CfP Disasters Wet and Dry Conference

Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History

Beijing, Renmin University of China, 23-26 May 2013

Co-Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China

This conference will explore across national boundaries and throughout the human past the social, political, cultural, and economic effects of flooding rivers and cycles of drought. Scholars in history and related disciplines are invited to submit paper proposals on such questions as these: How have different societies understood drought and flood, and how have traditional knowledge and modern science shaped social understanding of those phenomena? What strategies of coping have societies pursued, and where did they succeed and where did they fail? What kinds of community relief have they devised, short-term or long-term? How have natural
disasters influenced the development of civilizations? How may human actions have created conditions for disastrous floods and droughts?

Paper proposals should be one-page long (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV. The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2013.

Further details are available in the full call for papers.