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]

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

Moran Award in History of Science

ESEH : November 6, 2012 14:18

The Moran Award for History of Science Research

Applications are invited for the 2012 Moran Award for History of Science Research.

Who is eligible?
Postgraduate students and other independent researchers with expertise in the history of Australian science.

What is its purpose?
To encourage use of the Basser Library collections, especially by younger researchers. It can be used towards travel and accommodation costs associated with going to Canberra

What is the value?

How many are available?
In general only one Scholarship will be awarded each year. However, this is at the discretion of the selection committee.

When do applications close?
Applications for 2012 close on 30 November.

What documentation is needed?
Applications should be limited to three pages and include a cv, a brief outline of the proposed project and the Basser Library collections to be consulted, and a budget. Please attach two referees’ reports to your application.

Where should applications be sent?
To the Librarian at the Australian Academy of Science,
either by post to GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
or by email to rosanne.walker [at]

When will the outcome be known?
All applicants will be notified by the end of the year.

Who is the contact for further information?
Rosanne Walker
Phone +61 (0) 2 6201 9431

Note: Information on the Basser Library collections is available at

Job: Research Fellow in EH at JCU in Australia

ESEH : November 6, 2012 14:11

Research Fellow position in environmental history – closes 9 November

Job Level(s): Research Academic Level B, Research Academic Level A
Location: James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Appointment period: 3 years
Closing date for applications: 9 November 2012
Reference: 12318

Position Statement

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is an internationally renowned research centre encompassing >200 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. We are seeking an early to mid-career postdoctoral Research Fellow for Research Program 5 Resilience of linked Social-Ecological Systems

The objective of the position is to reconstruct the environmental, social and economic history of catchments and coral reefs.

The appointee will have substantial freedom to forge a research program that suits her or his interests and abilities and to collaborate with leading coral reef researchers.

The position will be based in Townsville. This is a full-time research only position and the successful applicant must have a PhD with an exceptional track record for their stage of career. Previous experience in coral reefs is not essential.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Conduct research independently and as part of a team that contributes to the achievement of the aims of the ARC Centre of Excellence, particularly Program 5: Resilience of linked social ecological systems.
  • Contribute to improving understanding of the fellowship research area
  • Work independently and collaborate with Centre staff and end-users to apply skills to research problems in the study of the social-ecological systems.
  • Publish research in high quality journals.
  • Co-supervise graduate students, if appropriate.

Key Selection Criteria

  • PhD in related discipline.
  • Strong publication record for stage of career.
  • Evidence of research ability in one or more discipline(s) relevant to the fellowship research area
  • Established links (national and international) with appropriate research organisations and personnel
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.


Professor Terry Hughes
61 7 4781 4000

Employment Type

Appointments will be full-time for a fixed term (research only) of three years subject to a probationary period.


Academic Level B: $79,837 – $94,203* per annum
Academic Level A: $71,027 – $76,005* per annum
* depending on qualifications and experience


Benefits include 5 weeks annual leave, generous employer superannuation contribution and attractive options for salary packaging.

Application Procedure

Apply online (reference number 12318) through James Cook University. Please forward a Curriculum Vitae, one-page statement of research interests, PDFs of recent publications and addresses of three referees. Please quote reference number 12318: Research Fellow: Environmental history of coral reefs.

Closing date for applications: 9 November 2012

The University reserves the right to appoint by invitation, invite applications or not to make an appointment. Equal Opportunity is University Policy

CfP Disasters Wet and Dry Conference

ESEH : November 6, 2012 14:04

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.

CfP Nature(S)

ESEH : November 1, 2012 00:30

International Conference Nature(s): Designing, Experiencing, Representing the Natural Environment, 18th to 21st Centuries

University of Nantes, 6-8 June 2013

The conference wishes to question the relationships between human beings and urban nature, in France, Britain and Ireland from the 18th century onwards, with a view to highlighting how consciously men and women have acknowledged the artificial and/or paradoxical notion of acting upon nature in those centuries, especially in an urban context and as shown in such varied fields as aesthetics, literature or landscape studies.

Further details and contact information may be found in the full call for papers.

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