Turku Book Award

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) are pleased to announce the new Turku Book Prize. The prize is named after the city of Turku, Finland, where it was awarded for the first time at the 6th biennial ESEH Conference, 28 June– 2 July 2011.

The Turku Book Award is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of environmental history. The prize, worth € 3000, is awarded for the best book in environmental history published in the two years preceding each biennial conference of the ESEH.

Books may be nominated by authors, publishers, or members of the ESEH. Preference is given to books that focus at least partly on Europe and/or to authors who are affiliated with European institutions.

Turku Book Award 2017

ESEH : July 14, 2017 08:56

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:

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.

Turku Book Award 2017 – Deadline extended

ESEH : October 25, 2016 12:03

Due to requests from scholars whose monographs will be published in December 2016, the deadline for submission for the 2017 Turku Book Award has been extended to 31 January 2017.

Moreover, since for some publication models (e.g. print on demand, open access) it may be difficult to supply three hard copies of the monograph, the call now advises to email carsoncenter[at]lmu.de for further information at this regard.

A full updated, downloadable call is available at the original 2017 Turku Book Award posting and, as a pdf, below.

Turku Book Award 2017

ESEH : October 6, 2016 13:52

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 assistants[at]carsoncenter.lmu.de. 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 carsoncenter[at]lmu.de 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.

Turku Book Award 2015

ESEH : July 13, 2015 11:42

The third ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 8th biennial ESEH Conference, 30 June – 3 July 2015 to Gregory T. Cushman for his book Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Below you may find the award committees full laudation of the book.

The award committee consisted of Helmuth Trischler (RCC/Chair), Robert Emmett (RCC), Patrick Kupper (RCC), Finn Arne Jørgensen (ESEH), and Julia Lajus (ESEH)

The other finalists were:

  • Deborah R. Coen, The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter, University of Chicago Press, 2012 (published after the 2015 Turku Book Award nomination deadline)
  • Jens Lachmund, Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature, MIT Press, 2013
  • Clapperton Mavhunga, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovations in Zimbabwe, MIT Press, 2014

Turku Book Award – Nominees 2015

ESEH : April 28, 2015 13:34

The Turku Book Award, a joint prize from the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of environmental history. The selection committee for 2015 has selected the following 11 books for their shortlist of the strongest books in environmental history in 2013 and 2014. Although contingent in its formation, this shortlist of highly recommended books provides a very good overview of excellent scholarship in the field.  The winner will be announced during the ESEH biennial conference in Versailles, 30 June – 3 July 2015.

  • Ellen F. Arnold, Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012*)
  • John L. Brooke, Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Deborah R. Coen, The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter (University of Chicago Press, 2012*)
  • Gregory T. Cushman, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Richard Hoffmann, An Environmental History of Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Christopher F. Jones, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014)
  • Paul Josephson, Nicolai Dronin, Ruben Mnatsakanian, Aleh Cherp, Dmitry Efremenko, and Vladislav Larin, An Environmental History of Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Jens Lachmund, Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature (MIT Press, 2013)
  • Clapperton Mavhunga, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovations in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014)
  • Christopher L. Pastore, Between Land and Sea: The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England (Harvard University Press, 2014)
  • Anna Storm, Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

* published after the 2013 Turku Prize nomination deadline.

2015 Turku Book Award

ESEH : August 19, 2014 15:24

The next Turku Book Award will be presented in Versailles in 2015; eligible books are those published in 2013 or 2014.

The deadline for submission of three print copies and one digital copy is 15 January 2015. If the monograph is written in a language other than English, please include a one-page English summary.

Full details are available in the official announcement below.

Turku Book Award 2013

esehadmin : September 6, 2013 17:46

The second ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 7th biennial ESEH Conference, 21-24 August 2013 to Patrick Kupper for his book Wildnis schaffen. Eine transnationale Geschichte des Schweizerischen Nationalparks (Bern: Haupt Verlag, 2012)

The award committee consisted of Franziska Torma (RCC), Stefania Barca (ESEH), Julia Herzberg (RCC), Uwe Lübken (RCC), and Paul Warde (ESEH).

The finalists were:

  • Kupper, Patrick. Wildnis schaffen. Eine transnationale Geschichte des Schweizerischen Nationalparks (Bern: Haupt Verlag, 2012).
  • Armiero, Marco. A Rugged Nation: Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy (Cambridge: The White Horse Press, 2011).
  • Jørgensen, Finn Arne. Making A Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling (New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2011).

Turku Book Award 2013

ESEH : April 15, 2012 16:06

The next Turku Book Award will be presented in Munich in 2013; eligible books are those published in 2011 or 2012. Nominated books should be submitted in three copies by mail to the Rachel Carson Center in Munich by 15 January 2013 1 December 2012. If the monograph is written in a language other than English, please include a one-page English summary.

Committee members include:

  • Franziska Torma (RCC)
  • Stefania Barca (ESEH)
  • Julia Herzberg (RCC)
  • Uwe Lübken (RCC)
  • Paul Warde (ESEH)

The address for submissions is:
Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a
D-80802 Munich

Full details are available in the book award official announcement.

Updated and corrected on 22 May 2012

Turku Book Award 2011

ESEH : July 1, 2011 20:00

The first ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 6th biennial ESEH Conference, 28 June – 2 July 2011 to Stefania Barca for her book Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley, 1796-1916 (Cambridge: White Horse Press, 2010)

The award committee consisted of Christof Mauch (ESEH/ RCC), David Moon (ESEH), Diana Mincyte (RCC), Phia Steyn (ESEH), and Franziska Torma (RCC).

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