Catherine Dunlop is associate professor of modern European history at Montana State University, Bozeman. She received her PhD in history from Yale University. Her work explores the connections among visual culture, geography, and environmental history in modern France. Dunlop's first book, "Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland", was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Imago Mundi and Environmental History. She is currently working with colleagues to create an Environmental Humanities Center at Montana State University. More info: www.montana.edu
The Mistral: Environment and Society in Provence
Catherine Dunlop's new book project is an environmental and cultural history of Provence's mistral wind. A powerful force of nature, the mistral can reach speeds of 150 km/hr. During her Camargo residency, Dunlop will be researching the mistral's creative impact on painters in Provence. Looking at the work of well-known painters such as Vincent Van Gogh, as well as regional painters affiliated with the Ecole de Marseille, she will examine how the mistral shaped the bodily experience, plein air techniques, and environmental thinking of European artists.