This article explores the relationships among place, knowing, and being in environmental histories. Grounding ourselves in the work of Indigenous scholars from North America and the Pacific, we propose a method of listening and attuning that can attend to the dislocation and abstraction often found in work addressing ecocide and environmental violence. Against the ubiquity of the case-study approach, we propose a method we call “kin study,” which invites more embedded, expansive, material, and respectful relations to people and lands. This article frames the issues and then proposes, though a dialogue, how kin studies may be constituted and applied in studying environmental histories of the Pacific and Western Canada.

case study, environment, Indigenous Studies, kin study, listening, place
dx.doi.org/10.1111/hith.12166
History and Theory
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Kanngieser, A. (Anja), & Todd, Z. (2020). 3. FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CASE STUDY TO ENVIRONMENTAL KIN STUDY. History and Theory, 59(3), 385–393. doi:10.1111/hith.12166