St Andrews Article Prize

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) awards every two years, in occasion of its biennial conference, the St Andrews Article Prize in European Environmental History, heir to the previous Best Article prize and the Publication prize. The prize is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well written research in the field of environmental history of Europe. Applications are welcomed from senior and junior scholars from all countries, even though some preference may be given to junior scholars from Europe.

The ESEH publication prize is intended for an article on any subject in European environmental history and in any European languages. The winner will receive a money prize worth of Euro 500 as well as travel grant (if needed) to attend the relevant ESEH Conference.

St Andrews Article Prize in European Environmental History 2017

ESEH : October 6, 2016 13:55

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) welcomes submissions for the St Andrews Article Prize in European Environmental History.

The prize is intended to reward innovative and well-written article-length research in the field of the environmental history of Europe. It will be awarded to an article published in 2015 or 2016. Applications are welcomed from senior and junior scholars from all countries, though some preference may be given to junior scholars from Europe. Articles on any subject in European environmental history and in any European language are eligible for the award.

The winner will receive a monetary award in the amount of 500 Euro as well as travel grant (if needed) to attend the 9th ESEH Conference from 28 June to 2 July 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia. Applicants are asked to submit their published article (or book chapter that is to be read as a stand-alone work) by email as a PDF file to kati.lindstrom[at]ut.ee. If the language of publication is not English, applicants should include a one-page English summary.

We accept multi-author manuscripts but the nominations are limited to one article per main author. However, you can appear as a second or third author on other submissions. Please note that the financial award is a fixed amount, independently of the number of authors, and all the authors need to be notified of the submission. You can nominate articles by other authors but only on condition that the author is notified and agrees to the nomination.

Submissions must be received by 15 January 2017. The winner will be notified by the end of April 2017.

The St Andrews Article Prize in European Environmental History committee is composed of:

  • Kati Lindström (chair; Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu)
  • Peter Coates (Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol)
  • Péter Szabó (Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Edit: This post has been modified on 13 October 2016 to reflect a clarification regarding the submission of multi-authored papers.

Best Article Prize 2015

ESEH : July 14, 2015 21:08

The ESEH Prize for Best Article in European Environmental History published in 2013 or 2014 was awarded to “‘Never Such Weather Known in These Seas’: Climatic Fluctuations and the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth Century, 1652–1674,” by Dagomar Degroot, assistant professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. The article appeared in the journal Environment and History in the spring of 2014.

“‘Never Such Weather Known in These Seas’” is an empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated account of an important episode in early modern European history. Drawing on extensive research in seventeenth-century Dutch and English sources and skillfully avoiding the pitfalls of both climate determinism and technological determinism, the article describes how the effects of a particularly frigid period of the Little Ice Age were mediated over the course of three wars by choices of ship design and naval tactics and by short-term fluctuations in weather conditions.
In particular, the article shows that as temperatures cooled and the prevailing direction of winds on the North Sea shifted from west to east, so did the naval advantage shift from the English to the Dutch. But this advantage was not absolute: it depended on particular technologies and tactics, could disappear or even reverse itself at crucial moments, and was sometimes squandered by indecisive or incompetent admirals. Transnational in scope, sensitive to multiple time-scales, and relevant to present-day discussions of climate change and national security, the article is a model for how to integrate climate into history.

The prize committee consisted of Etienne Benson (chair), Stéphane Frioux, and Petra van Dam.

2015 Best Article Prize

ESEH : November 11, 2014 17:56

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) welcomes submissions for its Best Article Prize. The prize is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written research in the field of environmental history of Europe. It will be awarded to an article published in 2013 or 2014. Applications are welcomed from senior and junior scholars from all countries, though some preference may be given to junior scholars from Europe. Articles on any subject in European environmental history and in any European language are eligible for the award.

The winner will receive a monetary award in the amount of 500 Euro as well as travel grant (if needed) to attend the 8th ESEH Conference, 30 June to 3 July 2015, in Versailles, France. Applicants are asked to submit their published article (or book chapter that is to be read as a stand-alone work) by email as a PDF file to ebenson [at] sas.upenn.edu. If the language of publication is not English, applicants should include a one-page English summary.

Submissions must be received by January 15, 2015. The winner will be notified in early May 2015.

2013 Best Article Prize

esehadmin : September 3, 2013 19:01

At the 7th ESEH Conference in Munich the ESEH Best Article Prize 2013 was awarded to Ben M. Anderson (Keele University) for his article “The construction of an alpine landscape: building, representing and affecting the Eastern Alps, c. 1885–1914”, Journal of Cultural Geography 29:2 (2012), pp. 1-29.

The article is available online (currently in free access): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08873631.2012.683288#.Uhsu2D9voms

The ESEH Best Article Prize committee consisted of Richard Hölzl (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Marco Armiero (Universidad de Coimbra) and Tomasz Samojlik (Polish Academy of Sciences).

The committee decided to give an honorable mention to a second contribution: Santiago Gorostiza, Hug March and David Sauri. “Servicing Customers in Revolutionary Times: The Experience of the Collectivized Barcelona Water Company during the Spanish Civil War”, Antipode – A radical journal of geography, first published: 22 June 2012.

Best Article Prize 2013

ESEH : March 14, 2013 13:25

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) welcomes submissions for its Best Article Prize. The prize is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well written research in the field of environmental history of Europe. It will be awarded to an article published in 2011 or 2012. Applications are welcomed from senior and junior scholars from all countries, even though some preference may be given to junior scholars from Europe. The prize will be awarded at the 7th ESEH Conference, 20-24 August 2013, in Munich, Germany.

The ESEH publication prize is intended for an article on any subject in European environmental history and in any European languages. The winner will receive a money prize worth of Euro 500 as well as travel grant (if needed) to attend 7th ESEH Conference, 20-24 August 2013, in Munich, Germany. Applicants are asked to submit their published article (including book chapters that are read as stand-alone work) by e-mail as a PDF-file to rhoelzl [at] gwdg.de. If the language of publication is not English, applicants should include a one-page English summary.

Complete applications must be received by 1 May 2013. The winner will be contacted in the end of June 2013.

ESEH Best article Prize
Dr Richard Hölzl
Seminar for Modern and Medieval History
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen
Germany
rhoelzl [at] gwdg.de

2011 ESEH Best Article Prize

ESEH : July 1, 2011 20:00

The 2011 ESEH Best Article Prize was awarded to Richard Hölzl (University of Göttingen) for his article ‘Historicizing Sustainability. German scientific forestry in the 18th and 19th centuries,’ in: Science as Culture 19 (2010) 4: 431-460.

The ESEH Best Article Prize committee consisted of Stefania Gallini (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Eva Jakobsson (University of Stavanger) and Tomasz Samojlik (Polish Academy of Sciences).

2007 ESEH Publication prize

ESEH : June 9, 2007 13:02

The Publication prize 2007 was awarded to David Moon of Durham University for his article ‘The environmental history of the Russian steppes: Vasilii Dokuchaev and the harvest failure of 1891′, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 15 (2005), pp. 149-174. The prize which was sponsored by the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., was handed to the laureate in a ceremony during the conference dinner of the ESEH Biannual Conference on Friday 8th June 2007 at Zoo Artis restaurant, Amsterdam. In his awards speech Christof Mauch (University of Munich, formerly GHI), chair of the publication prize committee, pointed out that David Moon had brought to the attention of environmental historians an area of the world of global significance. He praised the longue durée approach and pointed out that the article was of special political relevance today, as it discusses the role of scientists and politicians in dealing with ecology. The other members of the publication price committee were Fiona Watson (University of Stirling) and Lajos Racz (Szeged University).

2005 ESEH Publication prize

ESEH : March 16, 2005 12:58

The Publication prize in 2005 was awarded to Andrew and Alison Johnson for their service to the environmental History Community. Andrew and Alison own White Horse Press which publishes Environment and History, a journal solely devoted to environmental history. In addition the White Horse Press has published a series of environmental history related books. And last but not least, Andrew and Alison have allowed ESEH to publish its quarterly newsletter, Notepad, in Environment and History. It is for all these efforts to publish environmental history that the Publication Prize Committee felt that Alison and Andrew Johnson deserved the honour of the ESEH Publication prize 2005.

2003 ESEH Publication prize

ESEH : September 1, 2003 12:56

The 2003 ESEH Publication prize was won by the young and promising scholar Stéphane Frioux, a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon, France. Stéphane won the prize for his article entitled, “Assainissement urbain et vie politique à Limoges, 1849-1914″, which was published in Cahiers d’histoire vol. 47, no. 1-2, 2002, 73-92.

The ESEH Publication Prize Committee was very impressed by this very elegant and analytically rich article on a dirty topic. Frioux examines how different efforts to clean up the city of Limoges were articulated, negotiated, and failed or succeeded in the political sphere during the period from 1849 to 1914. The article is based on a wide array of sources, is clearly written, and will enrich not only European urban environmental history, but environmental history at large.

Stéphane was awarded a certificate and a three set copy of the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, which was generously made available by Berkshire Publishing.

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