CfP: Small Cities and the Environment - from the Middle Ages to Contemporary Times (14-16 March 2019, Castelo de Vide, Portugal)

The international conference Small Cities and the Environment (from the Middle Ages to Contemporary Times) will be held in the ancient frontier town of Castelo de Vide (Portugal) between 14 and 16 March 2019. It is organised by the Small Cities in Time Network, Castelo de Vide Local Authority, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the New University of Lisbon (Institute of Medieval Studies, Humanities Centre, Institute of Contemporary History) and the School of Hispanic and Iberian Studies (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), through the CIDADES programme.
The subject of this conference focuses on the argument that the «environment» (in the twin sense of «nature» and «the area surrounding a locality») offers small cities amenities, benefits and constraints for development. Conversely, that, small cities have an impact on this environment, both inside the built-up area and in the surrounding land. Environmental amenities, constraints, impacts and policy responses, have important implications for urban governance and culture but also are intimately related to the urban economic sphere.
Both environmental history and urban history have developed strongly since the 1970s in the United States and Europe, with growing work not just on the contemporary but on the pre-modern period as well.   However the history of small cities and towns has been somewhat underplayed despite a growing monographic literature. Here in our conference we bring together the two studies of environmental and urban history with an important, new and exciting focus on small cities and the environment.  The theme raises major questions about how far the current literature on the urban environment, its questions and approaches largely dominated by a focus on metropolitan and major cities, is applicable to the small town, or whether we need to construct new theories and approaches for the study of the small city and the environment.
This conference will focus on four main themes:
1. the impact of small cities on the natural and cultural environment, particularly through the effects of extraction: quarrying for stone, wood, sand …, harnessing water, the demands of the urban food market and its consequences for the surrounding agricultural countryside, impacts of drainage (particularly effluents). Do questions about the urban micro-climate, crucial in the reflections of town-planners and hygienists, apply to small cities?
2.the impact of the natural environment on small cities, such as agriculture and foodsupply. woodsupply, and water provision considering both amenities and constraints, and the role of nature in the city (eg parks and green spaces).
3. the small city’s responses to the changes in the urban environment and to urban environmental problems such as sanitation, pollution, industrialisation and deindustrialisation.
4. how the environment can affect the development of small cities in the urban system: the opportunities and constraints caused by access to the sea, insularity, the limits of local resources; here one important topic is the competition between small cities and between them and the wider urban network.
We invite researchers, including senior and younger scholars to submit session proposals or paper proposals focused on one or more of these themes.  Please send a proposal by completing the form until November 15th, 2018 You will be notified of acceptance November 30th, 2018
In general, the conference is unable to fund travel or accommodation costs but transport to the conference venue from Lisbon, together with lunches, an excursion and other sociability will be offered by the municipality of Castelo de Vide. In addition it may be possible to provide some support for scholars without funding. Hotels in the beautiful town are very inexpensive, as are other costs.
The conference languages will be Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

Position Announcement: Director of Graduate Programs in Environment and Society (full-time)

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU Munich) is looking for a Director of Graduate Programs in Environment and Society. The RCC has two structured graduate programs: a Master's level certificate program in Environmental Studies and a doctoral program in Environment and Society. Together these create a community of more than a hundred graduate students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. 
The Director of Graduate Programs is responsible for:
- recruiting and supporting Master-level students;
- managing the admission process for both programs;
- developing curricula and teaching Environment and Society course components;
- liaising with university professors and environmental practitioners; 
- maintaining student records, managing budgets, and updating websites;
- leading excursions and residential workshops (field seminars, film seminars, etc.);
- publicizing and advocating for the programs in Munich and beyond.
The candidate must hold a doctoral degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline and have demonstrable research experience within the broad area of Environment and Society. Experience of teaching and coordinating academic programs and a high level of fluency in both English and German are required, as are organizational abilities and strong leadership skills. Applicants should enjoy working with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds, be able to balance multiple assignments, and meet tight deadlines: prior experience of grant-writing would be welcomed. Candidates who wish to pursue their own academic research will have some limited possibilities for this and will have access to the excellent libraries at LMU Munich and the Bavarian State Library.
The position is a full-time (40.1 hours a week), primarily in-house, service position. There is some flexibility in the way the position is organized: applicants interested in part-time or job-sharing arrangements are encouraged to apply. The position begins on 15 January 2019 or as soon after as is feasible, and the initial contract will be for two years with a possibility of renewal. The RCC offers an attractive compensation packaged based on the tariff contracts for public service, level TVL 13 (commensurate with experience) and 30 days paid vacation. Working hours are flexible, and the RCC offers a family-friendly working environment. The RCC can also assist, if necessary, with work permits and visas. As the candidate will be a state employee, s/he is required to have German health insurance and to make contributions to the German tax and social welfare system. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and welcome applications from women.
To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, writing sample (max. 5 pages) and the contact information of two references in one pdf file with the subject ″Director of Graduate Programs″ to RCC managing director Dr. Arielle Helmick via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23 November 2018. We will accept applications in English or German. Interviews will take place at the end of November or in early December.

III Meeting of REPORT(H)A - EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DEADLINE (round tables, sessions and panels - until 15 November)

"Dinâmicas e Resiliência em Sistemas Socio-Ambientais"
28 a 30 Março, 2019 | Universidade de Évora 
Foi alargado o prazo para submissão de propostas de mesas-redondas, sessões e painéis, até 15 de Novembro de 2018.
Decorre, igualmente, a receção de propostas de comunicação individual e posters até 15 de Novembro.
III Meeting of REPORT(H)A
"Dynamics and Resilience in Socio-Environmental Systems"
28 - 30 March, 2019
The deadline for submitting proposals for round tables, sessions and panels was extended until 15 November 2018.
It’s also taking place the receipt of proposals for individual communications and posters until 15 November.

CfP: The Nature of Health, the Health of Nature: Perspectives from History and the Humanities (Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, 30.05.2019 – 01.06.2019)

Conference - Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

30.05.2019 – 01.06.2018


Location: Renmin University of China, Beijing, China


Sponsors: Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society 


Since Rachel Carson’s path-breaking book Silent Spring (1962), many experts and citizens have been trying to understand how the health of nature and of human beings are related in the past, present, and future. Old concepts of disease and illness have been challenged by more holistic approaches that link humans to their environmental conditions. Toxic residues in the air, water, and soil have moved to the forefront of medical analysis, while ecologists have tried to define what a “healthy ecosystem” or “a healthy Earth” might mean.


This workshop will bring scholars to address such questions as these:

  • How have definitions of health changed over time, and how have politics, science, religion, and other forces influenced those definitions?
  • What connections have different cultures and societies made between the human body and nature in the past?
  • How have discourses on human health and imaginaries of environmental degradation and planetary decay been linked? What effect have planetary trends such as climate change had on human and nonhuman health?


The conference will be open to all ranks of scholars, from graduate students to senior professors to independents. Participants will be selected competitively. Those interested in attending should send a one-page proposal (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV. Please send your proposal (in English or Chinese) to this Rachel Carson Center address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2019. Successful proposals will be announced around 1 February, and complete drafts of papers (minimum of 5,000 words in English or the equivalent in Chinese characters) will be required by 1 May 2019. All papers will be circulated to the participants in advance and will not be orally presented in full during the conference.


Travel expenses for scholars living outside of China will be paid by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Scholars living within China should depend on their own universities for covering travel expenses. For all participants, hotel expenses for four nights will be covered by Renmin University of China.


Nancy Langston, Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University, will be our keynote speaker. Her most recent books include Toxic Bodies, which asks how and why endocrine disrupting chemicals have saturated our bodies and our environments, and Sustaining Lake Superior, which focuses on the interconnected histories of watershed health, human health, and forest health--all in the context of climate change.


The last day of the conference will be devoted to a field trip to the Great Wall of China. Participants are also encouraged to use this travel opportunity to explore the capital city and other parts of the People’s Republic of China.


The steering committee for the conference consists of:

  • Mingfang Xia, Director of the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, and professor of history in the Qing Institute
  • Helmuth Trischler, Head of research at the Deutsches Museum, professor of modern history and the history of technology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, and co-director of the Rachel Carson Center, Munich
  • Shen Hou, Deputy Director of the Center for Ecological History and associate professor of world history at Renmin University of China
  • Chen Hao, Assistant Professor of History, Renmin University of China
  • Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, and Distinguished Foreign Expert, Renmin University of China, Beijing



CfP: III Meeting of REPORT(H)A - "Dynamics and Resilience in Socio-Environmental Systems" (University of Évora, March 28-30, 2019)

The Centre for Research in Political Science (CICP) and the Interdisciplinary Center for History, Culture and Societies (CIDEHUS) of the University of Évora are pleased to be hosting the III Meeting of the Portuguese Network of Environmental History, to be held in Évora, between 28 and 30 March 2019.
The meeting adopts, in an aggregating perspective, the title "Dynamics and Resilience in Socio-Environmental Systems". It welcomes panels, roundtables sessions, papers and posters that focus on the interception between the environment and human and non-human societies, inscribed in the history of climate and biodiversity. It focuses on the way human societies have resisted and adapted to environmental changes in the long term (desertification, afforestation/deforestation/reforestation), disasters (fires, famines and epidemics), environmental degradation (pollution), environmental changes caused by social dynamics (animal and plant migration, changes in land, water and sea uses, energy transitions, management of urban and industrial waste, new cultural landscapes) and how they have developed ways of managing resources and risks. In this perspective, contributions to the construction of knowledge and human representations about the natural world, conflicts of appropriation and environmental justice movements are also welcome.
Proposals for panels or roundtable sessions should be submitted with title and abstract (up to 500 words) in Portuguese and English. Each panel proposal must contain between 3 and 4 papers or 4 participants at a roundtable. Paper proposals should have title and abstract in both languages. All proposals should be submitted by the session organizer and should include author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), short CV(s), as well as their e-mail address(es), by 15th October 2018.
Paper proposals should be submitted with title and abstract (up to 500 words) in Portuguese and English. Submissions must be made by 15th November 2018, together with author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), short CV(s), as well as their e-mail address(es).
In order to make the meeting more productive and discussion richer, the organization recommends the delivery of provisional version of papers, by 15th February 2018. This version will be distributed through our platform to all participants.
The organization also welcomes other themes and proposals in the context of environmental history.
The organization accepts proposals for posters on ongoing research projects. Submissions should be submitted with title, together with author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), short CV(s), as well as their e-mail address(es) by 15th November 2018. During the meeting there will be a space for posters presentation.
Paulo E. Guimarães – CICP, Centro de Investigação em Ciência Política, Universidade de Évora (PT)
Sónia Bombico – CIDEHUS, Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades, Universidade de Évora (PT)
Armando Quintas - CIDEHUS, Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades, Universidade de Évora (PT)
Ana Cardoso Matos – CIDEHUS (Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades) - Universidade de Évora (PT)
Ana Cristina Roque – CH (Centro de História) - Universidade de Lisboa (PT)
Antonio Ortegas - Universidade de Granada (ES) Arnaldo Sousa Melo - LAB2PT, Departamento de História, ICS - Instituto de Ciências Sociais) - Universidade do Minho (PT)
Cristina Brito — CHAM (Centro de Humanidades) - Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (PT)
Cristina Joanaz de Melo, IHC (Instituto de História Contemporânea) - Universidade de Lisboa (PT)
Fernando Reboredo - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (PT)
Hélder Adegar Fonseca – CICP (Centro de Investigação em Ciência Política) – Universidade de Évora (PT)
Inês Amorim – CITCEM (Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar “Cultura, Espaço e Memória”) - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (PT) José Manuel Lopes Cordeiro – CICS.NOVA.UMinho, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade do Minho (PT)
José Manuel Mascarenhas – CIDEHUS (Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades) - Universidade de Évora (PT)
Juan Diego Pérez Cebada - Universidade do Huelva (ES)
Maria de Fátima Nunes - IHC (Instituto de História Contemporânea) - Universidade de Évora (PT)
Stefania Barca – CES (Centro de Estudos Sociais) - Universidade de Coimbra (PT)
Yussuf Adam - Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo (MZ)
15th October 2018: submission of proposals for sessions/panels and roundtables
15th November 2018: submission of papers and posters
15th December 2018: acceptance notification
15th December 2018 – 15th January 2019: registration
15th January: provisional programme
15th February 2019: delivery of the provisional version of papers
Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

III Meeting of REPORT(H)A - "Dynamics and Resilience in Socio-Environmental Systems" (University of Évora, March 28-30, 2019)

The Centre for Research in Political Science (CICP) and the Interdisciplinary Center for History, Culture and Societies (CIDEHUS) of the University of Évora are pleased to be hosting the III Meeting of the Portuguese Network of Environmental History, to be held in Évora, between 28 and 30 March 2019.
The meeting website is now available at


L’équipe de l’ANR Transenvir organise une série de séminaire-déjeuner autour du thème «Historiciser la transition environnementale». 
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Séminaire proposé par l’équipe Transenvir:


Desde hace tiempo, la Red Universitaria Española de Historia Ambiental (RUEDHA), dentro del Grupo HUM 952 STAND) viene desarrollando encuentros bianuales con el fin de promover un diálogo continuado con investigadores del contexto de la Península Ibérica al respecto de la agenda de trabajo de la Historia SocioAmbiental. Tras el último encuentro en Granada en el 2016, volvemos a convocar a los investigadores que desde muchas areas y campos se sienten llamados al trabajo en la relación que las sociedades humanas y la naturaleza han tenido a lo largo de la Historia. Buscamos con ello continuar con la agenda de trabajo ya existente pero abrir el espacio a la colaboración con nuevos grupos y temas de investigación emergentes por lo que las sesiones están lideradas por investigadores que desde estos campos interdisciplinares den continuidad a la investigación en el futuro.
Es el momento de retomar los diálogos y los saberes compartidos para lo que hemos creado un encuentro en el que trabajar sobres ejes que son emergentes en el campo de la historia ambiental, sin olvidar elementos que ha atravesado nuestra investigación en los dos últimos decenios.
Ante la crisis civilizadora en la que estamos inmersos, nos queda responder al desafío, encontrar respuestas a los problemas que nos acucian. Pensar en “recomunalizar” nuestras prácticas sociales nos conduce inevitablemente a una mirada amplia y prospectiva de los bienes comunes como sujetos del cambio social. A ello se dedicará la sesión coordinada por el Profesor Jose Miguel Lana Berasain (UPNA). De igual manera, los flujos de energía y materiales entre la sociedad y el medio ambiente, estudiados a través de las diferentes herramientas de la propuesta del Metabolismo Social, serán el objeto central de la sesión que coordina el profesor Juan Infante-Amate, de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide. En esta sesión se discutirán trabajos centrados en diferentes sectores socioeconómicos (metabolismos agrarios, industriales, domésticos…), abordando diferentes marcos cronológicos.
Ante la crisis ecológica global emergen las resistencias socioambientales, como espacio de creación de nuevas formas de producción frente a los impactos del sistema capitalista que deviene tanto desde el campo de la lucha en sentido estricto como de las nuevas formas de memoria del territorio. Re-Existimos ante la crisis socioambiental, Crisis que nos debe llevar a una mirada histórica a los episodios catastróficos, al impacto cobre el clima, a los riesgos ambientales. A ello se atenderá la sesión coordinada por el profesor Armando Alberola (Universidad de Alicante). Por último, en el campo de los extractivismos se desarrollará el campo de trabajo de la sesión propuesta por los profesores Luis Sánchez Vazquez (UGR) y Juan Diego Pérez Cebada (Universidad de Huelva). Minería y Medio Ambiente en constante tensión productiva requerirán una mirada atenta y profunda en la sesión propuesta.
Junto a todo ello se habilitarán espacios la la venta de libros, presentación de materiales específicos de investigación y otras actividades relacionadas con el campo de la historia ambiental (proyección de documentales, etc). En ello trabajamos…
10 Octubre 2018: Fecha límite para realizar la inscripción (Ponentes/Asistentes)
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