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Postdoctoral researcher in analysis of social metabolism, dl May 15 , 2015 (energy and nutrient balances) of farm systems and its impact on the ecological functioning of cultural landscapes in historical perspective

Postdoc application here conen:

More info and contact:

Enric Tello
Co-researcher of the project on Sustainable Farm Systems funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Universitat de Barcelona
Department of Economic History and Institutions Office 2405
Faculty of Economics and Business
Diagonal Avenue 690,
08034 Barcelona (Spain)
+34 93 4021047

Twelve Funded Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities in Europe: Leeds, Munich, Stockholm

(Includes inter alia these topics, flooding and drought; climate change and risk; and waste, environmental health, and environmental justice, and obviously env history)

The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe research group is now seeking applicants for twelve PhD/doctoral researchers:

Four PhD fellows at the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the University of Leeds (deadline: May 1, 2015)

Four doctoral fellows at the Rachel Carson Center at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Deutsches Museum (deadline: May 15, 2015)

Four PhD fellows at the Environmental Humanities Lab at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (deadline: April 20, 2015)

These are fully-funded positions beginning in October 2015 to participate in a jointly-organized European program with events and training hosted by each of the partners for all twelve researchers.

Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe (ENHANCE) is a Marie Curie European Innovative Training Network (ITN) providing multidisciplinary doctoral training in Environmental Humanities. The four main partners are the University of Leeds (UK), the Environmental Humanities Lab at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, and the Deutsches Museum, Munich.

The main aims of the network are to provide its Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs)–12 in total across the four participating institutions–with the academic and complementary skills training needed to place them at the forefront of a new generation of Environmental Humanities research; to lay down the foundation for a structured, sustainable approach to doctoral training in Environmental Humanities at EU level; and to provide potential employment for ESRs in a wide range of careers including environmental consultancy, risk assessment, research and development, green business management, sustainable technologies media and communications, and not-for-profit work (environmental and wildlife NGOs).

Research and training will concentrate on three major areas–natural disasters and cultures of risk, history of science and technology, and environmental ethics–and will address a series of core interlocking issues: wilderness and conservation; flooding and drought; climate change and risk; and waste, environmental health, and environmental justice.

All ESRs will be expected to work towards a doctoral degree in humanities with the aim of completing this within the fixed term of their appointment. They will also be expected to work closely with other ESRs, both at their own and at other participating institutions; to go on secondment at one or more of the ITN’s five intersectoral Associated Partners; and to link their research work with key European environmental policies including the Climate Change Programme, the European Sustainable Development Strategy, the Water Framework Directive, and Natura 2000, e.g. by examining the social, cultural, and ethical factors that lie behind such major areas of international concern as water shortage, species extinction, and global climate change.

For more information about the specific opportunities and contacts for the three research partners, please consult:

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Interviewing Enric Tello / Entrevista a Enric Tello [Sp]


Realizada por Roc Padró e Inés Marco.
Departamento de Historia e Instituciones Económicas Universidad de Barcelona




1-     ¿A partir de qué necesidades  surge la disciplina de Historia Ambiental, teniendo en cuenta la situación de la comunidad académica y el contexto socioeconómico?

Responder a esa pregunta exige adoptar un punto de vista, y conviene empezar reconociendo que en ese campo conviven diversos enfoques y trayectorias bastante distintas. Mi opinión coincide con la que Manolo González de Molina y Víctor Toledo exponen magníficamente en The Social Metabolism.A Socio-Ecological Theory of Historical Change (2014), según la cual la historia ambiental pertenece a un conjunto de nuevas subdisciplinas híbridas surgidas de la emergencia de una crisis ecológica global que pone en cuestión las visiones previamente existentes en los ámbitos académicos más tradicionales. Así, por ejemplo, del cruce de la crisis ecológica con la economía surge la economía ecológica. Con la agronomía, surge la agroecología. Y con la historia debería surgir una historia ambiental cuya tarea sea reinterpretar las narraciones históricas tradicionales desde el punto de vista de la interacción coevolutiva de las distintas sociedades humanas con la naturaleza poniendo en el centro la sustentabilidad del desarrollo humano. Seguir leyendo Interviewing Enric Tello / Entrevista a Enric Tello [Sp]

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.


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1st Special Issue of HALAC, Latin America and Spanish Environmental Histories


Vol 4, No 1 (2014)

Table of contents


Editorial PDF
Regina Horta Duarte


El consumo de recursos en el siglo XX en el mundo. Una revisión. PDF
Juan Infante Amate
Uma cápsula do tempo: o uso potencial de recursos naturais por visitantes pré-coloniais no Arquipélago das Cagarras, Rio de Janeiro PDF
Rogerio Ribeiro de Oliveira, Massimo Giuseppe Bovini, Angela Buarque, Rita Scheel-Ybert
Riesgos de desastres y urbanismo neoliberal: los cimientos de las transformaciones urbano-ambientales contemporáneas en Tigre/ Buenos Aires PDF
Diego Martin Rios
‘O Brasil é um grande formigueiro’: território, ecologia e a história ambiental da América portuguesa – Parte II PDF
Diogo de Carvalho Cabral

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Los historiadores y la naturaleza PDF
Donald Worster


Dym, Jordana, y Karl Offen (Eds.). Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011). xix + 338 pp. PDF
Francisco Javier Bonilla
Cariño, Micheline; Breceda, Aurora; Ortega, Antonio y Castorena (Coords.). Evocando al edén. Conocimiento, valoración y problemática del Oasis de los Comondú. México: Conacyt; Barcelona: Icaria, 2013. PDF
Christopher Boyer
Rivera, Patricia. La problemática ambiental en Zacatecas. Recuentos, avances y limitaciones. (Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Zacatecas: Fomix-Conacyt, 2011), 285 p. PDF
María Dolores Álvarez Contreras


Anotaciones acerca del Segundo Congreso Mundial de Historia ambiental, Guimarães-Portugal, 8-12 de Julio 2014. PDF
Stefania Gallini
Simpósio de História Ambiental no XIX Encontro Regional de História da Associação Nacional de História, ANPUH-MG (Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brasil, 2014) PDF
Rute Torres
Histórias Ambientais dos BRICS, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 27-29 de agosto 2014. PDF
Ravi Rajan, Lise Fernanda Sedrez

Call for papers: ESEH 2015 Panels on the Environmental History of Dictatorships

ESEH 2015 Panels on the Environmental History of Dictatorships

Dear Colleages,

submission ideas have been flowing in for the proposed panel on communism at ESEH 2015 and participants of this panel would like to organize a second panel focused on the environmental history of “other” dictatorships in Europe (or overseas).

Papers about Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Salazar’s Portugal and Greece under the Military Junta are warmly welcome and aimed to be compared with Eastern Europe’s communist regimes.

I believe these two planned sessions will be very stimulating.

Please contact organizers at  viktor.paal (at) gmail (dot) com



Ana Isabel Queiroz (IHC-FCSH, Univ. NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal):

Robert Hearn (Laboratorio di Archeologia e Storia Ambientale, Universita degli Studi di Genova, Italy):

Until September 12,  let us know if you whish to contribute with a paper to a ESEH 2015 panel on biological invasions in Southern Europe, addressing cultural dimensions, such as:

the early beginnings: origins, pathways, entries and dispersion trails, in order to elaborate narratives on the processes and patterns, and a set of maps for different times and places;

environmental values: perceptions, attitudes and discourses, exploring technical and non-technical terminology and iconography that referred or described these species, their impacts and the related policies (at local level and upwards);

narratives of invasion: local stories of damages in economy, ecology and human health, evaluating different types of costs over time in areas particularly infested and for particular activities;

records of struggle: responses to inconvenience and losses, which analyze theory and practice in the combat against pests using repellents, traps, insecticides and biological control; international cooperation for common management measures and biosecurity policies.


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ESEH Conference: Deadline October 1, 2014

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The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for sessions, individual papers, roundtables, posters and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship for its 2015 biennial conference. The University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines will be hosting the conference in Versailles, France, from 30 June to 3 July 2015.

DEADLINE October 1, 2014

Spanish Environmental History Blogging: the Asbestos’ blog

Asbestos risks in Spain (1960-2002)

“Our research has revealed evidence of the early knowledge of the risks of asbestos in the Spanish medical literature and has identified the roles played by the different social agents in the recognition of the problem during the “democratic transition” period in Spain.”

Project HAR2009-07543

Historia ambiental episodio 2. Podcast de Ruedha: Asbestos

Podcasts de la Ruedha
Podcasts de la Ruedha

Alfredo MENENDEZ NAVARRO (Universidad de Granada): «Asbestos, cancer and worker mobilisations during the transition to democracy in Spain», in Laure PITTI & Pascal MARICHALAR, 2013, Maladies industrielles et mobilisations collectives, séminaire du Centre Pouchet, le 11 fevrier.

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New volume of Ager. Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies


Nueva entrega de Ager. Revista de Estudios sobre Despoblación y Desarrollo Rural

El número 15 de Ager contiene investigaciones relacionadas con Norteamérica, Galicia, Castilla y León, Andalucía y Aragón. Seguir leyendo New volume of Ager. Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies

Special issue about James C. Scott (Historia Social 77) by Ana CABANA & Miguel CABO (eds.)

76El número 77 de la revista Historia Social, coordinado por Ana Cabana y Miguel Cabo (ambos del grupo Histagra de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela),  está dedicado a analizar la influencia de la epistemología en la historia contemporánea del antropólogo, historiador y politólogo James C. Scott. Seguir leyendo Special issue about James C. Scott (Historia Social 77) by Ana CABANA & Miguel CABO (eds.)