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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Programs

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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Membership

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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12 Funded PhD Fellowships in Environmental Humanities in Europe

The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe research group (www.enhanceitn.eu) 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: www.enhanceitn.eu

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.