Doctoral Program Environment and Society

ESEH : October 4, 2012 13:05

Call for Candidates

Research on the complex relationships between the environment and society can only be carried out on an interdisciplinary basis. The doctoral program Environment and Society is therefore aimed at graduates from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research questions concerning the nature/culture/environment interface. Within the scope of the program, doctoral students acquire the ability to understand the origins and interactions of complex natural and social processes. The doctoral program brings together expertise on environmental research from university and non-university institutions in Munich. The program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Its stimulating research environment, intensive supervision, and opportunity to form international networks offer excellent conditions for doctoral students.
The doctoral program does not offer any scholarships to its participants, but can assist its students by financially supporting PhD-related activities like conference participation and archival research trips.
Applicants wishing to be admitted to this doctoral program must hold a degree from a recognized university, show evidence of excellence in their chosen field of study, and present a sketch of their plans for an innovative PhD project.
Dissertation projects may relate to any of the following topics: approaches to the shortage of natural resources; natural disasters and cultures of risk; environmental law and environmental justice; problems of sustainability, environmental ethics and environmental politics; the perception and cultural understanding of environment and nature; and the role of environment and environmental problems in the sciences.

The following documents should be submitted together with the application via our online portal (
• Proof of higher education entrance qualification;
• Documentation of university degree(s) held;
• One copy of the Master’s thesis;
• An academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications if available;
• An outline of your planned dissertation project along with a projected timetable for completion (up to five pages);
• The name of a member of the Academic Board who can supervise the dissertation;
• Name and address of two references (university lecturers) able to give information about the suitability and academic potential of the applicant;
• the filled-out online application form

Please submit your application by 1 December 2012. Only electronic applications will be considered. Successful candidates will be accepted into the program for the summer semester 2013.

For further information on the doctoral program Environment and Society, including application details and FAQ, please visit the Environment and Society homepage.

Please contact PhD Program Coordinator for any questions about the program.
Dr. Elisabeth Zellmer
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Promotionsprogramm „Umwelt und Gesellschaft“
Rachel Carson Center
proenviron [at]

Job: Ass. Prof. in EH at Ohio State

ESEH : September 10, 2012 10:47

Department: History, The Ohio State University
Position: Environmental History
Rank: Assistant Professor

The Department of History at Ohio State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-eligible) in Environmental History. Candidates with specializations in any geographic region or chronological era are welcome to apply. We define “environmental history” to encompass the history of material life in all its permutations, including the histories of climate, natural ecologies, agriculture, urban formations, infrastructures, disease, animals, and natural resource use, as well as important cultural and political dimensions, such as perceptions of landscape and nature, environmental inequality, and movement politics. An ability to teach classes with a global and/or comparative perspective is preferred. We will show preference for candidates whose research and teaching will contribute to the College of Arts & Sciences initiative to enhance research and teaching on sustainability, energy, climate change, disease, technology, and development.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at time of appointment and must demonstrate an actual or potential record of sustained publication commensurate with the expectations at a major research university. They must also have a demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The successful hire also
would be expected to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration, including (but not limited to) other humanities, social sciences, sciences, and policy-related disciplines.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, publications and/or article-length writing samples, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Nick Breyfogle, Chair, Environmental History Search Committee, Department of History, Ohio State University, 106 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17 th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer. To learn about our
department’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Members’ publications

ESEH : August 24, 2012 16:36

The ESEH has a constantly growing list of its members’ publications. In case you want to add titles or notice any errors please email webmaster [at]

News and info from our regional representatives

ESEH : August 14, 2012 07:37

On the pages of our regional groups there are the contacts of the regional representatives and in some cases additional info about the state of the art of environmental history in the respective areas, links to area specific websites, and various announcements.

Currently there are news and info for:

Flaran Summer School – Program

ESEH : June 7, 2012 15:06

The program (in French) of the summer school Rural History v. Environmental History? that will take place in Flaran (France), 27-30 June 2012, is now available.

Download the program.

ESEH2013 conference – Proposal submission

ESEH : June 2, 2012 22:47

The ESEH 2013 Munich Conference proposal submission system is open from 1 June to 15 September 15 October 2012.

Updated on 13 June 2012

Reminder: Turku Book Award

ESEH : May 31, 2012 07:47

The deadline for the 2013 Turku Book Award is 1 December 2012.

Detailed information about the award and the submission process is available on the Turku Book Award page.

CfP: Industrial Pollutions & Mediterranean Spaces

ESEH : May 31, 2012 07:43

International Conference Industrial Pollutions & Mediterranean Spaces (XVIII-XXI centuries)

March 21st-22nd, 2013.

Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH), Aix-en-Provence, France.

In the last fifteen years, the history of industrial pollutions has become in France a well-identified field of research. Different disciplines have contributed to its development, among which law, history, economics, sociology, geography, urban planning, and environmental sciences.
Mediterranean spaces are extensively concerned by the history of industrial pollutions, first of all because of the precocity, perpetuity and importance of highly polluting industrial sectors (textile, chemical and petrochemical, metallurgic, shipbuilding, mining, etc.) installed in these areas since the XVIII century. Moreover, industrial pollutions in the Mediterranean area, far from being urban phenomena, heavily affect rural and coastal regions. Very diverse environments and very fragile ecosystems (lagoons, ponds, seabed, etc.) are and have been affected by industrial activities settled in the Mediterranean.
The purpose of this Conference is to bring together researchers of different disciplines to discuss the problems of industrial pollutions in Mediterranean spaces, from historical, sociological and ecological perspectives, with the purpose to contribute to a better understanding of the environmental impacts of industrialization in the course of the last centuries on this specific region.
We particularly invite contributions dealing with the following questions:
1. Dynamics of conflict related to industrial pollution and their regulation
2. Measures, expertise and representations of industrial pollution
3. Strategies of the industry in dealing with industrial pollution and its negative impacts
4. Ecosystem alterations and environmental health problems: issues of definition, evaluation and reparation.

Contributions discussing industrial pollutions in the Southern and Eastern areas of the Mediterranean Sea are especially welcome.

Submission procedure:
Proposals (in English, French, Italian or Spanish) including a title, a 350-500 word abstract, author’s institutional affiliation and contact must be sent to one of the organisational committee member by the 20th of June 2012.

Members of the organisational committee:

–       Laurence Américi : laurence.Americi[at]
–       Laura Centemeri : centemeri[at]
–       Xavier Daumalin : xavier.daumalin[at]
–       Daniel Faget : daniel.faget[at]
–       Pierre Fournier : pierre.fournier[at]
–       Olivier Raveux : raveux[at]

Accepted proposals will be notified by the beginning of September 2012. Final contributions (30 000- 35 000 characters) must be sent no later than the 10th of February 2013. Oral presentations of 20 minutes each can be given in English, French, Italian, Spanish (with slides in English).

CfP: ASEH 2013 in Toronto

ESEH : May 24, 2012 08:39

Deadline for proposals for ASEH’s 2013 conference is fast approaching

On behalf of the program and local arrangement committees for the ASEH 2013 Conference taking place in Toronto 3-6 April, we would like to encourage scholars from all disciplines with an interest in historical relationships between nature and society to submit panels or roundtable proposals by 15 June 22 June 2012.

We are anticipating a lively and convivial gathering in one of the America’s most dynamic cities. The conference theme “Confluences, Crossings, and Power” calls attention to the ways that scholarly inquiries into human – environment relationships merge, intersect, and challenge anthropocentric approaches to history. We are eager for panels, roundtables, or posters that share original research, offer incisive syntheses of what the field has accomplished, or provoke scholars to consider what remains to be done.

The conference will be held in Toronto’s historic Fairmont Royal York hotel, a splendid railway hotel built in the 1920s. In addition, attendees will be able to participate in field trips to sites of interest in the Greater Toronto area, including Hamilton harbour, the McMichael collection of Canadian art, aboriginal archaeological sites in Toronto, and Niagara Falls.

Don’t hesitate to direct questions to the program committee. For more info, see the call for proposals.

Colin Coates (York University) and John Soluri (Carnegie Mellon University)

St. Petersburg Summer School – New Deadline!

ESEH : May 15, 2012 09:19

The deadline for applications to the ESEH 2012 Summer School in St. Petersburg has been postponed to 31 May 2012!

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