Nordic countries

Regional representative

Dr Paula Schönach
Post-doctoral researcher,
Department of Environmental Sciences,
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 2a),
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
paula.schonach [at]

Seminar “Multispecies City: diversity, communication, conflicts”

BalticRR : December 3, 2017 21:31

1.-2. December 2017, Tartu Loodusmaja (Lille, 10 Tartu)

Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu holds a two-day seminar on urban environments from the semiotic and historical perspectives, as well as urban planning and natural sciences. The aim of the current seminar is to bring together different disciplines working with the non-human species in cities to shed light upon differences as well as overlaps between approaches.

Urban environments are inhabited not only by humans but by a number of species, including our pets, plants introduced by humans, commensals taking advantage of human resources, and also native species of the given area. Different species are related by manifold of relations: food chains, behavioural co-adaptations, interspecies communication, use of shared environments, and also cultural representations in case of human culture. A lot of this diversity is, however, concealed and the existence of other species in urban environments becomes often noticed only in the case of problematic and conflictive encounters. The unfolding interactions between species also depend heavily on spatial arrangements: urban planning, allocation of resources, migratory routes of birds and mammals and so on.

Plenary lecture by  Ingvar Svanberg: Various uses of urban ponds in Sweden from medieval times until the present day.

Event web page HERE

Seminar 1-2 Dec 2017

CfP: ICOHTEC’s annual symposium in July 2018

NordicRR : November 9, 2017 16:13

The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) will held its 45th symposium in Saint-Étienne, South-East France.  The venue will be the Jean Monnet University. In this annual meeting, presenters representing various disciplines will examine the relations and tensions between the past and future. Interactions between the environment and technology are also included in the subthemes.  The symposium is open to presentations dealing with any epoch of history and any region of the world.  In this meeting, ICOHTEC will also celebrate its 50th anniversary. The organization was established in Paris in 1968 to promote international dialogues over borders during the Cold War. ICOHTEC is the global organization in the field.

The deadline for session, paper and poster submissions is Monday 5 February 2018.

Dates of the symposium are 17 – 21 July 2018.


Travel grants are available for young career scholars.


The complete Call for Papers is available via the link:


On behalf of the ICOHTEC Programme Committee


Timo Myllyntaus

Professor of Economic and Social History Turku School of Economics University of Turku Tel. +358-400 798409

Call for Papers to next ICOHTEC symposium:



Job announcement: Postdoc at the University of Oulu, Finland

ESEH : November 11, 2014 20:03

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu announces a two-year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Environmental or Medical Humanities to start at the beginning of March, 2015. This researcher position is placed at The Age of Adjustments – Critical and Historical Perspectives on Governing Citizens, Health and the Environment research community (RC) at the University of Oulu. The RC focuses on environmental and medical humanities. The RC was rated as ‘outstanding’ (6/6) in the previous research assessment exercise at the University of Oulu in the category of new research initiatives in 2013.

A full job announcement is available on the University of Oulu’s website.

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted by 8 December 2014, using the electronic application form.

Job: Post-doc at KTH in Stockholm

ESEH : September 4, 2014 19:16

The Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, announces a post-doc position within the Mistra funded research program “New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic”.

Language skills in Swedish / Norwegian and in Finnish are required.

A full job announcement is available on KTH’s website.

Deadline for applications: 14 September 2014

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)

CfP: Indigenous People and Nature Conservation

ESEH : April 8, 2013 23:50

Extended deadline to 15 May 2013!

The conference Sámi Customary Rights in Modern Landscapes – Indigenous People and Nature Conservation at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, will take place 28-30 August 2013.

For information on the program and the optional excursion in Laponia visit the Conference webpage.

Forest history PhD course

ESEH : November 27, 2012 14:50

Comparative forest histories of the global north.
15-19 April 2013
Umeå University, Sweden
Credit 7,5 CTS

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2013.

This PhD course, taught by Professor Nancy Langston, offers students international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the history of boreal forests. We encourage students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to participate; the course will be particularly relevant for students in history, ecology, archaeology, and forestry.

To apply send a short application to Professor Erland Mårald, outlining your academic background and what you wish to get out of the course.

Further details are available in the full course description.

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