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.

Call for Nominations: ESEH Board

ESEH : March 28, 2013 10:09

The European Society for Environmental History is inviting all members to nominate candidates for election to the board. Elections will be held at the Ordinary General Meeting at the ESEH conference in Munich, Germany, on 23 August 2013.

Nominations for candidates for all posts on the Board are welcome, i.e. President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, and also for the Financial Control Committee.

Please send nominations to the chair of the Nominating Committee: Martin Schmid, Alpen-Adria Universität, Austria (martin.schmid [at] by 4 June 2013 the latest (according to the constitution, nominations must be sent to the Nominating Committee at least 80 days before the Ordinary General Meeting, which will be held on 23 August 2013). Please include a one-page CV, or link to the webpage, of the nominee, with details of the person’s current post, previous posts (where relevant), degrees, main publications, research grants and projects, experience in academic societies, and any other relevant information.

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] 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
rhoelzl [at]

Summer School: Latin American EH

esehadmin : March 12, 2013 10:54

The Latin American and Caribbean Society for Environmental History (Solcha, for its acronym in Spanish), the Universidad de los Andes and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia invites graduate students to apply to the First Summer School on Latin American Environmental History, which will take place in Bogota between Monday June 3rd and Friday June 7th.

Deadline for submissions is 23 March 2013.

For more information see the attached flyer and visit the school’s website.

Job: Tenure-track in EH at NTU, Singapore

ESEH : February 27, 2013 12:22

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is looking for candidates for a tenure-track position in environmental history. NTU has a relatively new and rapidly growing history department and is looking to hire at the assistant professor level. Applications are invited from scholars working broadly in the area of environmental history. The geographical specialization is also open (that is, candidates need not specialize in Asia or Asian topics).

A full description of the position as advertised is available on the webpages of the History Department at NTU

The position is open until filled, but to receive full consideration, applications should be dispatched to the Search Committee by 17 March 2013.

Summer School: Mountains Across Borders

ESEH : February 18, 2013 12:45

Mountains Across Borders – A Summer School in environmental history
Lavin, Switzerland | 17-21 August 2013

This four-day ESEH graduate student Summer School will convene immediately before the European Society for Environmental History conference in Munich to offer intermediate to advanced graduate students the opportunity to present and discuss their work, to network with other researchers from across the world, and to witness and learn from eastern Switzerland’s complicated alpine environment.


Detailed information on the program and how to apply may be found in the full call for applications.

Book: Civilizing Nature

ESEH : January 30, 2013 15:41

The first volume in The Environment in History: International Perspectives series has been published: Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective, edited by Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine Höhler, and Patrick Kupper.

This Berghahn Books series is peer reviewed by scholars affiliated with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and the European Society of Environmental History.

The editors discuss the book in an interesting conversation published on the website of Berghahn Books.

CfP: Panel on disasters – AHA 2014

ESEH : January 28, 2013 10:33

Cindy Ermus of Florida State University is looking for panelists for a session on “historical disasters” to be held at AHA 2014 in Washington, DC. The deadline for submissions in on 15 February 2013.

In particular, 3 or 4 case studies on government response and corruption (broadly) in times of natural disasters in the 18th century (though 17th and 19th century would also work) are sought for. Cindy Ermus is working on responses to the perceived “threat” of plague in England, France, and Italy during the Marseille plague of 1720. Her project explores responses to the threat of plague beyond the borders of France, and exposes the underlying interests that often inform decisions to search vessels, raise port taxes, quarantine, restrict travel, erect or shut city walls and so on.

Please contact Cindy Ermus for further information: cermus [at]

Graduate seminar: Time in environment

ESEH : December 20, 2012 17:32

Intensive graduate seminar
“Time in environment: methodological implications of narrating”
26-28 March 2013, Tallinn and Sagadi, Estonia

The course will be held in conjunction with the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” (25-26 March, Tallinn)

Organizer: Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK).
In co-operation with the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA, University of Tartu) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The seminar is centered around time- and environment-related methodological problems. The seminar consists of individual tasks and group-works that are meant to apply the theoretical ideas presented in the lectures of the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”in research practice. The aim of the seminar is to draw attention to the specifics of time as a methodological tool of research and narration; to the temporal diversity of different environmental processes and phenomena; to the challenges related with the need to model the temporal processes in the environment.

For initial program and introduction of lecturers please follow this link.

Requirements for participation

Interested graduate students (maximum 15) can apply for the seminar by sending a letter of motivation (ca 100 words) to ktkdk [at] by 25 January. You will be notified of your participation by the 5 February. Students are expected to participate in the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” preceding the seminar on 25-26 March in Tallinn and do preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminar workshops. Extra credits are awarded for an oral or poster presentation at the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”.

ECTS points will be awarded on the following conditions:
2 ETC for participation in the seminar and conference
+ 2 ETC for participating in the conference with a presentation or a poster presentation

Participation in the course is free of charge; the accommodation and travel costs of the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed.

The language of the seminar and conference is English.

The seminar venues:
Tallinn University, Institute of History
Sagadi hostel

The event is supported by the European Union through the European Social Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts), Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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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