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.

2nd Meeting on EH in Belgium

ESEH : October 16, 2012 10:20

The GARDEN project (Guide on Archives Regarding ENvironmental history in Belgium, 18th-20th c.), the State Archives in Belgium and PolleN-University of Namur (Center of Environmental History of Namur) are glad to invite you to the 2nd Meeting on Environmental History in Belgium (Belgium, Luxemburg, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi).

This meeting will take place at the University of Namur (Belgium) from 29 November to 1 december 2012. The colloquium will be held mainly, but not exclusively, in French.

It is necessary to book your participation at the workshop by sending an e-mail to Professor Fulgence Delleaux (University of Namur): fulgence.delleaux [at]

Further details are available in the workshop programme (in French).

Conf: History, Memory and Green Imaginaries

esehadmin : October 10, 2012 10:02

History, Memory and Green Imaginaries
A symposium presented by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton

Friday 30th November 2012
9.30am – 5.00pm
M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

This symposium invites reflection on the ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries. It brings together cultural theorists, historians, cultural geographers, educators and policy actors.

Keynote: ‘The problem of the past’
Alastair Bonnett, Professor of Social Geography, Newcastle University

Roundtable: ‘Austerity and sustainability’
The Home Front and ‘austerity Britain’ are significant points of reference in current debates about sustainability. What kinds of possibilities and limitations follow from the use of historical resources in public debate about environmental issues?

Tim Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, ‘The limits of history in green imaginaries’.
Victoria Johnson, Head of Climate Change and Energy, New Economics Foundation, ‘“Ration me up” and other nef projects’
James Piers Taylor, British Film Institute Documentation Editor and permaculture educator, ‘Re-member, re-vision and re-claim: using archival film to facilitate local conversations about community resilience’.

Panel: ‘Ecological history’
How can historical research inform environmental thinking? Three historians discuss this question in relation to their research and practice.

Vinita Damodaran, Senior Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Sussex, ‘“Primitive places and wild tribes”: colonial and indigenous understandings of nature in Eastern India in the nineteenth century’.
Erin Gill, environmental journalist and historian, ‘“Lost” environmental histories: the stories we’ve forgotten’.
Karin Jaschke, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Brighton, ‘Historiography as process: towards an Ecological History of Architecture’.

Closing remarks: ‘Culture is natural: biosemiotics, recycling, and the evolutionary structurations of biological and cultural change’
Wendy Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry, London Metropolitan University.

This event is open to all. Please register in advance by following the link below. The registration fee is £35, or £25 for students/unaffiliated delegates, including lunch and refreshments. The deadline for registration is 23rd November 2012.

Enquiries: Cheryl Roberts /
More information and abstracts:,-memory-and-green-imaginaries

ESEH2013 deadline

esehadmin : October 10, 2012 10:00

The deadline for submission of proposals to the ESEH conference 2013, which will take place in Munich, is coming Monday, 15 October 2012.

CfP: Strategizing Raw Materials

ESEH : October 4, 2012 13:12

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK has issued a call for papers for the conference “Strategizing Raw Materials: Business, Government, History & Planning”, which will take place in Glasgow, 24 – 26 June 2013. Deadline for submissions is 16 November 2012.

More details may be gathered from the attached call for papers.

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

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