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Environmental History Week Events

    • April 01, 2021
    • 12:00 AM (EDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)


    The ASEH conference is going virtual this year. And so is the Hal Rothman 5K Fun(d) Run!

    How do I participate?

    Sometime between April 17 and 25, walk or run 5 km AND register or donate to the Hal Rothman Dissertation Fund here (select other and write "Hal Rothman" in the field)


    **Due to international shipping costs, the donation/registration cost is $55 for registration with a t-shirt for non-US addresses.

    Not a walker or runner? No problem. As always, paying NOT to run is an option! Just make a donation and call it a day!

    Traditionally, we take a group photo before the event. This year, ALL donors are asked to snap a photo of yourself holding a sign that says "HAL" and email it to Jamie Lewis at Please put “Hal Rothman” in the Subject line. He’ll then assemble them into a group photo that’ll be sent exclusively to participants as a “thanks” for participating. 

    Want to know more about Hal Rothman and his contributions to ASEH and the field of environmental history? Read this short article.

    • April 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)

    THE MATERIAL SIDE OF PAST CLIMATE CHANGE - an online exhibition with Google Arts & Culture (online since 17 Feb 2021 - unlimited):

    Contemporary and historical climate change is, in itself, beyond the scale of human perception. What humans could see in the past and today still can perceive are meteorological extremes: droughts, heat waves, strong precipitation, floods, cold spells, and storms. Such extreme events, however, have generally left only indirect evidence in the material heritage of past human societies. This exhibition, a product of the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in cooperation with the PAGES’s working group CRIAS, presents this legacy to a wider public. At times surprising objects are witnesses of human memory to meteorological disasters, but they also show how skillfully historical societies adapted to climate change.

    • April 22, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • University of Texas at Austin (Avaya Auditorium - POB 2.302) and onllne via Zoom

    View the program: 

    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.

    Register to attend at:

    Once registered, you'll receive an automated email from Zoom with the access link to join the conference. Registrants may use this access link to attend one or more sessions, as you wish. This link can be used to enter the formal conference at any point on both days.

    Free and open to the public. All are welcome. To request captioning or sign interpretation for this event, please email, on or before April 7, 2021."

    • April 22, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This interdisciplinary roundtable will explore urban and environmental inequalities, specifically the way in which urban built environments create illness in the past and present. Spatial segregation and unequal, discriminatory housing policies have long confined non-white communities to districts with poor housing stock and limited access to public health resources. The roundtable will consider racism, government responses to health threats, and public health activism in both twentieth century activism against lead paint and new concerns over housing and health threats created by COVID-19. The roundtable will also consider how the health risks of poor housing in the past can illustrate historical roots of seemingly new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for urban Black communities.


    Dr. Taylor Desloge, Washington University

    Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Baruch College, CUNY

    Dr. Robert Gioielli, University of Cincinnati


    Dr. Mindy Fullilove, The New School


    Dr. Kara Schlichting, Queens College, CUNY

    Thursday, April 22 2:30 to 4 PM Eastern.

    This event was organized in partnership between Edmund Russell, ASEH president, and the Urban History Association.

    How to register: All attendees must register in advance.

    Visit to sign up. Attendees will receive the Zoom link once they register.

    Please direct any questions about this event to Hope Shannon, UHA Executive Director, at

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This research symposium highlights the work of faculty and graduate students in environmental history at Auburn University.

    The event is open to all. The organizers especially encourage attendance from our colleagues in the southeast working in related fields.

    Panel 1: Environmental Histories of the US South
    • Dr. Ken Noe, “The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War”
    • Mr. Peter Thomas, “Conceptualizing Civil War Encampments as Militarized Landscapes.” 
    • Dr. Jason Hauser, “A Climate History of the American South.” 
    • Dr. Elijah Gaddis, “Landscapes of Lynching: Objects, Environment, and Racial Terror”
    Panel 2: Environmental Histories Around the World
    • Dr. Christopher Ferguson, “The Age of Environism? Thinking about People, Places, and Things during Britain's First Industrial Revolution, c. 1770-c. 1870”
    • Dr. Sarah Hamilton, “Water Underground: Comparative Histories of Groundwater Exploitation”
    • Dr. Claire Perrott, “The Volcano that Grew out of a Mexican Cornfield”
    • Dr. Xaq Frohlich, "What is the Mediterranean diet?: The reinvention of a culinary tradition as a global, healthy lifestyle"

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us to celebrate the winner of the

    2021 ASEH George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history

    Jamie Kreiner


    Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West (Yale University Press)

    in conversation with 

    Katherine Morrissey, Chair of the Marsh Prize Committee

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Earthlings! Come celebrate Earth Day with Ohio State historians Kip Curtis, Jennifer Eaglin, and Bart Elmore. In a world confronted by pandemics, climate change, droughts and floods, unstable food supplies, changing energy needs, and the threats of pollutants and toxins, what insights from environmental history can we learn to help solve today’s problems?

    The registration page is here:

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)

    This is a CODIE-organized event.

    Inspired by recent calls from environmental historians to center spaces other than “wilderness,” this roundtable brings together interdisciplinary scholarship on environments of incarceration. Beyond bringing carceral and environmental studies into conversation, participants and audience members are invited to discuss the ethical imperatives of such scholarship. Like the “Anthropocene” for environmental historians, “carceral” has become an academic buzzword. Yet, in an age of mass incarceration, migrant detainment, and police brutality, the carceral state is also an urgent human rights issue that intersects with environmental justice issues and impending waves of climate migration. What do scholars owe their subjects? What social (in addition to scholarly) interventions can we make?

    Participants will offer brief presentations of their own research.

    Alison Laurence will chair the discussion that follows.


    Professor Anthony Hatch, "Biotechnologies in Their Carceral Operating Environments"

    Professor Laurel Mei-Singh, "Carceral Conservationism: Policing the Planetary Crisis in Hawai‘i"

    Elizabeth Hargrett, "The Environmental Histories of San Quentin State Prison"

    Samuel Klee, " Caging Cantaloupe Fields: Food, Catholic Ministries, and Carceral Foodscapes in Chesterfield, Missouri - 1940-1973"

    Dr. Brian Tyrrell, "Railbirds but No Ponies to Watch: Landscapes of Leisure and Incarceration at California's Race Tracks"

    • April 22, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)

    This event will be a comparison of the cultural and ecological consequences of the Aswan and Kinzua dams.

    Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will provide a virtual film screening of two documentaries, one about each dam, on a designated webpage throughout Environmental History Week for viewers to visit at their leisure. These films are Lake of Betrayal, about Kinzua, and the World Saves Abu Simbel, about Aswan.

    On Thursday night (April 22nd, 6pm-7pm EST), we will host a virtual roundtable discussion, featuring an interdisciplinary panel of experts, to answer participant questions and make connections between these two infrastructure programs. Key points of departure will include how is culture and community connected to land and water, how is the designation of cultural heritage determined and by whom, and how are the cultural and ecological impacts of such large-scale infrastructure programs intertwined? Discussion will help viewers from the Pittsburgh area learn more about the history of our city and surrounding area while also making broader global connections. Panelists will include an ecologist, an Egyptologist, a representative from the Seneca Nation, and other relevant historical and engineering experts.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)

    In this roundtable, noted historians of agriculture, science, and society—R. Douglas Hurt, Joel Hagen, and Amy Hay—use their recent books in the NEXUS book series as a launching point to explore the ways in which environmental history and closely allied fields intersect and inform one another.

    The discussion will be chaired by Ellen Griffith Spears and include comments by Frederick Davis.

    The titles featured in the discussion:

    The Green Revolution in the Global South: Science, Politics, and Unintended Consequences (2020) provides a nuanced account of the successes and unintended consequences of the Green Revolution as the movement’s technological innovations interacted with political, economic, and cultural systems in Latin America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. R. Douglas Hurt is professor of history at Purdue University.

    Life Out of Balance: Homeostasis and Adaptation in a Darwinian World (April 2021) traces historical developments in physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology during the decades following World War II when new ideas about biological self-regulation, adaptation, and fitness led to larger debates about the merits of such models as applied to larger systems, including society at large. Joel Hagen is professor emeritus of biology at Radford University.

    The Defoliation of America: Agent Orange Chemicals, Citizens, and Protests (forthcoming in November) examines the use of phenoxy herbicides in and by the United States during the mid-twentieth century, and shows how pushback from different groups of citizens challenged and ultimately changed the way hazardous chemicals are regulated in the U.S. Amy M. Hay is associate professor of history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    The NEXUS book series is devoted to the publication of high-quality scholarship in the history of the sciences and allied fields. Its broad reach encompasses science, technology, the environment, agriculture, and medicine, but includes intersections with other types of knowledge. Its essential concern is with the interface of nature and culture, broadly conceived, and it embraces an emerging intellectual constellation of new syntheses, methods, and approaches in the study of people and nature through time.

    NEXUS is edited by Mark Hersey, Alexandra Hui, and Alan Marcus of Mississippi State University’s Department of History and published by the University of Alabama Press.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    A gathering for scholars new to the PhD, new to ASEH, or simply looking to broaden their network within the field of environmental history. Women and other minoritized scholars are particularly welcome. Meet colleagues, join the WEHN listserv, and learn about opportunities for writing and publishing collaboration and assistance. 

    • April 22, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This joint book talk panel presents 20 min. overviews by three new/recent authors on environmental history subjects as follows:

    7:30-7:45 - Michael Welsh (Big Bend National Park: Mexico, the United States, and a Borderland Ecosystem)

    Known for its stark beauty, dramatic geologic dimensions, and challenging desert terrain, this 118-mile long, 1.5 million-acre corridor of the Rio Grande often has witnessed moments of interaction and conflict between Mexico and the United States, two nations sharing one ecosystem as they inhabit different political spheres. Michael Welsh’s presentation explores the cultural landscape of this binational region that might once again be imagined as what 1930s park planners called an “international park for peace.”

    7:45-8:00 - Jeff Antonelis-Lapp on Environmental History of the Carbon River Road (Tahoma and Its People: A Natural History of Mount Rainier National Park)

    In this panel, Antonelis-Lapp traces the environmental history of the Carbon River Road in the park’s northwest section. Built on a floodplain in the 1920s and beset by flooding and erosion from the outset, he details the park’s failed projects—and eventual success—in containing damage to park property.

    8:00-8:15 - Eleanor Herz Swent (One Shot for Gold: Developing a Modern Mine in Northern California)

    The story of California’s most productive gold mine of the 20th century, from discovery in 1978 to shut-down in 2003, is enlivened by interviews with company employees from executives to miners; neighboring ranchers and merchants; and local government officials. Engineers recall research for the innovative high-pressure oxidation process that doesn’t pollute air or water, now copied worldwide. Environmental protection had high priority; development and reclamation were simultaneous; land and waterways damaged by historic mining were restored. The influx of hundreds of highly trained workers and their families benefitted the state’s poorest county. The mine is now a university nature reserve; NASA scientists studied ancient deposits there to guide today’s Mars probe for extraterrestrial life.

    8:15-8:45 - joint Q&A with attendees (unmuted audio)

    • April 23, 2021
    • 2:00 AM (EDT)
    • Duke Kunshan University, No.8 Duke Avenue, Yushan Town, Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China and virtual

    In this seminar, by referring to one of Katja Bruisch's journal article, we are going to discuss the history of peatland exploitation and people’s cultural perceptions of it in Russia from late 18th century to today. We will figure out the complex human-environment relationship and broader history of the Russian society behind the peatland exploitation. It is a great chance for participants to talk through various disciplines such as Russian history, environmental science, geography and ecology.

    This event is hybrid (both in-person and virtual through Zoom). The primary attendance of this event will be students and faculty of Duke Kunshan University, China. However, audience from all over the world are also welcome to participate through Zoom.
    • April 23, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)

    This event is one of several networking panels hosted by the Women’s Environmental History Network in order to celebrate the contributions of women and other underrepresented groups to environmental history, and to build lasting scholarly networks. For this session, the moderators will focus on strategies for diversifying (by race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and topic) the collection of works considered essential for understanding environmental history. As a networking panel, the focus will be on conversation rather than presentation. All are welcome to join us for lively discussion, co-moderated by Dr. Lise Sedrez and Dr. Nancy Langston.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 11:15 AM (EDT)

    This event is one of several networking panels hosted by the Women’s Environmental History Network in order to celebrate the contributions of women and other underrepresented groups to environmental history, and to build lasting scholarly networks. For this session, the moderators will focus what teaching and working at High Schools and Community Colleges is like and how one might find employment there. As a networking panel, the focus will be on conversation rather than presentation. All are welcome to join us for lively discussion, co-moderated by Raechel Lutz, Megan Jones, and Tai Edwards.

    Meeting ID: 782 996 0238
    Passcode: 890119

    • April 23, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Whether you are publishing a first book or a fifth, you may feel stymied about how to do most effectively do this in the midst of a pandemic.  2020 challenged publishers’ and authors’ abilities to get word out about their new books.  Yet, this has long been a particular challenge for academics, especially authors writing about events and topics that offer deep historical context for events that may or may not be in the news cycle.    This panel will focus on how authors and presses sell and market books and promote ideas when the noise of current events is threatening to drown out serious non-fiction.  This issue is important for ASEH members and others in environmental history and sciences at a time of pressing issues such as climate change, green energy, and the sale of protected wildlife refuge land.  This is a roundtable discussion intended for professional development for ASEH members at all stages of their careers.  It will not have individual papers or separate presentations but instead be a conversation amongst the panelists about practical tips, followed by extensive Q & A from the audience.


    Chair: Jean E. Thomson Black, Senior Executive Editor for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Medicine, Yale University Press

    Deborah Cramer, Author and Visiting Scholar, Environmental Solutions Initiative, MIT

    Beth Daley, Editor and General Manager, The Conversation  

    Susan Ferber, Executive Editor, American and World History, Oxford University Press

    Brenda King, Publicity Director, Yale University Press 

    David Miller, President, Island Press  

    To receive the Zoom link for this event, please email Lawrence Culver at .

    • April 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This event is one of several networking panels hosted by the Women’s Environmental History Network in order to celebrate the contributions of women and other underrepresented groups to environmental history, and to build lasting scholarly networks. As a networking panel, the focus will be on conversation rather than presentation. In this participant-driven session, we will discuss and strategize ways to illuminate the intersections of disability and environmental history. If you are interested in attending this session as a disability scholar, environmental history scholar, and/or disabled scholar, please contribute to the shape of the session by filling out this google form:

    All are welcome to join us for lively discussion, co-moderated by Kyuhyun Han (UC Santa Cruz) and Sara J Grossman (Bryn Mawr). Live transcription will be available.

    Zoom Meeting ID: 953 0231 7440

    Passcode: 471824

    • April 23, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)

    History is crucial not only for deepening our knowledge of past and present ecosystems but also for envisioning their future. This is especially the case with marine ecosystems, where past misperception of baseline observations has led to cultural and scientific misunderstanding of fishery dynamics and of key trophic relationships, with profound social and ecological consequences.

    This exciting interdisciplinary panel—drawing from environmental history, historical ecology, and marine biology—will present and discuss case histories of abalone, sea otters, kelp, and trophic cascades in both California and Oregon, revealing the importance of history in our understanding of West Coast marine life, especially with an eye to ecosystem recovery and regeneration.


    Ann Vileisis, environmental historian, independent scholar, author of Abalone: the remarkable history and uncertain future of California’s iconic shellfish

    Dr. Jenny Selgrath, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary & CPC, ecologist and social scientist with publications in progress about the history of trophic cascades in California

    Cameron LaFollette, Elakha Alliance (an NGO seeking to restore sea otters to Oregon’s coast), independent scholar with publications in progress about the history of sea otters in Oregon

    Tom Calvanese, Oregon State University Port Orford Field Station, Marine Studies Initiative, Oregon Kelp Alliance, regenerative ecology practitioner working towards kelp restoration

    • April 23, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)

    This session will feature a conversation with three scholars who have recently published important books in East Asian environmental history:

    David Fedman, University of California, Irvine, author of Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

    Ian M. Miller, St. John’s University, author of Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China

    Jakobina K. Arch, Whitman College, author of Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment in Early Modern Japan

    All three books appear in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series, published by the University of Washington Press.

    This panel will be moderated by Paul S. Sutter, the series editor.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Join Sean Kheraj, director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment, and host of Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast, for a livestream event with UBC Press acquiring editor James MacNevin and authors Daniel Macfarlane (Fixing Niagara Falls), Angela Carter (Fossilized), and Stephane Castonguay (The Government of Natural Resources) for a moderated discussion of the latest books in the Nature | History | Society series published by UBC Press.

    The Nature | History | Society series is devoted to publication of high-quality scholarship in environmental history and allied fields. The series is avowedly interdisciplinary and features the work of anthropologists, ecologists, historians, geographers, literary scholars, political scientists, sociologists, and others whose interests resonate with its mandate. It offers a timely outlet for lively, innovative, and well-written work on the interactions of people and nature through time in North America. The series editor is Graeme Wynn.

    We look forward to you joining us for this event.

    Registration is not required. The event will be livestreamed to YouTube on Friday, April 23 at 2:30 pm (Eastern):

    General Editor, Graeme Wynn, reflects on the NHS series in a blog post on the UBC Press website:



    Environment, Energy, and Engineers at the World’s Most Famous Waterfall Daniel Macfarlane

    Long considered a natural wonder, the world’s most famous waterfall is anything but. Fixing Niagara Falls reveals the technological feats and cross-border politics that facilitated the transformation of one of the most important natural sites in North America. Daniel Macfarlane shows how this natural wonder is essentially a tap: huge tunnels around the reconfigured Falls channel the waters of the Niagara River, which ebb and flow according to the tourism calendar.

    Daniel Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He is also a senior fellow at the Bill Graham Center for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto, and president of the International Water History Association.


    Environmental Policy in Canada's Petro-Provinces

    Angela V. Carter

    Fossilized discloses how Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador – blinded by exceptional economic growth from 2005 to 2015 – undermined environmental policies to intensify ecologically detrimental extreme oil extraction.

    Angela V. Carter is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.


    Science, Territory, and State Power in Quebec, 1867–1939

    Stéphane Castonguay; Translated by Käthe Roth

    The Government of Natural Resources explores the development of scientific and technical activity in Quebec from Confederation until the eve of the Second World War. At the turn of the twentieth century, the provincial government created scientific services in geology, forestry, fishery, and agronomy, with the goal of exploiting natural resources and occupying territory. By tracing this history, Stéphane Castonguay reveals how territorial and environmental transformations through scientific activity became a tool of government.

    Stéphane Castonguay is a professor of environmental history and Quebec studies at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and former Canada Research Chair in Environmental History (2003–13).

    Käthe Roth has been a literary translator for more than thirty years.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us to celebrate the work and contributions of the winner of the

    2021 ASEH Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History

    Terry Tempest Williams

    in conversation with 

    Jeffrey Ostler

    • April 23, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    Megan A. Black will give and lecture and host a discussion of her award-winning book: The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power

    Awarded ASEH's George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history in 2019.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    An opportunity for scholars interested in the history of energy to meet new colleagues and learn about current work in progress.

    • April 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions

    Capitalism has been getting more and more attention from environmental historians lately, and it seems a good time to assess its role in our field, as comprehensively and objectively as possible. This symposium is open to all perspectives and to such subjects as trade in endangered species, green energy innovation, the quality of the human work environment, and mass consumption. It may include capitalism as a lens for viewing nature or may consider its conflicts and commonalities with socialist cultures, economies, and environmental policies. Does modern environmental history, we want to ask, offer a more mature understanding of capitalism than 19th century industrialization did? How has capitalism evolved in attitudes or practices over time? To what extent has the history of capitalism been shaped by environmental differences?

    The symposium features five environmental historians from China and five from the US.

    The evening session (April 23) is in English, and the morning session (April 24) is in Chinese.

    Host: The Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, Beijing; and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich.

    Date: 21:00-23:30 EST (9:00-11:30, Beijing time, April 24), April 23; and 2:00-5:00 EST (14:00-17:00, Beijing time),

    April 24 Speakers: Kate Brown, Chengshuang Fu, Bozhong Li, Xueqin Mei, Adam Rome, Christine Rosen, Mark Stoll, Donald Worster, Mingfang Xia, and Shi Xie

    Moderator: Shen Hou

    • 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.

    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. ALL ARE WELCOME!

    This event will bring together scholars, teachers, and artists to provide educators with context and resources for teaching about issues of water and environmental justice. We will explore place-based pedagogies to help educators connect water issues across local and global scales, from the Great Lakes to Latin America.

    The workshop will offer materials and resources to help educators foster classroom dialogue through hands-on and interactive activities, including the use of print and visual multimedia.

    The combined synchronous and asynchronous workshop will include a series of lesson modules and interactive teaching events with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Featuring:

    Dr. Emily Wakild, Boise State University, Department of History

    Dr. Michelle Berry, University of Arizona, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

    Dr. Sarah Hines, University of Oklahoma, Department of History

    Dr. Mirta Paola Leon, Grand Valley State University, Department of Social Work

    Jayson Porter, Northwestern University, Department of History

    Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez, University of Texas – Austin, Latin American Studies

    Paloma Contreras, University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology

    Andrea Sosa Moreno, University of Michigan, Epidemiologic Science

    • April 24, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    War and Environment, an ASEH special interest group, are sponsoring a roundtable examining the state of the field of military-environmental history in 2021. Panelists with specialization in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America will discuss the present state of the field, important new trends and lines of inquiry, and where the subfield may be heading next. In addition, there will be news about the overhaul and re-launch of the SIG website later this year, with an invitation for all those who are interested, especially graduate students, postdocs, and junior scholars, who might want to be part of the new platform.


    Gerard J. Fitzgerald, George Mason University

    The roundtable will feature comments from:

    Tony Andersson, DePauw University

    Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University

    Tait Keller, Rhodes College

    Keri Lambert, Phillips Academy

    Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

    Organizers: Gerard J. Fitzgerald and Tony Andersson

    Hosted by our friends at the Forestry Service

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


    Edmund Russell, Carnegie Mellon University

    ASEH Annual Business Meeting:

    Announce the of Winners of ASEH Prizes and Awards:

    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 Presidential Address, 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.

    • April 25, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)

    This workshop includes the presentation and discussion of three pre-circulated papers as well as Akihisa Setoguchi's plenary talk on science and human–nature relationships in Japan. Korean-English interpretation will be available for floor discussion.

    Speakers: Akihisa Setoguchi, Walter Grunden, Jongmin Lee, Victor Seow, & Hongyun Lyu

    Commentators and Chairs: Tae-Woo Ko, Tae-Ho Kim, Kyonghee Han, Chris Sellers, Hyungsub Choi, & Myung-Ae Choi

    This workshop includes four presentations with comments. Akihisa Setoguchi's plenary talk on human-animal relationship in Japan will be on Youtube Live. The rest of the session will be on Zoom. Interpreters will be available for Korean-English interpretation.

    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    Organised by Kadri Tüür, Ulrike Plath - KAJAK, Estonian Centre for Environmental History, Tallinn University

    Participants: Kirsten Twelbeck, Pia Winterholler - University of Augsburg; Kate Rigby, Sharon Gardham - Bath Spa University; Christian Rohr - University of Bern; Christof Mauch - Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society / LMU; Ulrike Plath, Kaarel Vanamölder - Tallinn University

    The workshop consists of two parts. First, we showcase a selection of applied EH projects by each participating organisation. Then we proceed to the discussion of the projects as well as to the question, what counts as 'applied' at all? Is it interdisciplinary cooperation, teaching / writing textbooks, preparing exhibitions / edutainment, advancing citizen science, practical problem-solving on local level, practical application of historical knowledge / vernacular technology, activism / lobbying / marching / demonstrating, or perhaps even developing spin-off companies?

    The answers may vary among individuals, institutions, academic cultures, and even state regulations. As a result, we would like to figure out some of the most promising ways of doing applied EH in the contemporary world. You are welcome to join us!

    The projects to be introduced are the following:

    Brewed LIFE. The LIFE or Learning in Interdisciplinary Focused Environment is an initiative of Tallinn University for university-wide project-based interdisciplinary courses. Professor Ulrike Plath and assistand professor Kaarel Vanamölder will introduce the award-winning course "Brewed LIFE". It focuses on historical food processing on the example of craft beer that is made, attempting to re-create historical processes and use ingredients as close to their 18th-19th C analogues as possible. The wider question is, to which degree is it possible to re-create history at all? The result of the course is a product that can be marketed.

    Care for our Commons Home: Revitalising and extending the notion of ‘good neighbourhood’ for the modern Cotswold Commons. This doctoral project, situated at the intersection of environmental history, cultural geography and multispecies studies, seeks to revitalise the common land notion of 'good neighbourhood' and extend it to other-than-human participants in the life of the commons. Using a mixed methods approach, this transdisciplinary research is intended to contribute to the design, adoption and implementation of effective environmental management strategies and plans on these often-contested lands in the interests of collective social-ecological flourishing. The project will be presented by Sharon Gardham and Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University).

    Ecopolis Munich. Based on an award-winning research and outreach seminar, Ecopolis Munich was designed to stimulate environmental awareness and a deeper understanding of Munich’s environmental past through events, audio projects, and multidisciplinary exhibits, physical as well as virtual. The project will be introduced by Christof Mauch (RCC / LMU).

    Euro-Climhist and Collective Flood Memory. Two databases on climate history and disasters created by the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research in Bern. In his short input, Christian Rohr (Universität Bern) will point out the essential role of interdisciplinary cooperation including contributors from outside the academic institutions (citizen science) for both projects. The freely accessible online platforms can be used also for teaching at universities and in schools and can raise natural hazard awareness of the society.

    The Plastic Odyssey. The "Plastic Odyssey" is a web-based learning game for any age group. It was designed as a master’s thesis by Pia Winterholler and it seeks to provide ecological knowledge and know-how for the younger generation in particular. What is the problem with plastic? How can we deal with this pressing environmental issue more effectively? The game is based on Klaus Zierer’s “5 pillar concept of education for sustainable development.” This pedagogical approach familiarizes kids with the issue of plastic pollution, trains action competencies, and conveys a sense of responsibility. Presentation by Pia Winterholler and Kirsten Twelbeck from Universität Augsburg.

    Tallinn University,; Estonian Centre for Environmental History,

    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    This interdisciplinary roundtable will explore how scholars in the environmental humanities are using the concept of “slow violence” to reimagine timescales of disasters in history, whether ancient or contemporary. First formulated in literary and postcolonial studies, slow violence illuminates social and environmental destruction that occurs beyond an initial cause of violence and that time conditions us not to see. The roundtable will consider how historians and social scientists are translating this concept to problematize tidy narratives of cause and effect around disasters. Participants will also consider new forms of storytelling that include multiple voices of environmentalism in the historical record.

    The roundtable will feature comments from:

    Nikhil Deb, Ph.D. (Murray State University)

    Claire Mayo, Doctoral Candidate (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

    Ruth Mostern, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)

    Rob Nixon, Ph.D. (Princeton University)

    Raja Swamy, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

    After the comments and discussion, attendees will be able to submit questions for a Q&A.

    Attendees must register beforehand at the following site:

    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    This lightning style roundtable explores new scholarship in environmental history using the framework of political ecology. It brings together five advanced graduate students whose research spans a wide geographical and temporal scope. From forest management in the People’s Republic of China to human and plant epidemics in the British Empire, each panelist will address how their research engages with political ecology, how their approach fits within and pushes forward the historiography of the field, as well as the benefits and challenges of using political ecology as a framework.

    Moderator: Vicky Shen, University of Pittsburgh Panelists:

    Matt Plishka, University of Pittsburgh

    Emily Webster, University of Chicago

    Kyuhyun Han, UC Santa Cruz

    Anil Askin, Brown University

    Emily Hutcheson, University of Wisconsin

    Discussant: Mary Draper, Assistant Professor, MSU Texas

    World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh

    Event Information

    • April 26, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Envirotech, a special interest group of the Society for the History of Technology, will hold its annual spring meeting including a roundtable discussion of the past, present, and future of scholarship at the intersection of the histories of environment and technology.

    The roundtable will feature comments from

    Johan Gärdebo (Linköping University)

    Ann Norton Greene (University of Pennsylvania)

    Aleksandra Kobiljski (CNRS/EHESS)

    Taylor Moore (UC Santa Barbara)

    Sara Pritchard (Cornell University)

    Further details, including a link for registration (required), are available at the Envirotech website:

    • April 26, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Your colleagues produced and submitted short videos about their research and public projects.

    Join us to view, discuss, and celebrate their work.

    Meeting ID: 838 0879 2687

    Passcode: g4kE0bG3

    • April 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    7pm EDT / 4pm PDT Monday 26 April

    7am AWST / 9am AEST / 11am NZT Tuesday 27 April

    You are invited to join members of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network for a social event and launch of some new videos about the environmental history of Australasian places. If you would like to meet some Australasian environmental historians or are curious about current work and opportunities in environmental history in our part of the world, please bring a beverage as appropriate for your time zone and join us on zoom! The session will begin with a brief presentation about the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, and a preview screening of new content on our YouTube site (, followed by informal Q&A and discussion of work in progress.

    Zoom link:

    Password: 839063

    • April 26, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EDT)

    This event is meant to welcome any and all graduate student members of the American Society for Environmental History, as we would regularly do at the yearly in-person conference. The Graduate Caucus exists to support graduate students in the organization and in the field. This event is an opportunity for us to say hello and welcome, for you to ask any questions or share any feedback you might have, and for all of us to spend some time casually socializing. We'll be meeting twice--first on April 7 and then on April 26--so please feel free to join us when you can.

    Link for April 7 event:

    Link for April 26 event:

    • April 28, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    'In search of the nature cure: A cultural history of wellbeing and ecology'

    Dr. Samantha Walton (Bath Spa University)

    Hosted by the University of Bristol Literary and Visual Landscapes Seminar Series, supported by the Centre for Environmental Humanities, LVL is an interdisciplinary seminar series established in 2012, with a broad focus on research into space and place.

    Free tickets for all the upcoming seminars can be booked via Eventbrite:

    A Zoom meeting link will be circulated to ticket-holders 24 hours in advance of each session.

    • April 29, 2021
    • 2:30 AM (EDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (EDT)

    29-30 April 2021 (2 days symposium)

    Conveners: John Haldon and Christopher H. Roosevelt

    The question of how environmental disruptions affect human societies and political systems has begun to attract a great deal of attention from the scientific community and the general public and can have significant consequences not just for historians but also for policymakers and future planning. Integrating high-resolution archaeological, textual, and environmental data with longer-term, low-resolution data on ancient climate affords greater precision in identifying some of the causal relationships underlying societal change across several millennia, and regional and microregional studies have now thrown significant light on questions that until recently could not be answered satisfactorily. The Anatolian case, in particular, challenges many assumptions about the impact of climatic factors on socio-political organization and medium-term historical evolution and highlights the importance of further collaboration between archaeologists, historians, and climate scientists. The 15th International ANAMED Annual Symposium aims not only to showcase recent research but also to engage with both specific evidence for climatic conditions or changes—textual, scientific, or other—and specific evidence for societal phenomena—archaeological, historical, or other—to discuss the complicated range of correspondences and/or correlations between them.

    English-Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided.

    You can download symposium poster from the events link:

    • April 29, 2021
    • 6:30 AM (EDT)

    Young Rae Choi (Florida International University, USA) will present on "Getbol: A Sticky History of South Korea's Beloved Mudflat, 1950s – Present."

    The Lunchtime Colloquium talks will be virtual. The talk can be streamed via YouTube (link below) and will be followed by a livestreamed discussion with the speaker via Zoom. Participants in the Zoom discussion need to register (see link below) in order to participate in the discussion.

    The talk will go live on YouTube at 12:30 on Thursday, 29 April:

    Click here to register for the discussion following the talk (via Zoom). The discussion starts at 13:15:

    • April 29, 2021
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)

    “Teaching the Energy Transition” will examine how we bring history to bear on ongoing and future energy transitions. Teachers with experience in different classroom settings will discuss using historical sources to teach a subject with urgent contemporary ramifications. Panelists will further consider environmental historians’ responsibility to students who are coming of age under the shadow of climate change, the politics of analyzing energy transitions in the classroom, and pedagogical innovations in the realm of energy and environmental history. The panel additionally will introduce Energy History Online, a free new educational website serving teachers and students of United States and global energy history.  


    Dr. Raechel Lutz, The Wardlaw + Hartridge School

    Dr. Bathsheba Demuth, Brown University

    Dr. Chad Montrie, UMass Lowell

    Moderator: Dr. Paul Sabin, Yale University

    Registration link:

    • April 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    In this roundtable Frederico Freitas (NC State, Raleigh) and Wilko Hardenberg (MPIWG, Berlin) meet to launch their recent books on the history of, respectively, the national parks on the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina and the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy. They will be joined by Matthew Kelly (Northumbria U., Newcastle-upon-Tyne) to discuss the place of the state in conservation history, especially in settings characterized by intense political conflict and authoritarian rule.

    Hardenberg’s A Monastery for the Ibex: Conservation, State, and Conflict on the Gran Paradiso, 1919-1949 (University of Pittsburgh Press 2021) is the first history of the early years of one of Italy’s oldest parks, on the Gran Paradiso massif near the French border. The book merges the history of conservation with that of the region’s social and environmental context and that of the Fascist regime to produce a multifaceted narrative about the park as an institution, iconic animals as the matter of propaganda, conservation as a space of conflict, and the competing interests of local communities and different state agencies.

    In Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border (Cambridge University Press 2021) Freitas uncovers how Brazil and Argentina used parks to nationalize borderlands and promote internal migration. By tracking almost one hundred years of national park history in Latin America’s largest countries, the book highlights the role of conservation policy in promoting national programs of frontier development and border control.

    The event will take place on Zoom. To register and receive the link please drop a line to

    • April 30, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This event welcomes current ICHO members and anyone interested in ocean history to gather to find out about ICHO, meet each other, and learn about each others’ work. The event will begin with a short presentation introducing ICHO, followed by two 15-minute break out groups of 4-5 people (think group speed dating) to meet and talk about their work, and ending with the group coming back together for a final discussion, perhaps aimed at possible follow-on events.

    ICHO is a global body devoted to linking scholars, writers and teachers interested in the history of marine sciences, broadly defined.

    It is part of the Division of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, which is part of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, which in turn is part of the International Council of Scientific Unions.

    ICHO’s website is at:

    Please join us on Friday, April 30th at 2pm (Eastern US time) at:

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