ICEHO member Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) has issued a Call for Papers for a workshop on deserts and environmental history. Deadline for applications is 13 March 2015. The workshop will take place in Tucson, Arizona, USA on 14-15 September 2015. Read the CFP.
The 3rd ICEHO Bulletin, issued in January 2015, is now available for download: ICEHO_Bulletin_3_Jan2015.
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.
ICEHO member Rachel Carson Center (RCC) announces a Call for Proposals for the conference Trans-Environmental Dynamics: Understanding and Debating Ontologies, Politics, and History in Latin America. The deadline for proposals is 12 January 2015. The event will be 29-31 October 2015 in Munich, Germany. See the full call for proposals for more details.
Graeme Wynn, the program chair of the 2nd World Congress for Environmental History, has published a reflection piece on the World Congress and environmental history as a discipline in Europe in the Journal of Historical Geography. The article is free to access through 25 December 2014 at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305748814001807.
The 7th Tensions of Europe Conference will be hosted 3-6 September 2015 by ICEHO member organization KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. The main theme of the conference is the interactions between technology and environment. Proposals for the conference can be submitted until 15 February 2015. Read the detailed CFP.
The Southern African Historical Society hosts its 25th Biennial Conference, in Stellenbosch, 1-3 July 2015, with the theme: “Unsettling Stories and Unstable Subjects”. The final deadline for submittal of panels and individual abstracts (and brief CVs) is 12 January 2015. See the full Call for Papers.
The 2nd ICEHO Bulletin is now available for download: ICEHO Bulletin 2 October 2014
“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]
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.
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.