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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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 22 March 2013.

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] fsu.edu

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] ut.ee 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.

Course: Russian Culture in Baltic Nature

ESEH : November 27, 2012 14:44

The Center for Environmental and Technological History of the European University at St. Petersburg announces the educational project Russian Culture in Baltic Nature: intersection of history, landscape and heritage.

The Center annually teaches a distance education and summer session course that involves fascinating travel and lectures from experts in the field. The first course, beginning in 2013, will be dedicated to Russian heritage in the Eastern Baltic. The Baltic Sea is a key natural and cultural unifier of the lands of Eastern Europe and Russia and the course will focus on local trans-border culture and nature. The Eastern Baltic is a place where nations and peoples have been mixed for centuries and powerful empires have impacted one another. During the summer session we will travel through three countries studying the Russian culture and heritage dispersed here and there in unforgettable landscapes. This course is based on the idea of three continuities: continuity of culture, nature and history across state borders. Finally we will try to answer a key question – is international heritage management possible at all?

For details see the project’s website or contact the project coordinator Olga Malkina.

CfP The Politics of Freshwater

ESEH : November 27, 2012 14:37

The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment
March 14-16, 2013
Middlebury College, Vermont, USA

New deadline for submissions: 30 November 2012

Papers in this interdisciplinary conference will focus on different processes contributing to water scarcity, such as land use decisions, privatization, pricing, damming, commoditization and climate´change, and on ways to improve peoples’ relationships to the freshwater systems they depend on. In addition, the organizers hope to have one session on themes of water in the humanities (philosophy, religion and literature).

Limited funds are available to support travel and lodging for people from developing countries.

Further details are available in the full call for papers.

CfP: Time in Environment and EH

ESEH : November 25, 2012 13:20

From Instants to Eons: Time in Environment and Environmental History
International Conference organized by the Centre for Environmental History in Estonia (KAJAK)
Tallinn, 25-26 March 2013

Deadline for application: 20 December 2012

Environment and environmental history feature countless diverse and often hardly reconcilable time scales. While “time” is probably one of the least questioned concepts in experimental science, being the basis of objectivity in measurements, it becomes infinitely diversified in the phenomenal world. Evolutionary, ecological, geological, cyclic, perennial, organismic, human (that is, specifically cultural) times are all indispensable elements of every environment and environmental historical treatment. At any given moment, the environment is shaped by the mostly short lived organisms acting here and now and long-term processes like evolution, ecological and climatic cycles or the birth and disappearance of human civilizations. This diversity in times in environment and history poses also several methodological challenges, especially concerning the research material and metalanguage. The understanding of time and the choice of time scales is one the most fundamental components of environmental historical narratives and analysis.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and your CV to sillaso [at] tlu.ee.

Further details are available in the full call for papers.

CfP Ekonomska i ekohistorija

ESEH : November 11, 2012 21:28

The scholarly journal Ekonomska i ekohistorija (Economics and eco-history) invites submissions in English for a special issue on «History and Sustainability» to be published in 2014. The editors of this special issue, Hrvoje Petrić and Paul Hirt, invite submissions dealing with any area of the world and any chronological period, but especially seek articles on central Europe, the Adriatic, and the Balkans. Essays based on original research as well as literature reviews and critical/theoretical essays about history and sustainability are welcome.

Deadline for submission for this special issue is 1 July 2013.

Further details are available in the full call for papers.

Job: postdocs at Stockholm University

ESEH : November 6, 2012 14:23

Stockholm University announces 25 Positions as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in subject areas within the Faculties of Science, Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences. Ref. No. SU 619-2974-12.

Deadline for applications: 17 December 2012.

By investing in international recruitment of eminent researchers and students, international exchanges and increased collaborations, Stockholm University intends to stimulate the academic environment and strengthen the position of the University in the international market.

Stockholm University offers teaching and research positions in the fields of Science, Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences. The University enrolls more than 64 000 students per year, and currently there are approximately 5 000 employees.

Stockholm University has a notable profile of conducting basic research, though applied research is also performed. Research within the areas of Science, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences maintains breadth and high quality. Thirty of the University’s research areas have been promoted as leading.

For further information, visit www.su.se

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