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Faculty in Environmental Humanities

Pavel Cenkl

Email: pcenkl@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x140

Pavel Cenkl, PhD,  is Faculty in Environmental Humanities and Regional Studies at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.

In addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters on regional and environmental literature and place, he is also the author of This Vast Book of Nature: Reading the Landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, 1785-1911 (Iowa, 2006) and editor of Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast (Iowa, 2010).

For nearly twenty years, he has been able to share a passion for place, the humanities, ecological thinking, and appropriate technologies by teaching courses from Literature of the Northeast and The Politics of Place and Identity to Adventure Literature to field courses in Iceland and Rock and Ice Climbing.

“Apart from scholarship (as though there were such a thing),” he says,  ”I write, run, ski, climb, bike, and play as much as possible in and around the Vermont home I share with my wife, son, and two dogs.”

Education

Ph.D. English, Northeastern University, 2003
M.A. English, University of New Hampshire, 1994
B.A. English, Brandeis University, 1992

Blog

http://www.ecologiesofknowing.com

Publications

“Reading Climate Change and Work in the Circumpolar North.” The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Eds. Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 295-311.

“Finding One’s Way.” Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country. Eds. John Harris, Kay Morgan, and Mike Dickerman. Littleton, NH: Bondcliff Books, 2011. 242-249.

Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010.

“Narrative Currency in a Changing Climate: Grounding the Arctic amid Shifting Terrain.” Postcolonial Green: Environmental Politics and World Narratives. Eds. Bonnie Roos and Alex Hunt. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010. 137-156.

This Vast Book of Nature: Writing the Landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains: 1784-1911. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2006.

“Mapping Student Connections to Place.” English Leadership Quarterly 28.4 (April 2006) 9-10.

“Camping,” “Old Man of the Mountain,” Encyclopedia of New England Culture, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

“Working to Find a Sense of Place.” Northern Woodlands Magazine Winter 2005: 79.

Presentations

“Teaching the Local in an Age of Globalization.” Invited roundtable participant at The Keene State College 6th Biennial Symposium, “From Local to Global.” November 2009.

“Reflections on What We Mean by a Healthy Environment.” Invited speaker at The Vermont Osher Institute. November 2009.

“Bridging Disciplinary Islands: A Roundtable Discussion.” Presentation at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Victoria, BC. June 2009

“Farmstead Nation: The Culture of Work in Agricultural Communities.” Invited talk at the New England and American Studies Program, University of Southern Maine. November 2008.

“Social Learning and Digital Communities.” Poster presented with Ethan Darling, Director of Print and Digital Media at Sterling College at the 2008 Campus Technology Conference. Boston, MA. July 2008.

Principal Organizer, “Rural Heritage Institute: The Place of Work in Rural Communities.” Sterling College. June 2008.

“Narrative Currency: Grounding the Arctic amid Shifting Terrain.” Presented at the 2007 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Spartanburg, SC. June 2007.

“Region, Climate, and Rhetoric: Shifting Definitions of “North” in the Language of Climate Change.” Presented at the Northern Identities Conference, University of Rouen, France. March 2007.

“Literary Agroecology: Mutualism and Conservation in New England Farm Writing.” Presented at the 2006 Nature and Environmental Writers – College and University Educators Conference. Boothbay Harbor, ME. June 2006.

“The Trouble with Place: Toward a Regrounding of Regional Studies.” Presented at the 2005 American Studies Association Conference. Washington, D.C. November 2005.

“Working the Land: Reading the Story of Place in Working Class New England.” Presented at the 2005 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Eugene, OR. June 2005.

“Working to Find a Sense of Place.” Presented at the 2005 Washburn Humanities Seminar. Livermore, ME. June 2005.

“Literature and Environment: Reading Region through History.” Invited talk at the 2004 International Congress of the Czechoslovak Academy of Arts and Sciences, Olomouc, Czech Republic, June 2004.

“Place-based Pedagogy in Regional Studies.” Presented at the 2004 Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Saratoga Springs, NY. February 2004.

“Inhabiting the Text: Reading, Writing, and Regionalism.” Presented at the 2003 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Boston, MA. June 2003.

“Lucy Crawford and the Unsettling of the History of Early Tourism in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” Presented as part of the 2001-2002 Barrs Lecture Series, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. February 2002.

“‘Slaves of the Guidebook’ or ‘Pilgrims of Nature’: Tourism and the Environmentalism on the Northern Frontier.” Presented at the 2001 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Flagstaff, AZ. June 2001.

“‘Let His Eye Box the Compass’: Place and Representation in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” Presented at the 2000 American Heritage Center Conference, Laramie, WY. September 2000.