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Call for Books: Turku Book Prize 2021

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) are pleased to announce the Turku Book Prize in environmental history. The Turku Book Prize is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of European environmental history and carries a prize of € 3,000. The prize will be awarded at the Eleventh Biennial ESEH Conference to be held in Bristol, UK in July 2021.
 
To be eligible, books must be:
- single author
- published in 2019 or 2020
- environmental history
- written on a primarily European topic
- preferably (but not necessarily) written by a European author or an author affiliated with a European University
 
Applicants are asked to submit three copies* of the monograph by mail to the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, as well as a digital copy (preferably a PDF file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If the monograph is written in a language other than English, please include a one-page English summary. 
 
Monographs must be received by 31 January 2021.
 
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Turku Book Prize
Leopoldstrasse 11a
80802 München, Germany
 
Members of the 2021 Turku Prize Committee are:
 
Martin Knoll (Salzburg University, Austria)
Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center, LMU, Germany) (Chair)
Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
Doubravka Olšáková (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
Ulrike Plath (Talinn University, Estonia)
 
* We realize that for some publication models (e.g. print on demand, open access), it may be difficult to supply three hard copies of the monograph. If this is the case, please get in touch with us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will advise further.
 
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CFP: Beyond Control and Eradication: Mosquitoes, Environment, Politics and Society (ESEH, Bristol, 5-9.7.2021)

Beyond Control and Eradication: Mosquitoes, Environment, Politics and Society
A Session at the 11th Biennial European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference in Bristol, 5-9 July 2021
Organised by Maya Duany (Tel Hai College) and Dan Tamïr (University of Zurich)
 
Since January 2020, global attention regarding pathogens is focused on SARS-COV-19. Notwithstanding the havoc that virus has caused and is causing in all aspects of modern life on Earth, other older pathogens are still just as lethal and widespread – if not more. These include the pathogens responsible for malaria, dengue, yellow fever and other mosquito borne diseases, killing hundreds of thousands of humans annually, while sickening and debilitating millions more.
 
Mosquitoes accompany human beings in close proximity for tens of thousands of years already. Abundant historical literature has documented both the misery inflicted by mosquito borne diseases and campaigns for these creatures’ control and eradication. In this panel, however, we would like to examine the relations between humans and mosquitoes on the broadest scope possible, beyond the questions of the diseases the latter transmit and the technical attempts to mitigate or eliminate them. Our basic assumption is that since mosquitoes and humans have such a tight and long relationship, this relationship includes social, political, emotional and economic dimensions, who reach further than control or eradication.
 
For this session we are looking for two more papers historically examining human-mosquitoes relations. Questions to be discussed include but are not limited to:
 
- What were the social and economic conditions which enabled successful dealing with mosquitoes and MBDs?
- How did mosquitoes influence domestic policy home politics, not part of imperial or colonial projects?
- How did the attitude towards mosquitoes influence attitudes towards wetlands?
- Can one trace changes in the social attitude towards mosquitoes? Where, and what were the causes of such changes?
- What may the public perceptions of mosquitoes teach us about public perceptions of other environmental issues?
- How does human coping with mosquitoes and MBDs reflect economic power relations?
 
Please send a 200-300 words abstract and a short biography to Dan Tamïr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Maya Duany (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by October 20, 2020. We are especially interested in presentations of ongoing projects, raising questions and asking for discussion on points not yet answered. We welcome proposals from scholars who may attend the conference physically, as well as from scholars who are planning to join it virtually via the internet.
 
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Maya Duany (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dan Tamïr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
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International Conference on the History of Chemistry – ICHC2021 - POSTPONED

The 13rd International Conference on History of Chemistry (13ICHC) organized by the EuChemS Working Party on the History of Chemistry (WPHC), in cooperation with Vilnius University, was be announced to be held in Vilnius (Lithuania), from the 18th to the 22nd of May 2021. See: https://www.ichc2021vilnius.chgf.vu.lt/.

Due to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic the conference has been postponed to May 2023.

The conference will be hosted by Vilnius University (established in 1579), in the premises of old city. The Department of Chemistry was established in 1797, still holding a position of one of the most popular departments at the University. The education of history of chemistry reaches outside the University, also involving initiatives for community and younger generation. The conference will invite historians of chemistry from Europe and other countries of the world to share the good practice examples to educate history of chemistry. Ideas of modern patterns and attractive lessons are welcome; also overviews of media and broadcasting projects on history of chemistry may be presented

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XVI Trobada d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica

La Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica organitza a Alacant, del 12 al 14 de novembre, la XVI Trobada d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica. Aquesta reunió científica general organitzada cada dos anys té per objectiu acollir els treballs de recerca i les activitats que duen a terme els seus socis, així com els treballs d’història de la ciència, de la medicina i de la tècnica que es vulguen presentar. (Degut, la crisi de la COVID19, la Trobada tindrà lloc en les dates previstes si bé en un format virtual, no presencial).

Es pretén afavorir la presentació d’un ampli ventall de qüestions històriques, com ara:
• Salut, malaltia i medicina
• Experts, ciència i guerra
• Espais museus i instruments científics
• Salut pública i riscos (químics, nuclears, ambientals, etc)
• Governança i finançament de la ciència i tecnologia
• Ensenyament, didàctica i comunicació de la ciència

Para mais informações: 16-thct.iec.cat

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