Call for Participation: Unearthing Duke Forest Working Group

Unearthing Duke Forest: Call to Participate; over black & white image of trees w painted numbers (Duke Forest Photo Collection)

Deadline: October 23, 2020

An invitation to graduate students, faculty, and staff from the Unearthing Duke Forest Working Group:

We are writing to share an opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary FHI working group committed to unearthing the interrelated ecological and human archives of Duke Forest. A team of scientists and humanities scholars, we plan to create a public outdoors exhibit located near Duke Campus Farm that presents the ways in which the ecological history of Duke Forest is embedded within the human history of plantation agriculture. We hope to explore the broader historical conditions through which research at Duke Forest is rendered possible. In doing so, our exhibit hopes to highlight those peoples that have been displaced, removed, or expunged from Duke Forest’s archive. We assert that their relationship to scientific inquiry in Duke Forest must be held central and cannot be erased.

Our goal is to bring together a multiplicity of methodologies from a wide array of fields in the sciences and the humanities including but not limited to: ecology, history, biology, art history, literature, environmental humanities, etc. At this stage in the project, we are especially eager for interested participants who are graduate students, faculty, or staff.

If you would like to join, please write Anita Simha (anita.simha {at] or Kathleen Burns (kathleen.burns [at] by Friday, October 16th. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Unearthing Duke Forest Working Group
Anita Simha, Renata Kamakura, & Kathleen Burns


Image courtesy of Duke Forest Photo Collection