Stories of Fire:
A Pacific Northwest Climate Justice Atlas
Erin James, Jenn Ladino, Teresa Cavazos Cohn, Stacy Isenbarger & Leah Hampton
funded by Mellon Foundation Just Futures Inititative
2021 - present
Confluence Lab members Erin James (English), Jennifer Ladino (English), Teresa Cohn (Human Geography), and Stacy Isenbarger (Art + Design), in partnership with local communities, will create a multimodal, polyvocal atlas that gathers, tracks and maps stories and images of wildfire, especially those that foreground connections between fire, social/environmental justice and traditionally underrepresented rural voices. This project explores pyrogeographies of the PNW by gathering and amplifying stories about our changing region that bridge history and speculative futures and link the origins and effects of the physical and social fires of 2020.
Our collaborations with community partners will take a range of forms, including interactive storytelling workshops and participatory mapping tools, and online art exhibitions, all of which we’ll integrate into an atlas project with both digital and physical formats. Our in-residence fellow, Leah Hampton, will help write the narrative backbone of the atlas, and our team will grow to include an artist-in-residence in year three of the project.
This Atlas is one of a suite of projects under the umbrella of the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $4.52 million). The Institute will create a regional network that works toward racial and climate justice through pedagogical and community engagement initiatives.