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Lisbon European Green Capital 2020

As part of the Lisbon European Green Capital 2020 initiative, the MNAA takes us on a journey through the botanical iconography of its collection, showing the most represented species and their symbolic meaning, often hidden from twenty-first-century visitors. A different way of observing the works, discovering other readings and bringing new dimensions to our way of seeing the natural world.
 
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Humanities Special Issue - Deadline june, 30

Está aberta a call for papers para um número especial da revista Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787), dedicado ao tema: "Peoples, Nature and Environments: Shaping Landscapes". A call está aberta em permanência até dia 30 de Junho e os artigos submetidos, à medida que foram revistos e aceites, são imediatamente publicados.
 
 
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The call for papers for the special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787) about "Peoples, Nature and Environments: Shaping Landscapes". Please keep in mind that the call is open until June 30, but all reviewed and accepted papers are published in so far as they are submitted.
 
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Call for contributions: COVID19 and Environmental History - collection of essays

Over the past months, many scholars have been reflecting on the present ‘coronavirus-crisis’. The Journal for the History of Environment and Society, a fully open-access international peer-reviewed journal is searching for essays for a special issue on COVID-19 from the perspective of environmental history. We are aiming for a broad collection of shorter essays, starting from opinions, commentaries and blogs many historians and other scholars have written over the past months on pandemics in the past, and on what COVID-19 and past pandemics learn us about the relationship between society and nature….
 
With the JHES we are aiming to make a compilation of (excellent) historical essays on COVID-19 from the perspective of environmental history, starting from blogs, opinions, arguments which have already been written, turning them into 2000-4000 word essays. Of course other and new pieces are welcome as well (in English, French or German).
 
We aim for rapid publication, mainly targeting pieces which have already been written for a broader audience, and might be consolidated and upgraded into a 2000-4000 word essay, to be published in the peer-reviewed and open access  journal in September.
 
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NEW HEADING/NOVA RUBRICA REPORTHA: Portuguese Parks to the world/Parques Portugueses no Mundo

This month we start a new heading. We highlight some of the main Portuguese natural parks, valuing their contribution to the environmental heritage outreach.
 
This month – Serralves Park (Porto/Portugal)
 
A park and a museum – In 1991 award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira was commissioned to design the new museum in the grounds of the Serralves Villa, Porto (Portugal) an unique example of Art Deco architecture, built in the 1930s.  Serralves Park spans 18 hectares and is constituted by a wide variety of magnificent, harmoniously interconnected spaces: formal gardens, woodlands, and a traditional farm. Designed by the architect Jacques Greber in the 1930s, it constitutes a singular reference within Portugal’s landscape heritage. See SERRALVES ON LINE EXPERIENCE – PARK 
 
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Este mês damos início a uma nova rubrica. Neste espaço, destacamos alguns dos principais parques naturais portugueses, valorizando o seu contributo para a divulgação do património ambiental.
 
Este mês - Parque de Serralves (Porto/Portugal)
 
Um parque e um museu - Em 1991, o premiado arquiteto Álvaro Siza Vieira foi convidado a projetar o novo museu nos espaços da Quinta de Serralves, Porto (Portugal), um exemplo único da arquitetura Art Deco, construído na década de 1930. O Parque de Serralves tem 18 hectares e é composto por uma grande diversidade de magníficos espaços harmoniosamente interligados: jardins formais, matas e uma quinta tradicional. Projetado pelo arquiteto Jacques Gréber nos anos 30 do século XX, é uma referência singular no património da paisagem em Portugal. Mais informação em https://www.serralves.pt/pt/parque/flora-do-parque/.
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CfP: Dealing with Disasters. Cultural Representations of Catastrophes, c. 1500-1900 (Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 14-15 January 2021)

Nowadays, we are constantly confronted with frantic reports on natural calamities. Major news outlets describe the potentially cataclysmic effects of the latest forest fires, floods, and storms – and due to the ongoing climate crisis, extreme weather events can be expected to have ever greater impacts on our lives. If we are left wondering how we should deal with these disasters, we should also acknowledge that natural calamities have always occurred and have affected human experience in myriad ways.
 
For many centuries, news about catastrophic events has been disseminated via media such as pamphlets, chronicles, poems, and prints. This conference seeks to address the cultural representations that reflected and shaped the ways in which people learned and thought about disasters that occurred either nearby or far away, both in time and space.
 
This conference welcomes contributions that engage with the cultural dimensions of disasters and reflect on representations of catastrophes in different media. In doing so, we offer a platform to scholars from various backgrounds to adopt multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to reconceptualising the broader socio-cultural consequences of disasters.
 
Without denying the very real and immediate impact that calamities have on people’s lives, we consider disasters to be as much cultural phenomena as natural events. The power of cultural discourses to shape the perception of disasters is therefore key to understanding their wider societal impact. Such representations are not only profoundly influenced by specific cultural habits and beliefs, but also by the media that communicate these events.
 
To foreground understudied areas of research, we want to turn away from disasters that humans deliberately inflicted upon each other. In other words, we are excluding calamities that were a direct result of warfare, genocide or terrorism. Instead, we will focus on unplanned catastrophes: those fateful moments when nature and culture clashed.
 
The period that we will be examining (c. 1500- 1900) is roughly demarcated by two media transformations: the introduction of the printing press on the one hand, and the invention of radio, television, and film on the other. This conference thus covers all the cultural manifestations of disasters in the intervening period, mediated, for example, by pamphlets, prints and newspapers, but also through letters and diaries.
 
Paper proposals (max. 300 words) should reach the conference committee by 1 June 2020 via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please enclose a 100-word biographical note.
 
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