The School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin is looking to appoint an Ussher Assistant Professor in Environmental History since 1800 from 12th September 2016. This position forms part of a major expansion in the field of environmental history: another post for a specialist in the period before 1500 has already been advertised; and both post-holders will work closely with Professor Poul Holm, who has recently won a major ERC grant in environmental history. For more information see here.
call for papers - Chicago conference
Winds of Change: Global Connections across Space, Time, and Nature
Introduction: The ASEH invites proposals for its 2017 annual conference, which will convene March 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan and the banks of the Chicago River, this gateway city linked eastern markets, western hinterlands, and commodified nature. Between 1830 and 1870, the development of ship harbors and railroads, the construction of grain elevators, stockyards, and meat packing companies, and the creation of the Chicago Board of Trade transformed a frontier outpost into the nation’s preeminent commodities marketplace. Even the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 proved transformative. Following the fire, innovations in skyscraper construction and the emergence of the Prairie School of architectural and landscape design made Chicago one of the nation’s premier built environments. Chicago celebrated its rise from the ashes with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which introduced the City Beautiful Movement to urban planning. The city also engendered a nascent environmental justice movement, when Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr established Hull House, where female reformers, such as Dr. Alice Hamilton, conducted some of the earliest studies documenting the disproportionate public health threats borne by immigrant neighborhoods. And it is home to President Barack Obama, who has endeavored to address global climate change and its threats to the environment and world political stability. Chicago thus evokes many of the interdisciplinary themes of environmental history, including increasing globalization, with all of its implications for the natural world.
EDITED BY PATRÍCIA VIEIRA; MONICA GAGLIANO AND JOHN RYAN
CONTRIBUTIONS BY TOM BRISTOW; PANSY DUNCAN; ANDREW HOWE; MICHAEL MARDER; LAURENT MIGNONNEAU; GUINEVERE NARRAWAY; ALAN READ; STEFAN RIEGER; JENNIFER SCHELL; CHRISTA SOMMERER; HANNAH STARK; GRAIG UHLIN; FLORIAN WEIL AND GIOIA WOODS
The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World is an interdisciplinary collection of essays in the emerging field of Plant Studies. The volume is the first of its kind to bring together a dynamic body of scholarship that shares a critique of long-standing human perceptions of plants as lacking autonomy, agency, consciousness, and, intelligence.
Available at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498510592/The-Green-Thread-Dialogues-with-the-Vegetal-World.
Renmin University of China, Beijing (21-23 May 2016 )
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
This conference is open to advanced graduate students and early postdocs, regardless of department, discipline, or country. The purpose of the conference is to provide promising, but inexperienced scholars an opportunity to present their work in progress (e.g., a chapter from a dissertation) before an international group of peers and a panel of senior mentors in the field.