The third ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 8th biennial ESEH Conference, 30 June – 3 July 2015 to Gregory T. Cushman for his book Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Below you may find the award committees full laudation of the book.
The award committee consisted of Helmuth Trischler (RCC/Chair), Robert Emmett (RCC), Patrick Kupper (RCC), Finn Arne Jørgensen (ESEH), and Julia Lajus (ESEH).
The other finalists were:
- Deborah R. Coen, The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter, University of Chicago Press, 2012 (published after the 2015 Turku Book Award nomination deadline);
- Jens Lachmund, Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature, MIT Press, 2013;
- Clapperton Mavhunga, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovations in Zimbabwe, MIT Press, 2014.
Call for Submissions
The next Turku Book Award will be presented in Versailles in 2015; eligible books are those published in 2013 or 2014.
The deadline for submission of three print copies and one digital copy is 15 January 2015. If the monograph is written in a language other than English, please include a one-page English summary.
Full details are available in the official announcement below:
The Turku Book Award, a joint prize from the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of environmental history. The selection committee for 2015 has selected the following 11 books for their shortlist of the strongest books in environmental history in 2013 and 2014. Although contingent in its formation, this shortlist of highly recommended books provides a very good overview of excellent scholarship in the field. The winner will be announced during the ESEH biennial conference in Versailles, 30 June – 3 July 2015.
- Ellen F. Arnold, Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012*);
- John L. Brooke, Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey (Cambridge University Press, 2014);
- Deborah R. Coen, The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter (University of Chicago Press, 2012*);
- Gregory T. Cushman, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge University Press, 2013);
- Richard Hoffmann, An Environmental History of Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014);
- Christopher F. Jones, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014);
- Paul Josephson, Nicolai Dronin, Ruben Mnatsakanian, Aleh Cherp, Dmitry Efremenko and Vladislav Larin, An Environmental History of Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2013);
- Jens Lachmund, Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature (MIT Press, 2013);
- Clapperton Mavhunga, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovations in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014);
- Christopher L. Pastore, Between Land and Sea: The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England (Harvard University Press, 2014);
- Anna Storm, Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
*published after the 2013 Turku Prize nomination deadline.