ESEH 2013: Mensaje del Presidente Christof Mauch [2&3/2012]

El próximo congreso de la ESEH se realizará en Munich del 20 al 24 de agosto de 2013.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Members of the ESEH:

The next conference of the European Society for Environmental History is being planned apace! It is exciting to report that we now have a website for the 2013 conference, which will take place in Munich from 20 to 24 August. At www.eseh2013.org we will regularly post and update information about the conference venue, hotels, sponsors, etc. In collaboration with his team members from different corners of Europe, Program Committee Chair Peter Coates has issued a call for papers, and you will soon be able to submit proposals for conference sessions, roundtables, papers, posters, and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship. Online proposal submissions will be accepted from 15 May right through until 15 September 2012.  The conference will explore Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy from the diverse perspectives of environmental history. The complete text of the call and more information can be found on both the ESEH website (www.eseh.org) and on the conference site (www.eseh2013.org).

 

We are also very happy to announce that the ESEH will hold its third annual Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia, this year. The event will take place from 28 to 31 August 2012, and will be hosted by ESEH Vice President Julia Lajus (Senior Research Fellow at the newly opened Department of History, National Research University, School of Economics in St. Petersburg, and Director of the Center for Environmental and Technological History at the European University at St. Petersburg), and co-sponsored by the ESEH, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, and the Estonian Centre for Environmental History, KAJAK.The theme of the Summer School is Natural Resources: Historical Ideas, Exploration, and Exploitation, and a call for papers will be published on the ESEH website in due course.

 

The upcoming issue of Environment and Society will feature an ESEH notepad on Environmental History in Estonia written by Ulrike Plath from Tallinn University. Environmental studies and environmental history have become thriving fields in Estonia in recent years, and the new Estonian Centre for Environmental History (ESTCEH/ Eesti Keskkonnaajaloo Keskus, KAJAK) was founded just a few months ago.

 

Finally, let me mention that the Board of the ESEH will meet in Szeged, Hungary, upon the invitation of Andrea Kiss, from 27 to 29 April 2012. Please, if you have ideas for new ESEH projects, or concerns of any kind, let us know and we will make sure to address them in our meeting.

 

With very best wishes to all of you,

Christof Mauch

President, ESEH

ESEH – President’s Newsletter 2/ 2012

 

This is just a very short newsletter with some good news that reached us only a week ago.

1) In addition to the summer school in St. Petersburg, Russia (28-31 August 2012Natural Resources: Historical Ideas, Exploration, and Exploitation”) the ESEH will co-sponsor a second summer school at  the Abbey of Flaran, France, from 27 to 30 June 2012. The Flaran summer school will be dedicated to Histoire rurale vs. histoire environnementale? (Rural vs. Environmental History). The convener is Professor Emmanuel Huertas of the University of Toulouse.

The two summer schools are not seen as competitors but as complementary projects that reflect the wide range of research projects covered by ESEH. They will take place in different parts of Europe (south-west/north-east), in different environments (rural/urban) and at different times (June/August). In France, preference will be given to doctoral students and immediate postdocs who speak both French and English and who have worked in medieval or early modern environmental history. The focus will be on methodological issues and the course will be lecture-oriented. By contrast, the St. Petersburg summer school aims to engage doctoral students who work on modern or contemporary history; it will offer multiple lectures but its focus will also be on the discussion of the doctoral projects with peers and experts.

Thanks to the generosity of a number of French sponsors, to a contribution from the Higher School of Economics, and to a private donation to ESEH, we are now happy to announce that accommodation will be free for all successful applicants, and a small stipend (250 Euros in the case of Flaran, a flexible amount for St. Petersburg) is available to cover a part of the travel costs.

The deadline for submissions for both summer schools is fast approaching: 15 May 2012 for the St. Petersburg Summer School, and 28 May 2012 for the Summer School in Flaran.

For more information about both summer schools, please visit the ESEH website @ www.eseh.org or get in touch with the Chair of the Summer School Committee, Dr Dolly Jørgensen: dolly@jorgensenweb.net.

2) We are still looking for one or two lecturers who work on medieval or early modern rural environmental history and would like to join us in Flaran for the summer school. The cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the organizers. Please send your letter of interest electronically to Christof Mauch <mauch@lmu.de> and to Dolly Jørgensen <dolly@jorgensenweb.net>.

3) The site selection committee (Petra van Dam, Riin Magnus, Christof Mauch, Timo Myllyntaus, and Christian Rohr) is asking for proposals for the Biennual ESEH conference in 2015. The location will be announced in 2013 at the Munich conference. If you are interested in hosting the conference please send an e-mail to mauch@lmu.de by 1 August 2012.

Finally, the new password for free access to our journal Environment and History will reach you in May 2012. If you have not received the password by 1 June, please get in touch with ESEH Secretary Phia Steyn (m.s.steyn@stir.ac.uk)

With very best wishes, also from all the members of the ESEH board, who met in Szeged last weekend,

Christof Mauch

President, ESEH
ESEH – President’s Newsletter 3/ 2012


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