Environmental History of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

ESEH : October 4, 2017 11:55

On October 27-28, 2017, the TürkeiEuropaZentrum (TEZ) of Universität Hamburg will host a two-day academic workshop on the Environmental History of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, which has been co-funded by ESEH with a small workshop grant.

Please find below the programme of the workshop.


ESEH : October 2, 2017 23:07


Geo-historical metabolisms within human landscapes

Workshop on Environmental History of Migration

Friday 15th, December 2017 > h 10.00 > 17.00

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali, Largo S. Eufemia 19, Modena, Italy

“This faculty of understanding the living is, in very truth, the master quality of the historian”
Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft

The main theme of the workshop is environmental history of migration, notably the idea of geo-historical metabolism in migration contexts. We believe that cultural heritage and the production of landscape are better understood “ecologically”, focusing on the relationality of the human and non-human actors that inhabit those hybrid spaces. Following Michel De Certeau and Tim Ingold, we argue that geo-history provides us a solid methodological tool-box, which enables to highlight the many “lines” which constitute “the paths […] along which people grow into knowledge of the world around them, and describe this world in the stories they tell” (Ingold, 2007, p. 3). This wayfaring approach (Ingold, 2007, p. 16) brings together the spatial and the historical, enabling a metabolic understanding (Swyngedouw, Heynen, 2003) of migration processes. Following Armiero and Tucker (2017), we value environmental history of migration as and emerging trans-disciplinary field which can help environmental historians navigating through human and more-than-human environments which are more and more informed by mobility. Hence, with this workshop we aim to foster contributions to the emerging field of environmental history of migration.

Organized in co-operation with the Master in Public History, and in collaboration with the KTH – Environmental Humanities Laboratory in Stockholm, the workshop will focus on the topic of geo-historical metabolism. We invite proposals that explore the contribution of migrants to the transformation and production of material and cultural spaces through work, leisure, transmission of memories, identity constructions patterns and transnational landscapes. From Italian miners who moved to Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany in the post-war period, to the “Little Italies” built by Italian workers in United States, Brazil and Argentina during the time of Great Migration, this seminar looks for contributions from researchers active in the field of human and social sciences. In particular we encourage applicants within the fields of environmental history, migration studies, human geography and environmental humanities from Italy and Europe. Literary, artistic, biographical, audio-visual and story-telling contributions are also welcome.

We intend to include six presentations. In order to participate the applicants should send a short CV and an abstract of the presentation (300 words max). The proposal can be in Italian, English and French. The workshop is open to all contributors. We offer partial and complete travel grants for the applicants (100€ max). Please write in the application that you also apply for a grant. All required documents must be submitted via e-mail no later than November 15, 2017 to:

More information on: home/news/seminari-e-incontri.html

For any queries concerning the application, mail to:

CfP Writing Environmental History in the 21st century

ESEH : September 26, 2017 20:31

The RUCHE, the French branch of ESEH, has launched a Call for Papers for an International Conference on “Writing Environmental History in the 21st century: Sources, Methods and Practices.” The conference will be held in Lyon, France on June 13-15, 2018 and will mark the 10th anniversary of the RUCHE.

The deadline for abstract submission is November 20, 2017.

Below the full text of the CfP:

Call for Chapters: Culture, Transport, Global Warming

ESEH : September 17, 2017 20:02

Call for Chapters for an edited collection on Culture, Transport,  Global Warming.

The deadline for abstract submission is November 1st, 2017.

Below the full text of the call:

CfP: State, Experts, and Nature

ESEH : August 28, 2017 19:48

Stefan Dorondel, Francisc I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology Bucharest, and Stelu Serban, The Institute for Southeast European Studies Bucharest, invite submission for an edited volume entitled “The State, Experts and Nature: Engineering the Modern Southeast and Eastern Europe Environment.”

The deadline for abstract submission is October 1st, 2017.

Below the full text of the CfP:

Alasdair Ross

ESEH : August 26, 2017 13:44

Shortly after returning from the ESEH conference in Zagreb, ESEH member Alasdair Ross, Reader in Environmental History at Stirling, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and, sadly, received news only yesterday that he has just weeks to live.  A group of colleagues and friends at Stirling, elsewhere in the UK and in Canada and the USA had started to get together papers for a celebratory volume which we had hoped to present to him as a bound draft, but it is now unlikely that he will live that long.

Because of the short time frame, the tribute pages and contents list will be put together and given to Alasdair immediately. If you would like to have your name added to the
tabula congratulatoria (the extended list of colleagues who want to honour him), you can email Mike Penman ( and Richard Oram ( Mike and Richard are also setting up a place for donations to be made in Ally’s honour through the university so they can provide information about that option.

CfP: Hazardous Time-Scapes

ESEH : August 8, 2017 21:16

The Deadly Dreams Network, the Hazardous Travels DFG Emmy Noether Research Group, and the Center for the History of Global Development Shanghai invite proposals for a workshop entitled “Hazardous Time-Scapes: How to Make Sense of Toxic Landscapes from Multiple Timed, Spaced, and Embodied Perspectives?” to be held at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society on December 1-2, 2017.

Full details are available in the call for papers.

The deadline for submissions is on September 15, 2017.

CfP: Asia and the Anthropocene

ESEH : August 8, 2017 20:05

The Association for Asian Studies invites applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Full details are available in the call for papers.

The deadline for applications is October 2, 2017.

Job announcement: Senior Lecturer in Human Ecology, Lund University

NordicRR : August 8, 2017 20:01

[The English version can be reached by clicking on the flag in the top right hand corner.]

The Human Ecology Division applies an anthropological and inter-disciplinary definition of its research field. Research and education at the division deals with human-environmental relations in different cultural contexts. The ambition is to integrate perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities in understanding sustainability issues at local and global scales. Particularly important is to complement and elaborate definitions of environmental problems deriving from natural and engineering sciences by emphasizing aspects such as culture, power, and global distribution. Research at the division has, for instance, focused on ecologically unequal exchange, global environmental load displacement, climate justice, the political ecology of indigenous populations, traditional resource management, and ethnobiology.

The post comprises teaching and research in Human Ecology. 20 per cent of the post is made up of government-funded research and 80 per cent is teaching, including administrative duties. The proportion of research can be expanded through external research funding. In addition to conducting high-quality research and education in human ecology, the successful candidate is expected to be able to take responsibility for the development and administration of study programs and courses in the field of Human Ecology. In addition teaching and administrative tasks may also take place in courses/programs in the interface between Human ecology and Human geography Teaching may take place in both Swedish and English. 

ICEHO Bulletin 13 July 2017

ESEH : July 18, 2017 23:33

The latest ICEHO Bulletin is out with news from the last ESEH meeting in Zagreb: check it out!

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