways, as well as experiences of displacement and environmental injustice.
PPEH welcomes two new scholars to our intellectual community at the University of Pennsylvania: Kristina Lyons (Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Humanities) and Ben Mendelsohn (2018-2019 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities). Each comes to the program with exciting scholarly projects, excellence in teaching, innovative research approaches, and visions for public engagement in Philadelphia and beyond.