Notes from the Overground aims to provide information, ideas, news, and resources in the fields of environmental history, the history of science, technology and a few things in-between. The motivations behind the site are two-fold: firstly was my personal urge to organise information on academic departments, research centres, societies, journals, blogs and other resourceful websites within these overlapping fields within the disciplines of history, sociology, cultural studies etc..; secondly, as I am always thinking about (and with) history - and a fan of historiographical arguments - I wanted to make something that could promote the value of grasping where and how books/articles fit into certain historiographies. As a result of this, I have created themed bibliographies with very short sketches on their basic content and their place in an historiography. I have also, created a blog which has a category for historiographical essays in order to outline some of the more immediate arguments.
I intend to provide something for a varying level of interests into HSTM and environmental history. Not everybody likes reading lists or historiographies/bibliographic essays but hopefully they then have an interest in other resources available, news & events, or an interest in the great variety of blogs out there. My own blog is a mixture of events updates, essays and personal research reflections.
I would welcome any suggestions for improvement but, for now, here is a quick note on what is on offer:
In the resources section I have provided useful links that are categorised into their specific subject areas (when possible) via pages divided into academic information (centres/societies/journals etc.), non-academic links/interesting resources, and blogs.
The bibliographic section will aim to provide bibliographies that have been categorised as appropriately as possible! Each entry is to have a brief description/reminder that will open up when selected. The bibliographies cover a lot of historical fields so it is selective and in the case of the history of science and technology section, more introductory.
Finally, the blog and news area contains information of selected news and events in the main fields of environmental history, and the history of science, technology and medicine - with the intention to bring in blog entries on important historiographical issues and anything stimulated by my own research. There is also a news feed from a variety of sources from around the internet and a link to my daily updated online newspaper of collated articles from the wonderful web world.
Wait! of course, any information that you feel can be added to the resource and bibliographic section would be most welcome - any obvious omissions, any favourite books, etc..