Fostering cooperation to build and support environmental history as a discipline worldwide

Our Mission

The aim of the Consortium is to foster international communication among environmental history organizations. Specific goals include sharing information, learning from the successes and failures of others, and discussing common issues, concerns, and challenges.

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The main focus is on organizing the World Congress of Environmental History every 5 years. Additional projects, programs and activities will be determined by the membership.

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Members are entities which want to support environmental history. This includes associations, societies, or networks; university departments, schools, programs or units; research institutes; museums; government groups; academies of science; non-governmental organizations; foundations; publishers; and advocacy groups.

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CFP: Manufacturing Landscapes—Nature and Technology in Environmental History

ICEHO member Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society is co-sponsoring a conference “Manufacturing Landscapes–Nature and Technology in Environmental History”, 28–31 May 2015 at Renmin University of China, Beijing.

This conference seeks to include papers on such topics as the transformation of plants, animals, and genes into “organic machines,” the impact of water or electric power production on natural systems, mining as an intervention in nature, the perception of nature through the changing lens of technology and innovation, and the ecology of industrialization. Other issues of interest include the meaning of the “Anthropocene” and its cultural implications, Western vs. non-Western views of the line separating nature from technology, theories of hybridity and techno-imperialism, and concepts of envirotech histories.

This conference is open to all ranks and all scholars, from graduate students to senior professors. Participants will be selected competitively. Those interested in attending should send a written proposal of one page in length (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV. The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2015. Successful proposals will be announced around 1 February, and complete drafts of papers (minimum of 5,000 words in English or the equivalent in Chinese characters) will be required by 1 May. All papers will be circulated to the participants in advance and will not be orally presented in full during the conference.

See the full call for proposals for submittal instructions.

Podcast on 2nd WCEH

Nature’s Past: A Canadian Environmental History” podcast series has released an episode dedicated to the 2nd WCEH. The episode details are given below.

Episode 44: The Second World Congress for Environmental History, 24 September 2014 [48:01]

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For five days this past July, environmental historians from around the world convened in Guimarães, Portugal for the Second World Congress for Environmental History. This is the main event for the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations. It brings together scholars from nearly every corner of the globe every five years to share new research in the field and to think about environmental history from a global perspective. This year, several scholars from Canada attended the conference (as they did five years ago). They took the opportunity to learn from colleagues in other national fields and they shared research findings from the Canadian context. There were dozens of panels and round tables, big plenary lectures, and a poster session, so much that no one person could see it all. On this episode of the podcast, we speak with a group of environmental historians who attended the Second World Congress for Environmental History.

Dialogue on Environmental History in BRICS Nations

As Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS nations) expand their economies, their physical environments are increasingly being stressed, with significant implications for their citizens. The purpose of this workshop held in August 2014 was to explore these dynamics with a historical perspective. History is a badly neglected field in academic literatures on BRICS, which are largely dominated by economists. The participants are all leading environmental historians and academics who work respectively on each of the BRICS countries. 

The proceedings are available for viewing online (see the program for specific talks in each time slot):

August 28, morning

August 28, afternoon

August 29, morning

August 29, afternoon

August 29, evening

The meeting’s sponsors included Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa and the Graduate Program on Social History/UFRJ.