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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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CfP: Terra 2021 - 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, June 8-11, 2021)

Terra 2021 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA from June 8 – 11, 2021. This is the thirteenth international congress organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS since 1972, and the second to be held in New Mexico, thirty years after Adobe 90 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Terra 2021 is expected to draw up to 600 specialists in the fields of conservation, anthropology, archaeology, architecture and engineering, scientific research, site management, and sustainable development of earthen architectural heritage. 
 
The four-day program will include presentations, posters and videos / digital media that reflect the latest research and best practice in the study and conservation of earthen heritage around the world. The wealth, variety and significance of earthen heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the greater region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico make it an ideal setting for the congress and will help inform and stimulate conversations around earthen heritage. The program will include sessions presenting technical information, management issues, methodology, advances in research, case studies and guidelines for best practice.
 
Key Dates
 
March 1, 2020 - Deadline for abstract submissions
June 2020 - Second announcement
June 2020 - Registration opens for congress, pre-congress workshops and post-congress tours
August 2020 - Paper / poster / digital media acceptance notice and mailing of guidelines to authors
February 2021 - Early bird registration closes
June 5 – 7, 2021 - Pre-congress workshops
June 8 – 11, 2021 - Terra 2021 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage
June 12 – 15, 2021 - Post-congress tours
October 31, 2021 - Deadline for submission of papers for publication in the Terra 2021 Proceedings
March 2022 - Authors notified of paper acceptance
 
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CfP.: 6th Landscape Archaeology Conference (Madrid, Spain, June 2-5 2020)

The Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for the 6th Landscape Archaeology Conference to be held in Madrid, Spain from June 2 – 5 2020. This year’s conference offers major research, information sharing, and networking opportunities for participants who will be able to present and attend paper and poster presentations in the many diverse sessions available as well as attend excursions to several excellent regional examples of Spanish cultural landscapes. LAC2020 is a conference open to contributions from researchers of any level. In order to participate, you are invited to submit a paper/poster proposal as per the guidelines established below. Please see the submission guidelines and important dates below to ensure a successful evaluation.
 
- 14 February, 2020. Deadline to submit an abstract
- 16 March, 2020. Authors notified of abstract submission outcome
- 17 April, 2020. Early registration deadline
- 5 May, 2020. Registration deadline
 
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Capitalism Studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow, whose research and teaching will enrich the university’s new interdisciplinary minor, for undergraduates, in Capitalism Studies.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in an appropriate discipline, such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, public policy, or sociology. Applicants must have an active research agenda that engages directly with the specific theme chosen for 2020-22: capitalism and environmental sustainability. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are prepared to teach upper-level topics courses for undergraduates, on subjects related to their own research, as well as an “Introduction to Capitalism Studies” course, required of all minors. Applicants must also show potential for professional development as a scholar and teacher. They must also demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, as values in the college and the university. Applicants should discuss that commitment in the initial application materials; further discussion will be expected at the interview stage.

The postdoctoral fellow will be appointed for a two-year term, with teaching responsibilities of one course per semester. The fellow is expected to reside in the Charlotte area during the academic year and to participate in scholarly activities and programming associated with the interdisciplinary minor, one or more departments that align most closely with the fellow’s training and research, the college, and the university. The salary for the postdoctoral fellow is $50,000 per year, plus benefits, with an additional research and travel account of $2,000 per year.

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington DC, and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Over 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and military sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 24 master's degrees, 12 graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu. Applicants should be prepared to submit three letters of recommendation, but these will be requested only after the initial rounds of screening. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=59749

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Asclepio. Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia - Viagens científicas e coleccionismo no mundo ibérico (séculos XVIII-XX)

Prezados Colegas e Amigos,
 
É com grande satisfação que vimos noticiar a disponibilização on line do vol. 71 nº 2  da revista Asclepio. Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia, que integra o dossier temático Viagens científicas e coleccionismo no mundo ibérico (séculos XVIII-XX). O volume pode ser consultado através do seguinte link: http://asclepio.revistas.csic.es/index.php/asclepio/issue/view/66.
 
Com um abraço cordial,
Ângela Domingues e Carmen Ortiz García
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Novo número (13.2, Dezembro de 2019) da HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology

HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology é uma revista de acesso aberto com arbitragem científica, disponível em linha, publicada em inglês pela De Gruyter/Sciendo, em resultado de uma parceria de quatro unidades de investigação portuguesas (CIUHCT, CIDEHUS, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, e Instituto de História Contemporânea). 

CONTEÚDOS DO NÚMERO 13.2

· Número temático "Animals, Science and Technology: multispecies histories of scientific and sociotechnical knowledge-practices", com introdução pelo editor convidado Richie Nimmo aos cinco artigos que o compõem. São estudos de caso que se debruçam sobre animais não humanos e as suas relações com a ciência e a tecnologia e os humanos, do ponto de vista da história (HCTM) e da sociologia (estudos sobre animais e STS). O número temático termina com um posfácio:

o "Introduction: Taking animals seriously in studies of science and technology", Richie Nimmo

o "Elemental problems, methodical solutions: expertise, ecology and entertainment in the study of marine mammals", Amanda Rees

o "The Silver Spring monkey controversy: changing cultures of care in twentieth-century laboratory animal research", Robert G. W. Kirk

o "Measuring ephemera: finding the “qualitative” in Qualitative Behaviour Assessment as a “whole-animal” science of animal welfare", Maisie Tomlinson

o "The Social Evolving: Sociogenomics on the Wings of Social Insects", Sainath Suryanarayanan

o "Biopolitics and Becoming in Animal-Technology Assemblages", Richie Nimmo

o "Postscript. Fur, feather, teeth and skin: How do technologies and ontologies meet in time and space?", Lindsay Hamilton

· Um "work in progress" do doutorando Hugo Soares sobre o seu trabalho em curso "The National Institute for Scientific Research (INIC): Pathway and Influence in Portuguese Science Policy (1976-1992)"

· Três recensões de livros

o "Book Review: Audra Wolfe. Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science", Clara Florensa

o "Book Review: Álvaro Girón, Oliver Hochadel, and Gustavo Vallejo (eds.). Saberes transatlánticos. Barcelona y Buenos Aires: conexiones, confluencias, comparaciones (1850–1940)", Antonio Carbone

o "Book Review: Hugh Cagle. Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal’s Empire, 1450–1700", Luís Tirapicos

 

New issue of HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology (13.2, December 2019) online

 

HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology is a peer-reviewed open access journal, available online, published in English by De Gruyter/Sciendo, as a result of a partnership between four Portuguese research units (CIUHCT, CIDEHUS, Institute for Social Sciences, and Institute of Contemporary History).

TABLE OF CONTENTS OF VOLUME 13.2

· Special issue "Animals, Science and Technology: multispecies histories of scientific and sociotechnical knowledge-practices", with an introduction by the Guest Editor Richie Nimmo to the five articles that it contains. They are case studies dealing with nonhuman animals and their relationships with science and technology and humans, with approaches ranging from history (HSTM) to sociology (animal studies and STS). The special issue ends with a postscript:

o "Introduction: Taking animals seriously in studies of science and technology", Richie Nimmo

o "Elemental problems, methodical solutions: expertise, ecology and entertainment in the study of marine mammals", Amanda Rees

o "The Silver Spring monkey controversy: changing cultures of care in twentieth-century laboratory animal research", Robert G. W. Kirk

o "Measuring ephemera: finding the “qualitative” in Qualitative Behaviour Assessment as a “whole-animal” science of animal welfare", Maisie Tomlinson

o "The Social Evolving: Sociogenomics on the Wings of Social Insects", Sainath Suryanarayanan

o "Biopolitics and Becoming in Animal-Technology Assemblages", Richie Nimmo

o "Postscript. Fur, feather, teeth and skin: How do technologies and ontologies meet in time and space?", Lindsay Hamilton

· A "work in progress" by the PhD candidate Hugo Soares about his ongoing work "The National Institute for Scientific Research (INIC): Pathway and Influence in Portuguese Science Policy (1976-1992)"

· Three book reviews

o "Book Review: Audra Wolfe. Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science", Clara Florensa

o "Book Review: Álvaro Girón, Oliver Hochadel, and Gustavo Vallejo (eds.). Saberes transatlánticos. Barcelona y Buenos Aires: conexiones, confluencias, comparaciones (1850–1940)", Antonio Carbone

o "Book Review: Hugh Cagle. Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal’s Empire, 1450–1700", Luís Tirapicos

 

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Call for Applications: Academic Editor

Call for Applications: Academic Editor

(full-time, 40.1 hours per week)


The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is looking for an experienced academic editor to join the staff until 31 July 2021. The position will start ideally on 1 February 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The RCC is an interdisciplinary center that hosts a number of international research fellows and coordinates graduate programs in the field of Environment and Society. The RCC was founded in 2009 in close partnership with the Deutsches Museum, and it is currently funded in part by a grant of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Foschung (BMBF).

The editor has overall responsibility for the appraisal, editing, and production of scholarly publications, in particular the RCC Perspectives journal, and shares responsibility for the RCC’s public profile in the field of environmental humanities (website, blog, and social media). The editor plays a full part in the community of international scholars affiliated with the center as Carson fellows, and has access to university resources, including Munich’s university libraries and the Bavarian State Library, which together house over twenty million volumes.

The candidate will hold an MA or PhD in an arts or humanities subject, have an excellent (native-level) command of English and be a skilled writer of both scholarly prose and web copy. They should have experience of the production and review of academic texts, and of editing and copyediting work. Applicants should enjoy working with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds, be able to balance multiple assignments, and meet tight deadlines. Knowledge of German and other foreign languages, communications or social media experience, and an interest in environmental humanities and/or academic publishing would all be advantageous.

The RCC offers an attractive compensation package 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, they are 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. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and we welcome applications from women.

Applicants are required to submit a sample of their written work, and those who are invited to interview will be asked to complete a written test. To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, a sample of your academic writing (max. 2 pages), and the contact information of two references in one pdf file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18 December 2019. Interviews will be held on 3 January 2020.

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CFP - 3rd International Conference of the Quarantine Studies Network

MATTERS OF CONTAINMENT

Material approaches to the handling of threats in the modern world

3rd International Conference of the Quarantine Studies Network

Lisbon-Évora (Portugal), 28-29 May 2020

Past conferences of the QSN network in Malta and Mallorca explored an expansion of the classical study of quarantines and sanitary cordons into an interdisciplinary field of “quarantine studies” so that their multiple political, military, social, economic and, of course, health dimensions were systematically brought to the foreground. In this third conference, we intend to take a more decided step in that direction by exploring the material realities of containment anywhere in the world and preferably for the period 1750-today.

The word “containment” is usually given two meanings: 1: the act of keeping a hazard within limits, for example, an epidemic disease or a radioactive leakage; 2: the policy of preventing an hostile military, economic or ideological expansion. Both meanings could be - and usually are - intertwined, as can be seen, for example, in the scientific and political measures taken to check the “threats” associated with the Mecca pilgrimage in the 19th century, the Soviet Revolution in 1917 or the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

This transversal nature of containment can be better grasped through a focus on its often neglected material aspects. Containment ultimately consists of the handling of threatening human bodies, living beings, objects and ideas, which is always performed by specialized groups of humans who use various tools and techniques to carry out different types of actions in a large variety of spaces. In this sense, for example, the detention and examination of the bodies of migrants aims to provide at the same time sanitary, ideological and economic “protection”; measuring tools used in customs’ laboratories may guard the health of a country’s population against adulterated products and the country’s industry or agriculture against the “damage” caused by the “invasion” of another country’s products. Materiality can also provide a more accurate picture of the actual scope, the effectiveness and consequences (social, political, economic, spatial or environmental) of containment measures, as well as of historical continuities and the collective memory about them.

We invite researchers from any disciplinary background to present their contributions to this conference, by sending a 250-word abstract and a short CV to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for receiving abstracts will be 20th December 2019. Although the conference official language is English, papers in other languages would be considered.

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