The fourth ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 9th biennial ESEH Conference, 28 June – 2 July 2017 to William M. Cavert, for his book The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
The selection committee consisted of Verena Winiwarter (Chair; Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa), Arielle Helmick (RCC), Jan-Heinrich Meyer (University of Copenhagen), and Ellen Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan University).
2017 Finalists were:
- Bruce Campbell, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, Cambridge University Press, 2016;
- Kieko Matteson, Forests in Revolutionary France: Conservation, Community, and Conflict, 1669-1848, Cambridge University Press, 2015;
- Giacomo Parrinello, Fault Lines: Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy, Berghahn Books, 2015;
- Peter Thorsheim, Waste into Weapons: Recycling in Britain during the Second World War, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
To read the full laudation from the award speech by Verena Winiwarter, including contributions from Arielle Helmick and Jane Carruthers based upon the discussions of the Turku Prize committee, click here.
Call for Submissions
The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) are pleased to announce the Turku Book Award in environmental history. The Turku Book Award is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of environmental history and carries a prize of € 3,000.
The prize will be awarded at the Ninth Biennial ESEH Conference to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, 28 June–2 July 2017.
To be eligible, books must be single-author and have been published in 2015 or 2016. Books may be nominated by authors, publishers, or members of the ESEH. Preference will be given to books that focus on Europe and/or to authors who are affiliated with European institutions. Applicants are asked to submit three copies of the monograph by mail to the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, as well as a digital copy (preferably a PDF file) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the monograph is written in a language other than English, please include a one-page English summary.
If the book’s publication model makes it difficult to provide three hard copies of the monograph (e.g. print on demand, open access) please email email@example.com for further advice. Monographs must be received by 15 December 2016 31 January 2017.
The committee consists of:
- Verena Winiwarter (Chair; Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt)
- Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa)
- Arielle Helmick (Rachel Carson Center)
- Stefan Dorondel (Institute for Anthropology Francisc J. Rainer)
- Ellen Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan University)
A downloadable updated version of this announcement is available here.
Edit: The call’s details have been updated on 25 October 2016 in response to requests from scholars whose monographs will be published in December 2016 or in alternate publication formats: