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
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RwJbhkCA58“
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: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/2027/submitter
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 email@example.com.
For more information about the conference and the venue, visit https://eseh2021.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/
COVID-19 Special Issue Journal for the History of Environment and Society
Call for Papers, deadline 30 June 2020
COVID-19 & Environmental History.
Making sense of COVID-19 from the perspective 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
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.
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.Seguir leyendo La peste de 1564 en Zaragoza cazarabet
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
Presidente de SOLCHA
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…!
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.
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: https://www.cies.org/ or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Team
After three very successful international meetings (in Copenhagen, Denmark, Guimarães, Portugal, and Florianopolis, Brazil) the fourth World Congress for Environmental History is scheduled for 2024.
The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) is now calling for proposals from parties interested in hosting the 2024 conference, preferably in July or August of that year.
The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2021.
We encourage proposals from any part of the globe. Proposals should come in the first instance from individuals or organizations affiliated with universities or scholarly societies. While the support of local convention and visitors’ bureaus may become important once the site is proposed and under consideration, the proposal should not come directly from the convention and visitor’s bureau or events services.
If you are interested or if you would like to submit a notice of intent, please contact ICEHO President Graeme Wynn at email@example.com or ICEHO Secretary Alexandra Vlachos at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and a copy of the conference guidelines, before August 2020 if possible.
We aim to finalize the site selection by July 2021.
Please keep in mind that hosting a conference that will likely attract 500-750 delegates requires substantial effort and time as well as significant institutional support and fundraising, but it is also a terrific opportunity to showcase local/ national scholarship, to advance environmental awareness and to promote local initiatives.
We look forward to your proposals.
Alexandra Vlachos, ICEHO Secretary, email@example.com
Link del numéro especial de HALAC: https://www.halacsolcha.org/index.php/halac/issue/view/36 Especial interés el artículo del Archivo del Movimiento Ecologista creado por Ecologistas en Acción y con ayuda de los historiadores de Ruedha Pablo CORRAL BROTO y Antonio ORTEGA SANTOS (https://archivo.ecologistasenaccion.org/
Dossier “Territorios Comunes Herramientas Frente al Capitaloceno”
Es un placer informar que está habilitado el portal de registro de propuestas de mesas, ponencias libres, pósters y presentación de libros, para el X Simposio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Historia Ambiental. El evento se llevará a cabo en Quito, Ecuador, entre el 6 y 9 de junio de 2020.
Para enviar sus propuestas, visite https://www.flacso.edu.ec/solcha2020/, pestaña “Registro”. El sistema estará abierto hasta el 14 de noviembre 2019.
Si tiene algún problema durante el envío de sus propuestas, escríbanos a simposi…@flacso.edu.ec
Agradecemos su apoyo para la difusión de esta información,
Departamento de Antropología, Historia y Humanidades
Equipo coordinadorX Simposio de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia AmbientalQuito 2020FLACSO Sede Ecuador
Boundaries in/of Environmental History
Tallinn, Estonia, 21 to 25 August 2019
Welcome to the 10th biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), Boundaries in/of Environmental History!
Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK) was founded at Tallinn University as recent as 2011 and has promoted environmental history in the Baltic region since then. It is a great honour for us at KAJAK to host Europe’s best environmental historians on the Society’s 20th anniversary in Tallinn! We do our best to make it a memorable and enjoyable event.
Take your time to enjoy not only the intellectual vibes of the conference but also Estonia’s capital Tallinn, the great food and drinks offered here and its manyfold cultural and outdoor activities!
You can subscribe to our conference news and travel tips through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/2409421585947549/
See you in Tallinn!
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee,
Prof. Ulrike Plath
Dr. Kati Lindström
Dr. Kadri Tüür
Dr. Viktor Pál, Head of the ESEH Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe)
Confirmed speakers include
Prof. Kate Brown (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Prof. Alf Hornborg (Lund University)
Prof. Dolly Jørgensen (University of Stavanger)
Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Prof. Kalevi Kull (University of Tartu)
Ass. Prof. Andrea Gaynor (University of Western Australia)
Ass. Prof. Franz Mauelshagen (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam)
Head of the Program Committee Prof. Finn Arne Jørgensen (University of Stavanger)
The ESEH issues a small number of travel grants and registration fee waivers for ESEH members who will deliver papers or present posters at the 2019 ESEH Conference in Tallinn, but who would not be able to attend the conference without external support. These travel grants are intended for graduate students, independent scholars, and those from low-income countries. The call will be issued on the ESEH website and through its mailing list.
Merely one month before the ESEH 2019 takes place the “3rd World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH) Convergences: The Global South and the Global North in the Era of Great Acceleration”. For more information on its Call for Papers and programme see their webpage.
On practical matters such as visa letters, contact through the email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about proposals should be directed to the Programme Committee chair through the email email@example.com.
Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK)
European Society for Environmental History
WATERMARKS – Interdisciplinary Workshop on Drought and Adaptation in the Mediterranean during the Little Ice Age (1300 – 1850 AD)
Understanding how societies of the past struggled to adapt to climate variability is critically needed to advance research about climate change adaptation today (Adamson et al. 2018). During the historical period known as the Little Ice Age not only average temperatures decreased but extreme weather events became more frequent (White 2014; White 2011; Oliva et al. 2018). This period constitutes an excellent opportunity for the joint work of researchers from the human and natural sciences interested in adaptation. In the Mediterranean, periods of drought marked how communities experienced the Little Ice Age. Recent research has shown how local communities combined different strategies to cope with drought, including infrastructural, institutional and symbolic responses which changed throughout time (Grau-Satorras et al. 2016; Grau-Satorras et al. 2018).
At the crossroads between historical climatology and environmental history, the aim of this workshop is to further our understanding of the complex human impacts of climate variability in the Mediterranean during the Little Ice Age, with special attention to adaptation to the study of drought. Building on the studies of drought reconstruction in Spain following rogation ceremonies (Barriendos 1997; Domínguez-Castro et al. 2012) and attending to the current state of the art on the study of past droughts with documentary data (Brázdil et al. 2018), the ambition of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary communication. Transdisciplinary contributions that combine the work of historians, natural scientists and archaeologists (Izdebski et al. 2016) or researchers from other disciplines will be especially welcomed. The workshop will include three keynotes: Andrea Kiss (Vienna University of Technology), Mariano Barriendos (University of Barcelona) and Mar Grau Satorras (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). John McNeill (Georgetown University) will act as discussant. Aiming at the publication of some of the contributions received, we call for both methodologically sound and nuanced transdisciplinary historical works from a wide range of disciplines that engage with the following topics in the Mediterranean region:
1. Methodological approaches
towards establishing instruments for classification that bring together
historical records that can be used as proxy for climate reconstruction,
with particular attention to drought, rainfall and temperature;
2. Long-term transdisciplinary studies that integrate multi-proxy analyses of historical climate change;
3. In-depth studies of specific severe hydro-climatic episodes during the LIA in the Mediterranean, particularly drought and floods, with attention to the responses developed by local societies to cope with the consequences of such events and prevent future episodes;
4. Human dimensions of historical climate change during the Little Ice Age;
5. Community and institutional adaptation to drought, strategies to cope with disturbances and climate variability;
6. Watering the city: engineering, building and maintaining urban water supply infrastructure in the face of ice and drought;
7. Irrigation schemes: infrastructural projects for agricultural irrigation in the Mediterranean;
8. War and water: in-depth analyses of military campaigns conditioned by drought.
Interested participants should send their abstracts (300 words) and a short biography (100 words) with contact details to the workshop organiser Dr. Santiago Gorostiza (Santiago.Gorostiza@uab.cat) by 14 June, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 1 July 2019. We ask participants to circulate a complete draft of their paper one month before workshop.
The organisation of this workshop has received financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, through the “María de Maeztu” program for Units of Excellence (MDM-2015-0552).
April 2019: Call for papers published
14 June 2019: Deadline for contributions abstracts (abstracts 300 words plus a short biography 100 words)
1 July 2019: Communication of acceptance of contributions
1 October 2019: Deadline for submitting full papers
Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October 2019: Workshop at ICTA-UAB.
Adamson, G.C.D., Hannaford, M.J. & Rohland, E.J., 2018. Re-thinking the present: The role of a historical focus in climate change adaptation research. Global Environmental Change, 48(August 2017), pp.195–205.
Barriendos, M., 1997. Climatic variations in the Iberian Peninsula during the late Maunder minimum (AD 1675-1715): An analysis of data from rogation ceremonies. Holocene, 7(1), pp.105–111.
Brázdil, R. et al., 2018. Documentary data and the study of the past droughts: an overview of the state of the art worldwide. Climate of the Past Discussions, (2002), pp.1–67.
Domínguez-Castro, F. et al., 2012. Assessing extreme droughts in Spain during 1750-1850 from rogation ceremonies. Climate of the Past, 8(2), pp.705–722.
Grau-Satorras, M. et al., 2016. Long-term community responses to droughts in the early modern period: the case study of Terrassa, Spain. Ecology and Society, 21(2). Available at: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss2/art33/.
Grau-Satorras, M. et al., 2018. Prudent peasantries: Multilevel adaptation to drought in early modern Spain (1600-1715). Environment and History. Available at: http://www.whpress.co.uk/EH/papers/1375-Grau-Satorras.pdf.
Izdebski, A. et al., 2016. Realising consilience : How better communication between archaeologists , historians and natural scientists can transform the study of past climate change in the Mediterranean. Quaternary Science Reviews, 136, pp.5–22.
Oliva, M. et al., 2018. The Little Ice Age in Iberian mountains. Earth-Science Reviews, 177(October 2017), pp.175–208.
White, S., 2011. The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, Cambridge University Press.
White, S., 2014. The Real Little Ice Age. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XLIV(3), pp.327–352.
RECRUITMENT OF 1 DOCTORAL INVESTIGATOR
Thematic area: Agrarian and Environmental History
Deadline: 18. June. 2019