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Portuguese portail on Environmental History (NUEVO !!!)

REPORT(H)A is a Portuguese network dedicated to Environmental History.

Un nuevo portal portugués en Historia Ambiental ha sido creado por nuestros colegas portugueses. Desde 2011, cuando todavía la ESEH tenía una representación “ibérica” de historiadoras ambientales, mezclando España y Portugal en una misma unión, las y los colegas portugueses han avanzado a grandes pasos.

Guimaraes fue la sede del congreso mundial de Historia Ambiental en 2014 y ahora han creado esea hermoso y bien realizado portal web.

Sigue leyendo Portuguese portail on Environmental History (NUEVO !!!)

ESEH Newsletter 2015, issue 1 [ESEH registration, summer school & others]


European Society of Environmental History (ESEH)

ESEH Newsletter 2015, issue 1


ESEH2015 meeting registration open

Registration for the ESEH meeting in Versailles, France, 30 June to 4 July 2015, is now available! Register at Discounted registration is only available through March 31st, so register now. You should renew your membership in ESEH for 2015 prior to registration in order to qualify for the member discount. Renewing is easy: go to to renew today.

Note that you must register by March 31st if you have been accepted to give an oral presentation or poster in order to stay on the program.


Present a poster at ESEH2015!

The Programme Committee is issuing a second call for poster presentations for the 2015 annual meeting in Versailles, France. Note that 2015 marks the first time ESEH will be offering a prize for the best poster! The posters will be judged at the conference by a committee who will award €100 to the winner and €50 to runner-up.

Poster proposals should include an abstract of 200‐300 words. Posters will be on display during the Congress and authors will have an opportunity to introduce their research in brief (approx. three minute) oral presentations in a special plenary session. The conference language is English. Submissions and presentations in other languages cannot be accepted.

Deadline for submissions: 20 February, notifications will be sent out by 25 February (in time to take advantage of early registration). Submit your poster proposal online.


Travel grants for attending the 2015 biennial conference

ESEH will make available a limited number of grants and registration fee waivers for ESEH members who will deliver papers or present posters at the 2015 ESEH Conference in Versailles. These travel grants are intended to support travel to Versailles and are targeted at those who would not be able to attend the conference without external support. ESEH will not be able to provide the full costs associated with attending the conference; the grants are intended as an encouragement – not a full subsidy.

Applications for support must include a short cover letter explaining why financial help is required, an estimate of travel and other costs, a CV, the title of the paper/poster and confirmation of its acceptance, and personal contact information. Send all applications to the chair of the Travel Grant Committee Carry van Lieshout ( with ‘ESEH travel grant application’ in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2015.


Opportunity to serve the ESEH Community

ESEH invites all members to nominate board candidates for election. Elections will be held at the 2015 meeting.

Nominations of candidates for all posts on the Board are welcome, which includes: President, two Vice-presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as for the Financial Control Committee. Additionally we ask for nominations for Regional Representatives, especially for the following regions which require new representatives: Benelux, France, Spain, and German-speaking countries. For more information on ESEH, its offices and their description, please have a look at our statutes.

Send nominations to the chair of the Nominating Committee: Jan Oosthoek ( by 1 February 2015 at the latest. Please include a one-page CV, or link to the webpage of the nominee, with details of the person’s current post, previous posts, degrees, main publications, research grants and projects, experience in academic societies, and any other information you find relevant.

Nominations of others will require the Nominating Committee to confirm willingness to serve.

Self-nominations are possible and will be automatically included on the ballot. The Nominating Committee will follow-up on all nominations. ESEH has been working over the last few years to make the process of nominations and elections more open and democratic, and we have introduced competitive elections wherever possible. Thus nominations will be accepted for all positions regardless if the current holder is eligible for re-election.


Small Workshop Grants for 2015

For the second year in a row, the new ESEH Board has decided to issue a Call for Proposals for Funding for small workshops and conferences to increase support for environmental history activities in Europe. The Board intends to award 500€ to up to two proposals. Environmental history workshops and conferences of no more than 100 participants which will be held in Europe during 2015 and are organized by an ESEH member are eligible.

A proposal of up to 2 pages should include (1) the name, date, location and theme of the conference/workshop, (2) an overview of the program, (3) a projected number and type of attendees, (4) an overview of the total budget, other financial sources, and a description of how the 500€ would benefit the activity, and (5) a short biographical paragraph about the organiser (who must be an ESEH member).

The deadline has been extended to 15 February 2015! Submit proposals to


Cities and Mountains Summer School

The LARHRA (Rhône-Alpes Historical Research Unit), in cooperation with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the RUCHE and with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), is pleased to announce that a four-day thematic summer school “Cities and Mountains. Environmental and Health Risks : A Socio-Historical perspective” will take place in Lyon, Yenne and Grenoble, immediately before the ESEH 8th International Conference (Versailles, 30 June – 3 July 2015).

There are three thematic clusters, around which young researchers are invited to apply: (1) Environmental and health risks in cities, (2) Environmental risks in mountains, and (3) Mountain cities and towns as specific environments with specific issues

The summer school aims to gather around 15 graduate / post-doctoral students together with junior and senior scholars. Each participant is expected to give an oral presentation of 15-20 minutes which will be discussed in thematic sessions chaired by senior scholars. The four-day seminar will also feature lectures from scholars, field trips and informal discussion among scholars and students.

At the end of the School, students will have to produce either: a scientific poster about their work to be presented at the ESEH Conference; a draft of an article for the ARCADIA project (; or a report about the summer school (6-10 pages).

To apply, students are required to send to Stéphane Frioux ( the following documents in English: (1) Curriculum vitae; (2) an abstract and outline of their doctoral thesis or other work that states the main challenges and research questions to be discussed at the summer school (500 words); (3) a letter of support from a faculty member.

There is no registration fee. All accepted participants will receive free accommodation, meals and transportation DURING the four-day seminar, but they are responsible for their own transportation to and from Lyon, France, where they should arrive on June 25 as the summer school will start on June 26, in the morning.

Application deadline: 22 March 2015. Answer will be given before April 11.


Other News

You are encouraged to regularly check the ESEH News page for announcements about workshops, conferences, prizes, and the like.


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ESEH Newsletter

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Members of the ESEH:

Only four months until the biennial ESEH conference starts in Munich. We have already registered participants from more than two dozen different countries and from every single continent, and we are convinced that the number of participants will set a new record, with a higher attendance than at the World Congress in Copenhagen.

I am writing to you today to remind you of an early bird option. ESEH members who register before 31 May 2013 will profit from a discounted registration fee (50 or 100 Euros, depending on your income level). This fee includes all meals, receptions, academic events, one excursion, entry to the exhibition hall, and much more. To register, click here.

Additionally, I am happy to report that ESEH travel grants will be available for participants hoping to attend the ESEH conference in Munich. At its meeting in March 2013, the board of the ESEH decided to dedicate 6000 euros (this amount comprises all of its currently available funds) to support travel to Munich, targeted at those who would not be able to attend the conference without external support. Conference fee waivers will also be available. The deadline for applying for fee waivers and travel support is 31 May 2013. For more information visit the website at

I am especially happy to report that the ESEH will offer its first Writing and Publication Workshop to its members (with preferential booking for member who are not native speakers of English). The workshop will be held immediately before the start of the conference on Wednesday 21 August 2013 from 10am–4pm at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich. Topics will include article writing techniques, publisher expectations, and book and grant proposal writing. ESEH secretary Dr Phia Steyn (Stirling University, UK) will serve as convener of the workshop. Mentors and presenters include Dr Dolly Jørgensen, Umeå University, Sweden; Prof David Moon, University of York, UK (Editor of the ESEH book series with Berghahn Books), Dr Sarah Johnson, (White Horse Press, publisher of the journal Environment and History), and Katie Ritson (Senior Editor, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society).

There will be no fees for attending the writing workshop but spaces are limited to 30 participants and ESEH members only. Please send applications to: Dr Phia Steyn, e-mail: by 31 May 2013. Details are on conference website:

There are plenty of other things coming up besides the ESEH conference. Here the news in brief:

• Nominations to the board of the ESEH requested

The European Society for Environmental History is inviting all members to nominate candidates for election to the board. Elections will be held at the Ordinary General Meeting at the ESEH conference in Munich, Germany, on 23 August 2013. Nominations for candidates for all posts on the Board are welcomed, i.e. President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, and also for the Financial Control Committee. Please send nominations to the chair of the Nominating Committee: Martin Schmid, Alpen-Adria Universität, Austria ( by 4 June 2013 at the latest (according to the statutes, nominations must be sent to the Nominating Committee at least 80 days before the Ordinary General Meeting). Please include a one-page CV or link to the webpage of the nominee, with details of the person’s current post, previous posts (where relevant), degrees, main publications, research grants and projects, experience in academic societies, and any other relevant information.

· Call for paper proposals for NIES Research Symposium VIII, “Landscape, Environment, Emotion”

This symposium is being organized by the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) in partnership with select research environments at the universities of Turku, Tampere and Oulu. It will take place at the Pori campus of the University of Turku, Finland, 25-27 September 2013.
The deadline for paper proposals is 1 May 2013. For more information please see the attached call. For questions regarding submissions, please contact Professor Maunu Häyrynen, .
For questions concerning the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and updates on the symposium, visit the NIES website:

· Call for Candidates: Doctoral Program “Environment and Society,” Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich

Anyone considering a PhD in the environmental humanities is invited to apply to the doctoral program “Environment and Society” at the Rachel Carson Center/LMU Munich. The doctoral program brings together a range of disciplines and both intra and extra-university expertise, providing a stimulating and supportive environment for international scholars interested in understanding the complex interactions between the environment and its human inhabitants. Candidates for the winter semester 2013/2014 should submit an application by 1 June. Further details are on the website:

· Call for Papers: Histories of Transport, Mobility, and Environment, Journal of Transport History, Special Issue

‘Conquest’, defilement and intrusion have been labels since pinned on many transport investments and mass traveling. Conversely, there have been transport projects linked with landscape beautification. The Journal of Transport History invites scholarly contributions that examine the historical relationship between transport and mobility and the natural environment for a proposed Special Issue scheduled for December 2014, to be edited by Thomas Zeller (author of Driving Germany: the Landscape of the German Autobahn, 1930-1970) and JTH editor Gordon Pirie. Final submissions for the JTH Special Environmental Issue will be due by 5 August 2013. For the full call, please see the website:

More than one hundred new members have joined our society in the last couple of months. Thus I would like to take this opportunity to remind all ESEH members that they have free access to the electronic version of the most recent issues of the journal Environment and History, published by White Horse Press. The password for all 2013 issues of the journal is available by contact here if your are member of the ESEH.

Finally, a request: some ESEH members are listed with more than one e-mail address. Please let me know (at if you want to have one of the addresses removed from the master list.

With very best wishes from Munich,

Christof Mauch

President, European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

NEWs: EU conferences and actions, Nominating Commitee of the ESEH for next years

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Members of the ESEH:

As I write this letter, the program committee for the 7th Biannual ESEH Conference in Munich are meeting next door. The committee is made up of scholars from across Europe—from Portugal to the far north of Norway, from Great Britain to Hungary—and the members each represent very different research interests. The group, led by Peter Coates (Bristol), has a difficult task ahead of them, for more than 600 people applied to come to Munich to present papers or posters, take part in panels or roundtables, or to chair an event. The number of applications far surpasses any seen before in the history of the ESEH, and we are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a very exciting conference program. (The committee will let all applicants know about the selection and program no later than December 21, 2013.)

It is encouraging to report that we have had 100 new members sign up to the ESEH in the last months. Members can now pay their membership fee directly and easily via paypal from anywhere in the world. Anyone who joins the ESEH at the end of 2012 will automatically have their membership extended through 2013.

The vitality of our society in the last few years can be measured by many notices of programs and initiatives in environmental history that we have received in the last few weeks alone—the number is such that I can only list them in bullet points:


–          Catherine Ashcraft of Middlebury College in Vermont is organizing a conference from 13-16 March 2013 on the topic of “The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment.” She has just extended the deadline for submission of abstracts until the end of November (with apologies for the late announcement). She is hoping to receive abstracts, in particular from environmental history or, more broadly, from humanities perspectives. If you wish to apply, you can get in touch with


–          ESEH member Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University) invites papers for a conference titled “From Instants to Eons: Time in Environment and Environmental History” to take place in Tallinn from 25-26 March 2013. The conference is being organized by the new Centre for Environmental History in Estonia (KAJAK). Deadline for proposal submissions is 20 December 2013.

More information about the conference and about a doctoral seminar in Estonia on the same topic (to be held from March 27-28, 2013) will soon be posted on the ESEH website. At this point the organizers in Estonia are looking for advanced scholars who would like to serve as mentors. Those who are interested should contact Riin Magnus:


–          Sylvie Nail, Professor of British Studies at the Université de Nantes in France, is organizing a conference that will conclude a three-year research project on the complex relationships between humans and nature in France and the British Isles between the eighteenth and the twenty-first centuries, entitled “Nature(s): concevoir, vivre, représenter (18e-21e siècles).” The conference will be held from 6-8 June 2013 in Nantes. Proposals should be sent to Sylvie Nail at, no later than December 2013.


–          A workshop will take place in the newly founded Center for Ecological History at Renmin University of China from 23-26 May 2013 on the topic of “Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History.” The call for papers for this conference runs until 1 January 2013.


–          Alexei Kraikovsky (European University in St. Petersburg) is announcing an education project on Russian culture in Baltic nature titled Российская культура в природе Балтийского побережья: на стыке культуры, ландшафта и культурного наследияon. Part of the program will be a tour through the Eastern Baltic region from Finland to St. Petersburg and Estonia. For details see and
or contact the project coordinator Olga Malkina (


–          Our Australian member Thom van Doren (University of New South Wales) has alerted us to the launch of a new open-access journal in the environmental humanities. You can check it out at


–          Hrvoje Petric (University of Zagreb), the ESEH regional representative for Croatia, invites proposals for article submissions for a special journal issue on the topic of “History and Sustainability” for Ekonomska i ekohistorija (Economics and Eco-history). The deadline for article submissions is 1 July 2013. More information can be found on the ESEH website.


–          Hrvoje Petric is also the author of the new ESEH notepad that informs members about developments, both organizational and historiographical, in the field of environmental history. The notepad is part of the journal Environment and History: thanks to White Horse Press, the most recent issues can be accessed online by ESEH members free of charge. Please get in touch with ESEH Secretary Phia Steyn ( if you have not received the password.


–          Finn-Arne Jørgensen, our representative for the Nordic Region, invites students to attend a PhD course on “Comparative Forest Histories of the Global North.” It will be taught by Professor Nancy Langston and take place at Umeå University, Sweden, 15-19 April 2013. Students can be awarded 7,5 CTS points for this course. It will be particularly relevant for students in history, ecology, archaeology, and forestry. More information will soon be available on the ESEH website.


–          Finally, all positions on the Board of the European Society for Environmental History are to be filled by election (or re-election) in the next year. Neither the current President nor the Secretary will stand again for office. Over the next few months, the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Martin Schmid: would like to receive your suggestions for nominees to the Board.


This may well be the last newsletter for 2012. Along with my greetings to all of you across the world, I add my wishes for a happy and successful new year 2013.


With kind regards,

Christof Mauch, President, ESEH

ESEH Newletter No. 4

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Members of the ESEH:

In the hope that you are all having an enjoyable summer, I am writing to you today first and foremost because I just received the password for access to our journal Environment and History.

We are very grateful to Whitehorse Press for providing all ESEH members free access to recent and current issues of Environment and History.

I’d like to use this opportunity to remind you that ESEH members receive multiple benefits besides electronic access to the journal, including:

  • a greatly reduced rate for hardcopy subscriptions  of Environment and History
  • a huge discount for the registration at ESEH’s biannual conferences (savings of 50 to 150 euros for the 2013 ESEH conference in Munich)
  • the opportunity to write and publish entries for the Arcadia Project (
  • an opportunity to apply for participation in ESEH summer schools

ESEH membership fees are very low—20 euros per year for those who make more than 1000 euros per month, and 10 euros per year for those who earn less than 1000 euros. Please make sure that you have paid your membership fee. Our treasurer and secretary are happy to send you a receipt. Since the ESEH is a nonprofit operation your fee or your (much appreciated) donation to the society will be tax-deductible for many of you. You may also choose to pay for more than one year at a time, e.g. for past or upcoming years.

Secondly I would like to report that the ESEH summer school in Flaran, France, which focused on rural versus environmental history, was a big success. Ten candidates (3 recent postdocs and 7 doctoral students) from different countries were selected by a committee that consisted of Dolly Jørgensen, Emmanuel Huertas, and Marguerite Ronin. Lecturers from France, Canada and the United States served as mentors.

For the upcoming ESEH summer school in St. Petersburg 16 applicants were selected by ESEH Vice President Julia Lajus and by the members of the ESEH summer school committee (Dolly Jørgensen, András Vadas, and Marguerite Ronin). The participants include students from Canada, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More information on both of these summer schools will be posted on the ESEH website.

Thirdly, thanks to an initiative of Marcus Hall and Patrick Kupper (both at the University of Zurich, Switzerland) we are already planning another ESEH  summer school that will take place in the Bavarian Alps of Germany in August 2013, just a few days before the ESEH biannual conference starts in Munich.

Fourth, we are excited about the upcoming ESEH conference in Munich on “Circulating Natures: Water—Food—Energy.” The conference will feature excursions, receptions, and a banquet (all included in the conference fee), as well as a book fair and a silent book auction (the proceeds of which will go to the ESEH), a keynote by a public intellectual, a lunchtime World Food Café, and a workshop for younger scholars that will help them develop their writing and presentation skills. Watch for more information about the conference in future newsletters and in the ESEH Notepad. You can also learn about the conference at, where you will find instructions for submitting a proposal for a paper or a panel (deadline October 15, 2012).

Fifth, since our society is now well over 10 years old, the ESEH board has decided to collect images that illustrate the society’s history. If you have photos of past ESEH events—conferences, workshops, board meetings or summer schools—please send them to ESEH secretary Phia Steyn ( and to our webmaster Wilko von Hardenberg ( We are hoping to exhibit the photos in a password-protected zone of the ESEH website and also to present them at the ESEH conference in  2013.

Finally, you might want to check out the society’s website,, which contains new information on the different ESEH regions and (as of August 25) an overview of recent book publications by ESEH members.

With best regards,

Christof Mauch, President, ESEH

2 Summers Schools in Environmental History in Europe (deadline 15 and 28 may)

Las dos propuestas 1) San Petersburgo (Rusia; centrada en época moderna y contemporánea urbana) y 2) Flaran (Sur de Francia; centrada en épocas medieval y moderna y rural) acaban el 15 y el 20 de mayo respectivamente y son realmente baratas. Información adicional sigue aquí:

Sigue leyendo 2 Summers Schools in Environmental History in Europe (deadline 15 and 28 may)

ESEH President’s Newsletter No. 1

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Members of the ESEH:

There is so much going on in the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) that we felt that all of you should be kept up to date about the many opportunities in environmental history, and about activities and projects that ESEH members are engaged in in Europe and abroad.

This Newsletter will from now on appear more or less regularly – about four to six times every year. All members will automatically get this Newsletter unless they ask us to unsubscribe.

The most exciting news is today’s launch of the New ESEH Website (
For several years the ESEH website has been running on a server at Roskilde University, and we owe our Danish colleagues many thanks for managing the website so effectively for such a long time. Following the recent news that Roskilde was no longer in a position to support the server, we decided to move the website to a private provider; this will safeguard our independence in the future. More importantly, we seized the moment to completely redesign our website, and Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, the Chair of the ESEH Website Committee, deserves a huge thank you for creating a new site that is both much more colourful and also easier to navigate. Among many new features, the website boasts a slider on the homepage for an easy overview of our main news topics. We have also created new pages for each of our regional groups, and incorporated prominent links to our social media presence.

We are also excited that we are able to invite all ESEH members to become co-authors in our Arcadia project, which is a jointly sponsored cooperation between the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) and ESEH. Arcadia is an online European environmental history resource with short, encyclopedia-like articles, and genuinely new digital content and images that together present a selection of significant sites, events, and organizations in Europe. You will find more information about Arcadia on the ESEH website.

As you know, one of the advantages of ESEH membership is free access to the current and most recent versions of the journal Environment and History. From now on, the Notepad (the space that Environment and History provides to ESEH free of charge) will introduce institutions and research projects in different regions. The first and upcoming issue will feature an essay on Environmental History in Portugal written by Inês Amorium (University of Porto) and by ESEH Vice President Stefania Barca (CES, University of Coimbra).

The ESEH board decided in its autumn 2011 meeting that the society will offer at least one Summer School per year. Two potential organizers have shown an interest in sponsoring a 2012 summer school for ESEH members/doctoral students. We are still waiting to hear back from the potential organizers but we are optimistic that we can send out a call for papers no later than March or April.

Finally we would like to ask you to mark your calendar for the 2013 biannual ESEH conference. The conference will take place in Munich, Germany, from August 20-24, 2013. It will be organized by the Rachel Carson Center, and a program committee headed by Peter Coates will soon accept proposals for our biannual that will be launched under the name “Circulating Natures: Water—Food—Energy.”

With very best wishes to all of you for a successful 2012,
Christof Mauch
President, ESEH

If you have news items or information for this Newsletter, please feel free to send it to both the Secretary of ESEH, Phia Steyn (Phia Steyn and the President Christof Mauch (