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Calls from NEXTGATe: Dissertation Abstracts and Writing Support Programme 2020-2021

Un programa de ayuda a la escritura de jovenes investigadores se pone en marcha

También una base de datos de tesis sobre historia ambiental

Toda la informacion aqui

Dear colleagues,

The Next Generation Action Team of the European Society for Environmental History is delighted to spread the world about its activities and invite you all to take part in them.

As you may know, NEXTGATe’s mission is to strengthen the presence and influence of next generation scholars on the environmental history field in Europe and beyond and to offer a space for discussion and collaboration among junior scholars, but not only.

Attached you will find details about two of our initiatives and how to contact and join us.

1.     Call for Dissertation Abstracts

Have you recently submitted your PhD thesis or passed your viva? Consider to have your research included in the ESEH dissertation database, an online platform accessible through the ESEH website. Besides increasing the visi bility of your research, the database aims to encourage collaborations within the environmental history community.

Do you know colleagues who have just defended their dissertation or passed their PhD viva? Inform them about this call!

In relation to the dissertation database, we are happy to advertise the call for the 2021 Tallinn Dissertation Prize in European Environmental History. This prize aims to support early career environmental history scholars in Europe and those based outside Europe but whose work contributes to European environmental history. Check the call out at this link:

2.     Writing Support Programme 2020-2021

Are you an early career scholar who is finalising a paper or a chapter and you would like to discuss it before submission? Are you a senior scholar who is willing to act as discussant or facilitator? Consider to join the group!

This mentorship programme aims to provide early career scholars with a supportive setting for obtaining focused, hands-on peer feedback on their work. The peer feedback and group discussion push the writing process forward, boost output and, finally yet importantly, strengthen the community of European environmental historians.

Attached you find the open calls.

We would really appreciate if you could circulate these calls through your network.

Thank you for your attention and feel free to contact us in case you may need additional information.

All the best and hope to hear from you!


submit a proposal for the ESEH conference Bristol 2021

Dear colleagues and friends,

this is a warm invitation to submit a proposal for the European Society for Environmental History Conference in 2021. The proposals can be both in-person or virtual (due to the uncertainty of the pandemic situation).  We are really looking for a conference that brings the ESEH in conversation with other disciplines and with the challenges of the present socio-ecological crisis.  As we have written in our call:
We embrace history that matters and our discipline’s ability to create ‘useable pasts’ for unusual times. This conference moves from the premise of an entangled world: first and foremost enmeshed in a global pandemic, a shared ecological crisis and climate catastrophe, as well as cultural connections from past colonial and postcolonial histories.   

I invite you to participate in our effort to think together about: Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew
I would also much appreciate if you can help to spread the call in your networks.

Deadline by October 31, 2020. 

All the best, Marco

Más información en la página web siguiente:

postdoctoral en lyon (francia) para francofonos

Imprescindible buen nivel de francés !

Chères et chers collègues,

Vous trouverez ci-dessous un lien, et ci-joint le descriptif du poste.

L’équipe dirigé par Stéphane Frioux reste à disposition pour apporter plus de précisions, sur un poste qui nécessite une résidence en région lyonnaise, et dont la date de prise de fonction peut être adaptée.
Bonnes vacances,

Stéphane Frioux
Appel à candidatures post-doctorant(e) en histoire environnementale
Appel à candidatures post-doctorant(e) en histoire environnementale Anne Guinot

ESEH 2021 Bristol Cfp


CfP: 11th Biennial European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining a new; Bristol, United Kingdom | 5th-9th July 2021

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for our upcoming conference at the University of Bristol, UK.

We want to host a conference for a post-plague world. Right now, our old ways of living have been interrupted, disrupted and ruptured by the COVID-19 outbreak.


This devastating global pandemic carries an undeniable message of our entanglement across continents, species, societies, and bodies. Yet the virus hits us differently. We are all on the same planet but we are experiencing radically and divergently altered worlds. We thus draw inspiration for our conference theme from Arundhati Roy’s observation: ‘But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’. The conference will provoke questions and conversations that can help us through the gateway. After all, our conferences have always been meaningful reactions to global conditions. Twenty years ago, at St Andrews we held the first ESEH Conference on ‘Environmental History: Problems and Potential’. Two decades later, we are now long past ‘potential’ – we need urgent intervention from historians in the crises of our times.We embrace history that matters and our discipline’s ability to create ‘useable pasts’ for unusual times. This conference moves from the premise of an entangled world: first and foremost enmeshed in a global pandemic, a shared ecological crisis and climate catastrophe, as well as cultural connections from past colonial and postcolonial histories. Understanding entanglements and challenging boundaries has been important in bringing us together over the years. In Prague, we considered the boundaries of ‘diversity’. In Zagreb, we tackled boundaries as ‘contact zones’. In Tallin, we explored the boundaries ‘in/of environmental history’. In Bristol, we cross the boundaries into a new world.Thus this conference resists a ‘return to normality’. These are extraordinary times and this will be an extraordinary conference. At this critical moment, as historians we need to look without and within. Certainly, we need to engage with the wider world: environmental historians are vital in today’s biggest planetary emergencies. Yet at the same time, we need to engage within our own discipline to rethink our academic practices in terms of environmental realities. This means thinking about writing ethical history, sustainable history and history that matters.We want to use this opportunity to imagine anew: both how we have conversations (the conference format) and what the conversations are about (the possibilities of our discipline). This conference thus will be engaging in experimental new ways of sharing and generating knowledge, including a blended and collaborative co-learning environment.Possible topics to be discussed under the umbrella concept of ‘Same planet, different world’, include, but are not limited to the following:Pandemics: Politics, panics and panaceasEnvironmental histories of public health and public policyIndustrial and agricultural impact on diseaseResisting the return to normality: the activist historian and strategies for sustainable researchEnvironmental histories of ‘wicked problems’Edge effects: the uneven fallout of climate changeOther knowledges: vernacular histories and indigenous knowledge systemsBurning issue: fire historiesJustice and the past: writing history in the time of Black Lives MatterTechnology and envirotechnical systems in natural resource protection and conservationEnvironmental justice: the legacies of colonialism and post-colonialismWriting more­-than-­human historiesCreativity and the historical disciplineThe possibilities and pitfalls of interdisciplinary researchImagining other futuresWe also welcome papers/provocations/presentations on environmental history outside the conference theme.

Digital Dimensions

We acknowledge the uncertainty of our times and the sustainability issues relating to international conferences. The ESEH believes in the value of a physical conference. Post-COVID, being in place together will hold new significance. But we also recognise that it may not prove possible – or desirable for some – to meet face-to-face. Our conference will therefore offer some online possibilities for those delegates who cannot make it in person, including keynote and plenary livestreams, poster sessions, and opportunities to connect with each other online. Planning a large international conference in these COVID-19 times is a difficult business. While acknowledging our gratitude to the Local Arrangement Committee in Bristol as they on the uncertainties of this situation, the ESEH is also making preparations for a fully digital conference in case major disruptions in international travelling will impede the materialization of the in-person conference.

An Inclusive and Diverse Conference

Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of ESEH. We recognise the unique contributions of every member of our society and seek ways of ensuring that people of all identities and in all circumstances can contribute to our biennial conference and to the wider life of our society. We strive to promote equality and diversity at our conference, in relation to conference participation,  and the composition of topics comprising the conference program. We also endeavour to create a platform to encourage active and sustained debate on issues of marginalisation and accessibility amongst our members.We want to create a set of inclusive conference practices and ‘resist the normality’ of hierarchies and silos. In this different world, new conference practices are available to us. We will consider all historical periods, all geographical areas and all disciplines. To bolster diversity at the event and promote new forms of networking, we are hoping for panels/interventions where the presenters come from different regions, generations, genders, different institutions or different disciplines. We also encourage demographic balance and the use of emergent scholars as facilitators/session chairs. Graduate students will be offered a special reduced fee.

Conventional Discussions

We are looking for session suggestions, individual papers, roundtables, posters and other, more experimental sessions. Of course, panels and roundtables are indispensable and constitute much of the conference, but we need new modes of conversation. So we encourage submissions that introduce a productive conflict of views, interpretations, or methodologies:1.

Panel sessions

Sessions are 3 papers of 20 minutes each or 4 papers of 15 minutes each. Other formats (debate panels, roundtables) should be submitted under the Roundtable or ‘Different World’ session categories. Session proposals will include a session title and session abstract of 200-300 words; list of contributors and a chair; and individual paper titles and abstracts of around 200 words each. Session proposals may also include a commentator/discussant in place of the fourth paper – or not. Please remember, all sessions should include sufficient time for general discussion.2.

Individual papers

Contributors may also submit individual papers of max. 20 minutes, which will be combined into sessions of three to four papers in case of acceptance. However, the scientific committee prefers session submissions, and cannot guarantee thematic coherence for the combined sessions. Paper proposals are to consist of an abstract of 200-300 words.3.


Scholars can also propose 90-minute roundtables, consisting of panels ranging from 3-6 people and a chair who speak to a common question or theme. Successful roundtables involve interaction between the panelists, an active chair who shaping the conversation, and time for the audience to interact with the panel. Roundtable proposals are to consist of an abstract of 200-300 words.4. Posters and Virtual PostersPoster proposals will include an abstract of 200-300 words. There will be a designated display area, and a special plenary session for all poster authors to present their research in 5 minutes time per poster.

The Environment & History Poster Prize sponsored by The White Horse Press is awarded to the best poster (€100 award) and the 2nd place poster (€50 award). We will also permit short videos in lieu of posters, to enable digital dissemination of research For ideas on presentation see

Different World” Sessions

In the spirit of rethinking the conventional, we welcome proposals for unorthodox sessions with creative formats. To submit a proposal for a special session, please provide a 200 word abstract, describing the activity, including any special logistics you might need. Ideas include: – Workshops and new research tool demonstrationsTeach others your skills at GIS, writing, offer mentorship or field-work tips. –  “Difficult conversations”Presenters address sensitive issues within environmental history within a safe space. We use what we call Chatham House Rule 2.0: The discussion is not tweeted and remains within the confines of the room.  – “Flipping the panels”Papers will be made available in advance as draft papers or even short video presentations. Rather than just summarize their paper, presenters come to the panel with questions they need answered to improve their research. Instead of just listening to presentations, audience members come with their own questions/suggestions. The panels become conversations between presenters and the audience in collaborative research efforts. This is also an inclusive way of extending the peer-review process. – History CafesA facilitator provides a question on a pre-determined topic or proposes a problem that needs solving. The group divides into smaller groups, discusses, and submits feedback for the larger group at the end. Conversation and participation are the key processes and collaborative projects are stimulated.– PechaKucha presentations.In this rapid “chit chat” format invented in Tokyo, speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and speakers talk along with the images. It is like an “elevator pitch meets karaoke!” – Soundclash debatesWe import this idea from the music industry too. Soundclashes normally occur when two different bands or djs play against each other on either side of the stage. The conference encourages intellectual frisson by debating opposing points of view over contentious issues (methodology, theory, historiographical model) in environmental history.  – Book loungeWe encourage authors to offer a reading from their recent book. Also welcome are shared discussions of a single book, major paper, movie or even primary source is the subject on which other presenters are focused. – The Historian in the MirrorReflective roundtables that examine our own academic practices, activism and ourselves.SubmissionEach person can be a primary presenter in only one session proposal, but can also serve as a chair/commentator in a second session proposal.

The conference language is English; no submissions in other languages will be accepted. All proposals will be reviewed by the ESEH Program Committee. All proposals should be submitted through our online submission system:

The submission deadline is 31st October 2020.

Those who have secured a place on the programme will be advised of this by the end of the calendar year. They will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of 50 Euros (which will be subtracted from the overall conference registration fee) by mid-February 2021 to secure their place on the programme. In light of the financial damage that can be wrought on scholarly societies in these unprecedented global circumstances, we hope that you understand why we need to ask for this.

Questions about proposals should be directed to the Programme Committee, Professor Sandra Swart, through the email

For more information about the conference and the venue, visit


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SE BUSCA proxima sede candidata para el World congress of environmental history

Call for proposals to host the 2024 World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH)

The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) calls for proposals from parties interested in hosting the 2024 World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH). We encourage proposals from any part of the globe, preferably for July or August of that year.

The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2021.

Click below for more details and the full call for proposals


POSTDOC Sustainable islands – creole ecologies

Dear colleagues,

Campus France funds post-doctoral research from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States. 

As part of our project about Sustainable Islands, Creole Ecologies: an Environmental History of Biodiversity, Health and Nutrition in Tropical Island Societies (late 19th to late 20th century), here attached, we could apply for a postdoc.

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La peste de 1564 en Zaragoza cazarabet

Cazarabet conversa con…   Francisco José Alfaro Pérez, autor de “Zaragoza 1564, el año de la peste” (Institución Fernando el Católico)

El autor, Francisco José Alfaro Pérez, dentro de la Colección De Letras de la Institución Fernando el Católico se acerca a un episodio que se conoce “relativamente poco” desde la historiografía moderna aragonesa….

Podría considerarse un libro encuadrado dentro de la historia de la medicina.

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Novedades X simposio solcha Quito 2021

Queridas, queridos participantes del X Simposio SOLCHA,

Reciban un afectuoso saludo, especialmente las personas y familias que están viviendo las consecuencias de la pandemia por covid-19, a quienes enviamos un fraterno y solidario abrazo.

La actual situación mundial es excepcional, y nos exige alinearnos, como sociedad científica, con las recomendaciones de salud pública y con las restricciones impuestas, a diferente nivel, por naciones, territorios y ciudades.

Con esos antecedentes, la Junta de la SOLCHA y el Comité Organizador del X Simposio hemos decidido, de forma unánime, postergar nuestra reunión hasta el 6-9 de julio de 2021, un año después de lo previsto.

Las mesas, ponencias, libros y posters aceptados serán mantenidos en la agenda, y el Comité Científico evaluará la pertinencia de abrir una convocatoria para nuevas propuestas. Las tarifas del evento también serán mantenidas.

Durante los próximos meses, la Junta de SOLCHA coordinará una serie de actividades, en modalidad virtual, para mantener viva la comunicación y la emoción que sentimos de hacer y compartir la historia ambiental de América Latina y El Caribe. Tenemos, sobre todo, un especial compromiso con las personas más jóvenes, casi todas estudiantes, a quienes invitamos a ser protagonistas de estas actividades, enviando sus ideas y propuestas, siempre desafiantes y renovadoras. Estamos en un momento de adaptación, enfrentados a un reto singular del cual queremos y podemos aprender muchas cosas, entre ellas, novedosas formas de construir una sociedad científica.

Les esperamos en Quito 2021 y les enviamos un caluroso abrazo, 

Nicolás CuviComité OrganizadorX Simposio SOLCHA

Wilson Picado

Presidente de SOLCHA

Video de un curso de historia ambiental en américa central

Queridas y queridos solcheros,

Es un gusto presentarles un breve video que resume el Taller de Historia Ambiental para América Central y el Caribe, llevado a cabo en la Universidad de El Salvador, en octubre del año pasado, gracias al financiamiento otorgado por el «International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations» (ICEHO). Este taller fue organizado por la Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica) y la Universidad de El Salvador, en coordinación con la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH) y la Bluefields Indian & Caribbean University (BICU), de Nicaragua. La actividad incluyó una jornada dedicada a conferencias magistrales dictadas por la Dra. Micheline Cariño y el Dr. Reinaldo Funes, así como por el Dr. José A. Fernández de la Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica (A quienes agradecemos profundamente, vale decir, su disposición y entusiasmo para participar activamente del taller).  Los siguientes días se destinaron al diseño de un Curso de Historia Ambiental para América Central, así como a la creación de una Red de Historia Ambiental para América Central y el Caribe. Durante la última jornada tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar zonas arqueológicas y agropecuarias de El Salvador.

El taller reunió a más de una treintena de estudiantes de grado y posgrado de Historia de dichas universidades, así como académicas (os) e investigadoras (es) de otros campos de las Ciencias Sociales y Naturales. Como bien lo revela el video, existe una especial motivación entre jóvenes estudiantes de América Central por adentrarse en la Historia Ambiental, ya no solamente como un campo de desarrollo profesional, sino también como una herramienta pertinente para la acción social constructiva de sus presentes y futuros.

Tal y como suele decir nuestro querido amigo Sandro Dutra: ¡Que viva Solcha y que viva entonces cada vez más enraizada SOLCHA y la Historia Ambiental en América Central…!

Abrazos, Wilson.

Nota al pie: el video fue hecho utilizando exclusivamente grabaciones de teléfonos celulares, lo que evidencia las enormes posibilidades de preparar nuestros relatos en forma audiovisual, haciendo uso de tecnologías de bajo coste, así como en una forma, aunque empírica, muy auténtica.

International Award Opportunities in Environmental Studies

Dear Colleagues,  

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is pleased to present the opening of our awards catalog for the 2021-2022 academic year. Our program offers short-term teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 130 countries.  

Qatar – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Water, Energy, and the Environment at HBKU This postdoctoral research award is for scholars interested in water security research. Research will focus on aquifer mapping and groundwater mapping. The project may lead to the launch of a satellite-borne radar imaging technology with wide applications for understanding climate change on our planet and water traces on arid planets like Mars.  

Italy – Fulbright Lectureship in Energy, Environment and Sustainability at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” The visiting scholar will interact with some of the PhD students, suggesting options, research pathways, hypotheses, and other tutorial activities, and supervising presentations and seminars. Parthenope University is eager to support the Fulbright Scholar in her/his research activity in close collaboration with Italian colleagues with the possibility of submitting jointly authored papers.  

Canada – Research Chairs in Environmental Studies As a research chair you will conduct your own research, work collaboratively with new colleagues, guest lecture at university courses, mentor students, lecture in public venues, network, and promote your research while representing the Fulbright program. There are multiple chairs to choose from which range from Interdisciplinary sustainability solutions to environmental policy.  

Australia – Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology, and Innovation (CSIRO) This research award allows scholars to give workshops and short seminars in collaboration with their host university. Scholars will also be eligible to travel to other countries through the East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program.  

Sudan – All Disciplines This award allows scholars the option of working in their unique disciplines.  Scholars will collaborate with faculty on staff training and curriculum development, conduct research in area of specialization, and hold seminars on research topics.  

Republic of Maldives – Multiple Disciplines This award is for scholars interested in teaching, teaching/research or a professional project. This award allows the scholar to teach undergraduate courses, draw curriculums, training and building capacity. Scholars also have the opportunity to attend the South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference.  If you have any questions, please visit our website: or email us at:  Sincerely,  Fulbright U.S. Scholar Team