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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Notice of ICEHO General Assembly 2016

There will be an ICEHO General Assembly on Friday 1 April 2016, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Grand 2 Room (Level 4), Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, in conjunction with the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual meeting.

The assembly will include voting for President, Vice-President, and Ordinary Members of the ICEHO Board, which is done by ballot. The candidates who have been nominated are:
President (3-year term, 2016-2019): Verena Winiwarter (Austria)
Vice-President (3-year term, 2016-2019): no candidate
Ordinary Members (3-year term, 2016-2019; a minimum of 2 and maximum of 7 persons may be elected):

  • Mauro Agnoletti (Italy)
  • James Beattie (New Zealand)
  • Siddhartha Krishnan (India)
  • Claudia Leal (Colombia)
  • Alan MacEachern (Canada)
  • Mucha Musemwa (South Africa)
  • Daisy Onyige (Nigeria)
  • Hou Shen (China)
  • Kirsten Wehner (Australia)

We invite the member organisations to make additional nominations from the floor for any of these positions, and especially encourage nominations for Vice-President. According to the ICEHO Constitution, the procedure for such nominations is:

Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the General Assembly, provided that each person so nominated has the support in writing of his or her Member Association or Institutional Member, and at least three (3) other Members, and subject to confirmation that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Such nominations shall be accompanied by biographical details.

Each member organisation is entitled to one Voting Representative at the meeting. An organisation can also vote by proxy by notifying the Secretary of the person who will be voting on the member’s behalf.

CFP Transformations of the Earth graduate workshop

Transformations of the Earth:
International Graduate Student Workshop in Environmental History

Renmin University of China, Beijing,
21-23 May 2016  

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China,
and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

This conference is open to advanced graduate students and early postdocs, regardless of department, discipline, or country. The purpose of the conference is to provide promising, but inexperienced scholars an opportunity to present their work in progress (e.g., a chapter from a dissertation) before an international group of peers and a panel of senior mentors in the field.

Our theme is meant to be broad and inclusive. We will consider topics from any period of history or any part of the world. But especially we want to include new research on how societies, large or small, have transformed the natural world around them materially and in the process have changed their own structure, views of the world, or social-economic relations. In other words, we are interested in exploring the dynamics of reciprocal change.  Studies of ideology or cultural attitudes are welcome, but only if they include the material dimensions of social/ecological transformation.

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 proposals should be in English, although for speakers of Mandarin it is permissible to provide both a Chinese language version and an English one.

The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2016.  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 2016.  All papers will be circulated to the participants in advance and will not be presented orally during the conference.

The senior mentors, who will provide critiques of all the papers, include Christof Mauch, director of the Rachel Carson Center, Munich; Peter C. Perdue, professor of Chinese history, Yale University; Lise Sedrez, professor of Brazilian history, Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro – Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais; and Mingfang Xia, Shen Hou, and Donald Worster, all faculty members in the Center for Ecological History.

Travel expenses for students living outside of China will be paid by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.  Students living within China will be reimbursed for their travel expenses by Renmin University, which will also provide hotel rooms and meals for three days for all participants.

Send proposals to both of the following:
Agnes Kneitz (conference secretary)
Assistant Professor of History
Renmin University of China:

and Annka Liepold
Events Coordinator
Rachel Carson Center,Munich

CFP: SOLCHA’s 8th symposium, August 2016

8th Symposium of the Latin American and Caribbean Society for Environmental History – SOLCHA, in Puebla, México, August 3 to 5, 2016

The event is convened by SOLCHA in partnership with the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Acatlán, UNAM, and the Master and Ph.D. programmes in History at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. Prof. Rosalva Loreto chairs the Local Organizing Committee.

You can find the full call at

Plenary sessions, panels, individual papers and posters can be submitted to the email of the Organizing Committee:

Deadlines depend on the typology of your proposal:

*December 1, 2015:* Proposals for plenary sessions and panels. For the approved plenary sessions, a second call will be open up to Feb. 15 to receive paper proposals.

*February 15, 2016*: Proposals for individual papers and posters.

Further details can be found in the call or answered by the LOC team at

Although the currently published call is in Spanish only, please do submit your proposals in English too. SOLCHA is a welcoming diverse community.


La convocatoria al *VIII Simposio de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental – SOLCHA*, que tendrá lugar en Puebla, México, del 3 al 5 de agosto de 2016

Este evento es convocado por SOLCHA en colaboración con la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, la Facultad de Estudios Superiores Acatlán, UNAM, y la Maestría y Doctorado en  Historia en la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. La Prof.a Rosalva Loreto preside el Comité Organizador Local.

La convocatoria está publicada en este enlace:

Propuestas para sesiones plenarias, paneles, ponencias individuales y posters pueden ser enviadas al correo

La fecha límite para someter las propuestas depende de la tipología de las mismas:

*Diciembre 1, 2015:* Propuestas para sesiones plenarias y paneles. Para las sesiones plenarias que quedaran aprobadas, se abrirá una segunda convocatoria hasta el 15 de Febrero de 2016 para someter propuestas de contribución a las sesiones.

*February 15, 2016*: Propuestas de ponencias individuales y posters.

Mayores detalles se encuentran en el texto de la convocatoria o se puede consultar a los organizadores al correo

Estonian popular science magazine features environmental history

HorisontIn September 2015 a special issue on environmental history was published in the Estonian popular science magazine Horisont. The special issue was put together and partly financed by the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK), a new ICEHO member.

Anthropocene in its different meanings is the cover story of the magazine. The issue opens by interviews with renown environmental historians from Asia, Australia, India, Africa, Europe, Latin America and Northern America where each respondent introduces the central questions and challenges of environmental history in their respective corner of the world. Other articles cover climate history, environmental diseases, gardening history, waste management and waterways, linking the main keywords in environmental history with the particular Estonian examples and problems. The issue concludes with an overview of the most important centers, journals, books series and museums engaged in the development of environmental history. Thanks to the positive feedback, the widespread magazine will add columns on environmental history also in its further numbers. Horisont is the major Estonian magazine on popular science and it celebrates its 50th anniversary of publishing next year.

You can read about the issue here (in Estonian):

CFP: Consuming the World

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) invites paper proposals for the conference “Consuming the World: Easting and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment.” The conference will be 11-12 March 2016. The deadline to apply is 15 July 2015. Details available here.