New Publication: Environmental History in the Making
The 2014 World Congress of Environmental History now has a lasting scholarly legacy. This series draws on presentations at WCEH 2014, and serves as a link for ongoing scholarship on the historical interrelationships between humanity and the natural world, with special attention to the modern age. It brings together different areas of expertise in both the natural and the social sciences to help them find a common language and a common perspective. The links between human activities and flora, fauna, water, soil, are examples of the most debated topics in environmental history, and they are covered in this series alongside more establish areas of inquiry. The human impacts on ecosystems and landscapes over time, the preservation of cultural heritage, studies of historical trajectories in pattern and processes, as well as applied research on historical use and management of landscapes and ecosystems, are also taken into account. Other important topics relate to the history of environmental ideas and movements, policies, laws, regulations, conservation, the history of immaterial heritage, such as traditional knowledge related to the environment.
History in Times of Trouble
Our former president, Jane Carruthers, recently recorded this video for Columbian students taking a history course with our vice presient, Claudia Maria Leal Leon. Professor Carruthers addresses the failure, in October of the peace treaty between the government of Columbia and the FARC.
ICEHO Bulletin 10 Published
You can now download the tenth issue of the ICEHO Bulletin. In its ten pages, you can learn about the results of our first-ever member survey, discover the research and ideas of our new board members, and catch up on the latest news from our member organizations.
Call for Papers: Water History 2017
Grand Rapids, USA June 15-17, 2017 The Water History conference of the International Water History Association (IWHA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, will once again provide a platform to exchange and develop insights about the history of our most precious resource. The conference is co-organized by the IWHA and Western Michigan University.
The program committee welcomes proposals for individual papers and proposals for complete sessions. Session proposals can include three or four papers and a commentator. We encourage the inclusion of chairs in session proposals as well. Proposals for multiple sessions under one theme are also possible. The conference does not predefine topics for abstracts and sessions. Subjects and topics can range from rivers to drops, from seas to mountain lakes, from technologies to cultures, from first settlers to 20th century builders, as long as the subjects are related to water (are “wet”) and historical (are “old”).
All proposal abstracts, both individual and for sessions, will be reviewed by the program committee and should be submitted by the main author of the abstract through the online submission system. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. A link to the online abstract submission page will be made available this July. Submissions can be made until November 15, 2016. In addition, session proposals (consisting of session title, 100 word description, names and affiliations of presenters and titles of their papers, names and affiliations of commentator and chair), should be sent separately to Daniel Macfarlane, chair of the program committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities
The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in environmental humanities, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We are interested in exceptional scholars who take innovative, pioneering approaches to such areas of inquiry as history and the environment; the arts, culture and the environment; environmental ethics and philosophy; environmental theory; environmental justice in a global perspective; the Anthropocene; the nonhuman in the humanities; and varieties of environmental knowledge. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in one of the following departments: Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Science, English, German, History, History and Sociology of Science, or Philosophy. Secondary appointments in other departments can be arranged, as appropriate. This will be the first in a cluster of appointments in various aspects of the environmental humanities. The successful candidate should therefore have a strong interest in building such a program and in interacting with scholars from other disciplines whose research lies within the overarching theme of environmental humanities. The successful candidate will teach courses in her or his home department and will participate in the development of curriculum pertinent to the theme of the cluster.
Applications should be submitted on-line and include a curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes the candidate’s perspective on how she or he fits into one of the core departments, an uploaded publication (either a link to a journal publication or some other writing sample), and the contact information for three individuals who will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 3, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. The School of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see the university’s diversity plan). The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).
EAEH 2017: Call for Panels, Papers, and Posters
The fourth conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH 2017) will be held from October 27-30, 2017 in Tianjin, China. It is being jointly organized by the Association for East Asian Environmental History, Chinese Society for Environment Sciences along with a number of other institutions and will be hosted by Nankai University.
ICEHO Member Survey door prize
Congratulations to Gretel Evans of Melbourne, Australia, who is the winner of the ICEHO Member Survey door prize! She has won two books of her choosing from the Cambridge University Press Studies in Environment and History series.
And as a treat, the press is offering us a limited time 20% discount on all books in the series! Thanks, Cambridge University Press, for your support of ICEHO and the international environmental history community.
Thanks also to everyone who responded to the survey: you have helped us better understand your needs and what you would like us to be doing. We will be posting analysis of the survey in the near future.
The International Consortium for Environmental History Organizations has launched a survey to explore how it might better serve the global community of environmental historians. Please take the 5-10 minutes required to complete it. Click here to participate.
The name of one respondent will be randomly drawn, and that respondent will win 2 books of their choice from the Studies in Environment and History series of Cambridge University Press. Thank you to CUP for its generous donation of this prize, and thank you to Alan MacEachern for preparing this survey.
ICEHO Bulletin 9 Published
You can now download the ninth issue of the ICEHO Bulletin. In this issue, our President, Verena Winiwarter, and our WCEH Site Selection chair, Graeme Wynn, gives the latest, exciting news about our next WCEH conference. We also introduce our brand new website, welcome incoming member organizations, shed light on digital environmental history around the world, and much more.
ICEHO Bulletin 8 Published
You can now download the eighth issue of the ICEHO Bulletin. In this issue, you can read about our meeting in Seattle, our new leaders, and the activities of our member organizations. Our outgoing Presidents, Libby Robin and Jane Carruthers, describe the growth of ICEHO under their leadership, and give a vision of where we might go in the future. We also thank our outgoing secretary, Dolly Jørgensen, for her many contributions to our organization.
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. We invite the member organizations 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 organization is entitled to one Voting Representative at the meeting. An organization can also vote by proxy by notifying the Secretary of the person who will be voting on the member’s behalf.