Baltic states

Prof. Ulrike Plath
Institute of History
Tallinn University
Rüütli 6, 10130 Tallinn
plath [at]

Special edition of the ESEH Notepad about environmental history in Estonia:
Notepad no. 42 May 2012, Environment and History, Vol 18, Nr. 2

Fellowship: Baltica-Stipendium

ESEH : July 22, 2014 12:24

Tallinn University Academic Library announces a fellowship to perform research on its historical Baltica archival funds (mainly in German).

Applications (including a CV, a list of publications, and a cover letter with a detailed research plan) should be sent to baltika [at] by 31 July 2014.

Further information about the fellowship (in German) is available below.

Conference programme: Bellies, Bodies, ”Policey”

ESEH : April 30, 2014 19:46

The Institutes of History at Tallinn and Tartu University and the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK), in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center, Munich (RCC), and the support of the ESEH is organizing a conference titled Bellies, Bodies, ”Policey”. Embodied Environments Between Catastrophes and Control. The conference will be held in Tallinn and Tartu from 10 to 12 September 2014.

Please find the conference programme below.

CfP: Bellies, Bodies, Policey.

ESEH : December 12, 2013 20:34

The Institutes of History at Tallinn and Tartu University and KAJAK (Estonian Centre for Environmental History) are organising, with, among others, funding from the ESEH, a conference entitled Bellies, Bodies, Policey. Embodied Environments between Catastrophes and Control to be held in Tallinn and Tartu from 10 September to 12 September 2014

The working language of the conference will be English in Tallinn and English or German in Tartu. Please send an abstract (300 words) and your CV to Ulrike Plath (plath [at] and Mati Laur (mati.laur [at] Deadline for applications is 15 January 2014.

More information are available in the full call for papers (click on the link to download or read below).

EASLCE/NIES Conf.: Dates changed

ESEH : September 23, 2013 20:40

The dates for the EASLCE/NIES conference “Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning”, to be held in Tartu, Estonia, have been changed. The conference will now take place between 29 April and 3 May 2014.

This is also a reminder that the call for papers is still open until 1 October 2013. See the link above for further details.

CfP: EASLCE/NIES Conference 2014

ESEH : June 16, 2013 11:41

Call for papers: “Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning”

The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE) biennial conference and the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) IX conference

Hosted by the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu

Tartu, Estonia, April 22-26, 29 April – 3 May 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)
Ernest Hess-Lüttich (University of Bern)
Steven Hartman (Mid Sweden University; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Thomas McGovern (City University of New York)

To submit a proposal, interested scholars should send an abstract (up to 500 words) by e-mail to the address: framing_nature (at)
The deadline for the abstracts is October 1, 2013.

For additional information and further updates please visit the conference website.
A full CfP is available there as well.

Timo Maran
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu
framing_nature (at)

Graduate seminar: Time in environment

ESEH : December 20, 2012 17:32

Intensive graduate seminar
“Time in environment: methodological implications of narrating”
26-28 March 2013, Tallinn and Sagadi, Estonia

The course will be held in conjunction with the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” (25-26 March, Tallinn)

Organizer: Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK).
In co-operation with the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA, University of Tartu) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The seminar is centered around time- and environment-related methodological problems. The seminar consists of individual tasks and group-works that are meant to apply the theoretical ideas presented in the lectures of the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”in research practice. The aim of the seminar is to draw attention to the specifics of time as a methodological tool of research and narration; to the temporal diversity of different environmental processes and phenomena; to the challenges related with the need to model the temporal processes in the environment.

For initial program and introduction of lecturers please follow this link.

Requirements for participation

Interested graduate students (maximum 15) can apply for the seminar by sending a letter of motivation (ca 100 words) to ktkdk [at] by 25 January. You will be notified of your participation by the 5 February. Students are expected to participate in the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” preceding the seminar on 25-26 March in Tallinn and do preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminar workshops. Extra credits are awarded for an oral or poster presentation at the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”.

ECTS points will be awarded on the following conditions:
2 ETC for participation in the seminar and conference
+ 2 ETC for participating in the conference with a presentation or a poster presentation

Participation in the course is free of charge; the accommodation and travel costs of the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed.

The language of the seminar and conference is English.

The seminar venues:
Tallinn University, Institute of History
Sagadi hostel

The event is supported by the European Union through the European Social Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts), Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

CfP: Time in Environment and EH

ESEH : November 25, 2012 13:20

From Instants to Eons: Time in Environment and Environmental History
International Conference organized by the Centre for Environmental History in Estonia (KAJAK)
Tallinn, 25-26 March 2013

Deadline for application: 20 December 2012

Environment and environmental history feature countless diverse and often hardly reconcilable time scales. While “time” is probably one of the least questioned concepts in experimental science, being the basis of objectivity in measurements, it becomes infinitely diversified in the phenomenal world. Evolutionary, ecological, geological, cyclic, perennial, organismic, human (that is, specifically cultural) times are all indispensable elements of every environment and environmental historical treatment. At any given moment, the environment is shaped by the mostly short lived organisms acting here and now and long-term processes like evolution, ecological and climatic cycles or the birth and disappearance of human civilizations. This diversity in times in environment and history poses also several methodological challenges, especially concerning the research material and metalanguage. The understanding of time and the choice of time scales is one the most fundamental components of environmental historical narratives and analysis.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and your CV to sillaso [at]

Further details are available in the full call for papers.

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