Oceans Past VIII - extended CFP and funding for ECRs

Oceans Past VIII - "Historical perspectives on marine ecosystems, fisheries, and futures"

The Next Oceans Past Conference will take place May 10th to 13th, 2020, VLIZ, Ostend, Belgium

Call for Papers

Rationale: Life in the oceans is changing more rapidly in the current century than ever before. As these changes occur it is more imperative than ever to understand what came before to better frame management of those systems. Oceans Past brings together scholars and practitioners interested in documenting and understanding changes in marine systems and human maritime interactions in past centuries and millennia. The 8th Oceans Past Conference, Historical Perspectives on Marine Ecosystems, Fisheries, and Futures, will enable continued scholarly communication and international exchange towards a fuller understanding of the past, the present status, and potential trajectories of our living marine resources.

Invitation: The conference welcomes researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students of all disciplines under the unifying view of our oceans as networks of social-ecological or coupled human-nature systems. Presentations are encouraged that explore large-scale and long-term case studies highlighting dynamic changes and interactions in past marine ecosystems, the impacts and legacy effects of human activities on them, the sustainability of iterative or co-evolutionary relationships and, where possible, likely future directions and management implications. If you have an interest in the history of human interactions with life in the ocean and implications for policy and management, sign up now to attend OP VIII in 2020!

Deadline for paper submission: 15 DECEMBER 2019

Early Bird registration deadline: 15 FEBRUARY 2019


Abstract Submission

Please provide the following information (in .doc file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Title of presentation

Full name(s) of all author(s)

Affiliation (of all authors; institute, town and country)

Abstract (max 200 words)

Preferred presentation type (oral or poster)

Preferred session (please select one from the list below):

1. Past marine ecosystem dynamics

2. Drivers of social-ecological changes

3. The significance of marine resources for human societies over time

4. Factors that have encouraged societies to exploit or leave the oceans

5. Climate, weather and living by the sea.

6. Implications of past and present human activities for coastal and marine policy development

Call for special sessions, mini-symposia or exhibitions: The conference organisers offer you the opportunity to suggest or organise a special session, mini-symposium, or exhibition of relevant artefacts, artwork, or documentary film screenings during the conference within the broad theme of the history of human impacts with life in the ocean. Send your suggestions to the convenors below.



Conference convenors: Ben Fitzhugh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ruth Thurstan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Chair of the local organising committee: Wim de Winter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Chair of the conference Scientific Steering Committee: Ben Fitzhugh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Conference website:


ICES funding for ECRs

Calling all Early Career Researchers!

Thanks to the kind support of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), the Oceans Past Initiative is delighted to advertise up to 15 travel awards for Early Career Researchers to subsidise their attendance at the Oceans Past conference. These will be available on a competitive basis and awarded based on demonstrated need and the value to the applicant of attending the conference.

To apply for a travel award, first confirm you meet the eligibility* requirements, then provide the following information (in .doc file) together with your abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Name and title of abstract

Case for support: why you require this support, what is the value to you of attending this conference (scholarly, career or otherwise)? – max. 300 words.

Other travel support you are applying for (internal/external)

Proposed travel details (where you will be travelling from, mode of transport and length of stay)

Itemised budget estimate (anticipated travel costs, accommodation costs and any other foreseen costs)

*Eligibility requirements:

**You must apply and be accepted to present your work as an oral or poster presentation at the OP conference**

To qualify as an Early Career Researcher, you must be under 35 years old OR have completed your PhD within the last 5 years. PhD candidates and postgraduate students are also eligible for travel awards.

- You must be studying or working in an ICES Member Country (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America), or be studying or working in a low- to middle- income country (as designated by the World Bank).

- You must attend the full conference, after which you will be reimbursed to the agreed amount (for those who will struggle with paying costs upfront, please contact us and we will come to an individual arrangement).

- You must provide a rationale for the requested funds (an itemised budget with expected costs).

ICES are also supporting an ECR event, to be held during the conference.

ECR-facing events at the conference will include:

A networking event pairing ECRs with potential mentors

An award for the best oral and poster presentations by ECRs

A workshop and panel on how to successfully navigate an interdisciplinary research career


Rachel Carson Center - Call for Fellows 2020–21


The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2020–21 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines who are working in the field of environment and society. In this application round, the RCC is offering thematic fellowships (four to twelve months) on the following topics:

· Extinction
The “Rettet die Bienen” (Save the Bees) campaign in Bavaria elevated the issue of species loss and extinction to the top of the public agenda. Why are habitats and species being lost, and what are the consequences? What can we learn from past extinctions? What is the impact for humans of the reality and the discourse of extinction? Can we fight against the loss of species—and should we?

· Futures
Western understandings of “the future” are primarily based on ideas of progress and intention; but in today’s world, other understandings are needed. How can we ensure just futures in a planetary context? How have past imaginations of the future created better worlds? How can we build feasible futures—economically, infrastructurally, physically, and culturally? Which tools and concepts help us imagine alternative futures?

· Open (no specific theme)
We will be awarding a very limited number of fellowships for truly excellent projects that do not relate to either of these two topics. We expect that the success rate for funding in this category will be between 3–5%.

The two topic areas aim to bring future fellows together and facilitate focused dialogue and productive collaborations across disciplines. Applicants are welcome to apply individually or as interdisciplinary teams; we also accept applications for scholarly outreach projects (journalism, documentary film, community engagement, etc.). All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, and to participate actively in life at the RCC. Please note that the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.

This will be the last fellowship round to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which provided the initial grant for the RCC in 2009. We do, however, plan to advertise a smaller number of fellowships from 2021 onwards.

Fellowship Awards
Fellowships will be granted for a period of four to twelve months (applicants should indicate their preferred duration in their application).  The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at their home institution; alternatively, it will pay a stipend directly to the fellow that is commensurate with their experience, current employment, and funding guidelines. Travel to and from Munich will be covered by the RCC.


· fellows must commit to a stay of between four and twelve months

· fellowships may begin on the following three dates:

o 1 September 2020

o 1 January 2021

o 1 May 2021

· fellows (with the exception of outreach fellows) must have completed a doctoral degree (including final defense) by 31 January 2020

· applicants who reside in the greater Munich area will not be considered (however, applications for fellowships that are based on collaborative projects with scholars in Munich are welcomed)

To Apply:
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.  Applications must be made in our online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2020. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.

The application (in English) should include the following:



ICUR2020 - Invitation special session: risk protection for Cultural Heritage and Historical centres

The CERU – European Centre on Urban Risks – is very pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR2020) that will be held in Lisbon on June 25-27, 2020. 
ICUR2020 intends to gather practitioners, researchers and other specialists that study or deal with different risks on urban areas, in order to share their experiences and practices, to discuss risks from diverse perspectives and to cope with the latest results of research. 
Among the several conference topics, which range from the concepts and methods on risk management to the risk assessment of a variety of urban risks, and also comprising topics dedicated to risk treatment and communication, there will be a session dedicated to the Risk Protection for Cultural Heritage and Historical Centres addressing a wide range of sub-topics related to this field (see the attachment and also
The conference will be bilingual (English and Portuguese), although the use of English will be encouraged due to the selection of the best papers to be published in peer-reviewed international journals as the Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The deadline to submit an extended abstract/short paper is January 31, 2020. Short papers will be published in a proceeding book with ISBN. Additional information can be checked at the Conference website:​

CfP: X Simposio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA), Quito, Ecuador, 6-9 Julio 2020

Saludos cordiales,
Es un placer informar que está habilitado el portal de registro de propuestas de mesas, ponencias libres, pósters y presentación de libros, para el X Simposio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Historia Ambiental. El evento se llevará a cabo en Quito, Ecuador, entre el 6 y 9 de junio de 2020.
Para enviar sus propuestas, visite, pestaña “Registro”. El sistema estará abierto hasta el 14 de noviembre 2019.
Si tiene algún problema durante el envío de sus propuestas, escríbanos a simposi…
Agradecemos su apoyo para la difusión de esta información,
Nicolás Cuvi
Departamento de Antropología, Historia y Humanidades
Equipo coordinador 
Quito 2020

Call for thematic issue: HoST – Journal of History of Science and Technology (2021)


HoST- Journal of History of Science and Technologyis an open access, on-line peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the History of Science and Technology, published in English by a group of Portuguese research institutions and De Gruyter/Sciendo ( HoST encourages submissions of original historical research exploring the cultural, social and political dimensions of science, technology, and medicine (STM), both from a local and a global perspective. Past thematic issues have dealt with topics as diverse as circulation, communication of science and the relation between science and politics. Future issues might deal with both established and emerging areas of scholarship.

The editors of HoST are looking for proposals for two thematic issues to be published in 2021 (HoST volume 15, issues 1 and 2). Each thematic issue should be prepared by a guest editor and include four research papers.

Proposals should include the following items:

1.   An abstract describing the topic for the thematic issue and its significance (500 words);

2.   A list of the contributors along with the titles and abstracts (300 words) of the four research papers;

3.   Brief CVs (300 words) of the guest editor(s) and authors;

The guest editor(s) and the contributors must be prepared to meet the HoST publication schedule:

·       Abstract and titles submission: 29 November, 2019

·       Submission of complete research papers:

o   29 May, 2020 (Issue 1)

o   30 November, 2020 (Issue 2)

·       Publication:

o   June, 2021 (Issue 1)

o   December, 2021 (Issue 2)

Proposals will be subject to approval by the Editorial Board and the outcome will be known to the authors by December 2019.

Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment (preferably in one single .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt file), to the editor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Until October 15th : Call for Applications : Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax : January 6-11, 2020

We welcome applications for the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax (ACL: Parallax), taking place at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal, between 6 and 11 January 2020. The Campus is organised by the Portuguese research center CIUHCT and is part of the Anthropocene Curriculum initiated by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), which has generated two Anthropocene Campus in Berlin (2014, 2016) and several satellite events worldwide.
Like previous editions, the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax is an interdisciplinary event in which participants will be working in workshop-like seminars hosted by conveners. We welcome  the attendance of students from higher education institutions, scholars from the sciences and the humanities, artists, and activists. We encourage participants to engage in sketching possible collaborative outputs in several formats (publications, videos, artworks, research projects, etc.) that will circulate in different fora. 
Core topics in the discussion on environmental crisis will be approached through different perspectives: Inequality, Turistification, Big Data, Hacking, Animal Care, Popular Dwelling, Sonic ecology, Technological resistance, etc.
According to its dictionary definition, parallax is «the effect by which the position of an object seems to change when it is looked at from different positions.» The challenges of the Anthropocene demand research actions that cut across disciplinary barriers to create new modes of making and sharing knowledge. But while a transdisciplinary approach is necessary, we should also restrain from aiming at an integrated framework. On the contrary, new actionable insights may spark only from an open, non-hierarchical and even conflictual exchange, in which multiple, and not necessarily compatible, perspectives on reality are at stake. Taking the parallax effect seriously means not to dismiss it as an error or as “apparent” movement. The movement is there, and we must move to follow it.
The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax uses the parallax effect to engage with issues of environmental and social transformation and collapses highlighted by the term Anthropocene. To that end, we propose to organize a discussion around two intertwined and complementary but often divorced frameworks: on the one hand, systems of social and technological organization, which determine the actions that are possible within a given historical context; and on the other, perception and narrative, which determine our limits for understanding and imagining. Power and discourse are negotiated, challenged, and perpetuated through both means, defining the conditions for living in contemporaneity.
Participants will participate in one seminar from each of the two overarching framework: Systems of Social and Technological Organization and Perception and Narrative. To apply please use exclusively the online application form in No other applications will be considered. Applicants must submit a short CV and motivation letter stating their interest in the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa. The Registration Fee is €150, paid upon acceptance of the application (the fee includes coffee-breaks and lunch for the 6 days of the Campus); information on the payment will be available soon. 
Deadline for application: October 15, 2019.
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