Doctoral Candidate Position, "Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia"

Volkswagen Foundation “Freigeist” Fellowship Research Group
Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia
1 Doctoral Candidate Position (4 years)
The Volkswagen Foundation “Freigeist” Fellowship Research Group Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia invites applications for one funded position for a doctoral candidate (salary group TV-L 13, 75%, 4 years, additional funds for field research available). Deadline is January 15, 2020.
The doctoral candidate will research the environmental aspects of Chinese investments in Southeast Asia from an ethnographic perspective, carrying out one year of ethnographic field research in the region. Applicants should speak at least one local language. A Master’s degree in the social sciences is required, and preference will be given to applicants with a background in social anthropology, human geography, and/or environmental studies. The successful applicant will also be expected to actively contribute to project team activities, together with the PI and the postdoc, such as reading groups and the organization of workshops. Knowledge of Mandarin is a plus.
Disciplinarily grounded in social anthropology, with methodological and analytical inputs from the environmental humanities, the research group investigates the environmental aspects of Chinese infrastructure investments in Southeast Asia from an ethnographic and comparative perspective. China’s global investments abroad are increasingly framed within the language of “green” development, a rhetoric that sits uneasily with China’s own multiple, and often conspicuous, environmental crises domestically. Scholarship on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has thus far focused on its geopolitical and fiscal aspects, while research on the ecologies of Chinese building ambition has investigated the environmental impacts of individual projects. In bridging these, this project will contribute nuanced understandings of how environmental issues surrounding Chinese infrastructure are negotiated between Chinese planners and engineers, officials, environmental NGOs and local communities. Each member of the research team will focus on one particular case study, but the project includes periods of collaborative research to foster connections, consistency and comparison.
Potential candidates are invited to suggest a specific research focus and field site within the context of Chinese investments in infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Examples of potential case studies for the doctoral candidate are the following:
- The Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima railway in Thailand
- The Laos section of the Kunming-Singapore Railway Project
- The Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone in Cambodia
- The Hai Phong Port in Vietnam
The Environing Infrastructure Research Group is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), a joint initiative of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Deutsches Museum. The RCC is the largest Center for Advanced Study in the environmental humanities worldwide and hosts numerous international scholars working on environmental topics. The doctoral candidate will be based in Munich and affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Environment and Society at the RCC. The doctoral candidate will engage with and profit from the RCC’s lively research community, its regular Colloquia series and workshops, as well as interactions with scholars working across the environmental humanities.
Please submit your application by 15 January 2020 as a single PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The following documents are required:
- An academic curriculum vitae (including publications and awards, if applicable);
- A letter of motivation in which you summarise a) your experience and interests; b) why you are applying for this position; and c) why you are the best candidate (2 pages max);
- A project outline detailing the proposed regional case study as well as a sketch of how you would address the topic theoretically and methodologically (2 pages max);
- Your Master’s thesis (if in a language other than English, please provide a table of contents and a summary of max. 5 pages in English)
- The names and contact information of two academic referees (NB: these will only be contacted if you are shortlisted).
We welcome candidates with experience outside of academia (e.g. working at NGOs, think tanks or in industry) and encourage applicants from Southeast Asia.
Interviews for the position will be held in February 2020. The position will begin in September 2020 at the earliest.
For applicants unfamiliar with the German academic system, a TV-L 13 75% position provides a liveable salary, full tuition, and benefits including full healthcare, pension contributions, six weeks paid vacation, and parental leave (if required). As the candidate will be a state employee, they are required to have German health insurance and to make contributions to the German tax and social welfare system. Please note that knowledge of German language is not required for this position. 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. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and welcome applications from women.
For further information and questions regarding the position, please contact the PI Dr. Alessandro Rippa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

CfP.: International Water History Conference (Delft University of Technology, 24-26 June 2020)

Start date Wednesday 24 June 2020 - 10:00
End date Friday 26 June 2020 - 17:00
Location Delft University of Technology, exact location tbd
The 2020 Delft Water History meeting in the Netherlands will be a unique opportunity to exchange existing and develop new insights on the history of one of our most precious resources. The conference is hosted by the Water Resources Group at Delft University of Technology.
Both proposals for individual papers and complete sessions are most welcome. The conference does not predefine topics for abstracts and sessions, as long as the subjects are related to water (are “wet”) and historical/archaeological (are “old”).
Abstracts and sessions can be submitted until November 15th 2019 at email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Abstracts should be about 250 words plus a 5-lines author bio.
Session proposals of at least 3 papers should include all the abstract information, plus a 100 word description of the session as a whole. Submitting full sessions, including chair and commentator, is highly recommended. Please ensure a balanced member composition of panels.
- Decisions on acceptance are foreseen to be available before the end of 2019
- The concept conference program will be available end of February 2020
- To appear on the final program, presenters with accepted abstracts need to register before April 1st 2020.
Conference fees:
- The regular conference fee is set at 325 euro
- The student conference fee is set at 200 euro
Both fees include all coffee breaks, lunches and reception. Payment information, including how to pay and late fees, will become available soon.
For general enquiries, please contact Maurits W. Ertsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Norwegian Graduate School in History: "Environmental and Climate History: The Role of History in Society" (16-18 December 2019)

The recently founded Norwegian Graduate School in History will be holding a PhD-course on environmental and climate history from December 16-18. The course will grapple with questions such as Does the call for a greener political regime require a reevaluation of the way historians think about history? How do you reconcile the timescale of the climatologists with time as it is understood by historians? Can environmental histories of climate be a bridge between “the two cultures” in academia: the natural scientists and the humanists? And more generally: What is the role of history in society?
As the regional representative for the European society for environmental history, we wondered whether you would be interested in informing students about the course? We would be very happy to have international students participating. The Norwegian Graduate School in History have a budget to provide five scholarships to cover travel and accommodations. 
The student will also earn 3ECTS, so it might be a good opportunity for PhD-candidates in their early phase of the PhD program.
Kind Regards,
Anna Marie Skråmestø Nesheim
Coordinator for the Norwegian Graduate School in History


O dossier «Alterações Ambientais em Perspetiva Histórica» é o resultado do II Encontro da Rede Portuguesa de História do Ambiente — REPORT(H)A — que, sob o lema "Desafios Ambientais Numa Perspetiva Histórica", foi organizado pelo Centro de História da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (CH-FLUL) e pelo Instituto de História Contemporânea da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHC-FCSH, UNL), em Lisboa, entre 4 e 6 de maio de 2017.

ESHS in-between meeting. Rethinking the history of the sciences in Europe

ESHS in-between meeting. Rethinking the history of the sciences in Europe

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa; Museu da Cidade

04 outubro até 05 outubro 2019


A European Society for the History of Science, actualmente presidida por Ana Simões, co-coordenadora do CIUHCT, organiza encontros intercalares que alternam com os seus congressos. O encontro deste ano, Rethinking the history of the sciences in Europe: historiographical approaches and future prospects, será em Lisboa. O primeiro dia, 4 de Outubro, terá sessões abertas ao público, sem necessidade de inscrição prévia, que irão decorrer no Anfiteatro da FCiênciasID, no edifício C1, Piso 3, da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.


9:00. Welcome

9:30. Agustí Nieto-Galan (CEHIC, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona), How to write a ‘European’ History of Science? Some Critical Reflections

10:15. Maria Paula Diogo (CIUHCT, NOVA University of Lisbon), Europe goes global: narratives from the History of Technology perspective

11:00. Coffee Break

11:30. Frank James (Royal Institution), Davy’s career in European perspective

12:15. Simone Turchetti (CHSTM, University of Manchester), Science diplomacy as a concept and its significance for historians of science

13:00. Lunch

14:30. Roberto Lalli (MPIWG, Berlin), Socio-epistemic networks and the history of science in Europe

15:15. Mitchell Ash (University of Vienna), Science and politics as resources for one another: rethinking a relational history

16:00. Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHERE), Remarks on the shaping of European historiographies of mathematics in the 19th and the 20thcenturies and their present-day impact

16:45. Coffee Break

17:00. Final comments by Clara Florensa (CEHIC) and Davide Scarso (CIUHC) and general discussion

18:30 (Recommended closing time)

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