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Summer school


Adjunto la convocatoria de la escuela de verano de la ESEH. La fecha límite para aplicar es el 1 de abril de 2022. 
(An-)Hydrous Environments:
Rethinking Water in Environmental History

ESEH 2022 Summer School in Environmental History
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
10-13 July 2022

The ESEH 2022 graduate school (An-)Hydrous Environments will explore the interrelationship between water and human society with monitoring the impacts of water on past environments and societies, and that of human society on waters.

More info can be found here: 

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:

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

Dear colleagues,

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 or ICEHO Secretary Alexandra Vlachos at 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. 

Contact Info: 

Alexandra Vlachos, ICEHO Secretary,

CFP “Territorios comunes: Herramientas frente al Capitaloceno”. Spanish Network on Environmental History (RUEDHA), Granada, 8-9 nov 2018.

Territorios Comunes: Herramientas frente al Capitaloceno. Granada, 8-9 nov 2018.

Abstract deadline (see below, ver abajo): 20 / 12 /2017

Para descargar el Call completo pinche AQUÍ

*NEW :

John McNeill (Georgetown University) Keynote Speaker closing lecture

& delay of the deadline expected


Langua[x]es, langues, languages, lenguas: español, inglés, portugués, italiano, francés and also portuñol, spanglish, itañol y francpañol


Desde hace tiempo, la Red Universitaria Española de Historia Ambiental (RUEDHA), dentro del Grupo HUM 952 STAND) viene desarrollando encuentros bianuales con el fin de promover un diálogo continuado con investigadores del contexto de la Península Ibérica al respecto de la agenda de trabajo de la Historia SocioAmbiental. Tras el último encuentro en Granada en el 2016, volvemos a convocar a los investigadores que desde muchas areas y campos se sienten llamados al trabajo en la relación que las sociedades humanas y la naturaleza han tenido a lo largo de la Historia. Buscamos con ello continuar con la agenda de trabajo ya existente pero abrir el espacio a la colaboración con nuevos grupos y temas de investigación emergentes por lo que las sesiones están lideradas por investigadores que desde estos campos interdisciplinares den continuidad a la investigación en el futuro.

Es el momento de retomar los diálogos y los saberes compartidos para lo que hemos creado un encuentro en el que trabajar sobres ejes que son emergentes en el campo de la historia ambiental, sin olvidar elementos que ha atravesado nuestra investigación en los dos últimos decenios.

Ante la crisis civilizadora en la que estamos inmersos, nos queda responder al desafío, encontrar respuestas a los problemas que nos acucian. Pensar en “recomunalizar” nuestras prácticas sociales nos conduce inevitablemente a una mirada amplia y prospectiva de los bienes comunes como sujetos del cambio social. A ello se dedicará la sesión coordinada por el Profesor Jose Miguel Lana Berasain (UPNA). De igual manera, los flujos de energía y materiales entre la sociedad y el medio ambiente, estudiados a través de las diferentes herramientas de la propuesta del Metabolismo Social, serán el objeto central de la sesión que coordina el profesor Juan Infante-Amate, de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide. En esta sesión se discutirán trabajos centrados en diferentes sectores socioeconómicos (metabolismos agrarios, industriales, domésticos…), abordando diferentes marcos cronológicos.

Ante la crisis ecológica global emergen las resistencias socioambientales, como espacio de creación de nuevas formas de producción frente a los impactos del sistema capitalista que deviene tanto desde el campo de la lucha en sentido estricto como de las nuevas formas de memoria del territorio. Re-Existimos ante la crisis socioambiental, Crisis que nos debe llevar a una mirada histórica a los episodios catastróficos, al impacto cobre el clima, a los riesgos ambientales. A ello se atenderá la sesión coordinada por el profesor Armando Alberola (Universidad de Alicante). Por último, en el campo de los extractivismos se desarrollará el campo de trabajo de la sesión propuesta por los profesores Luis Sánchez Vazquez (UGR) y Juan Diego Pérez Cebada (Universidad de Huelva). Minería y Medio Ambiente en constante tensión productiva requerirán una mirada atenta y profunda en la sesión propuesta.

Junto a todo ello se habilitarán espacios la la venta de libros, presentación de materiales específicos de investigación y otras actividades relacionadas con el campo de la historia ambiental (proyección de documentales, etc). En ello trabajamos…


20 Diciembre 2017: Título + Abstract (300 palabras) + Nota Biográfica (300 palabras)

15 Enero 2017: Notificación de aceptación de propuestas

30 Mayo 2018: Envío comunicación (8000 palabras, bibliografía incluida)

10 Octubre 2018: Fecha límite para realizar la inscripción (Ponentes/Asistentes)

Lenguas oficiales del encuentro (comunicaciones/papers): español, inglés, portugués, italiano.

INSCRIPCIONES: realizar el ingreso en la cuenta ES34 0487 3378 5620 0006 0858 especificando en el Concepto: “Territorios Comunes + DNI”, y enviar un correo a detallando en el Asunto: “Territorios Comunes” y, en el cuerpo del mensaje: Nombre y Apellido(s), DNI y correo electrónico, adjuntando el resguardo de pago.

CUOTAS Y PARTICIPACIÓN: (máx. 40 asistentes, por orden de inscripción)
UGR: gratis (presentar fotocopia de matrícula UGR para formalizar la inscripción)
Externos (Ponentes/Asistentes): €20,00
Cena social (08 noviembre, 21.00h): €20,00


Somos un grupo de investigación público y transuniversitario, creemos firmemente en la libre circulación y producción de conocimientos y saberes, y estamos en contra de la mercantilización de la investigación y la Academia.

Asimismo estamos en contra del trabajo no remunerado y de la explotación de lxs voluntarixs de la Universidad, por lo que las cuotas de inscripción (una cuantía mínima y simbólica) se destinarán enteramente a financiar el trabajo de lxs compañerxs que se ocuparán de cuestiones organizativas prácticas del simposio (preparación y difusión de material, atención a lxs participantes, organización de los coffee breaks, grabación vídeo del evento, posterior publicación en la web, etc.).


Chiara Olivieri (UGR)
Antonio Ortega Santos (UGR)
Diego Checa Hidalgo (UGR)
Pablo Corral Broto (Université de La Réunion, Francia)

Micheline Cariño Olvera (UABCS)
José Miguel Lana Berasain (Universidad Pública de Navarra)
Iñaki Iriarte Goñi (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Manuel González de Molina (Universidad Pablo Olavide)
Enric Tello (Universidad de Barcelona)
José María Martín Civantos (Universidad de Granada)
Lourenzo Fernández Prieto (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)
Alberto Matarán Ruiz (Universidad de Granada)
Juan Diego Pérez Cebada (Universidad de Huelva)

Grupo de Investigación HUM952 – STAND

Dpto. de Historia Contemporánea (UGR)
Programa de Doctorado en Historia y Artes (UGR)
Paréntesis Natural S.L.






International Conference of the RUEDHA


Granada, October 7-8, 2018.


Call for papers



The Spanish University Network for Environmental History (RUEDHA – Red Universitaria Española de Historia Ambiental), within the HUM952-STAND Research Group has been developing biannual meetings for a long time, in order to promote a continuous dialogue with researchers from the Iberian Peninsula context regarding the work agenda of the Socio-Environmental History. After the last meeting in Granada in 2016, we reconvene researchers who, from many areas and fields, feel called to work in the relationship that human societies and nature have had throughout History.


We seek to continue with the existing work agenda but open the space to collaboration with new groups and emerging research topics, so the sessions are led by researchers from these interdisciplinary fields to continue research in the future.


We encourage the following topics:












Conference Keynote by Micheline Cariño Olvera (UABCS, Mexico)



It is time to resume the dialogues and shared knowledges, for which we have organized a meeting in which to work on axes that are emerging in the field of Environmental History, without forgetting elements that have gone through our research in the last two decades. Faced with the civilizing crisis in which we are immersed, we have to respond to the challenge, in order to find answers to the problems that afflict us. Thinking about “recommunization” of our social practices inevitably leads us to a broad and prospective view of the commons as subjects of social change. The session coordinated by Professor Jose Miguel Lana Berasain (UPNA) will be dedicated to that. Likewise, the energy and material flows between society and the environment, studied through the different tools of the Social Metabolism proposal, will be the central object of the session coordinated by Professor Juan Infante-Amate (UPO). This session will discuss works focusing on different socioeconomic sectors (agricultural, industrial, domestic metabolisms…), addressing different chronological frameworks.


Faced with the global ecological crisis, socio-environmental resistance emerges as a space for the creation of new forms of production vs. the impacts of the capitalist system, which arise both from the field of struggle stricto sensu and from new forms of memory of the territory. We Re-Exist against the socio-environmental crisis. Crisis that must take us to a historical look at the catastrophic episodes, the impact on the climate, the environmental risks. This will be attended in the session coordinated by Professor Armando Alberola (University of Alicante). Eventually, the field of extractivism will open the field of work of the session proposed by Professors Luis Sánchez Vazquez (UGR) and Juan Diego Pérez Cebada (University of Huelva). Mining and Environment in constant productive tension will require a careful and deep look at the proposed session.



Alongside all this will be enabled spaces for book sales, presentation of specific research materials and other activities related to the field of Environmental History (projection of documentaries, etc.). Works in progress…




December 20, 2017: Deadline to send paper proposals Abstract (300 words) + Biographical Statement (300 words)


January 15, 2018: Notification of Paper Acceptance

May 30, 2018: Paper submission (8000 words, including Bibliography)

October 10, 2018: Deadline for Inscriptions


Official languages of the Seminar (presentations/papers): Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian,



PARTICIPATION AND FEES: (max. 40 attendants, inscription order)

UGR: gratis (you need to present a copy of UGR taxes in order to formalize the inscription)

Externs (Speakers/Attendants): €20,00

Social dinner (Nov 8, 21.00h): €20,00


INSCRIPTIONS: make a transfer to the account ES34 0487 3378 5620 0006 0858 specifying in the Concept: “Territorios Comunes + ID”, and send an email to detailing in the Subject: “Territorios Comunes” and, in the body of the message : Name and surname(s), ID and email, enclosing the payment receipt.



We are a group of public and trans-university research, we firmly believe in the free circulation and production of knowledges, and we stand against the monetarization of research and the Academy.


But we also stand against unpaid work and the exploitation of volunteers in the University, so that registration fees (a minimum and symbolic amount) will be used entirely to finance the work of colleagues who will deal with practical organizational issues of the symposium (preparation and dissemination of material, attendance to participants, organization of coffee breaks, video recording of the event, subsequent publication on the web, etc.).




Chiara Olivieri (UGR)

Antonio Ortega Santos (UGR)

Diego Checa Hidalgo (UGR)

Pablo Corral Broto (Université de La Réunion, Francia)


Micheline Cariño Olvera (UABCS)

José Miguel Lana Berasain (Universidad Pública de Navarra)

Iñaki Iriarte Goñi (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Manuel González de Molina (Universidad Pablo Olavide)

Enric Tello (Universidad de Barcelona)

José María Martín Civantos (Universidad de Granada)

Lourenzo Fernández Prieto (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Alberto Matarán Ruiz (Universidad de Granada)

Juan Diego Pérez Cebada (Universidad de Huelva)



Grupo de Investigación HUM952 – STAND



Department of Contemporary History, University of Granada (UGR)

History and Arts PhD Program (UGR)

Paréntesis Natural S.L.


Link :


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.

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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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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:

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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 (