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 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.

Call for Proposals to host 2019 World Congress of Environmental History

After two very successful international meetings (in Copenhagen and Guimarães, Portugal) the third World Congress for Environmental History is scheduled for 2019.

The Site Selection Committee of the International Council of Environmental History Organizations is now calling for proposals from parties interested in hosting the 2019 conference, preferably in July or August of that year.

The deadline for proposals is 1st December 2015.

We especially encourage proposals from beyond North America and Europe. Proposals should come, in the first instance from individuals or organizations affiliated with universities or scholarly societies. While the support of local convention and visitors bureaus will become important once the site is proposed and under consideration, the proposal should not come directly from the convention and visitors’ bureau or events services.

If you are interested or if you would like to submit a notice of intent, please contact Graeme Wynn at for further details and a copy of the conference guidelines, before August 2015 if possible.

We aim to finalize site selection by July 2016.

Please keep in mind that hosting a conference that will likely attract 600-750 delegates requires substantial effort and time as well as significant institutional support and fundraising, but it is also a terrific opportunity to showcase local/ national scholarship, to advance environmental awareness and to promote local initiatives.


ICEHO Site Selection Committee:

Graeme Wynn University of British Columbia (Chair)

Stefania Gallini, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Lisa Mighetto, Executive Director, ASEH

Bo Poulsen, Aalborg University


Congresso Mundial de História Ambiental 2019

Convite à Apresentação de Propostas

Depois de dois encontros internacionais de muito sucesso (em Copenhaga – Dinamarca, e Guimarães – Portugal) o terceiro Congresso Mundial para a história ambiental está previsto para 2019.

O Comité de Seleção do Local do Conselho Internacional das Organizações de História Ambiental (ICEHO) convida à apresentação de propostas de candidatura à organização do Congresso, a realizar-se de preferência em julho ou agosto.

O prazo para a apresentação de propostas é de 1 de dezembro de 2015.

Encorajamos, especialmente, propostas que venham de países fora da América do Norte e da Europa. As propostas deverão vir de indivíduos ou organizações afiliadas em universidades ou em sociedades académicas. Apesar de o apoio das associações para a promoção do turismo (Convention and Visitors Bureaus) vir a assumir um papel importante assim que o local for escolhido, as candidaturas não devem partir diretamente destas organizações mas sim de universidades e/ou de sociedades académicas.

A fim de manifestar esse interesse, deverá ser enviada uma manifestação de intenção diretamente para Graeme Wynn ( de modo a obter informação mais detalhada e as orientações da realização da conferência até agosto de 2015.

O nosso objetivo é finalizar o processo de escolha do local até julho de 2016.

Por favor, tenha em mente que organizar uma conferência, que provavelmente irá atrair 600-750 delegados de muitos países, exige um esforço substancial e tempo, bem como um importante apoio institucional e de captação de recursos. Mas também é uma ótima oportunidade para mostrar o trabalho académico local / nacional e promover a consciência ambiental, assim como iniciativas locais da sociedade civil.

Comité de Seleção do Local, da ICEHO:

Graeme Wynn University of British Columbia (Chair)

Stefania Gallini, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Lisa Mighetto, Executive Director, ASEH

Bo Poulsen, Aalborg University


Congreso Mundial de Historia Ambiental 2019

Convocatoria para presentar propuestas para su organización

Luego de dos encuentros internacionales (en Copenhagen, Dinamarca y Guimarães, Portugal) muy exitosos, el tercer Congreso Mundial de Historia Ambiental está programado para el 2019.

El Comité de Selección del Lugar anfitrión, del Consorcio Internacional de Organizaciones de Historia Ambiental (ICEHO) convoca a la presentación de candidaturas para la organización de este Congreso, a realizarse preferiblemente en julio o agosto. La fecha límite para la presentación de propuestas es el 1 de diciembre de 2015.

Estimulamos especialmente propuestas que provengan de lugares diferentes a América del Norte y Europa. Pueden postularse, preferiblemente, individuos u organizaciones afiliadas a universidades o asociaciones científicas/académicas. El apoyo de asociaciones para la promoción del turismo (Convention and Visitors Bureaus) puede ser importante en un segundo momento, pero la propuesta no debería provenir directamente de centros de convenciones, oficinas de visitantes, o proveedores de servicios para eventos.

Si está interesado en vincularse, por favor contacte antes de Agosto 2015 a Graeme Wynn ( para recibir mayores detalles y una copia de la guía para la organización de esta conferencia.

Nuestro objetivo es finalizar el proceso de selección del lugar en julio 2016.

Por favor tenga en cuenta que ser anfitrión de una conferencia que en promedio atrae a unos 600-750 delegados presupone un esfuerzo y una dedicación de tiempo substanciales, así como un significativo apoyo institucional y financiero, a la vez que representa una magnífica oportunidad para mostrar el trabajo académico local y nacional, fomentar la conciencia ambiental y promover las iniciativas locales de la sociedad civil.

Comité de Selección del Lugar 2019, ICEHO:

Graeme Wynn University of British Columbia (Chair)

Stefania Gallini, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Lisa Mighetto, Executive Director, ASEH

Bo Poulsen, Aalborg University



世界环境史大会(World Congress of Environmental History)业已分别在丹麦哥本哈根与葡萄牙吉马良斯成功举办两届国际会议,并拟于2019年举办第三届大会。

环境史组织国际委员会(International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations,简写ICEHO)所设选址委员会目前接受承办2019年会议的申请,会期以2019年七月或八月为宜。



敬请有意正式申请者,或愿意提交意愿者,在2015年8月之前联系Graeme Wynn教授,获取进一步信息与会议承办指导原则。Wynn教授邮件地址为:


我们提请有意申请者注意,此次会议可能吸引600-750人参与,承办此次活动要求花费大量时间、精力, 而且需要承办方所在科研机构的大力支持与资金募集。然而,它同时也将是一个展示该地、该国学术水平,提升环境意识,促进该地区自发性的大好机会。


Graeme Wynn主席,英属哥伦比亚大学

Stefania Gallini,哥伦比亚国立大学

Lisa Meghetti美国环境史学会执行主任

Bo Poulsen, 丹麦奥尔堡大学

12 Funded PhD Fellowships in Environmental Humanities in Europe

The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe research group ( 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: