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It's that time of year. ASEH is accepting applications for research fellowships, and submissions and nominations for prizes and awards.
All deadlines are November 20, 2021, so apply now!
Each year, the ASEH awards five prizes for outstanding scholarship in the field of environmental history. The instructions for submitting your work for consideration for each prize are listed below.
George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history
Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History
Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)
Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history
ASEH-FHS Graduate Student Essay Prize
The ASEH currently offers four research fellowships: the Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship, the J. Donald Hughes Graduate Research Fellowship, the Equity Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Samuel P. Hays Fellowship.
The Rothman, Hughes, and Equity Fellowships are reserved for graduate students; the Hays Fellowship is open to practicing historians of any rank.
In addition, the ASEH co-sponsors the ASEH–Newberry Library Fellowship for scholars who will work with the Newberry's extensive holdings in Chicago.
ASEH will also award its annual Distinguished Scholar Award and Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award, along with the Public Outreach Project Award.
ASEH signed a Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History,
The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America have authored a joint statement stating their “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions. It is not possible to address divisions that exist, however, without an honest reckoning with their histories. “The clear goal of these efforts is to suppress teaching and learning about the role of racism in the history of the United States,” the letter explains. Education proceeds from exploration, facts, and civil debate. “These legislative efforts,” on the other hand, “seek to substitute political mandates for the considered judgment of professional educators, hindering students’ ability to learn and engage in critical thinking across differences and disagreements. . . . Americans of all ages deserve nothing less than a free and open exchange about history and the forces that shape our world today.”
In total, 97 organizations have signed onto the statement.
June 16, 2021
We, the undersigned associations and organizations, state our firm opposition to a spate of legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities. These efforts have taken varied shape in at least 20 states; but often the legislation aims to prohibit or impede the teaching and education of students concerning what are termed “divisive concepts.” These divisive concepts as defined in numerous bills are a litany of vague and indefinite buzzwords and phrases including, for example, “that any individual should feel or be made to feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological or emotional distress on account of that individual’s race or sex.” These legislative efforts are deeply troubling for numerous reasons.
First, these bills risk infringing on the right of faculty to teach and of students to learn. The clear goal of these efforts is to suppress teaching and learning about the role of racism in the history of the United States. Purportedly, any examination of racism in this country’s classrooms might cause some students “discomfort” because it is an uncomfortable and complicated subject. But the ideal of informed citizenship necessitates an educated public. Educators must provide an accurate view of the past in order to better prepare students for community participation and robust civic engagement. Suppressing or watering down discussion of “divisive concepts” in educational institutions deprives students of opportunities to discuss and foster solutions to social division and injustice. Legislation cannot erase “concepts” or history; it can, however, diminish educators’ ability to help students address facts in an honest and open environment capable of nourishing intellectual exploration. Educators owe students a clear-eyed, nuanced, and frank delivery of history, so that they can learn, grow, and confront the issues of the day, not hew to some state-ordered ideology.
Second, these legislative efforts seek to substitute political mandates for the considered judgment of professional educators, hindering students’ ability to learn and engage in critical thinking across differences and disagreements. These regulations constitute an inappropriate attempt to transfer responsibility for the evaluation of a curriculum and subject matter from educators to elected officials. The purpose of education is to serve the common good by promoting open inquiry and advancing human knowledge. Politicians in a democratic society should not manipulate public school curricula to advance partisan or ideological aims. In higher education, under principles of academic freedom that have been widely endorsed, professors are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject. Educators, not politicians, should make decisions about teaching and learning.
Knowledge of the past exists to serve the needs of the living. In the current context, this includes an honest reckoning with all aspects of that past. Americans of all ages deserve nothing less than a free and open exchange about history and the forces that shape our world today, an exchange that should take place inside the classroom as well as in the public realm generally. To ban the tools that enable those discussions is to deprive us all of the tools necessary for citizenship in the twenty-first century. A white-washed view of history cannot change what happened in the past. A free and open society depends on the unrestricted pursuit and dissemination of knowledge.
American Association of University Professors
American Historical Association
Association of American Colleges & Universities
The following organizations have co-signed this statement:
ACPA-College Student Educators International
African American Intellectual History Society
Agricultural History Society
Alcohol and Drugs History Society
American Anthropological Association
American Association for State and Local History
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of Geographers
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
American Council of Learned Societies
American Educational Research Association
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Folklore Society
American Library Association
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Society for Environmental History
American Society for Theatre Research
American Sociological Association
American Studies Association
Association for Ancient Historians
Association for Asian American Studies
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Association for Documentary Editing
Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Association of African American Museums
Association of College and Research Libraries
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Research Libraries
Association of University Presses
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Business History Conference
Center for Research Libraries
Central European History Society
Chinese Historians in the United States
Coalition of Urban & Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
College Art Association
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender History
Comparative and International Education Society
Conference on Asian History
Conference on Faith and History
Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Czechoslovak Studies Association
Dance Studies Association
Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global Interactions
Freedom to Read Foundation
French Colonial Historical Society
German Studies Association
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Historical Society of Twentieth Century China
Immigration Ethnic History Society
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Labor and Working-Class History Association
Middle East Studies Association
Modern Language Association
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Association for College Admission Counseling
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
National Coalition for History
National Council for the Social Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council on Public History
National Women’s Studies Association
Organization of American Historians
Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Radical History Review
Rhetoric Society of America
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Scholars at Risk
Shakespeare Association of America
Society for Austrian and Habsburg History
Society for Classical Studies
Society for French Historical Studies
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender
Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Society of Architectural Historians
Society of Civil War Historians
Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR Scholars Network)
Southern Historical Association
Urban History Association
Western History Association
Western Society for French History
World History Association
The 2022 ASEH Annual Conference will be in Eugene, Oregon
March 23-27, 2022
The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open!
While programming in Eugene 2022 will emphasize the theme of disaster and renewal, this conference, like all ASEH meetings, will feature research on all facets of environmental history, from any geographical or temporal context. The Program Committee welcomes traditional panels, individual papers, teaching and pedagogy sessions, innovative formats, and sessions that encourage active audience participation. Click the button below to view the entire Call for Proposals and submit complete panels, roundtables, experimental sessions, individual papers, and posters.
The deadline for submissions is July 16, 2021.
ASEH is Accepting Nominations for its Prize and Standing Committees
Are you interested in volunteering to serve on an ASEH committee? Do you know someone who would like to help ASEH?
Last year, ASEH adopted a policy to solicit self-nominations and nominations for committee members to enhance diversity and expand the pool of members who contribute to ASEH's work, prizes, and initiatives. Please consider nominating yourself or others for service on ASEH committees, including book, article, dissertation, and fellowship prize committees, as well as membership, sustainability, fundraising, meetings, and other committees.
CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOURSELF FOR AN ASEH COMMITTEE
REGISTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY WEEK 2021
Registration will give you access to the exciting events planned for Environmental History Week 2021. Your registration confirmation email will include links to the virtual events.
Registration is FREE. Click on the blue REGISTER button in the left column.
We have offered a paid registration option if you would like to support Environmental History Week and ASEH in this way.
All events and registration are free, but there are costs associated with organizing and promoting EH Week.
Your support is very much appreciated! Your donations and membership allow ASEH to support fellowships, grants, prizes, and events like Environmental History Week.
ASEH is one of many organizations around the world promoting environmental History Week. Please support one of the EH Week International Partners.
ASEH signed the ACLS Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence. Additional ACLS member societies continue to sign on an endorse this statement.
ACLS is angry and saddened by the recent increase in incidents of violence against Asians and people of Asian descent in the United States and around the world.
George Perkins Marsh Prize
for best book in environmental history
Jamie Kreiner, Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020)
David Fedman, Seeds of Control: Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020)
Grace Karskens, People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2020)
Rachel Carson Prize
for best dissertation in environmental history
Geoffrey Wallace, "The History and Geography of Beeswax Extraction in the Northern Maya Lowlands, 1540-1700,” McGill University
Congratulations to all of the winners of ASEH's 2021 awards and prizes!
ASEH thanks all of the selection committees for their hard work.
Join us for Environmental History Week in April to celebrate!
ASEH is excited to announce its
2021 Article Prize Winners
Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in Environmental History (with Forest History Society)
Elizabeth Hennessy for her article “Saving Species: The Co-evolution of Tortoise Taxonomy and Conservation in the Galápagos Islands” (April 2020)
Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History
Christopher Conz for his article “Sheep, Scab Mites, and Society: The Process and Politics of Veterinary Knowledge in Lesotho, Southern Africa, c. 1900-1933" (August 2020) in Environment and History
Caroline Grego for her project "Hurricane of the New South: How the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 Shaped the Jim Crow Lowcountry"
Equity Graduate Student Fellowship
Teona Williams for her project examining Black women’s intellectual and social engagement with ecology, land, and Black national ideologies across the Mississippi Delta
Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship
Terrell Orr for his project "The Roots of Global Citrus in “Nuevo South” Florida and Rural São Paulo, 1965-1995"
Alyssa Kreikemeier for her project "Aerial Enclosures: From Commons to Conflict in the American West"
Matthew Plishka for his project “Battling Banana Blight: Panama Disease, Smallholders, and Jamaica’s Agroecosystem, 1870-1962”
ASEH is excited to announce the winners of its
The Distinguished Scholar Award is given every year to an individual who has contributed significantly to environmental history scholarship. Congratulations to 2021 winner:
The Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award is given every year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the development of ASEH as an organization. Congratulations to 2021 winner:
The Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History is presented every two years to an individual who has promoted environmental history to the public over time. The winner this year is:
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
The Public Outreach Project Award is presented every two years to an environmental history project that engages the public. The award was postponed in 2020. The winner this year is:
CLIMATE WITNESS: VOICES OF LADAKH
Join us for Environmental History Week in April to celebrate the winners of our distinguished awards!
Coming soon! The winners of ASEH's book, article, and dissertation prizes, as well as ASEH research fellowships winners.
Voting is now open for ASEH's 2021 election!
ASEH holds elections every other year according to the rules set out in our bylaws, which also detail the responsibilities and terms of each office.
The Nominating Committee assembled a slate of candidates for the positions of Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Council members (3), and Nominating Committee (2). Only active ASEH members are eligible to vote.
The candidates submitted STATEMENTS. Please read them to learn more about each person on the slate.
ASEH Election 2021
Start: January 15, 2021 End: February 15, 2021
Thank you for your membership and vote.
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