The Tallinn Dissertation Prize 2021 - NEW! Call for submissions 2021

The Tallinn Dissertation Prize was established by the ESEH Board in 2018 to reward innovative doctoral dissertations based on original research in European environmental history. The Prize was named after Tallinn, the city where it will be awarded for the first time at the 10th ESEH Biennial Conference in 2019.
The Dissertation Prize aims at supporting early career scholars based in Europe or based outside Europe but working on a European topic. Through the Prize, ESEH wants to encourage young scholars to get more involved in the community of environmental historians in Europe. We intend the prize to enhance the visibility of PhD students and post-docs in environmental history and the environmental humanities, and strengthen inter-generational ties within the ESEH.

O ADAMASTOR NUM AQUÁRIO – OLHAR(ES) SOBRE UM OCEANO DESCONHECIDO (6 de Fevereiro de 2020, 21h30-23h00/Galeria da Biodiversidade – Centro Ciência Viva

O mar é tão imponente no nosso planeta que este, visto do espaço, assume-se essencialmente azul. Bem perto de nós representa uma fonte de preciosos e variados recursos, influencia o clima e suporta uma imensa diversidade de vida. Intriga-nos, emociona-nos. Medos e desejos estão presentes na ideia do que é o mar, uma sensação de perenidade parece advir do mesmo. Falsa imagem, pois este esgota-se, degrada-se, tornando-se central nos objetivos de conservação, desenvolvimento sustentável e preservação do património comum à humanidade. Portugal tem uma relação histórica com o mar. E é esta memória profunda que leva a que este ande na boca de todos portugueses: desde a oferta do melhor peixe do mundo aos incentivos ao investimento no mesmo ou ao melhor sítio para veraneio. Mas o que sabemos nós da vida do mar? O que sabemos nós de como o influenciamos e como podemos assegurar a sua preservação? E como é que o desejo de o ter, de o dominar e de o estudar, se tornou uma ambição de longa duração?
Investigadores convidados:
Inês Amorim (CITCEM – Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço e Memória)
José Teixeira (CIIMAR – Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental)
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The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, awarded annually, in the amount of 1 million euros, aims to recognize people, groups of people and/or organizations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact.
Humanity is facing an unprecedented climate crisis with impacts that encompass key sustainable development components such as public health, access to safe drinking water, clean air, food security and secure shelter. Science informs us that the impacts of climate change are advancing at a faster rate than anticipated and may have irreversible effects on our natural systems.
Without drastic change, the consequences will continue to be devastating for humankind, particularly to the most vulnerable.

Call for organizers of the ESEH 2020 Summer School

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to announce the call for the 2020 ESEH Summer School.

Guidelines for applicants:

(1) Although multidisciplinarity is highly regarded, there has to be a clear environmental history focus in the planned program of the Summer School. A combination of classwork with fieldwork is strongly encouraged. The ESEH Summer School committee (SSC) advises applicants to select a topic which is neither too narrow nor too broad.

(2) One of the core ambitions of the ESEH is to strengthen the international knowledge transfer, mobility, and international networking among promising young environmental historians. As such, the summer school should be international, in that it has to involve scholars from more than one country or language group. In order to make this feasible, the courses should be taught in English. The selected summer school would preferably host a majority of European participants, but it should be open to members of all countries.

(3) The Summer School must be a PhD-level course, although recent PhD graduates and advanced Master’s students may be invited to attend. Both the duration of the summer school as well as the number of included students and teachers can be decided by the organizers themselves.

(4) There can be no fees for participants. The SSC will privilege proposals that will include free or heavily subsidised accommodation for the participants.

(5) As confirmed official ESEH support may help with obtaining other funding for the proposed Summer School, organizing committees are invited to submit their applications prior to having secured such funding. Please submit your proposal only if it is highly likely that the total funding obtained will be sufficient.

The successful applicant/s will receive the advisory support of the ESEH and a total of 500 EUR to support the Summer School, which will be advertised on the ESEH website as well as through the president’s newsletter. The successful applicant/s will have the right and obligation to use the ESEH logo in announcements, flyers and websites related to the selected summer school.

Deadline for 1st round of applications: March 2, 2020.

The ESEH Board and the ESEH Summer school committee will consider the applications in March 2020 and by April 1st at the latest, all applicants will be informed of the outcome. The ESEH Summer school committee will be happy to advise the successful applicants on the call for participants.

NB: If no summer school is selected in the first round, or there is funding available for a second summer school in 2020, a second round of applications will be held in May 2020.

Deadline for 2nd round of applications: May 15, 2020

The ESEH Board and the ESEH Summer school committee will consider the applications in May/June 2020 and by June 15th at the latest, all applicants will be informed of the outcome.

The ESEH Summer school committee will be happy to advise the selected SSCH organizing committee regarding the call for participants.

Please apply by submitting the application form to Dr. Stefan Dorondel, chair of the ESEH Summer school committee, via e-mail stefan.dorondel[at]

The Summer School is organized according to the ESEH Constitution ( and Organization of Summer Schools ( If you have any further questions, please contact the ESEH summer school committee for clarification and advice. They will be happy to answer.


CFP: Special Issue - Humanities


Special Issue "Peoples, Nature and Environments: Shaping Landscapes"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.


Special Issue Information

Over the centuries, different aspects of the human-natural world relationships have shaped a wide range of environments and landscapes. In the broad sense, landscapes mirror the synthesis of interactions between peoples and places, reflect circulation of knowledge and technology and materialize the development, transformation and adaptation of humans’ societies across time and space, in different geographic and cultural contexts. The result of these complex and multifaceted interconnections is the recognition of different environments and landscapes as a structural component of natural, historical, cultural and scientific heritage and a vital element in the creation of each community's identity. As such, this special issue aims to address the interaction between humans and the non-human world by bringing the broad concept of landscape into the discussion, considering that this concept also serves as a historical testimony and a fundamental source for the study of the past. This discussion can shed a light in this long-term relationship and interconnection essential in the current challenging contexts of environmental changes.

We are accepting Research Papers and Reviews in the suggested but non-exclusive main topics:

Animals and landscapes

Environmental and climate change and human impacts

Landscape as a living archive

Literary landscapes and soundscapes

Natural and cultural landscapes

Natural history and science

Society and environment

Waterscapes and littoral changes

Dr. Ana Cristina Roque

Dr. Cristina Brito

Dr. Cecilia Veracini

Ms. Nina Vieira

Dr. Joana Gaspar de Freitas

Guest Editors



New Publication: Peoples, Nature and Environments. Learning to Live Together

Peoples, Nature and Environments

Learning to Live Together

Editor(s):Ana Cristina Roque, Cristina Brito, Cecilia Veracini

Book Description

This volume brings together perspectives from scholars of different scientific backgrounds endeavouring to understand and debate the interactions and relationships between humans, nonhuman species and natural ecosystems in order to overcome the classic human/environment dichotomy. Through discussions informed by the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences, the book deals with the way different disciplines approach this relationship. These diverse perspectives are compared to enable a cross-cutting analysis of human/nature interface throughout history. Changes forced by the utilization of resources and habitats, as well as climate changes are analysed and discussed, enhancing the importance of a multifaceted approach got a better understanding of the complexity of both the human/world relationship and diverse interspecies connections and impacts.


Introducing the ICEHOUSE

The White Horse Press and ICEHO President Graeme Wynn are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Global Environment/ The White Horse Press and the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations. 
The ICEHOUSE Society’ is a vehicle to further the reach and significance of ICEHO. Described succinctly, it is ‘a place’ for friends of ICEHO to come together, to allow us to reach out beyond our base of member organisations to individual environmental historians (and like-minded people) to better serve this important constituency. In 2020 and 2021 ICEHOUSE Society supporters will receive free online access to the current year of Global Environment. 
As an acronym, ICEHOUSE represents an amorphous group of friends of our field characterised as the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations’ Underwriters, Supporters and Enthusiasts. More than this, and incidentally, ‘icehouse’ is a term that should resonate with environmental historians. In one sense it refers to the igloo – the epitome of human adaptation to a harsh environment. In another it connotes the Australian rock band whose first US single release was ‘We Can Get Together’. More generally, it offers a euphonious reminder of the vulnerable ice that surrounds the poles of our planetary home. Icehouse is similarly the term applied to structures in which winter ice was stored, before the invention of the refrigerator, to allow the chilling of food and drink during summer months. Varied and imaginative in design, icehouses were expressions of human ingenuity. They were also of the earth: generally partly subterranean; walled with local brick or stone; often covered with a ‘living’ (i.e. vegetated) roof; and making use of straw or sawdust to help insulate and keep frozen ice from lakes and rivers. In modern day terms the icehouse offers a fine example of a low-impact, highly effective, sustainable adaptation that improved the human condition. Surely we can all raise an Icehouse Edge Beer [© Miller Brewing Company] to that and our own ICEHOUSE.
With this initiative, ICEHO will redouble its efforts to work with and alongside our established and well-beloved membership organisations (ASEH, ESEH, SOLCHA etc.) to enhance the visibility and allure of environmental history world-wide, and to engage the global community of environmental historians while assisting our other member organisations. Please declare your support (I am tempted to say be USEful) by becoming an Underwriter or Supporter of, or Enthusiast for, our efforts as indicated in the advertisement.
There are many reasons to do so. ICEHO will not flourish simply by convening two meetings a decade. We aim to fill the ‘gaps’ between World Conferences by adopting a three-pronged communication strategy. The ICEHO Bulletin will continue, with tighter focus, to appear three times a year, beginning in 2020. We will revamp the ICEHO website, making it more dynamic and adding more robust intellectual content. And we will make fuller use of social media to serve our member organisations and the wider environmental history community. Finally, we plan to continue already established efforts to extend and enhance interest in environmental history, both in those parts of the world where it is less developed and more generally. All of this will require: a strong commitment from ICEHO leadership (already guaranteed); more robust financial foundations (which we will seek to bolster in various ways); and the enthusiastic support and engagement of environmental historians everywhere.
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