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Stories of Fire: A Pacific Northwest Climate Justice Atlas

project spotlight:

Members of the Confluence Lab are working to amplifying stories about this changing region linking the origins and effects of the physical and social fires in communities. Our collaborations with community partners will take a range of forms, including interactive storytelling workshops and an online art exhibition, all of which we’ll integrate into an atlas project with both digital and physical formats.

Our central premise is that the tools of the humanities and arts—especially those related to storytelling, representation, emotions, and communication—are important complements to scientific knowledge and can help develop novel approaches to environmental issues. We use the creativity generated through interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to partner with diverse communities on pragmatic projects that work toward more just, sustainable, and equitable futures, focusing especially on issues such as public land use, wildland fire and fire management, and the causes and effects of climate change.

  our primary goal  

who we are

The Confluence Lab engages in creative interdisciplinary research projects that bring together scholars in the arts, humanities, and sciences, together with community members, to engage in environmental issues impacting rural communities.