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 (

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