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    • April 19, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    We aim at the latest research on Portuguese environmental history. Through sessions of 20 minutes each, fully digitalized, researchers will have the chance to bring part of their work to the discussion. The presentations will then be discussed. We intend to send communications to associations and newspapers, in order to discuss multiple knowledge agents. Due to the pandemic crisis, we advise all interested parties to stay at home and remember Earth Day with us, through our webinar.

    We propose 8 to 10 papers to be accepted, completing one morning of work.

    Start time: 1PM

    End time: 4 PM

    Paper proposals due January 31, 2021.

    For more information, contact José Rafael Soares (, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

    • April 19, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    The organizers of #FlipTheList will discuss their initiative to enrich and diversify Wikipedia's list of environmental books and will offer a brief introduction to editing Wikipedia so that participants can take time during the week to make their own additions.

    The organizers hope to get as many people as possible; all who wish to learn about and create a more diverse environmental history are welcome.

    Additional details and link to follow.

    • April 19, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    How do we get out of our local/national/global ecological mess? Can the history of American environmental activism chart a path forward? The members of this panel have spent years thinking about this question, and their answers may surprise you. One panelist thinks our best option will be to stop saving the planet! Everyone on the panel finds inspiration in stories that largely have been neglected in both scholarly and popular commentary about efforts to address environmental problems. Join us for a lively (and hopeful) debate about what we can learn from the past about building a just and sustainable future.

    Hosted by University of Cincinnati

    • April 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual

    From a theoretical and methodological point of view, we propose to discuss the concepts of nature and territory used in our research, where the central question is the relationship between geography and history in the approaches to Latin American environmental history. We intend to reflect on the epistemological theoretical aspects and the methodological aspects of the concepts and disciplines. For this reason, the events are divided into three: where the first, epistemological theory will take place on 4/19/2021 at 3:00 p.m., the second, methodological theory will take place on 4/20/2021 at 3:00 p.m. and the last event will take place on 4/21/2021 at 3:00 p.m. The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History. The triggering question of the discussion is how spatiality (locations, distances and distributions) can enrich the environmental stories that we tell, or presented in another way, what are the relationships between spatiality and earthiness (the inescapable earthly condition of humans). It is in this search that theoretical, epistemological, methodological and empirical works are presented.

    The first table (a) corresponds to the epistemological-theoretical axis and three works are presented, one on the construction of the concept of the “Brazilian scene”, using Lowenthal's framework; the second work refers to the links and exchanges of materials between Spain and its colonies during the 18th century and finally the work on climate and weather geographers in Latin America (Cuba and Mexico)

    The second table (b) corresponds to the theoretical-methodological axis. Three works are presented, the first on flights for the study of the geography of Cuba between 1931 and 1932, then, the contributions of the Berkeley School in Historical Geography and Environmental History Latin America, and finally, the theoretical-methodological links between Historical Geography and Environmental History seen in the interpretation of the landscapes of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

    The third and last table (c), presents three applied works. The first work deals with the ways in which the natural features of the national territory helped shape the process of state formation in Colombia, then the historical geography of the Guarani Jesuit missions of Argentina, and finally, historical and geographical reports of agricultural colonization in central Brazil between 1930 and 1950.

    The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History.

    Organized by Marina Miraglia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

    with Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA)

    • April 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Roundtable convened by CHSTM working group ‘Under Stormy Skies: Atmospheric Science, Technology, and Society’

    Hosted by CHSTM on Zoom on 19th April 2021, 19.00 EST.

    This roundtable proposes to interrogate two concepts within the interconnected histories of science, climate and environment. First, it considers how climate and environmental historians and scholars engaged in the history of science are bridging existing gaps between the three fields. Disaster history has traditionally been placed at this nexus examining, for instance, multi-field responses to extreme weather including transformations of urban, coastal and riverine landscapes through nature-induced damage but also through rebuilding and risk management efforts. This roundtable seeks to build on such work through our second concept: exploring alternative or new ways of reading and connecting climate and environment. It does so by engaging scholars working at the nexus of science, climatic and environmental histories - across themes that are connected to social, environmental and scientific transformations. These include colonialism and its relationship with changes to indigenous communities and landscapes; disaster, extreme weather and climate; land reclamation and surveying and meteorology, weather science and knowledge making. In doing so, the roundtable also proposes to address the methodological challenges and rewards of working across these related areas and suggest pathways toward future methodological apparatus.

    Panellists and themes:

    Chair: Dr Ruth Morgan (ANU)
    Ruth Morgan is Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is researching the environmental exchanges between British India and the Australian colonies during the long nineteenth century.

    Cyclone Carol and the Remaking of Urban Space in Mauritius, 1950s-1970s
    Robert Rouphail (Susquehanna University): 
    Rouphail is Assistant Professor of African history whose research investigates the social, political, and environmental histories of empire and decolonization in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean World.

    Humans versus wetlands: connecting intertidal livelihoods across the modern Malay world
    Geoffrey K. Pakiam (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore): Pakiam works on societies and commodity frontiers in Southeast Asia, particularly the environmental history of Malay world coastal communities.

    El Niño and the human-environment nexus: drought and vulnerability in Singapore 1877-1911
    Fiona Williamson (Singapore Management University): Williamson is an environmental historian, with a particular interest in climate, extreme weather and in weather science in colonial Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

    Human Sensors and Climate Machines: Collecting Environmental Data in Colonial Africa
    Philipp Lehmann (UCR): Lehmann is Assistant Professor at UC Riverside, who works on the history of colonial climate science in Africa and Europe from the late nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries.

    The Future of Climate History in South Asia
    Sarah Carson (Northwestern): Carson is an historian of modern South Asia studying the intersections between weather reasonings, prediction technologies, and state-society relations.

    Panelists will speak for 10 minutes each, followed by a discussion chaired by Ruth Morgan.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+03:00)
    • Kyiv, Ukraine

    Modern global environmental agenda: problems, challenges, prospects, experience of Ukraine

    Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv


    At the beginning of the XXI century, humanity is on the brink of environmental disaster; problems such as climate change; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; biodiversity loss; air, land and oceans pollution; the invasion of harmful species; and pandemics such as the COVID-19 virus are becoming threatening.

    Although, since the 1970s, the international community has made significant efforts to overcome these problems and put humanity on the path to sustainable development, their effectiveness is insufficient. Environmental situation is steadily deteriorating as new challenges - growing scarcity of resources and food; social and technological inequality; poverty; unemployment etc. - are constantly emerging. Therefore, the international environmental agenda requires urgent and constant updating and the adoption of new radical decisions and agreements.

    This roundtable focuses on the problems and imperatives of the global environmental agenda and is looking for answers to the following questions. How has it been developed since the foundation of UNEP in 1972? What changes are needed today taking into consideration problems and challenges of the global development? What are the positive experiences of different regions and different countries including Ukraine in developing national environmental policies and implementing important environmental protection solutions?

    Participants of the roundtable are: teachers (lecturers and professors), students and graduate students of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Kyiv National University named Taras Shevchenko, researchers from different universities and research institutions of Ukraine and other countries.

    Date: 20 April, 2021, 10.00-13.00 (Ukrainian time), 03:00-06:00 (Eastern Time).

    Working language: Ukrainian, Russian, English.

    The roundtable is planned to be held online on the Zoom platform with a broadcast on Facebook.


    Regional representation of ESEH in Ukraine (regional representative - Ph.D., senior researcher of the State Institution "Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine" Tetiana Perga),

    Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, educational programs: American Studies and European Studies; Oriental Studies (representative – Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Oleg Mashevsky).

    Deadline for applications – 5 April, 2021

    ESEH Representative in Ukraine

    For more information, contact

    • April 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This project, promoted and organized by the European Society for Environmental History (, will present a series of virtual postcards showcasing stories, environments, and landscapes from throughout Europe (and beyond).

    These are intended to be windows of opportunity that may provide alternative readings of the world in times of crisis and radical change. We will use our collective knowledge and skills as environmental historians to speak to the future from the present, the present from the past, or the past from the future. Our hope is to present stories that may contribute to a sense of the incommensurable scale of the changes we are facing. To use Arundhati Roy’s metaphor, we aim at offering portals into another world [1]. And, to cite Andri Snær Magnason, we explore what words we can use to effectively describe such a world [2].

    The postcards will be posted on a dedicated Instagram account (@eseh_postcards) which we will launch during Environmental History Week. The launch will take the format of a virtual roundtable in which each of the participants in the project will briefly present their postcard, highlighting the connection between the text and the image and the rationale by which they chose the topic and the addressee.

    If you are interested in proposing a postcard, please email We plan to continue collecting them after the launch event.

    [1] Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic Is a Portal,” Financial Times, April 3, 2020,
    [2] Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, “On Time and Water – a Conversation with Andri Snær Magnason,” Emergence Magazine,

    • April 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria


    “A history of Wildlife Conservation in Southwestern Nigeria”

    April 21, 2021 - 12 - 1 pm

    “Interrogating Scientific Print Culture on Wildlife Conservation in Southwestern Nigeria” 

    April 22, 2021 - 12 - 1 pm

    The panel organizers are accepting paper proposals. Please contact  Kabiru Babatunde Amusa ( for more information.

    Paper proposal deadline - December 31, 2020


    Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan

    Ibadan, Oyo stateNigeria

    • April 21, 2021
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo Japan

    This conference at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo is part of the Max Weber Foundation’s collaborative research project “Knowledge Unbound” in the module “Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany).

    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo

    Call for Papers: Doubtlessly, climate change and environmental degradation pose some of the most urgent problems of our time. However, while most nation-states and non-state actors acknowledge that immediate action is required and the consumption of fossil energy and a variety of other natural resources needs to be curbed drastically, success stories remain scarce. Reasons for this are manifold and stretch from national economic goals to geopolitical rivalries, from social structures to cultural preferences/habits. Our conference will focus on the Pacific region, which over the last decades has turned into a powerhouse of the world economy. The ever increasing hunger of Pacific Rim countries like China, the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and Mexico for natural resources to fuel this growth vastly affects mankind´s chances of finding sustainable modes of living on this planet and of mitigating climate change to levels defined as bearable according to the Paris Agreement. The present interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical development of attitudes towards climate change and environmental degradation within various Pacific Rim countries, as well as interactions between their climate, energy, and environmental policies. In which instances have the issues appeared on the agenda of political decision makers both on national and regional levels? To what extent have there been transfers and/or tensions between the countries of the Pacific region regarding the knowledge about these interrelated concerns and ways of handling them? What kinds of transnational cooperation and conflicts have taken place between Pacific Rim countries in the realm of energy policy and environmental preservation and to what extent have they been related to attempts to mitigate climate change? We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in papers on historical and present developments of - climate change knowledge creation and transfer between Pacific Rim countries - transpacific entanglements and influences on sustainability discourses and policies - transpacific cooperation concerning climate, environment, and energy issues - various energy policy approaches in and between Asia Pacific countries and their implications for climate change - climate change mitigation efforts and environmental protection policies on the part of regional, national, and international activists and decisionmakers - transnational influences on the way climate change has been used, ignored, and/or (mis)interpreted in national debates within various Pacific Rim countries - new (trans-)Pacific trends in climate mitigation and energy policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Travel costs and accommodation will be taken care of by the Max Weber Foundation / German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    Selected participants will be expected to pre-circulate written papers (3500 words) one month before the conference. A peer-reviewed journal publication is planned.

    Proposals (max. 300 words plus a short CV) should be sent to by 21 August 2020.

    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

    Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F

    7-1 Kioicho


    Tokyo, Japan

    • April 22, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • April 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • University of Texas at Austin (Avaya Auditorium - POB 2.302) and onllne via Zoom

    April 22-23, 2021

    University of Texas at Austin and virtual via Zoom

    This conference brings together diverse scholars whose work grapples with the challenges that climate change presents to the discipline of history. Participants will address precedents for this “unprecedented” crisis by uncovering and analyzing the historical roots and analogues of contemporary climate change across a wide range of eras and areas around the world. Can history offer an alternative to visions of the future that appear to be determined by prevailing climate models, and help provide us with new ways of understanding human agency?

    Presented by the Institute for Historical Studies.

    Generously co-sponsored by the Department of History, Planet Texas 2050, Center for European Studies, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Department of Geography and the Environment, Environmental Humanities @ UT courtesy of the English Department, Humanities Institute, History & Philosophy of Science Speaker Series, Center for American Architecture and Design in the School of Architecture, and Jackson School of Geosciences.

    Free and open to the public. Streaming online.

    • April 24, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)

    This is a teacher training designed and led by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan as part of its Title VI National Resource Center outreach program. The event will cover local:global relationships as we explore the integration of water and environmental justice issues in the classroom, connecting events such as the Flint Water Crisis to social and political experiences in Latin America, including but not limited to water privatization in El Salvador, water distribution in Mexico, engineering projects in Colombia, and the Cochabamba Water Wars in Bolivia.

    The event is open to all but will be especially geared toward middle and high school teachers as well as community college instructors. Educators in the state of Michigan will receive professional development credits for their participation.

    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan

    • April 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Online

    In this online panel, university press representatives will demystify the publishing process, from preparing a book proposal to publicizing the finished book. Along the way, they will also shed light on how presses select books, the differences in writing for scholars vs. general readers, what kind of editorial support to expect from a publisher, the value of peer review, and how to think about positioning environmental history for a broader audience. Questions welcome.

    Panelist include:

    Bridget Barry, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Nebraska Press

    Rachael Levay, Acquisitions Editor, University Press of Colorado & Utah State University Press

    Andrew Berzanskis, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Washington Press

    Organized by the University of Washington Press

    Additional details and meeting link to follow.

    • April 24, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online


    Edmund Russell, Carnegie Mellon University

    Join us for the 2021 ASEH Awards Ceremony

    ASEH will honor the winners and award:

    ASEH Distinguished Scholar Award

    Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award

    Public Outreach Project Award

    Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History

    George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history

    Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history

    Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)

    Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History

    Immediately following the 2021 Awards Ceremony, ASEH will conduct its annual business meeting. Officers will give an update on the Society and answer member questions. All members are invited to join.

    The online meeting link will be posted as the date approaches.

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Chicago, IL  60607-7109