CfP: From Knowledge (About the Future) to Action

ESEH : December 9, 2016 12:28

The University of Freiburg, Germany, is convening the conference From Knowledge (About the Future) to Action: Expertise and Decision-Making Regarding the Environment, Health, and Security in the 20th and 21st Centuries, to be held in October 2017.

Further details, in German and English, can be found in the full call for papers. Deadline for submission is 20 January 2017.

CfP: Household Consumption and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century

ESEH : November 29, 2016 12:17

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich, the Department of History, Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna (Italy), and the Center for History at Sciences Po (France) invite paper proposals for a conference on Household Consumption and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century which will take place on 30-31 May 2017 in Bologna.

Deadline for applications is 31 December 2016. Further details are available in the full call for papers.

Conference: Chernobyl – Turning Point or Catalyst?

ESEH : November 22, 2016 12:56

WEB_161202_03_FLY_TschernobylChristoph Becker-Schaum (Heinrich-Boell-Foundation), Jan-Henrik Meyer (Copenhagen/HoNESt) and Marianne Zepp (Heinrich-Boell-Foundation) are convening the international conference Chernobyl – Turning Point or Catalyst? Changing Practices, Structures and Perceptions in Environmental Policy and Politics (1970s-1990s) which will take place at the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation (HBS) in Berlin, Germany, on 2-3 December 2016.

This conference provides important insights on the nexus and relations between nuclear energy, society and politics in Europe East and West, as well as the impact of the Chernobyl accident on the development and change in environmental policy in Europe.

The full programme is available for download.

If you want to attend you are invited to register by 30 November 2016 on the website of the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation.

ESEH Research Grant 2016

ESEH : November 3, 2016 11:09

The ESEH Research Grant was created to assist outstanding PhD graduate students and recent PhD graduates in completing their research in environmental history. The grant provides a single payment of €500 for research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical or chronological restriction.

Students enrolled in any PhD program worldwide are eligible to apply, as are those who earned a PhD in 2015 or 2016. The funds must be used to support archival or other field-based research and travel during 2017.

To apply, you should submit the following two documents:

  • A 1-2 pages proposal (double-spaced, 12 pt font) explaining your overall project and what specific research activities you will undertake with the funds if granted. You are encouraged to include a budget overview for the specific research activity; where applicable indicate other sources of funding for amounts over EUR 500.
  • A brief curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

Files in pdf-format are preferred, but Word-compatible formats are also acceptable. Applications will be accepted until 1 December 2016. Notifications will be sent out by the end of this year.

Please submit all files to: Liesbeth van de Grift, Chair of the ESEH Research Fellowship Committee, researchgrant [at]

CfP: “Estimated Truths” workshop at MPIWG, Berlin

ESEH : October 31, 2016 16:30

Within the framework of the Art of Judgement working group of Department III – Artefacts, Action, Knowledge at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Wilko Hardenberg (MPIWG), Etienne Benson (Penn), and Giacomo Parrinello (SciencesPo) are convening a workshop titled “Estimated Truths: Water, Science, and the Politics of Approximation.” The workshop will take place in Berlin on 16-17 August 2017.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 15 December 2016.

Full details are available in the call for papers below.

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] 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.

Berlin Brandenburg Colloquium on Environmental History, Winter 2016/17

ESEH : October 20, 2016 13:42

The Berlin-Brandenburg Colloquium on Environmental History – organised by Astrid M. Kirchhof and Jan-Henrik Meyer since 2012 – provides a forum for local and international researchers to meet in an informal setting and discuss up-to-date research in environmental history. The winter semester programme 2016-17 is now available.

CfP: Knowing Nature conference in Beijing

ESEH : October 18, 2016 10:46

The Knowing Nature: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge conference will take place at Renmin University of China in Beijing on 25-27 May 2016 and is co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, Beijing, with the collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2017. Further information are available in the full call for papers.

CfA: Doctoral Program in Environment and Society at LMU Munich, Germany

ESEH : October 6, 2016 14:01

The Doctoral Program in Environment and Society invites applications from graduates in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research the complex relationships between environment and society within an interdisciplinary setting. Our program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum.

Please submit your application by 15 November 2016 via the online portal of the LMU Munich GraduateCenter.

Further details are available in the full call

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] 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.

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