Call for Applications: Transforming Environments in Europe and North America: Narratives, Histories, Cultures

ESEH : January 12, 2018 10:51

Applications are invited for a Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute (TASI) to be held 18-29 June 2018 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, on the subject of “Transforming Environments in Europe and North America: Narratives, Histories, Cultures.” The institute is designed to help graduate students in German and European Studies frame and develop their dissertation projects to better address the past, present, and future of global environmental problems, along with the discourses and cultures that shape and are shaped by these problems.

The TASI is co-sponsored by the Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Birmingham. Core faculty are Charlotte A. Melin (U of Minnesota), Daniel J. Philippon (U of Minnesota), and Frank Uekötter (U of Birmingham), and guest speakers include Heather Sullivan (Trinity U), Seth Peabody (St. Olaf College), and Judith Pajo (Pace U).

Successful applicants will receive financial support to cover most expenses related to the two-week institute, including tuition, housing, and most meals; access to library and archival materials and Internet resources; and partial travel support. Preference will be given to advanced graduate students working on dissertation projects related to environmental literature, history, and/or culture in Germany and Europe at a North American or European university.

Additional information and complete application materials are available on the TASI website:

Questions? Contact

Placing Gender. A Workshop on Gender and Environmental History

ESEH : January 12, 2018 10:48

Gender remains an under-developed area of inquiry in environmental history. Despite Carolyn Merchant’s provocative 1990 article on gender and environment in the Journal of American History, little has happened to address this fact. This workshop aims to bring together scholars working in this area in order to advance the study of gender in environmental history. We hope to attract submissions which cover a range of time periods and diverse geographical areas.
Furthermore, we hope that participants will engage with some of the theoretical challenges of gendering environmental history.

For more information, please read the attached CfP or check out the event website.

The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2018.  Please send abstracts of 300 words outlining your topic and the contribution of your paper to the field of environmental history sent to both and


Climate histories: British Society for Science History Engagement Fellowship

NordicRR : December 13, 2017 16:50

Application deadline extended to January 15th, 2018!


The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of

Cambridge, is delighted to be hosting a BSHS Engagement Fellowship for

a postgraduate student in the first half of 2018. The Engagement

Fellow will deliver a project to share stories of climate change and

its impacts.


Supported by the British Society for the History of Science, this post

supports our aim of ensuring we don’t just deliver messages about

climate change through contemporary science communication, but instead

through a range of types of interpretation including arts and

humanities based research.


We would like to suggest two options for the successful candidate,

however we are open to other climate history proposals:


  1. Research and produce a short film and supporting resources for

our education offer. The Engagement Fellow would be trained and

supported to produce a brief, identify film makers, research content

and contributors, and liaise with collections staff about the

inclusion of objects. This film would complement our existing set of

films and education resources:


  1. Suggest and implement an update to one of our permanent displays

that introduces the history of climate change. This might be, for

example, an update to a display about the Northwest Passage that not

only describes the nineteenth century search for the passage, but also

introduces today’s tourism in the region as the ice retreats; it might

involve looking at the science undertaken by Captain Scott’s crew and

relating that to how theories of weather and climate developed; or it

could be researching the work that the Scott Polar Research Institute

undertook in the 1950s to map ice sheets and proposing a way to

incorporate that into the display.


Full details of how to apply can be found here:

CfP for a Special Issue and a Writing Workshop, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

NordicRR : December 5, 2017 14:19

Tensions of Europe – Research Group on Technology, Environment and Resources

“Challenging Europe:

Technology, environment and the quest for resource security”

Call for Papers for a Special Issue and a Writing Workshop,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

13-15 June 2018

Deadline 15 January 2018

The Research Group on Technology, Environment and Resources of the Tensions of Europe Network invites applications for contribution to a special issue and a writing workshop dedicated to the improvement and finalization of well-developed draft contributions to this special issue. The special issue will tie major results and work at former events of the research group together, but it also opens up for new contributors who are not yet members of the research group and who are engaged in relevant research. Invited are authors who are able to deliver serious, fairly mature drafts of full-length papers. The draft papers should be submitted by 15 May 2018. The set of articles will be reviewed, discussed and further developed at the workshop.

The topic of the writing workshop and the special issue and writing workshop covers ongoing research interests along the lines of the preceding workshops and panel series (“Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond”). Themes of particular interests include 1) Globalized resource cycles and environmental transformation; 2) Managing crises: technologies and politics of natural resources; and 3) Perceptions and construction of resources, resource crises and resource futures.

Our understanding of “resources” is broad, comprising water, metals, minerals and energy along with living resources such as fisheries, forests and agricultural land. Our aim is to be able to bridge a wide array of very different resources.

Major questions to be asked comprise:

  • How were science and technology used by European states, scientists, local communities and other actors as tools to explore, extract, transform and use natural resources?
  • How did actual or perceived resource crises spur the development and application of technologies and the exploration of new resources and new territories?
  • Which geopolitical, environmental and societal implications did resource use and needs have in and beyond Europe?
  • How did perceptions and visions of resources and the relations of society, technology and resources change over time in European societies and institutions?
  • How did technologies contribute to perceptions and conceptions of “development” and “sustainability” and the emergence of forestry and water politics, agricultural development, biofuels and green technologies?

Authors who wish to contribute to the special issue and participate at the writing workshop are asked to submit a 2-page abstract (about 1000 words) and a CV to Per Högselius at Authors who wish to contribute to the special issue but are unable to participate at the writing workshop are also invited to submit an abstract and CV. The deadline is 15 January 2017. We will attempt to organize funding for those in need of travel support for the writing workshop. Please indicate in your application whether you will need travel support.

For further information about the Research Group on Technology, Environment and Resources please see:



ESEH : December 3, 2017 21:45

The International Committee for the History of Technology, ICOHTEC, announces several article and book prizes open to contributions that link the history of technology and environmental history. Below more details on prizes and submission deadlines:

CfP: ICOHTEC’s annual symposium in July 2018

NordicRR : November 9, 2017 16:13

The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) will held its 45th symposium in Saint-Étienne, South-East France.  The venue will be the Jean Monnet University. In this annual meeting, presenters representing various disciplines will examine the relations and tensions between the past and future. Interactions between the environment and technology are also included in the subthemes.  The symposium is open to presentations dealing with any epoch of history and any region of the world.  In this meeting, ICOHTEC will also celebrate its 50th anniversary. The organization was established in Paris in 1968 to promote international dialogues over borders during the Cold War. ICOHTEC is the global organization in the field.

The deadline for session, paper and poster submissions is Monday 5 February 2018.

Dates of the symposium are 17 – 21 July 2018.


Travel grants are available for young career scholars.


The complete Call for Papers is available via the link:


On behalf of the ICOHTEC Programme Committee


Timo Myllyntaus

Professor of Economic and Social History Turku School of Economics University of Turku Tel. +358-400 798409

Call for Papers to next ICOHTEC symposium:



ESEH Research Grant 2017: Call for Proposals

esehadmin : October 24, 2017 21:31

The ESEH Research Grant is aimed at offering doctoral students and recent post-docs funding useful to complete their research in environmental history.

ESEH Research Grant 2017

The ESEH Research Grant was created to assist outstanding PhD graduate students and recent PhD graduates in completing their research in environmental history. The grant provides a single payment of €500 for research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical or chronological restriction. TWO such grants are expected to be awarded in 2018.

Students enrolled in any PhD program worldwide are eligible to apply, as are those who earned a PhD in 2016 or 2017. The funds must be used to support archival or other field-based research and travel during 2018.

To apply, you should submit the following two documents as a SINGLE file, labeled with your last name first (please place “ESEH research grant” in subject line):

  • A 1-2 pages proposal (double-spaced, 12 pt font) explaining your overall project and what specific research activities you will undertake with the funds if granted. You are encouraged to include a budget overview for the specific research activity; where applicable indicate other sources of funding for amounts over EUR 500.
  • A brief curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

Files in pdf-format are preferred, but Word-compatible formats are also acceptable. Applications will be accepted until 1 December 2017. Notifications will be sent out by the end of this year.

Please submit all files to: Marcus Hall, Chair of the ESEH Research Fellowship Committee, researchgrant [at]

Job announcement: 3-year Postdoctoral Position

ESEH : October 24, 2017 09:32

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of HullHistories – School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

This position has arisen as a result of a successful Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for three years entitled Local Governance and Community Resilience: How Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) and Communities Managed Flooding in England. The aim of the project is to examine local-level models of flood risk management in England through a historical study of Internal Drainage Boards.

The person required will have a recent history of archival research, oral history experience, familiarity with conducting interviews, and an ability to facilitate focus groups. Proficiency in digital literacy is also desirable.

The terms of the grant that fund this position requires that employment commences no later than 01 November 2017.

To discuss this role informally, please contact Prof. Greg Bankoff, T: 01482 465693, E:

For information about the department visit

Job announcement: TT position in European History

ESEH : October 23, 2017 09:09

The Department of History at Temple University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of women, gender, and sexuality, with a preference for a scholar whose research focuses on Europe. Time period is open. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the History department’s undergraduate curriculum through courses in the history of women, gender, and sexuality and its graduate program’s concentration in Environments, Cities, and Cultures. Additionally, the candidate is expected to teach courses in the College of Liberal Arts’ Global Studies Program, an undergraduate interdisciplinary program focusing on global economies and cultures. Applications should include a cover letter; CV; and sample syllabi for a course (at any level) on women, gender, and sexuality and an introductory global studies class for undergraduates. Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover. Candidates may be asked subsequently to submit research materials in the form of articles or a dissertation chapter. Review of files will begin November 1, 2017. Submit materials via Interfolio at the following link: Temple University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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